Tea bushes.

They are bigger, but not huge. One died, so there are only three. I haven’t tried harvesting anything yet. But I’m continually delighted when they blossom.

Buds are forming.

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I know they are camellias. But, it tickles me to see the proof of it.

I took this last September.

I took this last September.

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Hazelnuts

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I think this is about a quarter of the nuts that we will get from our bushes. The rest are still green.

I think we need to plant some straight into the ground around the rest of the border of the labyrinth. It looks like they do best when messed with the least.

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My little peach!

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Planning to get this is the ground soon. I’m very pleased with myself.

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Oregano

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I finally cut this. The bundle of stems is about the size of my calf and the actual bouquet is as wide as my chest. There is nowhere in our house with enough space to hang it.

I don’t have a clue what to do with it.

I have dried herbs in the past. But, I frequently leave them to get dusty rather than actually use them.

I, also, know that oregano is more flavorful dried than fresh.

Maybe I’ll spend some TV time tonight breaking it down into more rational sizes.

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Canning beans.

New rule for Kitty.  Putting it here so I can’t possibly forget.

Beans get frozen.  ONLY frozen.  I have ruined 2 seasons of Hamby beans trying to keep them in jars.

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My little peach

Last summer we had some delicious peaches.  I stuck 14 pits in one of the potato dirt bags after reading around on the internet to see what would actually work.  They need opportunity to freeze.

Two sprouted and, because I’m not always the sharpest tack in the box, I killed one.  I didn’t recognize its tiny leaves and thought it was a weed.  The sacrifice of the one saved the life of the other, however.  And it has been moved to a pot my cat isn’t tempted to sleep on.

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I realize that it looks tiny in that huge pot, but I don’t expect to move it for a few years.

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Planting – April, 2015

I started Beauregard sweet potatoes a couple of months ago and have put 3 slips in my raised bed this morning.  I put 3 eyes of a Yukon Gold Irish potato in the other end.  I stuck the rest of the eyes in empty-ish places along the iris/blueberry fence row.

I had already planted nasturtium seeds in the holes in the cinder blocks along one long and one short side..

5 Arkansas Little Leaf climbing cucumbers have  gone in the center holes on the other long side.  6 bush cucumbers have gone in the other holes, 3 at each end.  One of the Arkansas Little Leafs didn’t sprout.  But the Mexican Sour Gherkins are volunteering in their holes.  I have 4 bamboo poles in holes and I have a bottom row of string ready for the cukes to begin climbing.

DSC05614I have pulled my carrots so I can plant 2 rows of the Glass Corn popcorn seeds I managed to produce last year.  I’ve put them in the middle of that bed.  The garlic needs to grow another month or so, so I’m leaving it alone.  I”ll put the jalapenos in there when they are bigger.  There are 4 spindly plants in little pots, right now.

Chuck’s carrots are bigger and more consistent, so I’ll make a huge dessert this afternoon with my multicolored ones.  I hope they keep the colors when they cook.  Purple okra doesn’t.

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Roses and kiwis are putting out new growth.

Dill seeds are sprouting in the herb bed.

Columbines are blooming in the front.

We have bitty plums forming and one peach.

Lilacs will not be blooming this year.  Their buds froze.

Iris buds are popping up,  And one has even opened.

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