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    « Another Day, Another Dollar Hat | Main | REPRIEVE! »

    Wednesday, June 22, 2005

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    Kristen

    I just thinned my little lettuces today--baby lettuce salad! Yum! I also heartily endorse Gardens Alive's kelp stuff. Grow, garden, grow!

    Laurie

    Looks weedish to me. I pull up something that looks like that and toss. Your garden is fabulous, so perfectly planned and productive. This has been a big weed year, especially clovers.

    Cathy

    I had something like that plant once called "balsam," but the flowers were red. This could just be a pink varietal.

    Amy Boogie

    The mystery plant is called WEED in my garden :)

    Chery

    Nice looking garden. Do you pinch your suckers? ...on the tomato plants? Oh, how I love tomatoes. Can't grow them at my house, we have too many squirrels and chipmunk.

    Jenny

    Now you've done it, Norma! My twenty year old son is checking you out....for your gardening abilities!!! Please be gentle with him......

    margene

    Everything looks so good, so green, so full of expectation. It makes me want a garden to play in. It so hot here, more like July/Aug weather and I have fever blisters to show for it. I'd rather be in a nice green VT garden.

    jodi

    Don't know what it is, but let me know when you find out. I have some too, and the person who gave it to me came over here yesterday and couldn't identify it.

    Kathleen

    Wow, I am impressed Norma. Can you come over and help me in my garden. Heck, just make one for me. Please!!

    Katy

    One of these days I am going to take a picture of my first attempt at a garden just so you can have a good laugh. ;)
    Yours looks great!

    Eilene

    I'm jealous...what a real farmer girl you are. Can I come over for some Luscious tomatos with a little basil? Last year in my flower bed, 3 toamto plants sprouted. They were gorgeous. The funny thing is...I never planted them. They were a gift from Mother nature!!! ;-)

    sandy

    Well, soon you'll be in the possession of so many zucchinis you won't know what to do with yourself. And of course, the answer is, send zucchinis to your friends. I wonder if they'd mail well? Probably not.
    :)
    Love your garden. Want to come here and weed?
    Marigolds. The word of the day.

    Jan

    I've been putting off gardening work for two weeks. Your *inspiring* post has me changing my plans for the day. ;-)

    Cara

    SHIT Norma - You're KILLING ME! I would love to photograph your garden. Seriously. Those pinchushion plants have my name all over them. I especially like the texture of the ones that haven't bloomed yet. But the blooms are nice too. I'm not sure I have anything like that in my arsenal.

    Thanks for sharing the garden. I may photograph flowers well, but growing them is a completely different story. I have what is lovingly referred to as a black thumb.

    Mwah!

    Julie

    For sure that's an ugly old weed. I get some weird weeds here that have the sweetest little flowers on them, but I harden my heart and yank 'em.

    Em

    Yowza, I am so impressed with your mad gardening skillz! Just reading about the tomatoes made my mouth water.

    I always thought zucchini was pretty hardy stuff--at least, when I grew them they completely took over the garden. We had zucchini bread for a year after that.

    noonie

    I have to quit reading this blog.. it's no good, I go away feeling inadequate... she knits, she gardens, she works, sigh...

    But I love seeing all the pics, no it's no use I'll have to come back.

    Kathy

    What time is lunch? I'll bring the wine :)

    Maggi

    Wow, Norma, you are one H of a gardener! I wonder if I could be as successful with your tips down here in the hot&humid zone. I've only got flower pots this summer, as I'm planning a move, but I will try liquid kelp and the red stuff next year. Thanks!

    stephanie

    STOP DIGGING! That is absolutely motherwort, one of the most cherished and useful plants amung women and in my garden. Good for anxiety, easing menstrual cramps and preventing bleeding after labour, motherwort is also good for your heart and your nerves. Damn fine plant that. Plus, it's pretty.
    We only call plants "invasive" when we don't like them. Otherwise, they are "sucessful".

    (PS. How funny is it that I know this one after being all impressed with you yesterday?)

    Norma (yeah, that's me)

    My veggie garden has sunflowers in one corner (they are staked now tho) and that's it. We keep meaning to plant tomatoes but haven't gotten around to it. I guess I will have to pretend your veggie garden is mine. Oh hell, I will just pretend your blog is my blog - it would make it all so much easier.

    freecia

    What a nice change from all that snow. What wonderful goodies you had hidden!

    Kathy

    But, but, motherwort is your *friend*! Honest! Make up a tea from it and drink when you're on edge or already off the edge. Gooooood stuff, I tell you.

    I am drooling over your garden. And noting the proper soil mix for the tomato plant I'm about to set into my patio container. I wonder if red construction paper would work....

    Rachel

    This entry ROCKS! (no nature-pun in tended). I'm so wanting to learn about organic gardening, and this is a good little primer, or at least a mini-lesson. Worthy of being bookmarked, this.

    Love the red plastic idea! I'll have to invest in some.

    Karin

    Here is an old-fashioned gardening tip from the Midwest for ya, Norma! My grandmother always had the best tomatoes, too. When she planted her tomatoes she also dug a second hole close to the plants. In it she put a half gallon or gallon milk jug in which she had poked holes. She put dirt back around the jug and left the opening showing -- I think she may have even put the cap back on the jug. When she watered, she filled the jug so that the roots of plant were soaked good underground.

    Liz

    I love how you're doing companion planting, and I hate to spoil your notion of the bees being attracted to the marigolds, and then pollinating the tomatoes, but it's not accurate. Marigolds are great to plant in the garden because they attract things like aphids *away* from your veggies, and they also bring in the beneficials. But tomatoes are self-pollinating, the best way to make baby 'matoes is to give the plant a gentle shake (what the wind does). Other than that, I love your garden update! :)

    Kim

    YUM~~ That Romaine looks absolutely scrumptious!! Can I come to your house for dinner??

    greta

    Don't dig up that Motherwort, dearest....she is good karma indeed for the garden and as mentioned previously, makes a mighty fine tea.
    *some* people thinks she'll only appear in the garden of a powerful woman of a certain age (cough, cough) but you didn't hear that from ME.
    Carson and Sandy have begged and pleaded with me NOT to ask you...but what kinda clippers did you use for the impromtu haircut on Vinnie awhile back?
    OOOOO, stop it, poodles, it is HOT out. You'll feel better, honest.
    Right, Auntie Norma?

    Silvia

    Are you sure it's not WEED!?!

    Lee Ann

    Oh, Silvia. I live in Montréal. Trust me, it's not Weed. It's not even Hemp. It's an invasive little bastard that should be yanked, pretty "I'm so innocent" flowers and all.

    Can I come have a salad at your house, Norma? I can't do the whooboythathurtsandI'mfkingupsidedownyouhear? yoga, but I can do pilates, and I promise to make a kickass vinaigrette and bring a really nice bottle of French wine...

    Jessica

    I may have to try some of that red mulch and a few of your other secrets as my tomatos look downright sickly. Yours are lovely - hope they end up tasting as yummy as they look!

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