Either way, that has been something I have NOT had in some time as I no longer have space for tomato plants. I gave that space up to a smoker grill, lol. That is headed to storage here in about a week when our firepit gets here! FIREPIT! WOO!
I thought about asking around the farmers market, then got distracted, then I thought, hey...I COULD make room. And got distracted. Maybe I really did not want any? haha. Not so much. I did zucchini instead. I make them the same way as I do in that recipe and they were SO yummy. Guess maybe I should write that out. And Okra. I do my Jalapenos different, though. I can get okra, no problem, from the store around the corner (Heck, I can get White Truffel there!). Maybe what it is...is I just love FRIED stuff :D
I have a new cam, so pics will be forthcoming. We have been getting
rather a bit of rain (about time) but it is finally the end of the
'real' gardening season. If I can figure out a way to do it with
minimal dirt (I know I should use at least a 5 gallon container but am
willing to take a risk) I may cold stratify some of the tomato seeds I
saved and start them up here in the office. That would be kind of cool,
having some fresh tomatoes here. I kept some Black Prince and
Brandywine seeds, although who knows what they will end up being as
there were a few different varieties of tomatoes out there and I did
not bag them so they are no doubt cross pollinated. I really don't
mind, as long as they are fresh! I am planning on starting up some of
the Jalapeno seeds I saved, I know it will do fine in a relatively
smaller pot. I have all this sunshine here at my desk so I might as
well take advantage of it, right?
I brought a couple Schefflera's in to the office.
My favorite story about Schefflera's...A pal of mine owned a hotel on
the NC coast and the hurricane wall they had put in was coming down
after a particularly nasty storm so the hotel had to come down. The
people who were hired to take all the furniture and whatnot out and put
it in storage really were not all that smart as they put all the plants
in the storage unit as well. Three months later we opened up the unit,
having already assumed the plants were living in the movers homes
(nothing to quibble about, this all had to be done fast so the owner
just figured a home is a home) and there they were. No water, no sun,
three months...they were fine. They were Schefflera.
to get going on some winter gardening. I got seed for Walla Walla sweet
onins, Garlic cloves, Purple Kohlrabi, Brussels Sprouts and Spinach so
far. I have cleared the sugar snap pea bed so now all I need to do is
take down the trellis (I used screws so it is basically collapsible)
and recondition the little plot o'dirt and wait for the maters to
finish up, collect the radish seeds from the early radish's that I let
bolt and do that soil as well. I want to put in garlic, onions,
Brussels Sprouts and Kohlrabi. They are very neat looking plants.
I will plant the spinach and plan on several lettuce varieties for this
fall and come early spring in my tomato and radish bed, yum!
excited about doing some cold weather planting, now I just have to
figure out what else to put in when the tomato's are done! I know I
will be planting some Walla Walla onions in between the maters as they
need to be there now, and then get some of the best sweet onions in the
world come spring. But for the other spot, there are the sugar snap
peas that are done, and I need to go pick the seed off of them and the
early radishes I forced to bolt for next spring and clear it out. So, I
will clear it, take down the trellis and stir in some compost and
manure. I got some broccoli and brussel sprout seed, and there was
something else! And I can't remember! OH! YES! PURPLE KOHLRABI! I love
this, love tasty stuff that has odd appearances, these will suffice,
hehe. As the tomatoes are finishing (I have time) I will probably throw
spinach in..fresh spinach, yum! I am on the lookout for some material
to make a cold frame as that is move able, I may lease on for the next
year but if not I want to be able to move it! That would be great,
having fresh lettuce all winter!
So, we had some odd weather a bit ago...got to like 90 in the day time then would shoot back down to 60 at night (our sugar snap peas HATED it) and it seemed to do some odd stuff...hasn't rained in FOREVER, my lawn (well, the RENTAL lawn, hehe) is so dead it is developing dirt instead of just the browned grass. The only watering that is getting done at all it the veggy patch and my little tree's, to hell with the lawn. Anyways, to get back to my point. The cherry tomatoes did the strangest thing, the first ones decided to just not grow. The rest of them did, but then they started ripening...I am looking at them thinking wtf? Either way I ended up with a few handfuls of the CUTEST maters EVER!
two new family members and am so excited! I got a....wait for
it...BLACK PRINCE TOMATO!!! WOO HOO!!! Not just that, but I got a
Brandywine! Of course I got them at the Farmer's Market. They are not
the most attractive things but damn sure are when you are eating them.
I bought a couple of Black Prince that were so wonderful, and I enjoyed
a guilty pleasure of mine for dinner, tomato sandwiches. Next it will be
drizzled olive oil and herbs on halves, covered in mozzarella or parmesan and a bit of breadcrumbs then Broiled, hehe...oh it is going to be grand to have REAL tomatoes this year!
I also got garlic curls, sugar snap peas, baby bok choy and some broccoli and am going to stir fry them up, hehe...
Ok, so...grass, and a garden fork. Bulbs that do not need to be there...LOTSA spiders, me telling the youngest who was helping me by going back and forth the the yard waste bin for me (wait till I get the pics downloaded) that SPIDERS ARE GOOD, I am the organics kind of gal. He was like...ok...um...spiders good, fine but don't make me touch them! Haha. Kids. He did enjoy the ladybugs though, happy happy JOY JOY, I have breeding ladybugs! He held a couple (not the breeding ones!!) but I did point those out to my Partner because nothing is better than baby ladybugs! Well, maybe some baby praying mantis...my next want on my list. I will get a couple of Mantis egg sacks (love hatching them). So, after a nice back breaking session, the spot is HALF done and not completely done. All I want to get DONE right away is the spot for a couple of Tomato plants...I have not had fresh tomato's (at least out of my OWN yard) for quite some time. As soon as I get the pics downloaded (killed the batteries taking pics, hehe) I will post them. This spot, omg....way too left alone, and it looks like the onyy thing that has been planted there has been flowers and I want veggies, so if I have to recondition a garden spot at a rental house, I am GOING to have VEGGIES, dammit. lol. All I can say is. Ow. If it were not for the garden fork that my Sweetie has, I would not have gotten anything done, lol. Would have been POTTED maters. I got a Jalapeno that will be in a pot, just haven't decided how big of a pot. So, next week, maybe I will get that overgrown MESS finished.
Got the house! Apr 5, 2007 | 11:07 AM PST
, vegetable garden
, african violet
, prayer plan
I get a veggy patch! WOOT! I move next weekend so I won't be much
online for about 4 days (I won't be able to help but to login now and
then, keeps the work email lighter and I am going to get Clearwire).
First thing I will do is weed it, till it and work the vermiculture
(worm poo) in. I plan on tomatoes, runner beans, some peas and maybe
corn. If I have room left, I will put carrots in. I can't wait to get
started, but my Bonsai's will take precedence as the move will not be
kind. I have a lot of white wisteria cuttings that will have to be
babied after the move as they will most likely shift in the transfer. I
plan on sitting in the back seat with them to minimize this from
occurring, but figure it will take a bit more than just the move to
harm them for wisteria is notorious in it's hardiness! The maples will
ride well, I am sure...the real fun part will be to find a new spot for
the African Violets, there are two really healthy ones and they love
where they are at, but I understand they are rather picky about their
permanent living spot, so I bet I will have to move them...alot...till
I find the perfect spot for them ;) I do have a few schefflera cuttings
that 'followed me home' recently, but it is almost impossible to kill
them. The one cutting I worry about at this time is a prayer plant
cutting I have. It is alive so that is all that matters right now,
Our new house Apr 4, 2007 | 4:29 PM PST
, japanese maple
So it may be a rental, but it does have a garden area. Looks like we have decided to take the more expensive place, but we will have room to vegetable garden and I will have plenty of space to keep my Bonsai's. The only real downfall of the 'mature landscaping' is it has massive junipers and rhododendrons. Not particularly my favorite, and I will not have much option on how the yard looks...it does have two fireplaces and a great kitchen ( I GET GAS!!!) I do like the setup, but really REALLY wish it had a master bathroom. The boys will HAVE to use the downstairs bathroom because we are NOT going to have to clean the bathroom every five minutes in case someone drops by ;) Good news is the side of the house that has the veggy patch is in FULL sun, so I may be one of the only people who has ever had success with tomatoes in the Seattle area! If we get this house, I will so be taking pictures! Maybe I will be able to talk them into letting me plant one of my Japanese Maple Bonsai's...set it FREE, it would be such a boon to a yard as 'simple' as this one is, at this time.