Making hay while the sun shines, or planting while I’m not being rained on

It’s super sunny today. Which is super weird, but I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth- it’s time to work.

Look at those blue skies! It was incredible. I suppose spring has sprung. I posted earlier about my seedling disaster/adventures, but I had more work to do then just that.

Before I could even re-pot the seedlings I had to haul in the soil I got yesterday. It started raining so while it was dry enough for me to go to the garden center- it was wet enough for me to abandon the soil to the trunk of the car overnight because I didn’t want to get poured on.

Also gotten at the garden center yesterday was a packet of garlic chive seeds. I… love these and I’ve never seen seeds for them so I’m super happy I can grow them for myself now.

Boom. Garlic chive pot. It’s in the position for some sun, around where I put most of my full sun pot herbs. Such as my dill.

Look at that fab dill! Looks nice in the sun for sure.

Considering the break in the rain I also gambled on some early green beans.

These were my favorites from last year. I sowed 8 or so in the back bed behind the turnips.

I’m hoping they’ll take- the soil temperature is warm enough- these will be my early green beans if they sprout.

The salad greens in the old tomato pot are finally growing well- be a while to harvest of course and only a few seeds took- but I’ll get at least one salad before I put a tomato in for May.

Now here’s a mystery. There is some kind of funny mushroom/fungal fruiting body growing amongst my Swiss chard. It has a texture like pebbles. No doubt it’s growing because of all the rain- I’ll just have to rip it out when I rip out the chard.

I picked a few small carrots but the main harvest was this last big Joi Choi. The outer leaves went right to the compost pile, they were super slug eaten, but it was still a lot of Bok Choy for eating. I’m hoping it really is clear for a week plus- if it isn’t I’ll have to move the seedlings and maybe the garlic chive pot indoors for a bit.

There was some fun and games with a rogue earwig that hitchhiked inside on the Choy but I’m still trying to forget that.

I have a lot of weeding to do this week- got to take advantage of the dry weather. It’s probably gonna rain again late March and sprinkle into April, but hopefully it will be sprinkles not absolute pouring driving rain.

Spring seems to be here!

5 thoughts on “Making hay while the sun shines, or planting while I’m not being rained on

  1. I don’t mean to change the subject (again), but does that happen to be a ‘Rangpur’ lime off the the left in the first picture, or is it just a ‘Mayer’ lemon? Did I ask about that already?

  2. You have not asked before, It is *supposedly* a Meyer lemon. It predates my parents owning the house in 79 so it is a very old tree which just thrives on neglect it seems. We leave it alone- and it gives us lemons. The only thing we do is give it extra water on hot days in the summer. The lemons it gives us are a little strange, great zest, sweet/tart fruit, but the pith is very large. So the actual ratio of pith to fruit is all screwy, IE you’d need a lot of them for lemonade. Dad (who is a little strange) likes to eat them peal pith and all as a snack, and I tend to use the zest and juice in recipes. But what’s great is even in fall and summer there’s usually one or two ripe lemons left, just not the bonanza that’s in winter/spring so it’s a year round tree almost.

  3. Well, they are continually productive, and the description sounds about right, except that they should not have thick pith. Of course, they ‘can’ exhibit variations of pith thickness, but that is not normal. It it were a ‘Rangpur’ lime, the peel would be quite thin no matter what, and the fruit would be bright orange like a Mandarin orange. (It is actually a sour Mandarin orange, not a lime.)

  4. The thick pith is so weird I’ve often thought the people who sold the house to my parents were mistaken or lying about the tree being a Meyer. They could be some hybrid or maybe a grafting mistake? (Someone tried to graft a Meyer to regular lemon rootstock and a whoopsie occurred?) I’ll take a picture of the lemons tomorrow maybe you’ll have a better idea of what the tree actually is.

  5. ‘Meyer’ actually is a hybrid of a lemon and an orange, or more specifically, a sour lemon and a sweet orange. (Citrus are described as sweet, sour or bitter, and there are all three kinds of oranges. The ‘Seville’ sour orange that is used for marmalade is as sour as a lemon, with the flavor of a sweet orange, and is sometimes mistaken for a sour lemon.) ‘Meyer’ lemon is also only one of two of the common citrus that is not grafted (or was not grafted prior to 1979), and even a grafting problem would not change the fruit. I will look at your pictures, but may not get to it until tomorrow.

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