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mongo_jones

the 2013 growing season

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this has been a weird spring/early summer in minnesota. we had snow in early may and then endless rain in the second half of the month--very few sunny days, and a lot of cold nights. so who knows what the garden will do this year. but with last year's garden expansion i've planted a lot: 24 tomato plants in four widely spaced rows of six. 15 peppers. lettuce, chard. lots of herbs. and for the first time ever: watermelon (i have a bad feeling about these), cucumber, cauliflower. am also growing spinach and cilantro from seed, but i don't think much is going to come up. i tried getting the seeds in the ground between two crazy wet spells and i don't think the soil was dry enough--i doubt anything is going to be able to push its way through the crust at the surface now. later, i'm going to put carrots and beets in from seed as well, and hope for better luck this year.

 

last fall's garlic planting is doing really well (though i see that last year i was already cutting scapes by now). should have 40 good heads later in the summer. i wish more things could be grown as easily as garlic.

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anyone want to come over for some bbq and help me build some raised beds?

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anyone want to come over for some bbq and help me build some raised beds?

 

I'd do it if you threw in some more pictures of your dog wearing a bow.

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as i know you are deeply curious these are the tomatoes i am growing this year:

 

cherries:

 

black cherry

isis candy

sungold

 

sauce tomatoes:

 

san marzano x 8

striped roman

 

midsize:

 

black plum

green zebra x 2

jaune flamme x 2

 

big boys:

 

brandywine

aunt ruby's green

old german

kellog's breakfast

big rainbow

italian heirloom

black krim

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Our strawberries and Jerusalem artichokes came back (the strawberries have already started to ripen), and our lettuces are mostly doing well. The squirrel and the old ladies have seemed to leave us alone for the time being.

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