Sunday, August 10, 2008


We have spent several days now getting rid of the riot that was our "garden" - the lettuce had all run to seed so was inedible and 5 feet tall, there was crab grass four feet high and clogging every inch of space and blocking the lone artichoke, single brussels sprout, and all the sad potato plants from getting the sun. Also, I moved the blackberry bush out of the pot it was being choked in, into the dirt where it will have a fighting chance between waterings, which we don't do often enough.

I got the worst of the crab grass out yesterday and discovered the brussels sprout plant, some leftover arugula, and about 30 small fingerling potatoes (in addition to the handful Adam found last week). I'm excited to eat the taters, which we are going to roast with salt & oil & rosemary tonight.

Our garden now looks kind of sad, with most of the plot emptied out and the spindly potatoes just barely hanging on.

Product review: ((Grade F)) The Melnor AquaTimer, which is a timer for turning on the water, so you can set up a sprinkler to run at 11pm. It eats 9V batteries despite claiming that one will last an entire season, and because it discharges them so quickly it doesn't run when it is supposed to. So I blame Melnor for the dead spots in our lawn and the near death of the blackberry and the crappy showing of the potatoes. Anything but taking responsibility for it onto ourselves. ;)

Saturday, August 9, 2008




Wednesday, August 6, 2008


We've been sweating, and being eaten alive getting the garden weeded and the tomatoes propped up... I would recommend doing that much earlier than we did. A combination of foul weather, ill health, and general laziness led to a little neglect. But everything is coming along nicely considering!


Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Check these little babies out! Adam was out doing some weeding and pulled up a fistful of grass whose weeds had intertwined with these potatoes. It's about 1 serving's worth. But rest assured there are many more under the earth waiting to be harvested...

Friday, May 30, 2008

Loverly Work

I finished... Got my beefsteak, roma, bush string bean, and friggin' lettuce finally planted!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Gaze in Wide Wonder Upon the Humble Radish

The first harvest of the season!

Heather threatens the radish:

After I washed off the dirt, Heather and Randy shared the radish and pronounced it "very peppery." Grow-op members, step up now for your share! Actually, H&R don't want any more because they don't like radishes, so Rob and Mabe, let us know if you want some and we'll save them for you. We probably need to pull the rest very soon so they don't get woody and over done like our carrots did last year.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Day 3

Today is my third day trying to dig up the backyard. I'm still not finished, I'm starting to reek, and I have a big ass blister on my hand. God help me, if it doesn't stop raining every other day I'm going to murder someone.

I'm just happy my tomato plants are still alive in their little pots, (knocks on wood really fast!) cause I have no idea when they're getting in the ground...

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Doctor, ow....

So I finished up the side yard yesterday, and although I was pooped after all that tilling, I thought, that wasn't so bad...

Today, every muscle in my body is sore. At least I have the corn planted.

Oh god, I still have the backyard to go...

Saturday, May 3, 2008

More planting and a couple dead chicks

We planted cucumbers, brussels sprouts, squash, and onions today. The potatoes haven't sprouted yet so I just sent an email to Burpee asking them WTF. Also, our peppers have been extremely slow to sprout seedlings, so I didn't put the peat pots in the ground yet but I did leave them outside. Sprout or wither, seedlings.

I'm feeling harshed because we killed some chicks in their eggs when cleaning out a bird's nest that was in our eave. We both pulled out big sections of the nest. I saw the eggs first, a whole one and then a half shell, and then Adam pointed out the unhatched chick next to it, and then I nudged it and it squirmed and I realized it was still alive and I just lost it. I didn't like that I was the cause of this little being's death. I knew it was an active bird's nest and I didn't do anything to protect it or stop Adam from pulling it out and I pulled out some too. I thought it was too early for eggs and that the birds were still just getting ready. Anyway, it was a really awful feeling.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pictures from the Grim Meathook Future; Also: a restatement of purpose

The Livejournal newsgathering community So Very Doomed has long been an excellent way to track the Grim Meathook Future, and this morning they have a collection of recent news stories relating to Food Doom:

The World Food Programme said yesterday that it has begun to cut the provision of school meals to some of the world’s poorest children as the global crisis over food prices worsens…

Interesting article on the hint of food rationing in America:

Major retailers in New York, in areas of New England, and on the West Coast are limiting purchases of flour, rice, and cooking oil as demand outstrips supply. There are also anecdotal reports that some consumers are hoarding grain stocks.

At a Costco Warehouse in Mountain View, Calif., yesterday, shoppers grew frustrated and occasionally uttered expletives as they searched in vain for the large sacks of rice they usually buy. “Where’s the rice?” an engineer from Palo Alto, Calif., Yajun Liu, said. “You should be able to buy something like rice. This is ridiculous.”

The bustling store in the heart of Silicon Valley usually sells four or five varieties of rice to a clientele largely of Asian immigrants, but only about half a pallet of Indian-grown Basmati rice was left in stock. A 20-pound bag was selling for $15.99.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Doctor, I can't feel my arms.

So, I've tilled all of the garden plot. It it now tillified. If you guys wanna borrow said cultivator, you're welcome to.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

More planting

We only have the weekends (now that I got a job) to do all the gardening, so that means oh-my-aching-back on Saturday and Sunday. Or at least tonight, as I did a lot of de-rock-ifying the soil today, and planted the lettuce.

Adam used the new tiller on almost all of the area that needed tilling. It helped a lot, but ran out of juice. So we joined everybody else on the planet at Home Depot and got a second battery.

Adam did not till the area where I was going to plant mesclun today so he failed.

Here is the sketch of our back yard that we are working from. You have Martha, again, to thank for this as she inspired me with aerial photos of her (much larger) garden with carefully plotted layout. Click on it to see a larger version.

The green areas are the ones we have now planted.

I want artichokes, although it's late to be thinking of it. Is anybody else already doing them? I have a little extra room on the side of the house.

Oh, also, I moved the hostas (sp?) from the side of the house where they were in the way to under the apple tree, which by the way is starting to bloom. I will have to break out the fox urine decoys soon. If you don't know about this and want to control squirrels, the plant store told me this is a good method. The kit comes with 3 little aerated bottles that contain the fox urine and you hang them on the tree, which is supposed to make the squirrels believe they are in fox territory. We'll see if it works and I'll post the results.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Now to prep the yard...

If it just wasn't so damn chilly this week...

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Zombies, eat yer hearts out!

OK! Planting is in full swing. Today we got the garden gridded, and we planned our planting out. We also got several of the grid plots hoed and de-rocked. We also, have ordered a lightweight cordless tiller/cultivator to do the rest of the work (My back is hating on me) so when you guys are ready to do your planting, we'd be glad to lend it to you. Alternately, it's 99$ at amazon.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Starting seeds indoors

Sweet peppers, cucumbers, onions, rosemary, brussels sprouts, and squash. Martha (Stewart, denizen of all things house and garden) says you can plant (among others) lettuce and radishes directly into the ground, even before the danger of frost has completely passed, so we'll be doing that pretty soon.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

The new back yard, in progress

The fence has been replaced, retaining walls created around the two raised beds, and the foundation laid for the spiral patio. Looky here:

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I'm lookin' through a hole in the lawn

Im seeing nowhere through the eyes of a fawn...

so, dudes make big holes. It is holey.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Seeds and Stuff Coming Soon

We've ordered our stuff from Burpee. Here's what we're getting!

The marigolds are for organic pest control. Also, we're going to give corn and blueberries a try this time around.

37200J  French Marigold Nema-Gone - 1Pkt. (2000 seeds)

83139  Burpee Booster for Beans and Peas - 1-3oz. Pkg (40' row)

60193A  Bean - Blue Lake 274 Bush, Organic (1 pkt.)

60705A  Tomato - Roma, Organic (1 pkt.)

60085A  Tomato - Brandywine, Organic (1 pkt.)

63560A  Corn Ruby Queen Hybrid - 1 Pkt. (200 Seeds)

60255A  Oregano, Organic (1 pkt.)

61750A  Basil - Sweet Petra Dark Red, Organic (1 pkt.)

99004  Sea Magic Growth Activator

63750a  EZ Serve Lettuce - Packet (500 seeds)

16923C  Blueberry - Collection - 4 Plants - 1 of each variety

Monday, March 3, 2008


It's March! It's time to order your seeds!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Back yard ness

We are finally going to have a patio made in our back yard some time in the next couple of weeks. They will probably end up tearing up the whole space because they're also going to replace the rotting rail road ties that support the fence with some stone or brick or something more sturdy. I am guessing in the process we can expect all the dirt to get turned over as well. Maybe that would be a good time to rent a tiller.

We got a copy of the Burpee catalog too and went through dog-earing lots of pages. I want to grow rosemary because it's the only herb I actually know how to cook anything with. Also potatoes. So I can make rosemary potatoes.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Greetings! May your growth be swift...the end is near!

Greetings Gardeners of the Apocalypse,

As we apparently have less the 5 years to live according to this and many other sources(, I'm anxious to get started as I do not want to leave this life without being able to proudly proclaim, "I grew peas!".

Seriously though, after reading about 2012, regardless whether something is going to happen or not, it serves as a reminder that life is short, precious, and not to be squandered. To that end, I consider our little commune time well spent and am glad we're a part of it.

On a different note, we want to have everyone over soon for a little get together. Additionally, we're planning the infamous "LOTR extended edition 14 hour marathon/sleepover". Imagine the cheers that will erupt when the final credit from Return of the King scrolls past the screen .

Talk to you soon,

- Asmodius

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Time to prepare

It's soon time to begin preparing our soil. I've found a great link on turning and liming your soil. I was thinking we could maybe hire a rototiller and pass it around, we got the mahunga one last year, and I have no illusions that I don't want to try to get that sucker into H&R's garden space... even a little.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Kinder, Gentler Solutions

These problem solvers are inexpensive and garden friendly!

Insecticidal Soap: Mix 3-6 tablespoons Ivory liquid dishwashing soap or Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in a gallon of water. Use the solution to spray down leaves showing signs of insect infestations.

Powdery Mildew: Your plants will look like they've been dusted with flour. Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with 1 quart of water for a spray to control it.

Leaf Spot: Black spot is an unsightly fungus that will eventually make leaves turn yellow and fall off. Mix 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a gallon of water and spray down infected leaves.

Any dead diseased vegetation should be removed from the yard and not mulched or composted back into the soil.

Sunday, January 13, 2008


We planted three tomato plants in our garden last year. I didn't start them from seed but bought them at Home Depot. I got one of each of three varietals - "Bush Early Girl Hybrid," "Patio, The Container Tomato", and "Bush Goliath."

Of these, "Patio" was the one that climbed all over, so even though it made good tomatoes it grew all over including into the neighbors' yards. I don't remember "Goliath" getting very good or very many fruit, so I think that "Early Girl" is the one we want to grow again. I think we're going to grow just one or maybe two plants. We're not the ones who are officially slated to grow tomatoes for the Armageddon. I can't remember if that was M&R2 or H&R1.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Weather temperate, rakes in hand

I spent Sunday raking the front yard. That was easy. It's the back yard with the garden plot that I am dreading clearing out. I have mulch down to keep weeds at bay and the dead leaves accumulated on top of that. I am afraid when I rake up the leaves that the mulch will come up too.

So, here is what Adam and I are planning to grow. It's never too early (as we demonstrated on New Year's Eve) to get excited.

* Cucumbers
* Onions
* Garlic
* Sweet peppers
* Hot peppers (only a soupcon as a little goes a long way)
* One tomato plant
* "Patty-pan" squash

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

First Post!

Woot. It's the Arma-garden club!

And I'm first.