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08:13 pm: Prelude to summer
Not much to report this week. I only had a one-day weekend, so I didn't get much accomplished aside from more weeding.

There are a few garden updates. My iris flowers are beginning to bloom in the front yard. They're so pretty, they make me want to plant more, though I don't really have much more space. The buckwheat has begun to sprout. I hope the seedlings survive. We've been having extremely hot weather for May, and some of my smaller seedlings have already withered. I'm attempting to start replacements from seed, I just hope they survive without water when I take a trip to Michigan next week. At least the tomatoes seem to be holding up well so far. A couple of my runner beans from last year have sprouted and are about a foot tall already. I didn't get much of a harvest from them last year; maybe they will do better this year with such an early start.

I harvested the first of my albino beets yesterday. I ate a bit of it raw, and the flavor was more mild than I expected. It didn't have the earthiness that I associate with beets. If I had eaten it blindfolded, I would have guessed it was a carrot. I chopped it and mixed it together with some baby turnips and a potato and baked it for supper. It tasted good, but it does have the same flaw as the sugar beet I harvested last fall, which is that it oxidizes to an unattractive charcoal gray color. If I make the same thing again, I'll have to be sure to chop the beet last so that it doesn't have as much time to oxidize before baking.

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From:mangaroo
Date:May 8th, 2012 08:01 am (UTC)
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Michigan next week

You're going back home next week? Are you sure you have time for the Annie's event this weekend?

Coincidentally, I also only had a one-day weekend this past weekend, but mine are because I need to make system updates during business downtime. Yours always get me curious. Were you called in to cover for someone else, or is this because of your upcoming vacation?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 8th, 2012 11:13 am (UTC)
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Are you sure you have time for the Annie's event this weekend?

Yeah, it's all good. Although I've decided that I'll probably have to wear some kind of halter top in an attempt to even out my farmer's tan so I don't look ridiculous in my bridesmaid dress.

Were you called in to cover for someone else, or is this because of your upcoming vacation?

No, it's because I have different days off every time my shift changes. Last shift I had Monday/Tuesday off. This shift I have Sunday/Saturday off. Because Sunday and Saturday are split on opposite ends of the week, it resulted in a Sunday-only weekend.
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From:youchikara
Date:May 8th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
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I also love irises both blue and yellow one (that are the most common and often wild here). I'd like to say to everyone love plants ( please bear me ^^) that surprisngly my peach tree not only survived ( I bought it with a little hope of keeping it alive, just becouse it was left all alone in corner of a store, poor thing), but also has a little, but beautifull, bud that is now blossoming). Beside my beloved peach tree, we have, finally, a row of sunny days. It's not so hot now but it'll surely be hot the next month for the three months onward...I hope it'll rain becouse the last summer we have great problem of drought.

Edited at 2012-05-08 11:56 am (UTC)
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