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June 13, 2011 - Janet DelTurco
I have just wasted half an hour of this perfect day (75 degrees, slight breeze, swunshine) by painstakingly grubbing up most of a spot of newly emerging lettuce.
I was weeding the plot of beets that did not quite get filled as I ran out of seeds, when I noticed some all-red seedlings popping up. They looked interesting, but I had no idea what they were, so I carefully cleaned out the weeds all aqround them. I grubbed up all the milky spurge and purslane as well as the spotted spurge that is just beginning to appear........ and some unidentified green stuff in several forms. Then light dawned. Having that space empty several weeks ago when I was planting, I shook out the remains of a packet of mesclun seeds over the soil without giving it much thought.
I found the empty envelope and identified the red as Red Salad Bowl lettuce, and the poor unfortunate greens as Black Seeded Simpson, Royal Oak Leaf, Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale and Mizuna mustard. All those potential salads murdered in their babyhood and thrown on the compost pile. Of course, they may perk up and keep growing. I currently have several potato and tomato plants and a few squash and/or melons flourishing there.
Then on my way back to a comfortable chair and a glass of lemonade on the porch, I noticed that what I had admired as satisfactorily fast-growing thunbergia (black-eyed Susan vine) climbing the trellis by the garage door was producing nasty little clumps of tiny white flowers. The leaves are almost identical to the Susan's, but I should have wondered at the speed at which it wqas shooting up. A weed of course, closely resembling morning glory. So there went another few minutes to untangle the good from the bad and ugly, and probably to lose some of the good in the process.
All a part of the gardening day
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