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Saturday, June 28, 2014

And pretty maids all in a row.

While the fire is rolling, heating up water or food, my second task of the day after getting home from the shop is working in the garden. I am still gimpy and weeding is difficult on me, but I muster through it like a zombie stroke victim. 

More than once I have heard "What on earth are you doing?" Followed by an uncomfortable giggle lobbed in my direction.  Depending on who is doing the questioning, I will reply with a straight face a Dr Who quote, and zombie jest, or ramble incoherently about Cthulhu.  More times than not however, I peek up over the tops of my plants and demand they retrieve my boomstick, "I see deadites".  I am always greated with a laugh, and then they have the audacity to call me a dork.  I don't blame them, you crawl around on only one knee, half a butt in the air poking out above the vegetation and see how much you get snickered at. I have attempted weeding sitting down, it gets uncomfortable and I always end up back in the starting postion of the 100 meter dash. 


I have managed to trellis my peas. Which has thrilled me to no end.  Look what I did! (Feel free to acknowledge the previous dork statement) 

When we first arrived, I purchased a small packet of locally raised spinach seed. My thinking is that since they were grown and harvested here that they will do better than my seed saved Kansas seeds. I planted both at the same time. And took some pictures to prove that my assumption was dead wrong.

Ky Seed


Ks seed


(Yes I am lacking on the weed free front. See opening statement for my rebuttal) 

I have already harvest a lot of the KS spinach, eaten them and processed some into noodles. I have yet to harvest any of the local spinach and it has already gone to bolt.

I am disappointed. I was looking to diversify my spinach stock as I have been seed saving this particular type for many a years. 

Oh well. Maybe this will cheer us all up. Cucumber flowers!





6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice looking greens. Is it easier to grow a garden in KY than KS? Hope everyone's enjoying the summer. I'm sure you will be more prepared for this winter--last winter was so hard on you.

Sandy said...

Phelan,

I like the idea of using the bamboo to create trellis for your pea's!!!

So sorry to hear the knee is bothering you, making it difficult to get the weeding done.

KS spinach really took off, do you have more seeds you could plant for fall? I'm surprised KY seeds didn't really take off.


Practical Parsimony said...

I like dorks!

Phelan said...

Right now it is easier to grow in Ky, mainly due to excessive drought we were having in Ks. It rains often enough here, so far, that I don't have to water by hand yet.

I do have more seeds to plant in the fall. I allow them to go to bolt and seed save. I was hopping for another batch to diversify my stock, but looks like it will have to wait until next year.

I like dorks too!

Anonymous said...

Tougher than this Yankee. I had knee surgery last year and couldn't get my garden tilled. I know weeding would have been huge challenge. With knowing how to do the starting position so well...I hope you win the race :-)

Anonymous said...

Tougher than this Yankee. I had knee surgery last year and couldn't get my garden tilled. I know weeding would have been huge challenge. With knowing how to do the starting position so well...I hope you win the race :-)

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