wowza, its been a while. Things have been very busy: Randy and I have gone pro with the whole jewelry thing, got our business liscense and everything. Randy no longer works at walmart and we travel to someplace new every weekend to vend our wares. So far it has been a success, but busy.
I didn't get to garden as much as I would have liked this year, but taking care of the front bed was really satisfying. The marigolds overtook the entire bed, blocking out all but two of the celosia plants and all the petunias. The red pepper plant was amazing, and was growing peppers for me up until last night when the first frost of the season ended its short but productive life. The tomato plant, jet boy, grew a lot of tomatoes but many of them split their skin and rotted on the vine while they were still green. not sure what I was doing wrong. I hate cucumbers and I don't think I am ever going to bother growing them again until I have ample space to let them grow freely. The vasy majority of the herbs and vegetable plants that I orded from cook's garden all just never grew. My blue berry bush and the lemon tree are both doing wonderfully: I wouldn't even recognize the lemon tree from when I first got it if I hadn't watched it grow up.
Plans for next year are variable: we might be moving again. I know, I know, I said I wanted to not move again for five to ten years, but this apartment is old and is only getting worse with each season *drafty windows, ugly, ancient carpet, rotting bathroom, etc* and the land lady isn't doing anything about anything. We still don't have a functioning dishwashing machine. A big factor for me to inspire moving again is for the past two days someone has been stealing the pumpkins from the front bed. Granted I got them for 25 cents each for the big ones and 10 cents each for the small decorative gourds, but this is not the first time thigns have been stolen from my garden and obviously whoever is doing it doesn't have any qualms about taking what isn't theirs. I got home from Thanksgiving dinner and two more pumpkins were missing and one was laying smashed on the side walk. Teary eyed, I escorted the rest of my pumpkins to the dumpster and set them by the trash. If someone is that determined to steal or vandalize my pumpkins, they can dig them out of the garbage. It is a short step from them stealing from my garden and someone breaking into my home, so we are now looking into a rental house that is only $10 more a month than where we are now, it is 30 years newer, and we will have two whole acres out in the country to garden as we please. This is still not a sure thing, but I am hopeful and looking forward to continuing my career and really getting my hands in the dirt.
garden guides will still not let me delete any of the old messages in my inbox.
We have a laptop now, so I am going to try to be more active; I was really starting to miss reading everyone's blogs and hearing about their plants :)