Watermelon Woman


Seed Stash
January 27, 2017, Friday,10:49 am
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My seed order from rareseeds.com has arrived! As usual, I ordered way too much. Here is a snapshot of the variety. I planted sweet peas already but I think the latest round of rain may have did them in. The onions (red) are thriving though. Anxious to start planting!

Seeds

Seeds for 2017



Graduation, etc
May 22, 2011, Sunday,4:58 pm
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Tomato cherry.

Image via Wikipedia

Round-Up Time

Besides being in love with my new grandchild, I am extremely proud of my son’s completion of his graduate degree this month. With the diploma in hand, I expect him to fly off to somewhere far, far away. Maybe Hong Kong or Japan. Sad for me, happy for him.

A third big event comes via my spouse. He has decided to retire this December. He just received his 40-year service, so I think it is the right choice. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Last, I can report that my last summer’s volunteer cherry tomato plant has a million blossoms on it. It has survived winter rain and cold and come out on the other side.  I expect to have cherry tomatoes in my salad in another month. I’ve named the plant Maggie.



Happy Birthday to me!
September 2, 2010, Thursday,10:42 pm
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September 3rd

Happily, I will make another year. 2010 has been a much better year than 09. I am still a survivor and been majorly busy at work with web redesign and other big projects. I haven’t yet figured out if I don’t write because I’m boring and have nothing to say or if I’m really depressed and withdrawing from everyone.

I don’t feel depressed so maybe I’m just boring. LOL! I’ve planted some greens and sweet peas. Most of my tomato plants, with the exception of one volunteer plant that is out of control, are either completely eaten by something or spindly and not producing. Changing where they were planted from last year didn’t seem to help. Something as eaten my only two pumpkins as well. It could have been the dog.

The oregano grew like crazy. When it grew to about 20 inches I cut them all and hung them to dry. I was surprised at how fast they were ready to put in a spice jar. I also had a little bit of French tarragon that I dried too. The smell is just divine. I will certainly try other herbs in the future.

The weather these days feel like Fall already. I miss the rain, one because it means I don’t have to water and clears the air and two, it is so much easier to pull weeds.

I visited a fairly new seed store in Petaluma (CA). It is a secondary store to Baker Creek Seeds in Missouri. The store is in a 1920-30’s former bank building. Really cute and spacious. Helpful people. I will go again in time to buy new Spring seeds.

Off to see my oldest son on Saturday but first a birthday dinner with the other two boys and daughter-in-law. And the best news I’ve had in a long time, I’m to be a grandmother! I am so over the top about it. My DIL sent a text message with a photo of the baby at 9 weeks. Can’t tell the sex yet. I do hope everything goes well. Looks like April due date.

Thanks for checking back and I will try to write on a regular basis again.



Garden Update
May 31, 2010, Monday,11:25 am
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Apologies for the lack of posts. Work has been overwhelming me and by the time I’m finished with all that computer work, I don’t want to touch the computer.

I spent Sunday cleaning the back patio and putting together a glider bench with one of my sons. The patio looks better than it has in a long, long time. I still have the garden supplies and tools to move to a new spot, which will give more room for people.

The garden is coming along. The two sunflowers are about 4 feet tall already and looking strong. The weakest plants are the peppers although I’m not sure why. I have many green tomatoes and the squash are coming along too.

The mardarin orange that is in a big pot now has volunteer tomatoes and either squash, pumpkin or melon growing at its base. I used some potting soil used for seeds two years ago! The seeds had not germinated so I emptied the pots back into the soil bin. LOL I hope that some of them will transplant into the planting beds.

Update, photos.

glider

Kitty GnomeGarden Fairie

Climbing RosesBlackberries

Volunteer tomatoes and squashSunflowers

Sweet PeasPeppers, tomatoes, cucumbers

Close-up tomatoes



Green hills
January 18, 2010, Monday,2:46 pm
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The rainy weather has put the green back on our hills. Beautiful during this time of year to see them. With predictions of a week of rain, we should keep the green for a good while.

I sent off my seed order last night. I went a little overboard with the bean order. Dry beans and green. Watermelons–of course! Plus a few flowers — poppies, sunflowers and sweet peas.

The days are getting noticeably longer. I can get home before it is completely dark. Of course, I only have a 3 mile commute. 🙂



Rooting around
January 1, 2009, Thursday,8:15 pm
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Planted a fig bareroot, 3 grape (thompson seedless), asparagus, kale and rose. The sweetpea plant are all in bud and just need some sun to open up. Can’t wait to smell them!



Vegetables as Art
November 25, 2008, Tuesday,8:13 pm
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Chinese artist Ju Duoqi’s “Pea-casso” in Veggies
pea-casso

I would love to see this close up.

found via MAKE



Apples to pick
November 9, 2008, Sunday,1:04 am
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It is a dreary-looking day with spits and starts of misty rain. I was mostly out window shopping for a birthday gift but I was happy to catch my brother in his shop. We had a great chat and solved most of the world’s problems 😉 He has a son in Iraq so that is something that the family remembers day-to-day.

Back home, I decided to pick some more of my apples. The tree is about 30 years old and has three varieties of green apples–sour, moderately sour and very sour. Well, perhaps not quite that bad. These latest pickings are acutally edible and should make a nice pie.

My carrots and greens are happy with the weather. Same for the broccoli. I finally pulled my pepper plants (all 3 that were left) so I have room for more carrots. I’m thinking that I’ll do a couple of other root plants, maybe parsnips and beets. I also need to transplant the horseradish to a larger pot.

I pulled bunches of weeds and a tree growing where it shouldn’t be and almost filled the recycle bin. Since it had been raining and the ground was still wet-ish, the pulling wasn’t too difficult.

It has started to rain a little harder now although we are not expecting much rain total. Thoughts on dinner include soup (I have cooked chicken from last night), chicken with noodles/rice and I have a nice winter squash to cook.

Weekends are now the only time that I can see my garden. It is dark when I leave the house for work and dark when I get home. Must be day-light savings time. Not sure whose is getting the daylight.

My son in Japan sent me a couple of photos of watermelon of the usual type. Funny and expensive. $500.

Melon in a Japanese shop

Melon in a Japanese shop


A close-up

A close-up



First tomato
June 20, 2008, Friday,1:35 pm
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Finally! Small but was very tasty. Blueberries are still ripeningFirst \'mater



Seeds
February 2, 2008, Saturday,11:25 pm
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I’ve ordered most of my seeds for 2008 from Baker Street Heirloom Seeds.

Included in my order are watermelons of course. I trying some varieties that are new to me and hopefully will be ready earlier than some of the standards. Black-tail Mountain is 70 days; Melitopolski, a Russian variety doesn’t list the number of days, but coming from Russia, one suspects that it will be. Ali Baba is not short, 100 days, but its claim to fame is the flavor.

Tomato selections were Cuor di Bue, Sioux, Old Virginia, Flame (aka Hillbilly), plus some plum varieties.  I have also purchased carrots, okra, baby greens, green beans, black-eyed peas and corn. Corn will be a first. I picked a 5-foot variety. Oh and sunflowers. I had great success with them last summer and they last forever. I picked and picked for the house and still had plenty to please the eye in the garden.

I deciding on what varieties of apples to purchase. I want to try espaliers to cut down on the space requirements.

It has been raining forever here in sunny California so the ground is just as wet as can be.   I do like rain but, it is getting old now.