Watermelon Woman


More rain
February 25, 2008, Monday,12:09 am
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All the days have been rainy. Not raining times have been at work not home. Next week we should have a break from the rain. I’ve set up pots for seeds, bought my potting mix and look forward to some quality planting time.



Muscle aches
February 20, 2008, Wednesday,4:39 am
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Oh boy. I filled the huge green recycling bin with weeds, branches and miscellaneous dead plants on Monday. I am paying the piper with sore muscles, but feel good about accomplishing much on the way to getting the garden ready for planting.

Next up: potting the seeds!



Lodge dutch oven
February 16, 2008, Saturday,5:29 am
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I received my Lodge dutch oven this week and tonight I made chicken with spelt and brown rice. It was yummy. I bought the dutch oven for the “no knead bread” recipe and a skillet for corn bread. I’m happy!



Sunshine!
February 14, 2008, Thursday,4:34 am
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Yeah! We have seen the sun. After weeks of rain it feels good. I’m sure the weeks out back appreciate  the sun too. I missed out on a great weekend being really sick from a prescription reaction. All better, I think, so next weekend I hope to send some quality time outside. And it is a three-day weekend too! Happy BD to GW.

I enough seeds bought that I am going to try sowing directly and setting up the little pots for transplanting. I’m hoping to have lots of veggie seedlings to give away for Mother’s Day. Well,  give them to my sister  who lives nearby. She grows great tomatoes.



Seeds
February 2, 2008, Saturday,11:25 pm
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I’ve ordered most of my seeds for 2008 from Baker Street Heirloom Seeds.

Included in my order are watermelons of course. I trying some varieties that are new to me and hopefully will be ready earlier than some of the standards. Black-tail Mountain is 70 days; Melitopolski, a Russian variety doesn’t list the number of days, but coming from Russia, one suspects that it will be. Ali Baba is not short, 100 days, but its claim to fame is the flavor.

Tomato selections were Cuor di Bue, Sioux, Old Virginia, Flame (aka Hillbilly), plus some plum varieties.  I have also purchased carrots, okra, baby greens, green beans, black-eyed peas and corn. Corn will be a first. I picked a 5-foot variety. Oh and sunflowers. I had great success with them last summer and they last forever. I picked and picked for the house and still had plenty to please the eye in the garden.

I deciding on what varieties of apples to purchase. I want to try espaliers to cut down on the space requirements.

It has been raining forever here in sunny California so the ground is just as wet as can be.   I do like rain but, it is getting old now.