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12 June 2017 @ 06:00 pm
gardening update, Monday 6/12/17  
Over the past week, my plants have suffered depredations from passing animals. (Probably squirrels.) They bit the stem and leaves off poor pepper B5, knocked over pepper B3, and made a serious gash on Tan's exposed stem.

six pepper seedlings in black plastic planters . six pepper seedlings in black plastic planters

1. peppers A2, A4, A6, B1, B3, and B5 - Monday, 12 June 2017
2. peppers C2, C4, C6, D1, D3, and D5

six pepper seedlings in planters and assorted pots . one pepper seedling with all its true leaves bitten off

3. peppers E2, E4, E6, F1, F3, and F5
4. closeup of poor mutilated B5

one squash seedling in a clear plastic tub . one squash seedling in a clear plastic tub

5. Tan, not dead despite minor mauling of its stem!
6. Sethera, starting to look more vertically oriented

one squash seedling in a clear plastic tub . one squash seedling in a clear plastic tub

7. Azer, growing VERY enthusiastically
8. Covera, now completely recovered from whatever problem it had at sprouting

All the plants in question are still alive (though I don't know if B5 will recover and put forth new leaves), but I think sometime this coming week I will tie all the peppers to stakes -- not because they're especially floppy, but because stakes discourage squirrels from squishing them while they're still tiny and tender. I also want to make sure that all of Tan and Sethera's horizontal and non-prickly stem sections are covered by soil to protect them from casual bites.

one pepper plant in a terracotta pot

9. the Lazarus pepper

Meanwhile the Lazarus pepper continues to look somewhat undernourished, so I gave it some more fertilizer this morning. I expect it to start flowering over the next week or two.

And that is pretty much that. (Well. Aside from the infernal mulberry sprouts. But my war with the white mulberry tree that grows bang up against my porch railing is a long and tedious tale, which I will summarize by saying that if you are thinking of planting a mulberry anywhere near a building or a patch of ground you want to use as a garden? DON'T.)

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