Sunday, August 10, 2008
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. ;)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
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
Sunday, May 25, 2008
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
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
Saturday, May 3, 2008
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
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…
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
Saturday, April 19, 2008
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
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
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.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
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
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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
As we apparently have less the 5 years to live according to this and many other sources( http://www.viewzone.com/endtime.html), 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,
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
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
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
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.
* Sweet peppers
* Hot peppers (only a soupcon as a little goes a long way)
* One tomato plant
* "Patty-pan" squash