Another beautiful day so we got an early start in the gardens. I watered the new plants, then Norman followed behind and mulched each tomato and pepper plant. All the new plants look great and are taking to the transplanting without a hitch. I watered the onions because they have very shallow roots and need to be kept moist. I also watered the parsnips and new spinach because they are so small if the ground dries to a hard crust on top they can die. Then I took my spray bottle of Bush Be-Gone and sprayed all the poison oak I could find. Poison oak is not killed by Weed be-Gone or any other weed killer it takes the extra power of Bush Be-Gone to kill it. When we first began clearing the area I found several patches of poison oak by getting into it and covered with the blisters. I sprayed it each spring and any time I saw it throughout the summer. Slowly I got rid of it but some of the area down near the large garden or the path between the house and garden still has some coming up in the spring so every time I walk down to the garden I cary my spray bottle and kill of the poison oak before it get 6 inches high. At first I did’t know what it looked like so I sprayed everything that had three leaves or climbed trees. Now I know some of the plants I had been trying to kill were good and some like the briars needed to be cut down by hand. I no longer spray the Carolina Creeper, that has five leaves and climbs the trees, black berries look just like poison oak only it has thorns and poison oak is smooth. I have learned the other plants too so they are safe from me and my spray bottle and there is fewer and fewer out brakes of poison oak because I get it when it first comes up in the spring. Even when it is dead don’t touch it as the oil is still there, just give it a wide berth.
Norman replanted the cucumbers as only two came up. Those and the zucchini we had put in too early so got very poor germination so he replanted the hills that had no plants up. Now the gardens are all planted and growing great. The potatoes are starting to bloom so it won’t be long before we can steal a few small ones to have for dinners. I cut the seed stocks from the rhubarb and those are leafing out very well now, I should have all I need this year. The onions are large enough to eat as green onions and the spinach is large enough now to pick by the leaf for as much as I need- usually a pound is right for a meal. We will be eating off the garden only very soon. Have a great day.