Increased Readership? + New garden! September 2, 2009
It’s been quite a while since I posted here, and because this blog was listed in the Online Newsletter for Evergreen SGV (evergreensgv.org), I figure I’d better have something more recent than four months ago.
We’ve moved across town, and one of the numerous benefits of this new house is that we have a garden again!!!
That’s it for now. We’ll keep you posted on how the garden is coming along. If you’re local, and you want a pumpkin, we’ll be happy to distribute if we get any!
Gardening is easier in the sunlight… April 2, 2009
It’s been awhile since we updated about the garden, but everything is flourishing nicely.
As to our aforementioned aphid problem, we went down to our local nursery and bought some ladybugs and I released them last night. This is how I found them this morning:
I’ve also read online that ladybugs can eat fruit flies, so we may have found a solution to our compost/fruitfly situation. Eat up, ladybugs.
IPhid, YouPhid, we all Phid for Aphids! March 18, 2009
Christina brought to my attention the new residents on our tomato plants:
APHIDS! We’re looking into biological, sustainable ways to deal with these guys. Word around the ‘net is that ladybugs feast on these things. One ladybug can eat 1000 aphids. Home Depot sells ladybugs. We will go to Home Depot. And keep you updated.
Planter made out of found materials March 2, 2009
In order to accommodate our ever expanding patio garden, we’ve had to get creative and build some things out of found objects. Our latest frankenstein’s monster is a planter fashioned out of some old screen, a tire, and the bottom half of a director’s chair:
I cut one of the sidewalls off the tire, inverted it, and sandwiched an old piece of screen between the two sidewalls. We then filled the tire with potting soil and planted a bunch of honeydew and canteloupe seeds in there. Here’s hoping!
Garden update: February 23, 2009
Because Christina’s been home over the weekend, we’ve had the opportunity to do some work on our “garden”:
Interesting story about this pallet. We were walking to the Post Office and we came across two of these pallets in the alleyway (we have alleyways running between all the blocks here in uptown Whittier). Christina says to me, “we should take it.” (people often leave unwanted things in the alleyway. In the alleyway = up for grabs). I said,
“It’s too big. We don’t have a car right now. Maybe I’ll pick it up on the way back.”
Emmett fell asleep before we got to the post office, so Christina headed back home before me. As I’m on my way back, I get a text message:
“All done? Pick up the pallet?”
So I grabbed it on the way back. Now, the pallet is slightly taller than my shoulder height, so I couldn’t just sling it over my shoulder and walk back, I had to hold it about 3 inches above my shoulder (which I could only sustain for about 10 yards at a time). It was about a block back to our house, and after about 2 or 3 stops to readjust my grip, I finally made it back. So pallet #1 was safely delivered to our backyard. A few days later, I resolved to turn that pallet into a table:
As I was cutting the legs and nailing them to the pallet, Christina says (with Emmett sitting on her shoulders), “I’m gonna go get the other one.” I replied,
“Huh? You’re crazy.”
About 5 minutes later, between sawing and hammering, I hear a distant, yet distinct, “MR. NATHAN!” I run out into the alleyway to find my wife walking down the alley, one hand holding on to Emmett’s ankle and the other hand holding on to the other pallet (remember, it was difficult for me to carry, and I’m a good 5 inches taller than Christina). Emmett, meanwhile, is gripping on to Christina’s hair for dear life. As I’m soaking in this moment, Christina yells, “WELL? ARE YOU GOING TO HELP YOUR FAMILY?!?!”
I ran over and grabbed the other pallet and we all made it back to the house safely.
Oh the things we’ll do for free things.
Spring? February 14, 2009
One of the perks of living down here is the perpetually good weather that makes it favorable to plant a garden. When we first started out, I was all set to put down seeds in the ground, but despite our landlady’s well-wishes, we have no ground. (all puns intended.) After a fairly fruitful start last year, I was looking forward to improving on our first starts with more plants, and better set ups. Alas, we were thwarted again as our landlady said, “well…i really want to landscape this whole area and put in a new lawn. I have a friend that is going to help with ideas…etc, etc.” Bottom line, dig out your funny-looking plants, I want my piece of dirt back. Fine. Whatever. I don’t have time for all the landscaping plans whatever they may be and when they will happen. So last weekend, I dug up all my newly sprouted peas, and my blossoming raspberry twig (which is just beginning to recover), and the tomato we JUST put into the ground last week. Everything got potted and we started the move into the “backyard” a strip of space behind the house that’s all cement. Fabulous, non? Anyways, spring is in the air and we have a lovely start as it is…
Inside the house, we have citrus plants sprouting in a wet paper towel.
as well as apple seeds from E’s current favorite snack: organic Fuji apples.
Our China Doll that’s coming back to life:
our herbs digging in for the season…
either i’m finally getting’ something from this pot or it’s just a weed…
Til then, this is the last vestiges of our upturned garden, we just have the green onions to dig out…
there’s our taro plant, too, still in the ground. But I don’t really know what to do with the poor thing, so I might just leave it for them…
And that’s that for now.