Tuesday Ramblings

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From looking around the blogosphere it seems that many of us are busy at the moment.  Lots of things to get done this time of year.  I got the second of the new rows planted this past weekend. I was surprised Mars “let” me plant what I wanted in it.  I suppose he just didn’t want to hear me fuss about what all I didn’t get a chance to plant. For some reason it’s nagging on me, there seems to be things I should have planted but didn’t.  Of course that doesn’t mean flowers.

This year Mars pretty much has most of my three tiny flower beds spoken for. How I managed to let that happen I just don’t know.  To be fair though, one of them has always had herbs in it anyway, and that didn’t change.  Then there’s the one that has garlic in it.  It should be ready to harvest sometime soon so maybe I can find something that is more of a summer/fall flower.  And then there’s the nice bed he worked up for me a couple of years ago.  It’s not very big but still much more roomy than either of the other two.  It’s got 10 strawberry plants in the back. They aren’t looking too good though.  They are starting to brown around the edges of some of the leaves.  I’m not sure what’s going on with that.  I HAVE been pinching off the flowers as they come on though in hopes of a better show next year.  The rest of the space is filled with a mixed lettuce blend.  As a matter of fact we had our first green salad with our own lettuces night before last.

I don’t think I mentioned it before but Mars has put in three new 100 ft rows this year with plans for one more when we can afford to get some fittings for the drip lines.  So that (along with the bottom garden) gives us a bit over 5000′.  I know it sounds like a lot, and it is, but I believe the reason behind it is solid. If you were watching the news this past week you might have seen the article about the increase in food costs for April was a whopping 2.6% and there is no end in sight for extreme prices to come down. 

Food storage is becoming more and more important as prices rise at an alarming rate.  Think of it as a tangible asset.  What you can put back now will only increase in value. You can’t argue with that logic.

Mars has decided to try growing corn again this year with some of the seed my Dad sent.  We are “kind of” leaning toward the 3 Sisters method in the lower garden.  We’ve planted butter beans this past week and had the corn in about 3 weeks ago. We also transplanted some volunteer squash from last year.  The corn had a 99% germination rate. Pretty cool.  The corn has been in the family for many years so I think that’s pretty awesome in and of itself!

We lost a few tomato plants and are down to 21 now.  I looked in Tiny Town for some 6-packs but all they have are the bigger ones at $3.59 per plant.  No way am I going to pay that much for a single plant!  I’ll be starting some seeds today and hope for the best for some fall tomatoes.  We’ll see how it goes.

All the rows are planted now.  I think I’m going to fill in spots where nothing came up with different herbs and see how that works.  It looks like I’ve only got 2-3 cilantro plants that came up and none of my dill came up.  I’ve said it over and over though, I cannot seem to grow herbs. *sigh*  OH, that reminds me I planted several lemon basil plants last year and they did really well.  I was out weeding and noticed there are bunches of volunteer’s coming up.  Someone told me that planting basil with tomatoes will keep away the hornworms.  I’m going to see if it will work with the lemon basil.  No harm no foul right?  Another surprise in the garden this year is that the marigolds I planted with the tomatoes last year came back on their own!  I’ll leave them where they are but did plant more marigolds in the tomato row this year again.  I don’t know if it was just blind luck last year planting them together but I had no problems at all with bugs on the tomatoes.  We’ll see…

Well I suppose I’ve rambled on long enough. Time to get back out there and pull some weeds.  I’m trying to weed one row a day with the hope that I’ll be able to keep up with them. With 12 rows and the “flower beds” I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to them all without bunches of weeds trying to beat me on this venture.
Have fun with your gardening and if it just gets to be “too much” work remember that you are growing tangible assets.
Ya’ll take care!!
Sci