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05:05 pm: Love is in the air...er, ground?
I spent most of my weekend working in the yard. On Monday I planted out a bunch of oca, which will have to share space with the raspberries. I won't be able to plant out the rest until I harvest the potatoes to free up space. That will probably be in another two weeks or so.

I also harvested the carrots. I had extremely poor germination this year, so there weren't too many of them, but the ones that did sprout grew pretty well. I was really surprised when I pulled up two of the larger ones and found that they had twined around each other. Carrot love!

I was beginning to get jealous of mangaroo living so close to a game shop. I looked up one reasonably near me and decided to pay it a visit. Sadly, they didn't have the game I was looking for. However, that didn't stop me from buying two other games that I had my eye on: Agricola (which I bought as a present for my brother last year, but never actually played myself) and Takenoko (which just looks adorable). I was lucky to have escaped without buying half a dozen other games.

I spent most of today weeding the front yard and finding more places to squeeze in some bean plants. I began this season thinking that I would prefer pole beans. Their advantages are that they have a higher yield over the length of the summer than bush beans, and the beans mature gradually over time so I won't be flooded with more than I can handle all at once. That probably still makes them superior for harvesting snap beans. I'm coming to think, though, that if I want to grow dry beans, bush beans would probably be better. It's no problem if dry beans mature all at once, because they're already dry and won't go bad, even if it takes me a while to get around to shelling them. The yield per plant may be lower, but because they don't need any kind of trellis, I can scatter them here and there throughout my yard, which means I can have more plants. (Trying to place bamboo stakes or twine everywhere for the pole beans is getting to be a huge pain.)

My summer flowers are now beginning to bloom. Notably, two of my bright red poppies opened today. I had such horrible luck with the poppies last year (with only one plant surviving to display more than one flower), I'm happy to see that these are doing okay.

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Date:May 16th, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
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P.S. If you want to know what games I've been getting, I made a profile at Boardgamegeek, and I'm going to try to keep it updated. You can view my collection here.

I attempted the solo version of Agricola. It took me about 90 minutes just to read the rules and punch out/set up all the pieces. Then I played slowly over two evenings. The goal score for solo play is 50, and I only made 30. I can see this will require practice.
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