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. ;)
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!
Posted by Heather Jean at 9:12 AM
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...