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  • New Thing Learned for 22 April: Sweet peas are poisonous, at least according to Wiki and two out of nine seed packets. What the other seven were thinking not to mention this, who knows. [Source: seed packets.]

  • New Thing Learned for 23 April: The black hose that's been lying in the front yard has holes in it for sprinkling the plantings, which I did kind of suspect. It's useful for telling when the ordinary hose Y-connected to the same spigot is all the way off. [Source: personal observation.]

As you may guess from the above, I spent yesterday digging up the base of the courtyard fence to plant climbing things: mostly the aforementioned 9 packets of various sweet peas, which I shall have to deadhead more vigorously than I might otherwise since there are some toddlers in the building, and a scattering of morning glories, as well as a strip of mixed sunflowers in the narrow space that the back gate opens into. It remains to be seen whether any of this will actually manage to struggle up through the good old Chicago clay, but at least I tried. The lavender still isn't plugged into the front yard yet, because I sat down after the seed-sowing and realized that my arm was about to fall off, so that will have to wait a few more days, during which the neighborhood cats are free to prowl at will, digging around in the planters we've set out along our back stairs and sitting in the pot of catnip when I don't remember to bring it in at dusk. It's going to be an interesting summer.


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atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: April 24th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Many flowers are poisonous, but they're also typically quite nasty-tasting and you wouldn't want to eat them. I wouldn't worry about the toddlers.

Not sure about the sweet peas, but the morning glories and sunflowers will grow through anything. Just don't forget to feed them. Water isn't enough. A bottle of fish emulsion should last you through the season. Yes, it's a bit stinky. No, it won't attract cats. It's infinitely better than Miracle-Gro; please don't use that.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: April 24th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
I'm worried more about somebody going "oooh, look, sweetie, peas!" and encouraging free-range pod-nibbling (the seeds are apparently the main issue). Hopefully we'll have another condo board meeting before the season really starts...
atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: April 24th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Again, the bitterness should deter any would-be samplers. It won't kill instantly at a taste, so it shouldn't be a problem. Besides which, how many city dwellers have the faintest idea what peas in the pod actually look like when they're growing? I had one poor city kiddy actually be astonished that I grabbed some leaves off of a plant and put them on my spaghetti...

"It's basil."
'It's leaves!'
"It's BASIL."
'It's LEAVES!'
robling_t From: robling_t Date: April 24th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, one toddler's parent is the guy who's most interested in making over the landscaping, and he actually did recognize the strawberries in our planter (the one the cats dug in), so him I'm a little worried about. :) (I do plan to put in some sugar-snap peas behind the theoretical tomatoes, once he's done deleting the bushes-nobody-wants, so you see where the potential for confusion could arise...)
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