just an obsurvashun

May 29, 2008

garden update

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — smacky @ 5:01 pm

Adding to the excitement here at ‘just an obsurvashun’ i have new pictures from my thrilling deck garden. Click on the pictures to see larger photos.

The okra is not doing so well: I think the cold weather killed it

There are teensy baby grape tomatoes: Teensy, but they\'re there and more tomato starts: Little Tomato Preflowers

The peppers and herbs are doing well: Yellow Pepper Cilantro Spicy Basil

But I’m a little worried about the deck itself:

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May 15, 2008

container gardening

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — smacky @ 6:44 pm

I’m not really an outdoor person. I think I am, or that I want to be, then I go outside and swiftly change my mind. There are bugs out there. And weather. And dirt. And stuff…

I do, however, like fresh herbs and veggies. And I like to save money (I guess my Scottish ancestry is to blame for that and there’s apparently something about being a Capricorn, too). But the only part of my yard which gets full sun is the back deck. So I’ve had a few herbs in pots out there over the years. Last year I grew a tomato plant which was systematically destroyed by 2 horn worms, so I got about 2 tomatoes off it. Heartbreaking. This year I’ve expanded my “crop” to include: 2 tomato plants (2 kinds: brandywine and grape), 4 hot peppers, 2 sweet peppers, and one each of okra, zucchini, cucumber, sage, cilantro, thyme, peppermint, spicy basil, and marigolds in each pot to keep the hungry bugs away.

So we’ll see how this goes and maybe next year I can rent a tiller and have a real garden in the little grassy part of the yard that gets some sun (ok, so I lied about the deck being the only part that gets sun. There is a little sunny patch outside the basement door, right next to the deck but I can’t see it from the kitchen, so it tends to slip my mind).

Zucchini and Cucumber. Hope I can remember which is which... Tomato plants and marigolds Mucho Nacho, Banana, Poblano, and Red Chile Peppers

The pictures were taken with a crappy camera. Sorry, folks. The high-dollah camera confounds me. I’ll try to learn to use it for next time, mkay?

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