Fallen Soldiers

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The dexterity required to properly plant seeds often results in lots of baby plants clustered together.  Sometimes, we have to go back and thin some of them out to ensure that there is enough room for a plant to fully mature.  Sadly, this can result in lots of wasted seeds.  All of these baby carrots were pulled up too soon, but thankfully there are still plenty more, now with lots of space for them to grow big bright and tasty.

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Engine Problems

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At any given moment, one of the vehicles at the UGArden always seems to be leaking fluids or having some sort of trouble.  Last week, the Polaris died on me when I was down by the lower barn.  JoHannah came to my rescue and we towed it back up to recharge the battery.  If nothing else, I think I could get a job at AutoZone one day.

Pink Eye Purple Hull Peas!

Without doubt, these are my favorite of all peas. They’re fun to shell, even though I learned that some of my fellow UGArdeners don’t like them. Shelling them evokes memories of my childhood as my mom and sister would shell peas for us and our neighbors.

These peas are very well suited for the South because they thrive in the heat and seem to attract very few (if any) pests. There are several ways to cook them, both traditionally and modern, but they’re also very tasty eaten raw!

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Warning: spider photo in this post

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I’m starting this post off with something nice, because I don’t want to freak people out with the really cool picture of a spider I’ve got below in case someone’s scared of ’em. So! This is our turmeric and ginger! We grow them in a hoop house down by the barn, and Jay and I spent one morning this past week weeding the beds. It smells so nice in there, the ginger is pretty pungent. I love it.

So the hoop house is down by the barn, where we store stuff, and this past week we also worked on cleaning it out (because Experience UGA kids are coming next week). At one point JoHannah and I pulled out a tarp to fold it and several GIANT wolf spiders came scampering out, it was awesome! (I love spiders). I was way too excited about them, so I took a picture of one of them (my foot is next to it for size reference).

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😀 They just kinda chilled on the tarp as we dumped water off of it and laid it out to dry. A couple of them ran off, but this lil fella stayed on.

Weeding and cleaning

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This past week we weeded and cleaned out this little area underneath the solar panels. It was really messy before, and extremely weedy for a gravel patch. But it’s all cleaned up now, and the plants look healthy again! 🙂 We had to pull some up (since summer is over now) but the snapdragons are doing great, and JoHannah planted some herbs in there, too– basil, cilantro, and parsley. I’m pretty excited to see how those do!

Hello sunshine, goodbye swamp!

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THE SUN IS BACK!!

For the past couple of weeks, UGArden has been less of a farm and more of a… mudpit. Which has been a little bit frustrating. I missed the sun.
On the bright side, it’s been easier to weed since the ground was so soft from the constant dampness! On the downside, however, a LOT of weeds grew in due to the constant dampness (also insect pests since it’s been to wet to spray for ’em). And last Monday my workgroup had to disband early due to the weather. So we have a lot of work ahead of us this week, but at least we won’t have to do it in raincoats!