the call is for rain

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The rain just started tonight, but the forecast changed to predict the same for the next three days. I’m not ready for that much rain, but the garden is weeded, the front bed got most of the replacements planted, the mushrooms got pulled (again), and the grass got mowed. So I guess I could say I am ready. The pine that I planted last week was really in need of a thorough water, so that’s alright.

The weekend was pretty much perfect, with the planting getting done on Saturday, and the rest of the evening taken up with the Danish Mid-Summer party. The club was supplying hotdogs and drinks, and everyone else brought a potluck dish. (We brought pickled herring and a cheese plate because I didn’t have time to shop). The games were so fun and the company was great. The big bonfire at the end of the evening brought the hordes of mosquitoes, and we roasted marshmallows and ourselves along with it.

Today was the weeding, and I was happy to have gotten to it. The carrots are just above the ground, and don’t need the competition of other weeds. We cleaned it up pretty well, me and Chadd, even though it was Father’s Day, and it would have made more sense for him to be sleeping in!

Today was also the day that Chadd should have been showered with presents, but the girls were more interested in a day out, so we went to the Red River Ex. We toured the agricultural exhibition, watched the sheep-herding trials, and road the mid-way. It was a great afternoon all together, something that feels like it’s getting a little more rare these days. We bonded over chickens, the Zipper, border collies, and rides that flip you up-side-over. And deep-fried Oreos.

All so very, very good. (And who would have suspected that the girls get their thrill-seeking side from me?!?)

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a surprise

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I didn’t even see the gooseberries blooming!

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before 8:30 a.m.

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Newly planted and exactly what that corner needed! I absolutely love my evergreen corner. The idea behind this area (southwest corner) was to create a more naturalized section of the garden.

The plantings are meant to look a little more “woodsy” and so far include: Savin juniper, Moonglow juniper, mountain pine, purple-leaf rose, Cardinal dogwood, dwarf garland spirea; big bluestem grass, Northwind grass, some lupins and a white anemone.

I want to incorporate some black-eyed Susan, some coneflower and some sage, but the ideas need to percolate a little more. A work in progress; and getting that mountain pine planted before work this morning has me so happy, I’m still a little giddy every time I look at it!

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me and the mushrooms

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I never thought that weeding my garden would include picking mushrooms! The layer of mulch combined with warm, wet weather has made my back yard a literal mushroom factory. I’m filling a plastic shopping bag every other day!

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this is mashed potatoes

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Elena made them, to go with the store-bought roast chicken, because I’ve been working so much.

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the horseradish must be defeated

Same garden plot, same marathon planting session, same plan. Starting with the fabulous job Chadd and Elena did to get the allotment ready; the soil had been lightly tilled, the quack-grass around the perimeter had been controlled, and the ground was easily turned for planting. That was so nice, coming to the garden and being able to start planting right away.

Almost right away…last fall, I had decided that the horseradish must die. I spent hours digging out the horseradish, only to realize the roots go to China and are as thick as my arm. I made a huge hole in the process. This spring, the horseradish once again made an appearance.

The Jerusalem artichoke came up again, too. Thankfully, that is much easier to yank, but still taking up too much valuable growing space with no payout. I did not ever get any harvest from that plant, so out it went.

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The milkweed gets to stay. In limited quantities, in a controlled area. I’m going to give it a little picket fence, and a few flower friends in the middle of the veggies, and let it be.

It’s going to be an absolutely gorgeous day, so me and five jugs of water are making a quick trip to the plot first thing this morning. Then a trip to Costco, then a casserole for supper, then a trip to the mall with Elena for a birthday gift purchase, then out to Beausejour for her baseball game. These days off of mine are not really days off, I just spend the time making up for whatever needs doing.

But I have a plan, and a whole day to do it in. And I have to go…24 tomato plants are waiting for their water!

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dandelions

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My Odin will eat fluff-full dandelion heads quite happily; and will plow through them while on the trail of a bunny. Galloping ahead, back-tracking, and nose to the ground the whole time. Fluffy bits glued to his drool.

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But it was Loki who found the bunny.

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