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On peas and backaches

I've been mightily abusing my back.

Not only have I been digging up my vegetable patch, I've been sitting on the floor with my computer on the coffee table for hours at a time. I'm doing it now, in fact. And my lower back is voicing its disapproval of my lifestyle.

I'm making progress, though. A soil tester said my dirt was on the alkaline side - which makes sense, as my landlord threw lime all over the yard last fall - so I added some sulfur along with fertilizer and worked it in. Then I planted peas. I know it's probably too late for peas this far south, but I had to give it a shot.

Space constraints mean I can't plant more than one row of anything. The peas are in the longest row, back by the rocks, and today I put carrot seeds in the next one. If I run out of space for my tomato and pepper seedlings, I'll try some container gardening.

I'm having doubts about the strip of soil under the eave. It could be fertilized, and the its sandiness could provide good drainage for certain plants. The problem is it doesn't get a lot of water or sun. The main bed gets full sunlight from late morning until mid- to late afternoon, but the eave over the other patch is very wide, and it makes a lot of shade. It also keeps off the rain, which means any plants there would have to be watered often. Although it's now weeded and cultivated, I don't know that it will support anything I plant.

After planting the carrots, I started clearing weeds from the spot by the stone wall in the side yard. Again, I'm not sure if it gets enough sun. I'd like to put something there since it's so picturesque, but it'd be nice to have it actually grow.

For the next week - I need to plant my seedlings and continue clearing the spot by the wall. I bought two raspberry bushes that need to go somewhere. And I'd like to put a couple more herbs in alongside my mint and parsley. (I bought dill, but apparently it doesn't transplant well.) Maybe by next week I'll have peadlings!

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