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Summer seedlings

Bean seedling

Torrential rains last weekend hastened germination of the previous week's planting.  First came the corn, then the green beans.

Urd bean seedling

A day or two later, I noticed a strange little seedling that looked like a weed but was growing in straight rows.  I checked my garden map and discovered that the seedlings were one of this year's experiments --- urd beans for sprouting.

Okra seedling

Scorching temperatures (highs near 90) tempted even the extreme heat-lovers out of the ground.  By Friday, a few of the okra, melons, and cucumbers were up.

Blackberry flower

But these plants are all gambles, put in the ground two weeks before the frost-free date, and I suspect this will be a year for replanting.  There's a good chance of frost both tonight and tomorrow night, and I probably don't have enough row covers to protect everyone.  What were the odds we'd get a redbud winter, dogwood winter, and blackberry winter all in one year?  Probably pretty good considering that our frost free date is still a week away.

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