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BEHOLD MY SEEDS, YE MIGHTY, AND DESPAIR:

 

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  1. Aster, Gusford Supreme (flower)
  2. Calendula, Ball's improved (flower)
  3. Gaillardia (flower)
  4. Gomphrena, mixed (flower)
  5. Hollyhock, Indian spring (flower)
  6. Marigolds, ultra dwarf mix (flower)
  7. Phlox, cherry caramel (flower)
  8. Something wild and yellow (flower)
  9. Poppy, Alpine mix (flower)
  10. Poppy, California (flower)
  11. Portulaca, double flowered moss  rose (flower/succulent)
  12. Sweet alyssum, tall (flower)
  13. Sweet pea, mixed (flower)
  14. Wallflower, Siberian (flower)
  15. Amaranth, red garnet (grain/flower)
  16. Chia, black (grain/flower)
  17. Sesame, black (grain/flower)
  18. Bean, Oriental yard long (summer veg)
  19. Cucumber, dar (summer veg)
  20. Cucumber, honorary, Mexican sour gherkin (summer veg)
  21. Eggplant, ping Tung (summer veg)
  22. Eggplant, something purple (summer veg)
  23. Eggplant, something white (summer veg)
  24. Gourd, loofah (summer... veg? summer housewares?)
  25. Ground cherry (summer veg)
  26. Melon, madhur Ros (summer veg)
  27. Melon, sakata sweet (summer veg)
  28. Melon, Tigger (summer veg)
  29. Pepper, hot, ancho (summer veg)
  30. Pepper, hot, probably jalapeno (summer veg)
  31. Pepper, hot, Ring of fire (summer veg)
  32. Pepper, hot, Santa Fe (summer veg)
  33. Pepper, sweet, lipstick (summer veg)
  34. Pumpkin, mosquee de Provence (summer/fall veg)
  35. Squash, butternut (summer/fall veg)
  36. Squash, Desi (summer veg)
  37. Squash, some Italian striped zucchini (summer veg)
  38. Tomato, currant (summer veg)
  39. Tomato, minibel, dwarf for hydroponic (summer veg)
  40. Tomato, purple Russian (summer veg)
  41. Watermelon, Beni kodima (summer veg)
  42. Beans, purple teepee (spring/fall in this climate)
  43. Broccoli, calabrese sprouting (spring/fall veg)
  44. Broccoli rabe (spring/fall veg)
  45. Fennel, Florence (spring/fall veg)
  46. Pea, sugar Ann (spring/fall veg)
  47. Pea, sugar snap (spring/fall)
  48. Beet, chioggia (root)
  49. Carrot, Amarillo (root veg)
  50. Carrot, muscade (root veg)
  51. Parsley, Hamburg rooted (root veg and herb)
  52. Radish, something quick and red and European (root veg)
  53. Radish, winter, China rose (root veg)
  54. Radish, winter, Shawo fruit (root veg)
  55. Rutabaga, navone (root veg)
  56. Turnip, boule d'or (root veg
  57. Turnip, tokinashi (root veg)
  58. Turnip, shogoin (root veg)
  59. Garlic, something purple (allium)
  60. Garlic, something else vaguely purple (allium)
  61. Onions, heshiko green bunching (allium)
  62. Onion, Texas early Grano (allium)
  63. Shallot, zebrune, just got used up but might be replaced one day (allium)
  64. Arugula (leafy green)
  65. Bok choy (leafy green)
  66. Chard, Verde de taglio (leafy green)
  67. Dandelion, French (leafy green)
  68. Kale, lacinato/cavolo nero (leafy green)
  69. Komatsuma (leafy green)
  70. Mixed salad greens/lettuces (leafy green)
  71. Mixed Thai stirfry greens (leafy green)
  72. Mizuna, Beni houshi (leafy green)
  73. Sorrel (leafy green)
  74. Spinach, viroflay (leafy green)
  75. Watercress (leafy green)
  76. Bee balm, lemon (herb)
  77. Caraway (herb)
  78. Chamomile, German (herb)
  79. Chervil (herb)
  80. Cilantro (herb)
  81. Cilantro, dwarf lemon (herb)
  82. Hyssop, though I might give it away with the pollinator garden packets (herb)
  83. Lemon balm (herb)
  84. Lemongrass (herb)
  85. Soapwort, rock (herb)
  86. Stevia (herb)
  87. Thyme, wild (herb)
  88. Yarrow (herb and flower)
  89. Artichoke (bush/tree)
  90. Asparagus (bush/tree)
  91. Goji, scarlet (bush/tree)
  92. Pomegranate, orange master (bush/tree)
  93. Rhubarb, Glaskins (bush/tree)
  94. Strawberry, red Alpine (bush/tree)
  95. Strawberry, yellow Alpine (bush/tree)
  96. Strawberry, temptation (bush/tree)

Plus maybe I'll skim off a few honeywort and salvia from my Christmas recipient. And then the things I propagated by cutting.

 

So 14-15 flowers, 5-ish alliums, 23 annual summer vegetables and 3 warm weather grains, 5 annual cool weather vegetables plus 10 mostly cool weather roots and 11 mostly cool weather leafy greens, 12-14 herbs and herbal tea plants, and 8 perennial bushy things that aren't really obviously any of the others.

 

A couple of those are only for indoor use, and a couple I simply don't have room for, because they're large, slow, and perennial. With a pretty good split between hot and cool weather, that feels like a reasonable (well, reasonable by my standards) 45 varieties per 32 square feet, but the flowers, alliums, and roots span a lot of seasons, so it's not as reasonable as it looks. It's more like 65 things per season. (I'm in the process of moving about half of the leafy greens and herbs to hydroponic, though, which should help. And I'm considering a second home space farm for extra strawberries and flowers, which won't help much.)

 

I'm tempted to get an orange agastache, but that just seems like too much. Know your limits, I always say.

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46 minutes ago, Mistr said:

Have you considered adding a second garden plot next year? :devilish:

 

You are not helping.

 

Fortunately, I don't think they'd give me one. (Not sure, though, because a number of gardeners have full rather than half plots. But they're the ones with real seniority.) Unfortunately, I think I can basically have all the containers I can lay my hands on.

 

Honestly, the way I garden, it'd probably be no extra work to have twice the space. I barely do anything but harvest, and maybe water once a week if it hasn't rained. Once in a while I spend an hour doing some actual maintenance.  I plant maybe once or twice a season, and I'm reducing my seasons to two, since it makes no sense for me to treat spring and fall separately. I mostly just "inspect" for fun and then pick the obligatory chard on my way to the bus stop, and that's offset by cutting my grocery shopping time in half. It's sort of a scruffy garden, but it's healthy enough. I could easily be lazy with twice the space. I'm just one level above randomly throwing seeds onto dirt, half the time.

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2 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

You are not helping.

 

:D:PB)

 

2 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

Fortunately, I don't think they'd give me one. (Not sure, though, because a number of gardeners have full rather than half plots. But they're the ones with real seniority.) Unfortunately, I think I can basically have all the containers I can lay my hands on.

 

Honestly, the way I garden, it'd probably be no extra work to have twice the space. I barely do anything but harvest, and maybe water once a week if it hasn't rained. Once in a while I spend an hour doing some actual maintenance.  I plant maybe once or twice a season, and I'm reducing my seasons to two, since it makes no sense for me to treat spring and fall separately. I mostly just "inspect" for fun and then pick the obligatory chard on my way to the bus stop, and that's offset by cutting my grocery shopping time in half. It's sort of a scruffy garden, but it's healthy enough. I could easily be lazy with twice the space. I'm just one level above randomly throwing seeds onto dirt, half the time.

 

When I had space in a community garden, there were always a few extra plots where someone signed up for it, then abandoned it partway through the season. You might be able to get in on one of those for some of your annuals. It would be better to have a second plot adjacent to your current one, but even just having some more outdoor space for starting seeds would be helpful.  (see, helping)

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15 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

Week 0 Day 4

 

Today I'm mostly mad at thirst and hunger. Look, it happens. So I added some electrolytes to my lemon juice. I think I measured wrong, cuz it tastes salty, but I am less thirsty. Still hungry, though. I have some chard and beets and basil from the garden, I think I'll make a peanut sauce.

Hi!  I was lurking. Then I read this. I only know you have to add electrolytes etc. when you get sick & throw your water out along with the rest of your insides. But they are also good to take just so?

 

I can probably google this. But I will post this q anyways until I have the chance. :) Ty for sharing.

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6 hours ago, analoggirl said:

Hi!  I was lurking. Then I read this. I only know you have to add electrolytes etc. when you get sick & throw your water out along with the rest of your insides. But they are also good to take just so?

 

I can probably google this. But I will post this q anyways until I have the chance. :) Ty for sharing.

 

They're generally not worth bothering with. The thing they're good for is when your body's salt and mineral levels are too low. (Electrolytes are those salts and minerals, so it's directly replacing something that's low.) This could be because you're sick, because you're sweating a lot (from heat, illness, or exercise), even overhydration without similar increased salt intake. In this case, it was because I was drinking water in hot weather and never feeling hydrated from it. I also eat a diet that is commonly considered to leave people in greater need of electrolytes. So I figured I'd been sweating too much and needed to replace some salts.

 

In general, if salty sports drinks taste good rather than salty, you probably need it. (Not totally true, people can be addicted to the Gatorade. But I find it tastes very different based on how much my body needs the extra salt.)

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So apparently being awake for eight hours in a row this week on multiple days was simply exhausting. Two hours appears to be my limit before I can't take any more. This was gonna be a productive day, but instead I'm going back to bed. Jobs later.

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On 9/13/2019 at 12:21 PM, Mistr said:

It would be better to have a second plot adjacent to your current one, but even just having some more outdoor space for starting seeds would be helpful.  (see, helping) 

 

NOT HELPING.

 

(Half my fall seeds have sprouted. The bad news is, I can't really remember what I planted where. Oops.)

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I was looking at my yard and thinking about adding a garden, so I can start growing things that are not oranges. Then I realized I'm procrastinating again. (I'll have to ask you about it when I have my house in order.)

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17 minutes ago, Machete said:

I was looking at my yard and thinking about adding a garden, so I can start growing things that are not oranges. Then I realized I'm procrastinating again. (I'll have to ask you about it when I have my house in order.)

 

Thinking about adding a garden is great. Doing it this week is not. It probably needs more thought than that. I'm happy to help with the thinking. There's plenty of planning to do before grabbing a shovel, and you can do that while doing dishes and staring out at your yard. Or while making meals and staring at what vegetables you're using.

 

(Added bonus: more garden means less mowing.)

 

Also, aren't you injured and not doing major physical shit this challenge? No garden for you. You can do what the rest of us do, and stare longingly at seed catalogs all autumn.

 

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1 hour ago, Machete said:

Then I realized I'm procrastinating again.

 

WHERE IS YOUR RECOVERY CHALLENGE THREAD, MY FRIEND.

 

This is the job that is in front of you.

 

I'mma suggest:

 

Week 1:

  • Batch cook two recipes, cuz if you cook once, you might as well eat meatloaf/pulled pork/stirfry three times.
  • Write ten answers to the question, "What makes me late to work and what would make that not happen?" Use some actual data for this, if it happens.
  • Move your toothbrush into the shower. Buy another one to put in your gym bag if you shower at the gym. Cleaning all the things now happens in one efficient go. Try this for a week.
  • Meditate the shit out of your brain weasels, like at least five minutes a day.
  • Think about where you'd want to put a garden while doing dishes. This is going to be some combination of where it fits, where the sun is, and where the water is. (I'm gonna suggest thinking about water up front, so you can automate the watering and not have to think about it. Drip irrigation kits are cheap and will save money on your water bill versus hose or sprinkler, and timers mean one less thing to think about on a regular basis. But it means you need to think about where your hose is.)

Week 2:

  • Batch cook 2 recipes.
  • Try a not-lateness strategy.
  • What went wrong on batch cooking last week? Write down what went wrong and try something to fix that.
  • What went wrong on hygiene shit last week? Write down what went wrong and try something to fix that.
  • Meditate the shit out of your brain weasels, like at least ten minutes a day.
  • Think about if you want mostly flowers or mostly vegetables, and what sorts. In the process, independently and without prompting from me, decide you need some pollinator habitat so pollinators actually visit your plants, and would eventually like to get into fun heirloom varieties for all sorts of sound ecological and biodiversity and food security reasons, even if you don't start there.

Week 3:

  • Holy shit, sleep is a thing! Are you getting any? Are you getting enough?
  • This is the middle of the challenge. Evaluate all the things. Adjust.
  • Make a garden plan: What has to get done before you can plant anything? (Put "find or make source of compost" on this list. Your town may do it, but probably not. Also, put "look up my gardening zone" on this list.)

Etc.

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5 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

 

WHERE IS YOUR RECOVERY CHALLENGE THREAD, MY FRIEND.

 

 

After review I noticed that I've been doing (and failing at) the same thing, so I'm moving it to my battle log for now, and will try to interact with other people's threads more, so I can spend less time in my own head.

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1 minute ago, Machete said:

 

After review I noticed that I've been doing (and failing at) the same thing, so I'm moving it to my battle log for now, and will try to interact with other people's threads more, so I can spend less time in my own head.

 

Review and adjustment is valid. Don't disappear.

 

(Also, tell me where to find this battle log, so I can drop by and grumble about training questions.)

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Week 1 Day 1

 

Yesterday was not the best. Today I need to get angrier at things faster.

 

Today's music with rocks in will start with Thin Lizzie.

 

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I keep forgetting how much I actually love "Mama Nature Says". It sounds like it's gonna be another hohum 1970s romanticizing-nature song, and instead it's some good old blood and thunder rock n' roll. This is mother nature in a leather jacket and prepared to beat down your ass with baseball bat. (Presciently so, according to the climate change articles I've been reading lately. Well, no one has ever accused Irish rock stars of beating around the bush.)

 

I got angry at a few small cleaning jobs before work.

 

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I got angry at my lack of groceries and got a ton of proto-barbacoa.  I also have a list of other stuff to get angry at when I get home. I plan to get angry in an organized way.

 

When I say a ton, I mean like twelve pounds. Though I'll probably only turn half of that into barbacoa. But that should see me through at least the week.

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21 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

 

Review and adjustment is valid. Don't disappear.

 

(Also, tell me where to find this battle log, so I can drop by and grumble about training questions.)

 

 

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There is a type of girl who, while incapable of cleaning her bedroom even at knifepoint, will fight for the privilege of being allowed to spend the day shoveling manure in a stable. 

 

--Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

 

Um. It me.

 

Challenge goal: clean my bedroom. At knifepoint, if necessary.

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4 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

There is a type of girl who, while incapable of cleaning her bedroom even at knifepoint, will fight for the privilege of being allowed to spend the day shoveling manure in a stable. 

 

--Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

 

Um. It me.

 

Challenge goal: clean my bedroom. At knifepoint, if necessary.

 

I'll bet that manure is going into your garden. :D

 

Declare war on dustbunnies and awol items in your bedroom! How dare they resist you?!?

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Week 1 Day 2

 

I wasn't too mad at my chores today, so I got mad at not having time for a technical project I'd recently got parts for, and knocked out a quick working version in about an hour. I did not burn myself or anything else with the soldering iron. Needs a hint of refinement, but all the basic functions test okay. I should be able to churn out a few more pretty easily.

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