Category Archives: gardening

it’s on the verge of flat lining


Last week The Deistette and I were winding down from the day and she came to my blog and said, “I think it’s dead.”
I’m starting to concede that idea.

I mean I’ve only put up two posts in five months not including this one.

I think part of the trouble I have is a lack of time but also this blog is more of a personal blog, vice being about a cause or product. I think the title insinuates religion and/or politics but I don’t really have the desire to enter the UU blogging community again… it’s become too… I don’t know. Too… silly. There is a contingency who have taken the Red Pill and I have other things I need to tend to right now rather than argue an unarguable debate.  And politics is more of a hobby which is basically me yelling at the AM radio hate-mongers of right-wing talk shows.

                                                    (part of why I have little time. I’m taking baby steps replacing all the siding on my house.)

And although this is pretty much a personal blog, I don’t really like the idea of posting stuff about my daughter, stepsons or wife. I have now and again posted about them and offered a picture here and there but it’s been few and far between. So not wanting to post things about the people who are most involved with my personal life, kinda turns the ol’ blog a little stagnant.

                                        a pic of the wife waaayyyy off in the distance watering some of our veggies in the elevated bed I built.

Not sure what I’m afraid of in that regard. I mean, I’m not a celebrity. I don’t have any stalkers. Hell, I barely have any active readers of this blog any longer. Amazing what happens when you stop writing how far the stat numbers go done huh.

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(I guess I could have kept my numbers up by writing about the super cool garden we have going on.)

Near the end of June, I’ll be at the five-year mark of this blog. To be honest, it feels like I’ve been at this so much longer. It feels like a lifetime since I first started writing down my thoughts and “met” some of my favorite people in the blogosphere. They’re not around much anymore and I miss them.

I bring up the time frame because five years is kind of a marker of sorts I guess and I’ve been thinking of starting over and letting go of this one. I don’t know.  If I do (which I’m really leaning to) I’ll be pulling away from WP.com and doing the self-hosted thing. I’m still looking into it. The thing is, blogging here on WP doesn’t feel the same as it did four or five years ago but it has been so important to me that I don’t want to just abandon it.

I guess we’ll see.
For now, know I’m still alive and kicking despite having posted anything in a while.

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another stab at gardening


Well The Deistette and I are making another go of gardening. We tried last year and everything started off ok, but we had some terrible rain for a few days about a month or so into our attempt and after that our little garden took a nose dive. I mean bad. Everything died except our watermelon. And even then, we only harvested two little watermelons (they were supposed to be the small, personal size ones) so i calculated that each one of those watermelon cost us about 47 bucks.

Despite this, we’re going at it again…

with a little more knowledge and a little more hard core.

Does that sound funny… hard core gardeners.

Anyway, what makes us hard core this year is that we’re using worms.
Yep, we spent about 30 of our hard earned bucks on a pound of worms. And they showed up a few days ago. I immediately began making their new homes. I poked a few holes in giant plastic tub, shredded up some newspaper, added some left over dirt from a garden bed we made threw those puppies in there and tah dahhhh!…

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a lesson in gardening


Well it seems as though Mother Nature has a way of self-righting things. I’ve described to my new blog buddy over at http://kitchendilettante.com that I’ve been having problems with our little raised bed garden.  She’s got it rough, too living in the searing desert in Phoenix, AZ.

But my problems are apparently due to me not knowing what the hell I’m doing.

And so my little garden was looking quite puny.  My zucchini had giant leaves but nothing resembling fruit.  Same thing with the squash.  The tomato plant looked awful… the leaves were curled and kinda brittle.  The lettuce was dying a slow death.  The peppers and onion already dead.  The only thing that seemed to be doing ok was our little watermelon vine.  A couple of weeks ago we saw the first little yellow flowers and then about a week ago we saw the teeniest, tiniest little hint of what looks like a melon.

So in comes Mother Nature to give my garden a fighting chance.  We had a quite a bit of rain the past couple of days… hours of soft drizzle then shifting to a quick 20 minute burst of heavy rain being dumped.  Then a little break, back to more drizzle then more heavy rain all while having lots of dark clouds.

So this morning, we had the sun break through.  It must have rained a little through the night because the ground is still pretty soggy and the sidewalk and driveway were still wet.   It was really humid but no more rain.  The Deistette and I went out to the backyard to let our dog Charlie out (who had been holding it in for two days since he is completely neurotic about rain, thunder, and lightening among other things).

Here’s Charlie being neurotic.

Anyway, so we went into the backyard and this is what we found!

Happy tomato plant!

a flower on the squash!

our melon got bigger!

wherein the Deist and Deistette praise God OR….


W E ‘ R E   F A R M E R S !!

So during the four weeks when I was doing the demolition and reconstruction of our kitchen (see post below) I decided since I was in a building kind of mood I would construct a little raised garden bed.  “Little” is the key word here.  It’s only two and a half feet by five and a half feet.

It’s really cool though.  I can hardly believe it. (click the thumbnails to see bigger pics)

Emmie and I have talked about doing one since… well since before we even met.  For a little more than a decade I’ve had the notion of living off the land, raising a few chickens and goats and having a garden that could sustain my family.  Keep in mind I know nothing about country living or farming and ranching but like I said for years I’ve had the desire to do this. I even bought my own little piece of Texas about nine years ago with the hopes of doing it some day.

Emmie told me when we first met online that she has had the dream of being able to have her own vegetable garden for years as well.

Well, she ain’t much but here it is.

Our little plot of earth that will soon release her bounty.  🙂  And with God’s good grace and laws of physics He has set in place (and hopefully despite my complete lack of knowledge) we will have at least some fresh veggies from our own garden.

We started by planting seeds back in February.  That may have been a bit early but like I said we don’t really know what we’re doing.  Continue reading