This weekend the weather was beautiful. Christie and I spent several hours outside, cleaning up our yard and preparing our side flowerbed to be a vegetable garden. The flowerbed runs the length of the side of our house - about 2' by 20'. It has been filled with daylilies for years, and since the flowerbed is not full sun, the daylilies have not been blooming, only multiplying. We dug up about a third of the daylilies last year and tackled about half this time around. So now there is just a small remnant of daylilies on the other side of the Nandina bush.
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We have been transplanting the daylilies to a very sunny location at my wife's parents' business - the Thunderbird wedding chapel.
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Our vegetable gardening plans for this year consist of potatoes in this side bed with a self-pollinating kiwi vine growing up trellis mounted on the wall. We are also going to plant tomatoes in pots so they can be moved to the sunniest locations. And I think I will try growing broccoli in pots this year, too. I might try making the plantings ornamental, with some flowers around the broccoli plants.
We bought our first seed potatoes, but decided not to plant them yet since there are more freezing nights in this week's forecast. The two potatoes I bought are Red La Soda and Red Norland. I think I would like to buy a large white potato variety as well, but there weren't any available this weekend. I had planned on ordering my seed potatoes, but when I saw these in the store, I realized I could save a heck of a lot of money by buying them here. I spent 93 cents on my two seed potatoes.
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I've got lots of cooking plans for my potatoes, so I hope they produce well for me.