Home improvement

We have been busy in the yard this week, making some upgrades. This will be the summer outdoors.

We’ll be planting the tomatoes this week once the weather gets warmer.

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New start

The seedlings I planted did not do well. After about six or seven weeks, they never got much bigger than this. Wah-wah :-(

Seedlings

Seedlings

So, we’re giving it a new start with some store-bought seedlings. I was able to get the same variety, Celebrity, that I wanted to grow. Yay!

Celebrities!

Celebrities!

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Seeds sown!

The tomato seeds have been sown and are on the kitchen window sill waiting to sprout. We’re expecting a late-season snow storm, but that hasn’t stopped me!

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Dirt

“Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth, that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant. In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” — Margaret Atwood

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R&D

We are making progress sketching out garden plans!

We are making progress sketching out garden plans!

Yesterday was the second weekend in February and we had a minor blizzard. Perfect time to plan a summer garden! At this point, all we’ve got is a sketch of the back area between the garages, and some varieties of tomatoes and hostas picked out.

The tomatoes will be “Bush Celebrity,” which the UMN Extension office says grow well in Minnesota. For hostas, we like the “Sagae” and “June” varieties but it will probably come down to whatever is at the plant sale.

Still to plan: The mulchy areas surrounding the house and trees, the kind of cute brick to edge it, the possible patio area in front of the tomatoes, the ugly patch behind the garage (anything is an improvement there), and probably lots of other ideas!

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There was no moon, but the stars — you’ve never seen stars, if you’ve only seen ‘em from England. They don’t twinkle faintly in the tropics, they blaze; and the sea … it was alive with phosphorescence. Our wake and our bow-wave were great swirling tracks made up of billions of spots of white light, and all the sea on both sides was full of deep glowing movements — fishes darting through the depths, great shimmering clouds and veils of shadowy color, little surges and whirlpools of light far below — once or twice in your life you get a night like that, and it’s a sight to leave you breathless.
— The Ruby in the Smoke, Philip Pullman

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