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( 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,

- 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

Tomatoes

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.