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10:25 am: Where the green grass grows
We're finally getting a little bit of rain this week, though it isn't nearly enough yet. This past year has been the driest on record for the area. Every day on the news I hear reports of rivers reduced to a trickle and water reserves that are dangerously low. Thus, I tend to get a bit ticked off every time I walk down the street and see my neighbors all still using their sprinklers every day...because having brown grass would be such a tragedy.

Anyway, this weekend I worked in my garden a bit. I harvested my oca and pruned the wisteria. The peas in the front yard are doing great--they're about three feet tall and already flowering--but the ones in the back yard took a huge hit from slug predation and cats digging in the bed. I replanted the back yard peas yesterday, so hopefully they will benefit from some of the rain to start sprouting.

I've decided not to worry about spring vegetables this year, so no carrots or beets or turnips. While they're nice when I can get them, I just don't have enough success getting them to sprout and grow to full size to justify the effort. I'll do one bed of potatoes, the ones that proved most drought resistant last year. I will also have to start planting out strawberries in the ground so I don't have to keep worrying about watering them in pots.

My kumquats are just about ready to pick (the small handful that there are), and I have a few early rhubarb shoots that I plan to harvest and freeze for later. The currants are blooming now in the front yard, so it will be interesting to see if they produce good berries. (I planted native California varieties, so they're not the same as commercial varieties, and I don't know how well they will perform.)

The one down side of the rain is that now I will have a LOT of weeding ahead of me.

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From:mvrdrk
Date:February 2nd, 2014 11:21 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I was reading about your rain situation. We're below normal, too, but the next 2 months is frequently when we make up most of our snow pack anyway. It's time in a couple weeks for me to start peas up here. Any earlier and all they do is rot in the ground.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 3rd, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
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because having brown grass would be such a tragedy

Ha, tell that to my dad! You wouldn't believe the time and energy (and wasted water) he puts into keeping his lawn green in the summer.
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