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Hints of Spring
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Monday, 30 March 2009 15:44

Despite the brisk winds, the clouds cleared and the sun is shining brightly today. The wild onions are green and soft and ripple in waves across the field as the wind blows. The grass will soon catch up in height and color. The patch of field across the road, northeast of and seen from the house, grows a shade greener every day. Today it looks minty and alive. The first flushes of carrots, beets, and what might be one leek have germinated and the radishes have been thinned. I'm ready to plant Agrostemma and start vegetable seeds in the soil blocks.

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First Planting in the Hightunnel
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Thursday, 12 March 2009 22:42

Popie Preps Bed 1 for First Planting!

After scrubbing milk paint and mold off the hipboards (using ¼ tsp bleach in the red bucket full of water), I began prepping the first 12 foot section of Bed 1. Using the shovel, I dug up the segment closest to the western end wall that the tiller couldn’t reach and tossed it over again and again. There was some nice looking worms of all sizes, some twigs and rocks that I removed and a few bits of scrap stuff from the compost. I bumped my head pretty good on the horizontal support beam in the corner, and not wanting to bang my head a second time (like the Earthy Cowboy did, once on his ear – ouch!), I hung a bandana, and eventually the camera from the board. We’ll use that beam to build a shelf for a pet plant in the high tunnel (or something of the like).
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Sunflowers and watermelons, companion plants?
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 08 July 2008 20:46

On June 3rd, I planted 8 organic Blacktail Mountain watermelon seeds we purchased from Sand Hill Preservation, and they are happily (and quickly) growing in their magical soil blocks. The Earthy Cowboy picked them out as the watermelon he wanted to try. Being a watermelon conoisseur, he picked out a small fruit, dark in color on the skin, and a deep, rich, red on the inside. Here's their description:

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Plants around the Yard
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Friday, 30 May 2008 12:19
Basil
Thyme
Chives
Parsley
Catnip
Mint
Cilantro
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Watermelon
Tomatoes
Squash
Nasturtium
Coreopsis
Poppies
Brazilian 4 o'clocks
Morning Glories
Bee Balm
Zinnias
Lupines
Daisies
Sunflowers
Daffodils
Irises
Hostas
Bleeding Hearts
Dahlia
Lily
Phlox
Impatiens
Cosmos
Purpurea?
Black-Eyed Susans
Fuschia
Peonies
Ageratums
Peas
Scarlet Cypress Vine
Mums
Vinca Vine

 
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