July 2022

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Readying the Vegetable Patch

I’m dead tired.

I got up this morning and after downing a couple of cups of coffee, I took the seedlings I’d planted in larger containers, out of the living room and back into the sunroom.  It was cold last night and I was afraid they’d get too cold and die.  We can’t have that after all that work, so I brought them inside.

Next, I transplanted a few more of the egg carton babies into plastic containers.  Gee, I used to keep food in those.  Anyway, the sun room is beginning to look like a greenhouse with all the containers of plant material.

I got dressed and decided to do some yard work.  I inspected the maples we transplanted.  They’re looking healthy.  Then I had a look at the bamboo.  To my great surprise, it had shot out a culm.  Is that what you call it?  Anyway, the greatest sign of life to date.  I am so delighted.

After some weeding, I decided the vegetable plot needed my attention.  Charlie had turned the soil over.  That means, the grass that was on top got turned over and the grass roots are on top.  I don’t know what he was thinking.  I can’t plant my vegetables on top of grass roots.  So I did what I saw my mother do many times.  I turned the soil again, taking the clumps of grass out and throwing them in a big pile to be disposed of later.  Gawd  the work is backbreaking.  I could only do about a tenth of the patch before I ran out of energy.  I put everything away, came inside and fell on the couch for a nap and here I am.

I think I’ll do a bit every day.  It’s much harder than you’d think, probably because getting rid of the grass clumps is so difficult.  Everything is so damned heavy.

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