Posts Tagged ‘weeds’

July 3: Baby it’s hot outside

Oh man, it’s hot out. It’s 8:30 p.m. and still 88 degrees. That, combined with a dew point of about 70 has combined to make it miserable. It appears the dog days of summer are here – and it’s only July 3.

I waited until the sun went down a bit to get some weeding time in. Mostly one-handed weeding, because I didn’t want to reopen Monday night’s cut to fingers on my right hand. I spent about only about a half hour pulling weeds around the tomatoes before I was drenched in sweat.

Looking west (after tomatoes were weeded):

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July 2: Another obstacle to weeding? How about a sliced finger?

So, weeding has to be put off another day. I was trying to wash the dishes quickly so I could get some weeding in before it started raining (yes it actually LOOKS like rain!). Too quickly it seems because I sliced my finger pretty good. Actually two of them, but it was the middle finger that got it worse. Of course, the cut is right where you bend the finger and with the crease, so it wouldn’t stop bleeding. Freaked Cassie out for a minute, then she found some gauze and masking tape and fixed it up good!

However, I decided it wouldn’t be a good idea to go out and start chopping away at the weeds tonight. Good thing I got my daily photos this morning before work.
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Growing, growing, growing — weeds they are a growing

Finally, some much needed rain.

More than an inch in the past 24 hours — more than we’ve seen in the past month and a half. Still 20120618-210551.jpgseveral inches behind for the month, but we’ll take what we can get these days.

The booyah that is my garden now includes a variety of bountiful weeds in addition to the fast-growing veggies. I was hoping to attack them tonight, but the mud, not to mention intermittent showers, is preventing that. Not that pulling weeds is my favorite thing to do, but they’re really starting to get away from me.

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Three cheers for early veggies!

Wow, where did the time go? Oh, that’s right — track, soccer and basketball. The garden — and my Garden Booyah blog — unfortunately have taken a backseat to my daughter’s sports activities. That’s not to say I’ve totally ignored the garden, but I definitely have been ignoring the blog. For that, I apologize. I’ll try to catch you up.

A little over a week ago, I planted a second row each of lettuce, onions and peas. I also replanted the bare spots in the row of lettuce and one of the rows of peas I planted on April 19. Our warm March turned into a lot of cooler weather in April and early May, so they needed filling out a bit. All in all, though, I’m happy with them. If the weather stays the way it has been for the past several days — high 80s, low 90s — it won’t be long before I have fresh lettuce for my daily salad. And the peas? I think they grew two inches the past two days alone! I can already taste fresh peas in the pod for supper — as Rachel Ray would say, “yum-o!”

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Perfect weather gets garden off to great start

Well, I did it. Took the plunge.

20120422-191531.jpg Planted some lettuce, peas and onions today.

And you know what that means — the tiller made its first appearance of the year. For the second year in a row, it started easily, and in no time at all I was turning over the soil. Saturday afternoon was perfect gardening weather. It was only in the low- to mid-50s, but it was sunny and there was little wind. In no time at all, the sweatshirt came off and I was breaking up the soil and loosening the weeds left over from last fall. (Photo at right was actually taken Sunday, when it was windier and a bit cooler than Saturday.)

It took about an hour to till the garden; then I turned to raking up the bigger chunks of weeds that I was too lazy to pull up last year, as well as the clumps of grass that seem to keep coming back despite the sod being pulled three springs ago. Will they ever go away?

I knew when I started raking that I’d have to do another round of tilling to remove the clumps of grass I couldn’t pull up by hand. But the funny thing is, it was OK — I wasn’t worried that I’d have to work all afternoon and into the evening to get it done. Because I planned a bit (one of my goals this summer), I didn’t have to till, rake AND plant all in the same day.

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