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It's been a dry year and our planting has been a bit sporadic while we hold out for rain. Yet seeds still germinate, Peter still grafts and enthusiasm doesn't wane. So we're watering like crazy and shaking our fists at a cloudless sky. My main area continues to be Home Farm, the acre 'lot' around the house and chicken coop. Today we added Malabar spinach (Basella rubra) and cape gooseberries (Physalis peruvians). I harvested some gandul (Cajanus cajan) this time to eat - thus far we've just replanted the seeds and now have a fair amount. Also harvested jaboticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora) for snacking, we're saving the seeds to plant of course. The tomatoes and winged beans (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) I planted 2 weeks ago need more water than I'm giving, but are managing. I'm struggling with their watering as they seem to be in an area which is infested with baby ticks: last time I watered I pulled 11 ticks off me. Not pleasant.


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