In the past two days, Jordan has tilled everywhere possible in the garden to aerate the soil and get rid of weeds. Some plots though, like lettuce, beans, peas, carrots, etc, with rows closer than 27 inches (or 68.5 cm metric ;)) must be hand weeded or hoed or banditted, however your aggression best expresses itself.

It was time to thin the lettuce, which was very exciting, because it means baby green salads. There is nothing better, friends. And it is a sure sign, along with grill parties and hillbilly margaritas, that summer is here.

So, the garden really looks refreshed, and the plants respond so quickly! Overnight, so you can see them progress. Except the onions, which had to be cut back yesterday so the plant would put all its energy into the bulb. I also pruned the tomatoes to get them focused on growing tall and fruiting. To prune tomatoes, you pinch off the shoots in the joint of the plants — the ones that try to grow in the joint between the leader stalk and the branches… umm, see below.

Here’s our first potato blossom. That means there’s a little spud underground now! We’ll be eating new potatoes on the 4th of July — doesn’t happen often in ND. This blossom is a purplish color, and that means it’s growing red potatoes.

Today I did some much needed delicate weeding of carrots and beets. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it is easy to pull them out with the weeds. Jordan did a second planting of popcorn, just because I’m pretty sure we’ll use up everything we got!!!!!

Oh, and replanting. All but 3 broccoli plants were eaten by cutworms — arg. So, I just bought some from the greenhouse and put in replacements. I also finally got in some eggplant… not because we’ll eat it… just because it’s so nice to have in the house! If we can find common ground as a society nowhere else, I think everyone can agree there is no vegetable more gorgeous than eggplant.

If the eggplant didn’t do it for you, here’s the kiddos enjoying a popsicle picnic for your moment of zen.

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