The Entire Bar Of Hand Soap

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Bob Bauer
April 24, 2018 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 2 minutes

April 24, 2018

The entire bar of hand soap was missing from the garden this morning. I've been keeping it in a Ziploc bag, under a bowl, on the bench by the faucet, and thought I'd found the solution to it's getting eaten. I would think that eating a whole bar of soap would result in a horrible stomach ache. It was Jergen's, so there's gonna be some sweet smelling scat out tonight..

Lots of creatures will be wondering what new competition has arrived. I've hung the new bar on the choke cherry tree, five feet off the ground. There were no tracks in the garden, but maybe this critter is what's knocking over my Cole plants..

April 25, 2018

It got up to 89° today and everything in the garden wilted except the weeds. I put the sprinkler on the artichokes, not because they were wilted, but because the ground around them was drying out. When I came back all the bottom leaves were lifted up and I could see shade under the plants. They looked like pineapple tops instead of palm tree tops. They hadn't wilted but had drooped..

I'll water them this summer before they wilt, helping them remain stress free. The flat of melons and squash are needing water every other day now, this is not an April showers kind of spring. I move them into shade for the hottest part of the day because the black tray they are in absorbs the sunlight and heats up to cook the roots..

April 26, 2018

I planted green beans today. The back of the package indicated they could be planted as early as March but we've had two April frosts. I guess veggie gardeners are used to covering plants up on cold nights. I covered the row with a strip of clear plastic so I won't need to water them again until they emerge. The plastic also keeps the soil warm and prevents the birds from digging up the seeds like they did my peas this year..

I don't know how they found out that peas were buried there, but they then moved right along the trellis digging them up. The beans will get side dressed with 2" of compost about 8" wide on both sides when they are 4" tall. When they are 12" tall they will get 2"-3" of straw or hay on top of the compost, and then all that's left to do is water every couple of days..

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