Messing around in the garden

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I finally had time to mess around in the garden on Sunday. It felt so good tending to my raised beds and fruit trees. They have been badly neglected this Spring.

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I started in the raised beds removing all the weeds and grass volunteers. The snails got to the majority of my seedlings so I have plenty of room to fill in with summer veggies this week. I am so disappointed that my Thai Basil didn’t do anything (darn it!!), but my lettuces and cilantro are thriving so though so that’s something.

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Along with so more lettuce seed, I was able to plant a couple tomatoes and Blue Lake Green Bean gifted to me by friends who know I appreciate free plants. Next up for the beds, I plan on picking up a few more veggies at the garden store this week including an eggplant, cucumber, zucchini and a few peppers. Nate and I pretty much live on zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes all summer long so I need to get the plant started asap.

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My raised bed drip system is still doing quite well and it’s so efficient. I love it so much I’m going to extend it into the front flower beds and then, adding all new lines in the backyard so 90% of our plants are watered on a timer. I actually enjoy putting in stuff like this so I am really excited to get started.

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Moving on to the backyard, I first harvested our kumquat tree. I noticed the apricots are starting to ripen and I wanted to make sure I only had one fruit to deal with at a time.

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So, I filled five baskets full of the fruit. Then cleaned them up so we can distribute them to friends and family this week. I’ll also do a blend a few batches of puree and freeze it into ice cubes for my smoothies, but we have so much fruit we like to share the wealth. Nate’s taking in a bunch to share with his students as well. He did this last year and it was fun to see the kids develop a taste for the fruit so it may become a tradition.

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Once all the fruit was picked, I pruned both the kumquat and lemon tree. They needed a haircut badly.

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I swear the more I prune, the fast they grow. (Is this a scientific fact? Can someone tell me?) After finishing and cuts and nicks all over me, I filled up our green waste bin completely with branches.

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Bam! Nothing beats two big tasks crossed off the list. Now I can get to the important work getting the drip system installed and have a little fun buying new plants.

How’d you spend the weekend? Get anything big crossed off your list?

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