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April 23rd, 2018

Yesterday was a beautiful day here in Maine, it was sunny and warm (in the low 60’s). I finally was able to transplant seedling into the garden. It seems spring may finally have arrived here in the NE, we are all very happy about that.

I transplanted a flat of spinach, some fennel, radicchio, endive, and a few other greens. Fingers crossed they’ll survive any cold night we have and we’ll be eating these lovelies in a few weeks.

Are you harvesting anything from your garden yet? How’s spring coming along for you?

Weather I’ve been Waiting For

June 6th, 2016

I always have a nursery area in the garden, space where I can grow out cuttings and put new plants until I decide where they will go in the borders. When we first moved here I made a nursery area in a space that was not suited for this. The plants did OK, but the soil was terrible and it was in an inconvenient location for watering. The results were terrible, invasive weeds started taking over, some plants dried up and died, the rest languished. I’ve been needing to move all the plants, but have been waiting for the perfect weather.
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Whenever I need to transplant things, I try to wait for the perfect window of weather. That means lots of rain and cooler days. Plants are much less stressed with this type of weather and I have found that I rarely lose a transplant when I wait for the right weather window.
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After an extremely dry spring, yesterday was the day to make the big move. I dug up and transplanted over 30 shrubs, trees, and perennials. It was lots of work, but I know they will bounce back quickly because of the rain and cooler weather. Luckily, we’re supposed to get an inch of rain overnight which will water everything in well. Even if you can wait for one rainy, overcast day that will give you plants a bit of a reprieve during transplant and help them make it.

Do you have any tips for transplanting success?

Lotsa Lettuces

April 27th, 2015

Yesterday I spent a little bit of time transplanting lettuce seedlings. They were a bit bigger than I’d like, but with all the rain and cold nights we’ve been having lately I couldn’t get them planted sooner.
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Luckily it started raining as I was finishing up, so they’ll get watered in quite nicely.
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These beauties were planted in alternating rows in the garden. I find that this helps me keep the varieties separated much more easily. I’m super excited about salad season and I think that I should be able to harvest a salad or two from my container lettuce this week. Guess it’s time to start making up a few batches of dressing.

What’s your favorite type of lettuce to grow?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.