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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Seedlings at Upper Mountain

Our seedlings emerged this week.  Some are starting off stronger than others.  This Metro Butternut Squash really broke through with some force.  

We are also growing Romaine Lettuce, Joi Choi Pac Choi, Superbo Basil, Edible Luffa and Black Mountain Watermelon.  The New Zealand Spinach seems to be the only thing really struggling.
Here are 4 raised beds in our backyard after the snow this week.  One cold frame remains with Kale, Spinach and Swiss Chard from last season.  This part of the garden has double fencing year round.  The large fence keeps out deer but not bunnies or groundhogs.  The raised bed fences keep out bunnies and groundhogs but not squirrels, chipmunks, rats ( yup- I actually caught the rat eating a gorgeous red Moskvich Tomato.  He tried to escape through an old chicken wire fence.  He got stuck and I had to help him get loose from the wire.) or birds.  The third layer of fencing is usually netting that is secured over the beds to keep out climbers and attacks from above.  So when there are veggies and fruit present, the third fencing even keeps us out!  This is our 6th season gardening in this location.  We learn from our mistakes and new intruders every year.  I wonder what adventures are in store for us in 2014.

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