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