Yes, i bought more seeds.
But i had to!
Because they were there and my plants are not.
I bought some Calabrese green sprouting broccoli. I got some Broccoli Raab, some Arugula and i got a bush bean with purple pods.
I have grown purple-podded bush beans before and i liked how much easier it was to find and harvest the beans. Depending on the variety, if the bean pods are missed and mature too far the plant will stop producing, so purple pods that make more thorough harvesting easier help to prevent that from happening. That, and i like the change of color. As much as i like green foods, sometimes one gets tired of eating that color.
I got the broccoli raab because it is more bitter than classic calabrese. I noticed the kale was not being raided, maybe the flavor wasn't as mild as the cabbage and gypsy broccoli. I don't generally mind bitterness within reason so i figure its worth a shot. If its less appealing to the evil, oversized squirrels i may have a shot at harvesting some for myself.
I grabbed the arugula just for the heck of it. I might just scatter the seed in the lackluster carrot beds.
I have a very large, plastic, terracotta colored window box style pot that i was considering growing some broccoli in, i remembered that the soil in it right now is mostly old peat moss. I had put it in there, having no other place to put it, the bag was shredded, it was about 1/4 of one of those huge bales i got at Home Depot... i think that will be perfect to add to the soil where the blueberries are going to go. Its been in there for about as long as we have had the house.... 7 years or so...? I can trade the peat moss for potting soil, compost and yard dirt. Hopefully the plastic is sturdy enough to not break.
My other alternative is to use my 30 gallon rubber tub. It was once 30 gallon patio pond that was made to look somewhat like an oval cedar trough. The liner is a thick, slightly flexible rubber. I think its the same material horse watering buckets are made out of. If i get the guts to cut a drain hole in it, i could use that as a planter too.
I went out and retrieved the big plastic pot. It looks like its still strong enough to plant in. It barely looks its age actually.
Just a little weedy and dirty
My little blueberry plants need to be planted soon, the Patriot type are flowering. I need to remove them too.
Also, this might be good news! While i was out (in the oppressive humidity) i checked on the grapes, the Edelweiss grapes don't look like much still, but i did notice the weedblock was lifting a bit next to the really dead looking Edelweiss twig. I pulled the fabric back a bit and out sprang a green vine tip with a couple crumpled leaves. I do believe that the Edelweiss may be regrowing from its roots! I'm pretty sure its a grape shoot, the leaves are more rounded than the others, but i looked for some leaf pictures and that type of grape has rounder leaves. I won't know for sure until the leaves unfurl completely, but it should happen in a day or so. As far as i know, Burpee does not graft these grapes, if it is on its own rootstock, i will at least have a chance at ending up with one Edelweiss after all!
This is a big relief, because this year it seems that the things i was most excited about are the ones that weren't panning out too well so far.
Oh... one bad thing... the Japanese Beetles are out. It seems early this year and that is not a good thing!
Havahart trap is still empty. Nothing more eaten in the garden, but the horseradish leaves have been munched on again.
Oh, my beach plum saplings are looking good. They had leafed out nicely late this Spring and have grown quite a bit. They need planting out too, but with the fencing and the yard not quite done i don't know where.
Topsy Turvey looking pretty good, has a lot of catching up to do.
I applied the roundup maybe 20 minutes ago, when the weather radar map showed no storms in sight, and all of a sudden we are now under a severe thunderstorm watch.
If i want rain all i have to do is apply Roundup to the weeds. But it did this to me last time and though i had my doubts it did end up working, it just took longer to see the results.
Well i think that is it for now.
It's almost 1pm.