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and we’re off

Ok day 1 of the 52DC is here. And I also started HIAH today. I trimmed back the goals to fit into my plan to continue losing fat while getting stronger and adding muscle.
HIAH on paper looks OK. In reality, I felt like puking!!! Good luck challengers!

Garden is booming. I gotta get iin there and harvest. I made a sugar free cucumber salad last night. I’ll post the recipe. Can’t wait to have that with the london broil that is marinating right now… Yum

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Where the hell have I been ?

Well that’s a tough one to answer. Things have been hard for me. Most of it my own making but still. But what I want most now is to get my head out of the clouds, get my butt in gear and get my act together……… (feel free to add your own cliche here…)
So the next 52DC starts Aug 10 and I will be there with realistic goals.

But I want to also post a garden update. man this thing is getting crazy! have a look…
todays haul
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corn
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pumpkins…so early
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carrots
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tomatoes
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crazy melons
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peppers
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Hopefully things can get back to normal for me.

A Quick Garden Update

photojournalism as its best……
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A Mid June Garden update……so far so good….

taken at dusk yesterday
the whole picture…
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peas…the srugula has been harvested…sunflowers on the edges. (the broccoli will go here when the peas are done)
carrots and raddish to the left. bush cukes to the right
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bush cukes
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toms..
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peppers with melons to the right (you can see a pumpkin at the end of the pepper row (that might prove a mistake, we will see) and cukes at the end of the melon row)
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middle of the melon bed. direct sown. first there were 3 now there are 2. so now the 2 have paper towel collars as my best guess is cutworm…..
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yum basil
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also a 3 sisters row. not sure what is gonna happen with this….
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first little green guys YAY!
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This is Fun? Seems a lot like work…..

the garden taking shape

but I love it!

Got a lot done this weekend in the garden. Fabric on the melon beds. Mulched the first tomato bed. Planted sunflower seeds. Set up the whole irrigation and timer. Spread hay inbetween the rows. 3 reasons for this; to keep the weeds down, to keep the mud down and most importantly to try and keep the feet of the little ones on the paths and out of the beds.

Here’s 2 of them enjoying a little fresh baby arugula

 
 
 
 

the garden gnomes

 
 
 

whats eating my arugula?

 

The raddish and carrots are coming up and the cukes ans toms look good. I might have hurt my peppers a bit. I was humming right along with the landscape fabric and thought hey cover the pepper bed. keep those weeds down. I think i cooked em a little. they didnt look so hot the next day. leaves curled. brown/black spots. MEMO TO SELF. DO NOT PUT LANDSCAPE FABRIC ON PEPPER BED ON 85 DEGREE SUNNY DAYS!

I am really excited about the three sisters row. Beans are coming up like crazy and the corn is making a showing. same with the squash. BUT the bed is not getting enough sun. So the tree guy comes tomorrow and I hope to remedy that situation.

Now for some more photos!

the 3 sisters row needs more sun!

 

a closer look...beans!

One last thing is another note to self; the old timers always said plant out on memorial day weekend. I was late this year becasue it was so cold and wet in may. Do not make this mistake again……..

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY….wait a minute…it did!

Its amazing what happens when the garden gets a little sun.  Everything perks up a bit. The peppers stand straighter, The tomatoes get taller. Heck even the peas doubled from yesterday. So things are moving albeit slowly.

My late granfather Ike (may his soul rest in peace) always said wait until memorial day to plant. But I got so giddy about the garden that I just couldn’t wait.  AND the Master Gardener’s from my local cooperative extension had their plant sale on May 14th and I like to support them…..

Quick update on the seedlings. They are coming along really well. I moved the sprouted one’s (mustly cuberits (sp) ) out of the dome and under lights. They seem happy. Still waiting for the rest to pop. I am hoping to have everything in by June 15th….

One last note on the sunshine…..It picks people up just like it does the plants…….

Smile!

OH 1 last thing, I like May 24th. It’s the anniversary of the Islanders winning the first of four stanley cups (never to be heard from again) and its also from a line in one of my favorite RUSH songs….

My babies are growing up

Like so many things in my life the garden was a last minute plan. That’s not to say I don’t execute these plans well, because for the most part I do. But I do want what I want and I have some seed variety’s that I want in the mix. So I got them under the grow light I own.

Side note: The grow light is actually the Aeropod system. It makes a great small seed starter. They even sell accessories for seed starting that fit right into the system. But I had this old  Park Biodome from my last incarnation as a gardener and the seed warming mat, so I used them.

Go you guys!

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