The Garden

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New baby rabbits and new baby plants

The garden this year has been doing very well. I’m sure the constant application of rabbit manure over a two year period is mostly responsible. I was lucky enough to score about 25 giant black plastic containers for free from a neighbor putting in a hedge, I think they’re about 10-15 gallons each, and so I’ve been filling them with compost and planting everything my heart desires. I have yacon, sunchokes, mammoth russian sunflowers, dill, tomatillos, baby doll watermelon, and delphiniums right now waiting to sprout. In my smaller flats I have phacelia, pickling cukes, red and green shiso, jalapenos and sweet peppers, celeriac and eggplant. I plan to put a few tomatoes of each kind in a pot full of compost as well to see how they compare to my tomatoes in the ground.

Last year I planted too many tomatoes and ended up not getting any, really. I got a lot of tasteless yellow cherry tomatoes that had self seeded, and most of my heirlooms went to rot before I could gather them. It was a sad time.

This year I am more disciplined. I have restricted myself to three types of tomato and started all the seeds in early March, outdoors in a cold-sowing operation. By that I mean they were started in plastic milk jugs. They did well and sprouted, now I have a good dozen seedlings of each kind: Aunt Ruby’s German Green, Japanese Black Trifele, and Brandywine. When it comes to tomatoes, I don’t care how they look. I want ones that taste good.

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Grapes turning pink

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Volunteer lavender plant in the asparagus bed

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Blue columbines

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Bachelor’s buttons

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Patio peach tree

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Peonies, finally!

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More columbines

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Edible violets

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Perennial pansies

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Lovely rhubarb

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Double white lilacs

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Celery

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Valerian flower, such a sweet fragrance

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Blue Veronica, getting ready to bloom

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My asiatic lily patch, getting there!

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My yellow climbing rose

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The coop and hop vine

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Backyard veggie garden progress

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Poor white chicken is moulting

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Old heritage rose

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Love these big red poppies

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Smaller white poppies are good too

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