Sunday, April 11, 2010
While doing yardwork this afternoon, I apparently annoyed a toad, so then I chased him for a little while.
Disclaimer: please bear with the commercial above, how can I resist possibly making some change off a toad movie...
I'm attempting to eradicate the crabgrass and grow new "turf." We'll see. I made a makeshift aerator to assist in this task:
It's made out of a messed up garden tool, a board, drilled in bolts and stuff.
Sorry to realize just now I forgot to move this little green guy before aerating. Maybe he escaped?
Meanwhile, flowers are doing bloomingly:
Lily of the Valley
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
For bookclub we're reading The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy.
Her writing is peppered with similes, some pleasantly surprising. In the first 50 pages:
....like a high-stepping camel with an appointment to keep
lodged there.... like a mango hair between molars
Rahel's new teeth were waiting inside her gums, like words in a pen.
Futile. Like polishing firewood.
black eyebrows angled like a soaring seagull's wings
....history was like an old house at night. With all the lamps lit. And ancestors whispering inside.
Word to look up:
– noun Geology.
1. a reddish ferruginous soil formed in tropical regions by the decomposition of the underlying rocks.
2. a similar soil formed of materials deposited by water.
3. any soil produced by the decomposition of the rocks beneath it.
Last year I bought some asparagus... and now this little lone baby spear popped up. If that's the only one that grows, I can't imagine eating it... there will have to be some sort of sacrificial ceremony involved.
I like seeing who else is sprouting... or blooming.
The big news is:
This weekend I constructed my last two raised garden beds...
The wood is cedar. Contents include: soil, lime, peatmoss, "homemade" compost, etc. Still need to prep a little, start seedlings, and then it's on. I'm really hoping I can have some eggplant-related success.
I finally found a use for these old sun and moon metal pieces (hose guides on the corners)...
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Carrots & potatoes
I've come to the understanding that carrots can turn into monsters if left to their own devices.
I have some more exciting gardening news to share... but in an attempt to give this blog a spring rebirth, I'll save that for next time. Stay tuned.