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June 19, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
Work in the garden has kept me from blogging lately. All winter I looked forward to having something to write about every day in the summertime, but now it is here my computer time is very limited. I do check my email every morning, and answer any questions as soon as I can, and of course there is my daily 20 Trivial Pursuit questions on Pogo. Then I need to go outside, tools in hand, and get busy. Planting is finished, and so is re-planting. I was forced to share my newly emerging corn and broccoli plants with some form of wildlife. Several times over. I have bought four new packs of broccoli successively. I don't know what pest it is, although sometimes I have left the rabbit gate open. Whatever it may be, it chews the leaves from the stalks, and leaves them right on the ground. For the corn, I anticipated losing a number of shoota as it happens every year, and so I planted ten pots with extra seeds. Brilliant, right? Except that I left the tray of pots behind the garage, ON THE GROUND, where all but one was promptly eaten! Some people never learn. I wish I could find some transplants somewhere to fill the gaps. I have twelve plots, small ones, in the vegetable garden: asparagus, potatoes, corn, snow peas, broccoli, turnips/beets/parsnips, peppers, raspberries, onions/garlic, green beans, tomatoes and cucumbers, and they are divided by paths of red pavers. If I keep to my schedule and weed one patch a day, that keeps things manageable. I am coming to the end of the second round, and things are looking nice and tidy still. Some days, like today, I have to force myself out between showers, but the rewards are immediate and make the job worthwhile. My daughter will be here with her husband from Nashville for my son's wedding next Saturday, so I have to have things in good order. She is an excellent gardener, and now the family horticultural genes are coming alive in my oldest granddaughter.
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