Garden – Spring 2016

 

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I haven’t talked about gardening in a while, so it’s time.  We’ve had some new additions to our gardening landscape, one is an old cast iron bathtub (which may eventually get some 70s stenciling!).  I decided it would be the squash garden this year.  We struggle with squash every year, because of squash bugs. Our new tactic this year is companion planting marigolds and radishes along with squash.  Luckily, I got all the seeds in before the rain, and Don transplanted all the tomatoes that were living in the greenhouse  We actually have a few tomatoes already.  In addition to our dependably producing, small tomato varieties (green grape, cherry, and plainsman), we’re trying (heirloom) homestead, black krim, and Cherokee this year.  We let some volunteer tomato plants continue to grow, where we knew the seed was from good tomatoes.  Last year, we had a whole area of gorgeous, volunteer tomato plants that produced prolifically, but tasted awful.  Any volunteer plants in that area are pulled and composted this year.

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Our mandarin orange tree must have heard me say that this year was it’s last chance to survive, because it’s put on more oranges than I’ve seen.  If they all start maturing, we may have to selectively remove some.