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(Fark)   The snow is melting - finally. I may be able to dig. Eventually. Come tell us all about your garden adventures in your Fark Gardening Thread for Tuesday May 24, 2022   ( divider line
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2022-05-23 7:45:07 PM  
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Hardening my seedlings went rather poorly this year. I'm not screwing around next time. I'll introduce them to cigarettes while telling them their father never loved them.
2022-05-23 7:36:09 PM  
9 votes:
*plants a bunch of catnip next to a bunch of mint*

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2022-05-24 12:26:01 AM  
7 votes:
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2022-05-24 10:27:11 AM  
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We have a couple squirrel nests in our trees. I walked outside this morning to find about half a dozen baby squirrels going absolutely bugfark nuts in the backyard. When I opened the door, they exploded in every direction like someone dropped a bunch of ping pong balls on linoleum. I was thinking WTF when a few minutes later I caught one hanging from the hummingbird feeder, sucking out the sugar water.

I'd like to apologize to their mothers. I moved it out of reach.
2022-05-23 9:25:50 PM  
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2022-05-24 7:16:08 AM  
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I got my shiat together and dug out and fenced a 15 by 25 patch for a garden.  I'm sore as hell, but it might have been what I needed mental health wise, since I feel better than I have in a while.

My wife promptly got about 30 by 25 worth of plants and seedlings and roots.
2022-05-24 12:25:43 AM  
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2022-05-24 12:25:16 AM  
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2022-05-23 7:32:09 PM  
2 votes:
I drove to the local farm stand today and forgot to buy a big pot of Super-petunias that are pre-grown and stay flowering all summer.  I've lowered my standards for gardening, after trying it and finding a lot of work and knowledge are required.

/But I did get some really good smoked pepperoni for way too much per pound.
2022-05-24 10:17:50 AM  
2 votes:
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2022-05-24 11:32:49 AM  
2 votes:
My garden is in place!
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2022-05-23 8:37:06 PM  
1 vote:
Work schedule

Circumstances have found me with a frog pond.

Used to be crystal-clear water with room for 6 or 8 koi that would grow large and get friendly just in time for racoons to cruz by for late-night take out. I swore no more after finding...well, it was gnarly, that last supper.

So, after a year of keeping the water less than perfect, circulating but a build-up of bottom detritus, viola! tad poles! (I was sure all the frogs were gone due to new neighbor's destruction).  Overjoyed I promptly killed them all with a too-rushed water change. (YOUUUUU gotdamned EEEYYDIOOOT!) Total bummer.

Apparently, we've got some committed frogs because there was a second - and possibly third - batch and, in gratitude, I've let the pond get downright funky. Filtered and aerated but zero skimming and if some huge elephant ear leaf fell in there days ago, well, didn't it make a perfect launching pad for teeny tiny frogletts?

I get ready for work at 11 p.m., sipping coffee in a darkened kitchen, window open, listening to more frogs than we've ever had. Tiptoe out with a flashlight to watch them surf and slide and hide.

and trip over that sushi-loving racoon who now eats dog kibble since the pond water is too murky to hunt in.

It's a nice balance so far.

The garden itself is in disarray. Too mfing hot now, too humid, too much jerk-o neighbor.

Too many frogs to watch turn from secret, silent water wigglies into bold, legged sex fiends.
2022-05-24 10:06:16 AM  
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Spikescape: In Colorado we had a heavy, wet snow, so the weekend was taken up with covering all the little starts that had just gone into the ground after months of being carefully attended to indoors.[Fark user image image 425x191]
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I also managed to build platforms for my water barrels just in time for the storm to fill them up completely, but had to protect the valves from freezing. Fortunately they seem to have survived which is great because temps are expected to be in the mid 80s this week.
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Now, does anyone have a chainsaw I can borrow? Leafed out trees and spring snow just don't get along.
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How disheartening! I hope the rest of your season is uneventful.
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