Thursday, October 2, 2008
Thinning the carrot (left) and red beet (right) seedlings was a little scary and tedious and painful—did I pull out the “right” ones? But later, I potted a few of the extra seedlings (not knowing if and or when I’ll actually transplant them) into temporary plastic pots until I figure out where those seedlings should eventually reside. I also transplanted a few lettuces that seemed crowded, but I think now I should have left those alone because they seem really wilted.
I felt better about the thinning when we just plain ate the extra beet sprouts—yum! Caveat: I know that beets and their greens are healthy and edible, so I felt comfortable eating the seedlings. I would not be so bold with just anything!
Husband-Kurt took a couple of days off work this week and decided today to dive into dog-fencing the previous tomato bed into a new, bigger veggie bed.
He also dug up a bunch of dirt and divided it into two more (unfenced) raised beds for future use, as well as adding this cool four-way hose-splitter.
Rock! For starters, I can now set one hose onto a little sprinkler in one bed while using the mist setting of the hose-end sprayer on some potted herbs at the other side of the yard. (See edge of hose-splitter at far left of photo below.)
I also transplanted some flowers (native perennials) within the old tomato bed to make room for more veggies. I added a few thinned carrot seedlings into some bare spots of the broccoli area. I'll sew sorrel and cauliflower seeds into this newly gated and reconfigured bed this weekend. (Photos to come.)
This ladybug seems to have approved.