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would it be insufferable to name our three raised beds ferris, cameron, and sloane

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soil and stone delivering on Friday, get ready for a lot of raised bed progress pics

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as always I do my designing in Pages because everything else is intimidating

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we’re getting ph neutral compost/topsoil mix delivered along with crushed stone for the aisles/borders. I think we’re going to do square foot gardening but we haven’t totally figured everything out

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Dug out all the stumps to get rid of the uneven ground/tripping hazards. Tomorrow I’ll lay out the basic shape of the garden in landscape fabric

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i want to lay out the landscape fabric but it's just raining a bunch

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savor the extremely pleasing sound of three tons of crushed stone being poured onto a tarp by a dump truck

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Accomplishing what we can when our working hours are “daylight hours when baby is asleep” which are not extremely easy to come by (especially on a very wet and rainy week). Landscape fabric is cut and opened up, the bottoms are lined with cardboard.

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yes the shovel still has a sticker on it we did not have outdoor tools in our fourth floor Chicago apartment ok

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Okay we are ready to plant (but not today. Tomorrow there is a gigantic wind and rain storm coming. Oh well)

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Here’s a better view of the whole garden, alternating heights, the back is full sun, the front gets a bit of shade throughout the day

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Holding up well to the stormy weather. Doesn’t look like any planting will start this week based on the forecast, but my mom is starting our kale and marigolds indoors at her place

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picked up border fencing to keep the buns out but it's too windy and cold to put it up today 👎

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fence up (will probably have to supplement with some mesh, but it’s a start), and beets, snow peas, carrots, and green onions planted.

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beet sprouts! i did see a robin hopping in between the fence yesterday. going to put some chickenwire up between the fenceposts to hopefully deter some of the hoppers and creepers. hardening off some kale right now for planting. last frost was yesterday in our zone (6).

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used some rubber pipe insulation to border the fence because sydney snagged her clothes on it a few too many times. after a few seasons we'll probably get a big fence but this has been decently effective so far. also pictured: big chive flowers and new pepper towers for jalapeno and habanero peppers

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yeah i know the border looks like shit the string trimmer is my father's day present and it's not here yet

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Garden fact: all vegetables are baby vegetables as long as they’re exposed to sufficient quantities of baby

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so far bunnies haven't breached the fence, and i've only seen good bugs (long-legged shiny green flies and ants). lucky!

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this whole deal is going pretty well considering there was nothing here but a shitty hedge on april 8th

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This heat wave is saying "DON'T READ THIS" to my lettuce and "hello" to my tomatoes

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habanada peppers from seed have been a bust, they're doin' nothin'. the jalapeno seedling we planted, though, has the tiniest little peppers forming where the flowers bloomed and it is SO CUTE

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we should have some tomatoes ready to eat in less than a week and i'm SO excited about that, they're so much more substantial an accomplishment than lettuces or arugula leaves

and the peas and beans are doing a great job climbing the tunnel!

and the squash is flowering!

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Does anyone have any idea what this bug is on our basil? @plants boosts welcome for ID help

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Our jalapeños are little but they’re already starting to ripen; I’ve never had a fresh red jalapeño before! I’m excited!

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might be triggering if you don’t like bugs or have that tiny hole phobia 

Holy shit look at the parasitic wasps in this tomato hornworm in our garden @plants

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@alex ahh so jealous of your space! y’all are doing a great job

@alex i was literally just talking about parasites in my insta dms two seconds ago lol. grotesque but cool as fuck

@swirlz fuck a tomato hornworm anyway, wasps 4 life

might be triggering if you don’t like bugs or have that tiny hole phobia 

@alex @plants this is the coolest fucking thing, GO braconid wasps, gooooo

might be triggering if you don’t like bugs or have that tiny hole phobia 

@alex metal as fuck

might be triggering if you don’t like bugs or have that tiny hole phobia 

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