Archive for July 10th, 2009

Weekly Summary

July 10th, 2009 No comments
Where are they now?

Where are they now?

Our first plumbing job.

Our first plumbing job.

Date Lo Hi Notes
07/04 60 86 Harvested some black currants. Thinned and ate some turnip tops.. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and swiss chard heat stressed. Shaded them and watered daily.
07/05 60 85 Started ongoing swiss chard outer leaf harvest.
07/06 56 69 Harvested some gooseberries. Installed two 50′ soaker hoses but performance was unsatisfactory.
07/07 56 70 Started ongoing romaine and butter lettuce outer leaf harvest. Reinstalled the soaker hoses – performance improved but still unsatisfactory.
07/08 55 66 Fresh blackcurrant crumble! Wow!
07/09 57 74
07/10 59 81 Third (and maybe final!) arrangement of soaker hoses. Planted out the peppers and celery from 06/02 and many of the 06/26 seedlings. Started a third batch of radishes. Thinned rutabagas – cooked and ate the leaves and stems. Replaced a section of PVC pipe, 45° elbow, and hose bib used for watering the bushes in the front yard.
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Radish #3

July 10th, 2009 No comments

French Breakfast
Expected germination: 5-7 days
Expected harvest: 23 days

18 seeds

07/10: Planted 2 per cell in 9 cells.
07/18: 17 of 18 (94%) have shoots 1/2″ to 1-1/2″ tall.
07/23: Planted out.
07/24: 1/2″ to 1″ tall, with foliage diameter 1″ to 3″.
07/25: Several plants found recently dug up but mostly undamaged. Replanted.
07/26: Two plants found recently dug up but mostly undamaged. Replanted.
08/01: 2″ to 3-1/2″ tall, with foliage diameter 3-1/2″ to 10″.
08/03: We’ve let these grow larger than previous radishes. Started harvest today.
08/07: 2″ to 6″ tall, with foliage diameter 6″ to 12″. Harvest continues.
08/12: Completed harvest.

Harvest: 24-33 days

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Back Garden Ornamental Maintenance Begins

July 10th, 2009 No comments

Now that we have our “Hose Garden,” an auxiliary watering system installed by Mike, I’ve begun yard maintenance in earnest.  I refer to the lawn and ornamentals.  The end of the week seems a good time to approach the back garden.  Thursday evening the waste disposal containers are put out, and Friday morning they are taken back inside the gate.  Time in the backyard organizing disposal can coincide with watering, weeding and trimming the lawn and ornamentals.  Saturday I plan to mow the lawn, finish watering, and prune, the latter perhaps with help from a certain snazzy Englishman, if he is not otherwise occupied. –MJH

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