Wednesday, September 28, 2011

perhaps it's time

for this poor little dog of earthquakepets to 'disappear' before the wild boars leave but blood & bone behind.....

Thursday, September 22, 2011

wet garden!

almost autumn, & the mugginess has it feeling like the beginning of august! plenty of rain, though, to keep the pumpkin happy.  given how late the seedling took root, it's doubtful there will be pumpkins in time for jack o' lanterns. but there should be enough for pies & roasting :) 
the red cabbage are as big as they're going to get, so will be cutting them this weekend.  the marigold & hedge petunia have finally met thier end for this season.
the second growth of mugwort has seeded.  the spearmint is slowing down its' spread.
put in 3 burgundy mums this monday past. hopefully, next season i will have enough marigold seedlings to put in staggered planting & have no need for mums!

Friday, September 16, 2011

day late....which isn't too surprising... september is late in arriving as well. *finally* the humidity & the temperature dropped by about 20 points/degrees. yea! :)  :)  pinched the pumpkin back a little in the hopes it will start growing horizontally instead of vertically (east/west vs. north/south & into the weeds).  as this is my first pumpkin, i think that this weekend i will set to pinching back growth in the hopes of forcing pumpkins to fruit quicker.  really disappointed in how the red cabbage grew...very slowly & very small as well.  i can see a lot of reading this winter to better prep the garden for productivity!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

this is just *neat*

i love history...all of the stories of who, what, where, why, how  & how others have interpreted same. this blog feeds this love at the very roots of it all! todays' post at powered by osteons is centered in one of my favorite countries: germany. enjoy! :)

Sunday, September 11, 2011

rhs new gardening: how to garden in a changing climate

i bought this hardcover for 5$, which is a good price for this book! the text in this book is geared to rank beginners, but it does have plenty of lovely photos....kind of makes this book a cross between a coffee-table book & a pamphlet.   being a visual learner, the photos are what make this book a good 5$ read & one i will keep. especially the 'perfect partners' section & the explanatory diagrams.  plus, i am now keen on learning more about laid hedges.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

birthday ideas...

dabblings and whimsey has a really neat idea for a young childs' birthday party...all to do with the board game 'candyland'.  it is *very* nice, although with grandchild #1 having a birthday in nov., #2 having his in oct., might have to wait until #3 gets old enough to play along in march!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

it's thursday, so a quickie garden post

hurricane irene was pretty much a tropical storm when it got here. however, she did point out that the top right corner of the garden is where the severest slope is. not sure how to correct this for next growing season.  in order for tomatoes or potatoes to be set in, i will need to stop the soil from being washed away.
the pumpkin has 2 blossoms! i am so happy about this it's silly.  am already thinking of ways to prevent neighbors from stealing my (soon to be) pumpkins.
the rest of the garden fared well with irenes' rain. do need to weed mightily though.

not exactly a blog post....

there has been much chatter in the news & thereabouts regarding hunger, famine, & high food prices lately. here is a short paper giving an explanation of why.  it shouldn't be a surprise that greed plays a factor :(     the right to food  reads quickly & infuriates.