30 April 2019
I found several uses for my leaky ten-gallon tank. I put half-full bags of last-year's soil under it on a black mat, the temperature in there climbed over 160°. Hoping if it was a virus that sickened my tomato and cucumber plants last year, this kills it. Mixed the soil one-third old with two-thirds new, amended with compost and crushed eggshells as well.
Cut a lot of kale the other day, made a stir-fry dish over brown rice and quinoa. It was almost too pretty to eat
the garden has been growing. I've been out there almost every day and no extra time to sit down and show the photos- until now taking a break from midday heat. This spring I dug into the garden not only my own compost, but also some "soil ammendment" a friend gave me (leftover after she planted some shrubs). Well I think I overdid it some- a lot of the plants have grow hugely, and faster than I recall ever before- but are somewhat lacking in taste. The lettuce bed is really full- but my favorite light ruffly black-seeded simpson doesn't have the sweetness I recall from past years.
25 April 2019
24 April 2019
This morning I transplanted more echinacea into the triangle spot between my yard/driveway edge and the neighbors, removing the last of the grass there. I didn't make a completely straight line, hm. The plants look really sad and the neighbor's lawn service has already run over my autumn sedums there once, I hope they are more careful in future. Maybe I will need to put in some edging. At the end of the echinacea row (which I didn't photograph as the new ones look very sad- though dozen I put in earlier are doing well) I planted three of the hyssop.
23 April 2019
so I moved all the young plants out of the plastic coldhouse and into shade on the deck table
Last week we had rain and thunderstorms, today it was up to 82°. Wow a ton of stuff is springing up in the yard. Joe pye weed 'chocolate' :