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A full day of gardening!

May 1, 2016
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I slept in a bit later than normal after a late night, but after doing some email and bill paying, I was outside gardening by 9:30 and I didn’t stop until 5 p.m. I started off weed-eating the entire front and side yard, then I decided to begin renovation of the vegetable garden. I pulled 90% of the lettuce, kale and Swiss chard. I had five sink fulls of greens, that I cleaned, then dried, then stored. We will be eating a lot of greens in the next few weeks. kale.may1.161

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swiss chard.may1 (1) I was doing the cleaning without my glasses when I noticed a caterpillar, and then I got glasses to clean the rest. I found about 5, but I am sure I missed some on the early batches. It was only on the red ursa kale. caterpillar kale.may1.162
After I cleaned out some of the beds, I added some compost, turned the soil and started replanting. I got some tomatoes, peppers and eggplant planted today, but I do need a few more peppers and tomatoes. my garden may1.166
I pulled out all the pansies and violas and started planting summer annuals. I took out the dogwood this spring and now that front bed has a whole lot more sun. Not sure how the shade lovers will fare this summer. I rethought the front plantings and put in some petunias, vinca and sunpatiens in the front bed,my garden may1.161

my garden may1.162and then the shade loving orange impatiens to the side. I also planted a few pentas and zahara orange zinnias in the side yard. I pulled weeds and thinned out the toad lily. I love tricyrtis (toad lily) but it loves my garden and is getting out of control and spreading like crazy. I thinned out a third, and it needs at least another third to go. my garden may1.164 It is spreading into other perennials all around it.

I weeded, mulched, fertilized, and finally watered. Even though we have had ample rain, the new plants needed to get their feet wet. my garden may1.165
The yard is coming together. Now if I just had about 7 more days to devote to it! my garden may1.167

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So much is in bloom from roses rose oso easy.may1.to iteaitea may1.162 to confederate jasmineconfederate jasmine may1.161 and summer spirea. spirea may1.162 Towards the end of the day, I surprised a chipmunk in a pot and he jumped at me. I am not sure who was more surprised or alarmed, as he jumped off me into the bush. At the same time that he hit, my fitbit vibrated to let me know I had my 10,000 steps which just added to the excitement.
After a shower and clean clothes, I tackled a new dinner meal. Someone had given us some quail breasts, so we had pan seared quail over creamy polenta and grilled/charred Swiss chard, kale and asparagus with a mustard cream sauce. It turned out pretty well. dinner may1.161

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dinner may1.164

Now I think I will spend a little time with the heating pad!

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