Friday, June 23, 2006

pre-vacation gardening

so, i've left for minnesota to visit family and friends, and to attend a wedding. last minute touches to the garden include:

1. weeding, weeding, forever weeding (ah but it's oh so calming to YANK the little devil spawn out)

2. harvesting lettuce to try to save them from the bolt (sounds like a disease...)

3. planting sugar pumpkin seeds which have already sprouted (i know, a little late, but if the weather holds out in autumn, and i just get 1 pumpkin, it will be worth it)

4. planted lemon cucumber seeds already sprouted hoping the birds don't eat them (ditto)
5. found new plants/weeds in the garden borders. i'm leaving them for now to see if i can identify them later. this one actually looks like some sort of sedum type plant while this one looks like some sort of scary pepper...
6. caught a glimpse of a rabbit similar to this one (i wasn't quick enough for the photo) hopping along in my neighbor's yard right as i was leaving for the airport.
oh darn cute rabbit, i beg your pardon
just wait to see what will happen
should you chance eating my garden


steven said...

The first weed is Purslane and the second one I don't know the name of, but I get a lot of it and the flea beetles love it.

rachelle said...

i knew it. i actually thought that some of the moss rose seed actually got into the garden. so my question is, how does this stuff just grow and from what? i mean these weeds were not here before this garden was planted.
shall i pull the second weed up, or is it like nasturtium that attracts aphids AWAY from your tomato plants?

steven said...

Here's the deal with purslane, if you pull it, you have to immediately take it away and dispose of it. The stems are succulent and store water and the plant will continue to live and produce seed even though it looks to be dead.

The seeds are so small you'll never know they're around until the plants sprout, birds could carry them in, they could blow in on wind or they could wash in during a heavy rain.

Considering purslane is a native of the Indian sub-continent where it is a food crop and it has spread pretty much everywhere is a testement to it's seeding abilities. I have a patch near my air conditioner that boggles the mind.

rachelle said...

steven, how do i get the purslane to not infiltrate my garden then if i shouldn't hand pull it? i guess cut and eat method, eh?

steven said...

Pull it and bag it or eat it.