I very much want to get the Black-eyed Susans planted but digging that bed is proving a real challenge. Not only is the dirt hard-packed enough so that when I jump on the shovel it barely digs an inch down, but there seems to be ancient cement about 6 inches below the surface — I think left over from when the building was built and perhaps put there with the idea of the building being expanded or some sort of patio space. It shouldn’t be a problem for the Susans as they are field flowers with relatively shallow roots. They come back year after year because they re-seed themselves. Getting the bed dug to begin with though is very slow going. I got one one-foot wide swatch only 5 feet long dug up today only. That leaves another 20 feet by four and finishing the section I’ve started.

I’m excited about how well the tomatoes are doing. If they keep on as they’ve been going, I’ll definitely have not only enough for me but to share with the neighbours.

Tomorrow I plan to start another 12 dwarf mignon dahlia seeds and another 8 aubergine seeds. I’ve got to start some cucumbers because I think the plants I thought were my cucumbers are actually bush zucchini. They came out of the cucumber seed packet but I’d forgotten that last summer I had a seed spill and, when re-packing them into the seed packets, I think I accidentally put some of the bush seeds into the cucumber packet. When I pulled out the cucumber seeds to plant, I went for the biggest and most healthy looking — eh, yeah, it looks like bush squash is what sprouted!


5 responses to “garden”

  1. Lynne says :

    Do you have a hose to use? If so, you could water that area and then dig it up the next day. You might be well to just choose another site. Perhaps plant the area that is already dug up but leave it at that.
    Drought is a serious issue and even the Susans will struggle in that kind of area with debris and cement below the surface. Try just spot planting within areas that are more suitable.

  2. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    Do the Syrian rebels have a heart?
    Read “Syrian rebel hacks dead soldier’s body, eats heart on video” at,7340,L-4380101,00.html
    Syria is no different than Jordan, they are both completed bogus countries without a historical ancestral people belonging to their geographical area and they are both invented, created by the former powers of the past such as France, Great Britain, and others.

    • Lynne says :

      Wipe Out, I agree that these are troubled countries in an area that has a long, long history of conflict…but then the entire world has a significant history of conflict. It’s the mix of so many groups without the component of tolerance that makes these places so dangerous and absolutely unlikely to succeed as a country that is a good place to live. I do know that there are good people in these difficult places. Life must be very difficult for them, having to live in such intolerant, ignorant conditions.
      yes, I read about the Syrian rebel. Disgusting. I hope that the US will stay out of this, not fund the rebels who are likely to be terrorists, and not support the Syrian government either. It is a huge mess.

  3. reader says :

    Do you plan to plant your Susans in the patch you photographed recently, a place along a wall with lots of weed? And does that weed look like this?

    If so, I’d think twice, and then a third and a fourth time and finally choose another place. Field bindweed looks delicate and produces pretty flowers, but it is a monster in disguise which overruns and chokes almost everything else. Most probably even gardeners who don’t run fast enough. What is worst: it is almost impossible to get rid of it. It intertwines with flowers, bushes and vegetables (the roots too), produces hundreds of seeds per plant which remain germinable for decades, and if you miss only a few tiny pieces of its vast root system, three gazillions of new plants will sprout from them and crack jokes about weeding and Roundup. It’s evil.

    • israeliminx says :

      Reader, hi and thanks for the information! It isn’t field birdweed but seems to act in a similar manner. This stuff produces some very pretty blue flowers — in fact, it is flowering now. I’ll take a picture of it today and put it up. It is everywhere in the yard except in the areas where there is no sun. It would be an absolutely lovely asset if it could be contained in particular areas, in nice little beds instead of being on the rampage.

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