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April 29, 2012

late april garden report
posted by soe 10:47 pm

We headed down to the garden this afternoon to plant see how our plants were doing.

We planted four plants I bought this morning at the farmers market (three tomatoes and a sweet pepper), as well as some seeds (lettuces, spinach, beans, and two types of squash). We also set some seeds aside for fall gardening, some to try growing from seed in my window at work (cucumber seeds and microgreens), and some to plant in the next few weeks (quinoa, more beans, and some herbs).

Lots of things were blooming:

Spring Onion Bloom

Our chives from last year have turned into full-fledged spring onions this year and are growing these gigantic alien-like flower heads.

Tomato Flowers

I like to cheat by buying tomato plants that have tiny buds on them. This one was planted two weeks ago and is flourishing. It’s a low-light tomato, so it’s toward the back of the garden.

Sage Blossom

The sage is covered with purple flowers, even after Rudi hacked half of it off a few weeks back.

Potato Bed

The potatoes I planted two weeks ago were up above the ground. I added three types of beans to the bed — edamame, purple, and yellow.

Hacked Chard

The chard had gone a little crazy in our two-week absence from the garden and had reached knee level, so Rudi cut off a bag’s worth of chard as this week’s harvest (along with a spring onion). This is what’s left from the front bed.

Green Strawberry

We will have an excellent strawberry crop, which is comforting given how much of our plot we’ve given over to them. I expect the first ones to turn red in about a week.

Garden Plot, April 29

This is our plot. Looks pretty and green, doesn’t it? Want to see what or where we’re growing? Click on the picture and that’ll take you to Flickr, where I’ve annotated the heck out of it. (Move your mouse over the picture and boxes will pop up.)

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just another saturday in d.c.
posted by soe 2:33 am

Three random shots from my afternoon:

1) The Lutheran church in Georgetown clearly has someone who loves flowers in their parish:

Lutheran church in Georgetown

2) Le Pierrot at the Georgetown French Market. There was also a fantastically talented balloon animal maker:

French Clown

3) The alleys of D.C. are full of surprises. Here is one from over in Shaw:

Hospital for Horses and Dogs

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