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I finally managed to water and work compost into the new garden area in the front yard under the volunteer California oak tree yesterday.

This morning, I transplanted the following into that space:
-Kyuri Armenian Cucumber, seeded 6-15-14, Kitazawa Seed Company, seeds packed for 2014
-Fortex Pole Bean, seeded 6-15-14, Burpee, seeds packed for 2014

The pole beans were mostly 6-8" tall, so I'm hoping they will not be eaten up like most of the younger bean seedlings I transplanted into the back yard earlier this year.  Also, the beans I transplanted into the side garden were mostly spared, so I have hope that whatever is eating beans in the back hasn't made it into the side yard, nor the front yard.

All my previous Armenian cucumber transplants got eaten up too when transplanted into the back yard.  I'm hoping they will be safe in the front yard.  Two of the three seedlings were at least 5" tall, so hopefully they will make it.

Some of the bean and Armenian cucumber plants are placed so that they can easily climb up the branches of the volunteer California oak if they so desire.

These Fortex Pole Bean are a sweet tasting, stringless and very long French filet bean.  They grow 8-10" long, depending on how young or mature they are harvested.  I have used raw in homemade sushi (inspired by some I tried from Whole Foods).  I use avocado, cucumber, Fortex pole beans and fresh basil from the garden.   

Nocturnal crunching

Yesterday the husband told me that he woke up in the middle of the night to hear crunching in the yard.  I thought he was going to tell me that cat had caught and was eating another creature.  No.  The crunching he heard was an army of slugs munching on our brassicas.  Because the brassicas are huge, I hadn't noticed any damage.  But now I know what likely happened to all of this season's cucumber seedlings.
Although I have seeds for some amazing varieties of eggplant, those seeds that germinate in pots in and among our bouts of hot Santa Ana winds don't survive well due to the seedlings' leaves being eaten up in little pinprick holes.  One seedling survives in the garden.

All transplanted cucumber seedlings have been completely eaten, even with cages around them, so it must be cutworms or cucumber beetles or some such, unless the racoons ate them and then replaced the cages.

Today I purchased from the Clairemont North Park Produce store one Black Beauty and three Japanese Long Eggplant plants in pots. Though they were covered in green aphids, I brushed the aphids off before taking them home, and I hope that by transplanting them in potting soil with a large quantity of added worm castings, they can fight the aphids off.  In hopes of preserving them from the pests in the back yard, I planted them in 5 gallon plastic pots discarded by my neighbor and placed them in the side yard.  The soil is potting mix with a healthy dose of compost with steer manure, and added handfuls of worm castings.  At least I know the plants can't possibly have been sprayed with any bee killing pesticides.

Around the edges of each pot, I seeded eight Marketmore Cucumber seeds.  The package indicated this particular cucumber variety does well in hotter as well as cooler weather.

Last weekend's transplanting

I transplanted the following vegetable seedlings into the garden last weekend:
-Japanese Black Trifele Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds packed for 2011
-Sun Gold Hybrid Cherry Tomato, seeded 4-6-14, Tomato Growers Supply Company
-Carbon Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Tradewindsfruit '10
-Brandywine Tomato Landis Valley Strain, seeded 4-6-14, Tomato Growers supply Company
-Momotaro Tomato, seeded 2-23-13
-Black Cherry Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds packed for 2009
-Tomato Kurihara, seeded 4-6-14, Hosada Brothers
-Stowell's Evergreen Sweet Corn, seeded 4-16-14, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds packed for 2014
-Lincoln Leeks, seeded 4-16-14, seeded 4-16-14, Nichols Garden Nursery packed for 2014
-Red Russian Kale, seeded 3-214, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, packed for 2012
-Malali Watermelon, seeded 4-16-14, Pinetree Garden seeds, packed for 2012
-Sharoku Japanese Spinach F1, Pinetree Garden Seeds packed for 2014 (brassica family)
-Hybrid Summer Squash, seeded 4-16-14, Johnny's packed for 2009
-Summer Squash, Bennings Green Tint, seeded 4-6-14, Pinetree Garden Seeds packed for 2014
-Trombetta Squash, seeded 4-27-14, from saved seed
-Shishigatani Kabocha, seeded 4-6-14, Kitazawa Seed Company packed for 2014
-Jicama, seeded 4-6-14, Pinetree Garden Seeds packed for 2012
-Dill, Bouquet, seeded 4-6-14, Botanical Interests packed for 2013
-A variety of cucumbers that all got eaten within the week
-Fortex Pole Bean, seeded 4-24-14, Burpee packed for 2014

Today's tranplants and seed starting

Today I started the following seeds in pots:
-What I think is Trombetta Squash seeds, harvested from a squash I grew in 2013
-Sweet Burpless Hybrid Cucumber, Burpee, packed for 2014
-Marketmore Cucumber, Seeds of Change, packed for 2015
-Fortex Pole Bean (a French Filet bean), Burpee, packed for 2014

Today's transplanting:
-Bolivian Sunroot
-Virginia Sweets Beefsteak Tomato (yellow with red stripes), seeded 3-2-14, Tomato Growers Supply Company
-Carbon Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Tradewinds Fruit, packed for 2010
-Japanese Black Trifele Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Tradewinds Fruit, packed for 2011
-Midori Giant Soybean, seeded 4-6-14, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Korean Black Soybean, seeded 4-6-14, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Akasanjaku Extra Long Seeded Long Bean (red seeded), seeded 4-6-14, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014

Today's transplanting

This morning, in the far back area of the garden across from the lemon grass, I transplanted the following vegetable seedlings:
-Akasanjaku Extra Long Red Seeded Yard-long Bean, seeded 4-6-14, Burpee packed for 2014 (planted closest to the bed with the lemon grass)
-Burpee Yardlong Asparagus Bean, seeded 4-6-14, Burpee packed for 2014
-Heirloom Fortex Pole Bean, seeded 4-6-14, Burpee packed for 2014.  Planted around the metal pole at the end of the bed closest to the bed with the lemon grass.
-Beer Friend Edamame, seeded 4-6-14, Kitazawa packed for 2014
-Soy bean Edamame Moon Cake, seeded 3-2-14, packed for 2012
-Bon Bon Hybrid Fall/Winter Squash, seeded 4-6-14, Nichols Garden Nursery packed for 2014
-Sunny Delight Summer Squash, seeded 3-2-14, Nichols Garden Nursery packed for 2010
-Lemon Squash, seeded 3-2-14, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds packed for 2013
-Papaya Pear Summer Squash, seeded 3-2-14, Pinetree Garden Seeds packed for 2012
-Carbon Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Tradewinds Fruit packed for 2010
-Japanese Black Trifele Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Tradewinds Fruit packed for 2011
-Virginia Sweets (Yellow with red streaks) Beefsteak Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Tomato Growers Supply Company
This garden bed already had the following near mature plants growing in parts of it, which I worked around when amending the soil: Walking Stick Kale (I think that's what it is), Oakleaf Lettuce, Beets, Florence Fennel and celery.


This afternoon, in the garden bed closest to Dave's office I transplanted the following:
-Lettuce, which I neglected to label.  It might be the Jericho lettuce that I seeded on 4-6-2014, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2014
-Black Enorma Hybrid Eggplant, seeded 3-2-14, Nichols Garden Nursery packed for 2013
-Black Cherry Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds packed for 2009
-Carbon Tomato, seeded 3-2-14, Tradewinds Fruit packed for 2010
-Tendergreen Burpless Cucumber, seeded 4-6-14, Ferry-Morse packed for 2009. This is seeded in the rightmost position of the leftmost tomato cage with the shade on top, looking out at the canyon.
-Mici Hybrid Cucumber, seeded 4-6-14, Ferry-Morse packed for 2013.  These are seeded around the leftmost tomato cage with the shade on top, looking out at the canyon.
-Sikkim Cucumber, seeded 4-6-14, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds packed for 2013.  This is seeded closest to the next bed over and a bit toward the back fence.
-Kyuri Armenian Cucumber, seeded 4-6-14, Kitazawa Seed Company packed for 2014.  These are seeded toward the rightmost tomato cage with the shade on top, looking out at the canyon.
-Burgess Buttercup Squash, seeded 4-6-14, Ferry-Morse packed for 2013.  These 3 seedlings are seeded around the canyonmost portion of this garden bed.
-Sunshine Hybrid Fall/Winter Squash, seeded 4-6-14, Nichols Garden Nursery packed for 2014.  This is seeded closest to Dave's office.
This area also contained Florence Fennel, carrots, a young avocado tree and a volunteer stonefruit tree with last season's still living but not yet re-flowering lima beans growing up it.

Tuesday's plantings and a garden injury

Tuesday April 16 I transplanted the following into the garden bed at the side of the house, where there is significant shade:
-Red Russian Kale, seeded 3-2-14, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, packed for 2012
-Golden Self-blanching Celery, seeded 11-24-13, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2014
-Heirloom Fortex Pole Bean, 4-6-14, Burpee, packed for 2014.  These appear to be a true French filet bean that are actually a pole bean, something I've been looking for a very long time.
-Rhubarb started from seed

That same day, though wearing gloves, I got splinters in my left pinky that turned into cellulitis in a matter of hours.  Fortunately I'd had cellulitis in the same place 30 years before, and went to urgent care for treatment that same evening.  I should be able to garden again by Monday, or perhaps even tomorrow.

Summer garden seeds started

Today I started a prodigious number of seeds for the summer vegetable and herb garden in pots, as follows
-Beer Friend Green Soybean, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Midori Giant Soybean, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Korean Black Soybean, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Asparagus Bean Yardlong, Burpee, packed for 2014
-Akasanjaku Extra Long Red Seeded Yard Long Bean, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-King of the Garden Lima Beans, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, packed for 2013
-Fortex Pole Bean (Heirloom), Burpee, packed for 2014
-Kentucky Blue Pole Bean, Burpee, packed for 2014
-Mediterranean Chick Pea, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2007
-Jicama, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2012
-Jericho Lettuce, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2014
-Sharaku Japanese Spinach (F1 Hybrid), Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2014
-Winter Melon Oblong, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Summer Squash, Sunny Delight Scallop Hybrid, Nichols Garden Nursery, packed for 2010
-Summer Squash Bennings Green Tint (Heirloom), Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2014
-Burgess Buttercup Squash, Ferry-Morse, packed for 2013
-Golden Hubbard Squash, Ferry-Morse, packed for 2013
-Fall & Winter Squash, Sunshine Hybrid, Nichols Garden Nursery, packed for 2014
-Fall & Winter Squash, Bon Bon Hybrid, Nichols Garden Nursery, packed for 2014
-Fall & Winter Squash, Sweet Meat Oregon Homestead Organic, Nichols Garden Nursery, packed for 2014
-Shishigatani Kabocha Winter Squash, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Armenian Kyuri Cucumber, Kitazawa Seed Company, packed for 2014
-Tendergreen Burpless Cucumber, Ferry-Morse Seed Company, packed for 2009
-Cucumber Mici Hybrid, Ferry-Morse, packed for 2013
-Shikim Cucumber, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, packed for 2013
-Super Heavyweight Hybrid Yellow Sweet Bell Pepper, Totally Tomatoes, packed for 2010
-Fat 'N Sassy Hybrid Red Sweet Bell Pepper, Totally Tomatoes, packed for 2010
-World Beater Ruby Giant Sweet Bell Pepper, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, packed for 2012
-Black Beauty Eggplant, Burpee, packed for 2009
-Eggplant Fengyuan Purple, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, packed for 2013
-Black Enorma Hybrid Eggplant, Nichols Garden Nursery, packed for 2013
-Aswad (Giant Purple) Eggplant, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, packed for 2013
-Sweet Quartz VFNT Hybrid Deep Pink Cherry Tomato, Tomato Growers Supply Company
-Brandywine Red (Landis Valley Strain), Tomato Growers Supply Company
-Sun Gold Hybrid Cherry Tomato, Tomato Growers Supply Company
-Tomato Kurihara, Hosada Brothers, Inc., packed for 2013
-Fenugreek, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2007
-Parsley Prezzemolo Gigante D Italia, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2012
-Dill, Bouquet, Botanical Interests, packed for 2013
-Epazote, Pinetree Garden Seeds, packed for 2012
-Genovese Basil, Seeds of Change, packed for 2013

Tomatoes, Eggplants & Rain

Today I potted the following vegetable seedlings up to larger pots:
-Carbon Tomato
-Virginia Sweets Tomato
-Japanese Black Trifele
-Black Cherry Tomato
-Hybrid Black Enorma Eggplant

All were originally seeded 3-2-2014.

This week and last we had several slightly rainy days, so I've been able to turn off the automatic irrigation a number of times.

Transplants

Yesterday I transplanted the following from pots which had been seeded on 3-2-14:
-Moon Cake Soybeans
-Cucumbers
-Sunny Delight Squash
-Momotaro Tomato

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