The season that wasn’t

Oy, I’m so far behind. We got some rain in the last 2 weeks, so grass and weeds are happy.  Check out this canary grass that was in the garden.

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canary grass. seems to be a species that indicates the presence of water. It was next to a spigot. This stuff can get to be like 7′ tall. 

 

It’s not the first and others have dropped seed :(. I cut the seedheads off of this one and brought it and a bunch of weeds from the fenceline that we share with the neighbors to the municipal compost bin last night. I spent a couple of hours mowing during mid-day, and I finished right when my neighborhood’s temperature peaked at 101. It hardly ever gets quite that hot here. The garden has been doing pretty okay with this heat wave, partly because I’ve been handwatering recent seedings and transplants.

Sick kid=less-productive week

Well, I seeded some zinnias in the greens bed the other night but did not water them the next morning or evening. Oops. I made sure to water them this afternoon, and then Z watered for a long time. Too long. Too little communication, as I would have said to not water. Also, 2 of the strawberry beds that needed water were not on, and there was a big leak at the head of one of them because T had left a valve on (last fall) when he was playing with irrigation stuff. Doh! The weeds in the greens bed will be so much worse. I have onion seedlings to plant, and I still have the Shasta daisies… sigh.

After 2 days home sick, my kid is going a bit stir crazy. I missed my 2nd-to-last physical therapy appointment – good thing, since I wasn’t feeling too great yesterday, either.

I realized that the peas are English peas. You’d think I could just look this kind of thing up. It seems like in the 2nd week of bearing, the peas start really looking long and skinny, and that’s when I figure out what they are. I guess I will stop picking them. I wish I had planted snap and snow peas, too, but this winter was crazy, what with the like 175% of average rainfall and all… it was even raining while I planted those peas!

The weather has cooled down, which is a relief, except in that today we had 3 hours without the fog dominating the sky.

Bed prep… this no-till stuff will kill me

My main method of preparing a garden bed for planting is to hoe the grass and weeds off, put down compost and ground oyster shell, and then lay out the drip tape. This spring I am finding that the bigger weeds such as dock and the big clumps of grass have to be dug out with the shovel. This adds a lot of time and bending over to the job 😦 I spent 4 hours preparing the 2nd half of my greens bed today. Maybe I can get the rest of my kale seedlings in before they die! And plant some zinnia seeds. I transplanted my few zinnia seedlings and my many dills into the top part of the bed earlier this week.

We are having a heat wave but at least the wind wasn’t too bad while I was working this morning and early afternoon. It is 10:45pm and the house is still 77 degrees!

The greens bed in progress
Garden bed with lighter, older compost on the ground and plants growing along the lines of drip tape in the foreground and darker compost that I put out today in the background