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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Guest Editorial

Jane Curtain: And now, with this week’s Editorial Reply is Correspondent, Emily Litella.

Emily Litella: Thank you very much Jane.

Jane Curtain: What brilliant topic are you going to comment on tonight Emily?

Emily Litella: What’s all this fuss I keep hearing about smoking jackets and smoking flowers? Now why would you want to wear a jacket that’s on fire or plant a flower that smokes? I mean, where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Fire burns.

Why, once my neighbor fell asleep smoking cigarettes and burned a hole in his mattress, started the mattress on fire and the next thing you know the whole house burned down. I say there should be no smoking jackets and no smoking flowers! could wipe out an entire garden with one smoking flower! They should have No Smoking Jackets, just like No Smoking Sections in restaurants. And they should have No Smoking Flowers because flowers are supposed to smell nice, not like smoke.

Jane Curtain: Ms. Litella…

Jane Curtain: Ms. Litella…

Emily Litella: What? What?

Jane Curtain: Ms. Litella the jackets don’t actually smoke. The jackets are worn BY smokers. They aren’t on fire. And that smoking flower wasn’t really smoking.

Jane Curtain: The clouds above the flower looked like smoke, but they were just clouds. The flower isn't on fire.

Emily Litella: Oh, well that’s different…

Be sure to check out today's posts on my other blogs:

Lola's Diner
Fire Crotch Rocket
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Friday, April 24, 2009

My Weekend Garden

Anastasia and I went to Lowe's today because I got my election judge check yesterday. She went crazzzzzy! Sophie just had to check out what was going on outside after we pulled up.

This is what we bought:
(8) 8' landscaping timbers
(2) Catawba Grape bushes
(2) Flowering Plants (Picture below in the hanging planters)
(2) Hanging Planters (Picture below)
(3) Rolls Fencing type material to keep critters out of the garden
(12) 12 Stakes for Fencing
(1) Package Bamboo Plant Stakes
(1) Rose Bush Food
(1) Transplant Food
(1) Ginormous Bag Miracle Grow Potting Soil
(2) Large Rolls Landscaping Fabric
(1) Jiffy Pot Seed Starter
(2) 2 packs Tomato Cages

My SUV was jam packed.
Hanging flower planters on shepard's hooks we already owned.

Umm, let me just say for the record that I thought we were just getting landscaping timbers and potting soil.

Our vegetable garden will at the very least be tripling our garden. And I thought I was ambitious when I thought we were only doubling the size. Since I learned how to can jams, jellies, tomato sauce, salsa, pickles and green beans last year Anastasia decided to really increase our garden. I'm hoping I can keep up with the produce once we begin harvesting. I was considering selling the second pressure cooker I got last year, but I'm thinking I better hang on to it. And thank goodness we bought a freezer a couple of months ago. If I can't keep up with the harvest, at least I can freeze some things and can them later.

We are starting most of our plants from seed this year. Even the flowers for our boxes that hang off the deck. I haven't taken a photo of those. They all pretty much look like sprouts at this point. Good thing we labeled them well. Lol!

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

My Weekend Garden

Sorry this is late, but yesterday got hectic. I just now ran out between the raindrops and shot this. (You can see the raindrops on the leaves.)

These are "Broken Arse Day Lillies". You may not be familiar with this particular variety, so let me clue you in. Last year I responded to a a local ad for free day lillies. The only catch was that we had to remove them. Because of my back, Anastasia was very gallant and grabbed the shovel and insisted on digging out the first bunch (even though I don't think she had any experience digging up and dividing overgown day lillies). She put her foot on the shovel, promptly slid it off, turned her other ankle and when down hard on her arse. I don't think the both of us ever laughed so hard in our lives. The older gentleman whose house it was, helped her up and then he dug up a boxful for us. Anastasia limped to the car and we went straight home. Anastasia kept complaining about the ankle pain and how much it hurt when she sat. I kept insisting she go to the ER or urgent care. She refused. I threatened to call her sister and have her come over and she finally relented. We went to urgent care. Broken coccyx and fractured ankle. They gave her a boot for the ankle and told her to get a donut. She ended up losing a week of work because of the vicodin and the only comfortable position was lying down.

We don't know what color these will be, but I am happy to see they are nice and green and healthy.

The moral of the "Broken Arse Day Lillies" is, make sure you wear non-slip shoes, make sure they are dry and make sure you have good footing.

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Container Gardening

Martha at Stir, Laugh, Repeat asked about container gardening because she lives in a condo and gardening is not allowed in the common area.

First off, I would start out by either starting the seeds indoors or purchasing healthy seedlings when they become available. Tomatoes and Green Peppers are well suited to starting indoors. No special grow lights are needed. A florescent light will do just fine and is much less expensive.

My second apartment in Chicago was on the 3rd floor and had a porch. I attached several resin boxes, using Deck Railing Brackets. I grew herbs, green peppers, and beans in long planter boxes. Here is one kind of Deck Railing Bracket:

I actually have planter boxes on my front porch here in the suburbs with more decorative deck railing brackets. I got them from a local nursery. There is no installation required. (No screwing into the deck.)

I grew tomato plants in larger square planter boxes. I also planted Basil with the tomato plants. This is something I always do because Basil keeps pests away from the plants. Basil is also good planted next to asparagus and eggplant. You can also plant them around pepper plants and they act as a ground cover and keep humidity high. See E-How - Basil Companion Planting.

If you are handy, or know someone who is, you can build your own planter box. See E-How - How To Build A Planter Box.

When starting my seeds, I use a seed starter mix. You could make your own mix, but I prefer to go with the mix because I figure it's less mess.

When transplanting outside, in the past I've used a Hyponex Potting Soil Mix and had good success with that. It's a nice airy, light soil mix. Last year I purchased a generic potting soil and mixed it with Hummus. I wasn't particularly pleased with my yield last year. I may go back to the Hyponex Potting Soil Mix if I can fit it into my budget.

In the past I've used one application of Miracle Gro, but this year I'm going to look toward going more organic. I'll be posting more on that at a later date.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Garden Shot - This Is Spring?

This is depressing. In the Chicagoland area we got snow on Sunday. Isn't it supposed to be Spring? This is what my garden looks like today. We hadn't had a chance to clear out the debris from last year's garden yet. We were going to do that on Sunday. Change of plans!

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