Weeding day

Spider in orange treeThis creepy spider (Ithink it’s a huntsman, maybe a wolf?) seems to have made a home in some of the new growth on the orange tree that Frank hacked and then the aphids infested. I thought he was a cute little frog at first. Funny how “cute” becomes “creepy” so easily.

Today I spent HOURS (okay, maybe 1 hour) weeding all the veggie beds. Not nearly as much fun as planting and harvesting, but a lot more fun than dealing with Tash’s raids. She sabotaged someone elses garden last night.

Oh No! I think I pulled up any thyme that may have been sprouting in the zucchini bed. That’s what I get for thinking evil thoughts about Tash. I ran out and planted another row next to the last one (with a stick at the end to remind me). The seeds are old and I finished the packet so maybe they were no-shows anyway.

Basil bedMost things are doing pretty well now. This photo shows the basil, lettuce, celery, radishes (they look fine but aren’t really fruiting), peppers and tomatoes. All look healthy. I’m waiting for the dill to sprout (it may already be there, Frank says those little grass like shoots are it – I’m reserving judgement but didn’t “weed” them just in case). Ditto on the tarragon – nothing coming there yet.

I planted a row each of radish and basil in the ginger bed. Mainly because it’s obvious that Tash loves fresh turned open soil and those are both bushy plants that might make her walk around the bed (I’ve protected them with a prickly branch so hopefully they’ll survive). Also I figured, “what the hey?”. After all, the radishes elsewhere are doing so poorly they can’t do much worse in the shade. I may buy more radish seeds – these could be duds (is there such a thing?).


About Laura Rittenhouse

I'm an American-Australian author, gardener and traveller. Go to my writing website: www.laurarittenhouse.com for more. If you're trying to find my gardening blog, it's here.
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