Mar 14, 2012

Project 365

I'm doing Project 365 again this year. Don't expect regular updates, but I was felt like posting this week (i.e. didn't feel like cleaning off the dining room table or getting out of my pjs).

March 4th: Bolognese sauce bubbling away

March 5th: biggest container of grits I've ever seen

March 6th: I voted.

March 7th: The Lee House in the Victorian Village. Mom, Bryan and I were able to tour it with LuniTECTs.

March 8th: Lasgana for friends.

March 9th: all stretched out

March 10th: Daffodil dash

Mar 13, 2012

Dumping Ground

Recently we've been working with my family to clean out my grandmother's house. This has involved us acquiring a bunch of things such as tupperware cake holders. Acquiring such things has also made us spend time trying to find new places for things. So in the meantime our dining room table has become kind of a dumping ground. The cats find this endlessly amusing....

Mar 12, 2012

Daffodil Dash 2012

Bryan is required to run one race a year: The Daffodil Dash put on by the Memphis Botanic Garden. Its a lovely race, with a lovely prize. This year it was pretty and warm and I brought my camera. Behold: pictures!

Bryan's dad runs along him for a second.

Bannister meets a fish.

Mar 1, 2012

Thinking about spring and gardening

Its that time of year when I start thinking about spring and planning our garden. Five years ago I would have never thought I would spend as much time as I do thinking, planning, and tending to plants. But I really do enjoy it.

Last years garden was a success if you don't count the cilantro or non-tomato producing tomatoes. The tomato plants were very hardy, but we didn't get one single tomato. I can't even remember how many tomato plants we had, but it was enough to produce more than enough tomatoes all summer for the both of us. I'm still a little bitter.

Anyways, with the new shelf in the laundry room I was able to save a couple of plants from our non-so-harsh winter. I even started a new plant(s). The last jalepeno of last summer went bad before we could eat it. So I decided to bury it in a pot and see what happened. Success! We had about 6 sprout.

This past weekend I took the sprouts and thinned them out saving the hardiest three. I will give one away and probably keep the other two for myself. Although if I couldn't eat all the jalepenoes from one plant, not sure why I really need three this year... oh well.

Urban Farms posted last week that they had gotten in 40 varieties of heriloom seeds so I one day after work I stopped by. I picked up two varieties of tomatoes, three varieties of lettuces, snap peas, and okra. Except for tomatoes, these are all new to me.

Since I still have most of my herbs left from last year I want to experiment with new vegetables for this summer. Lettuce being something I had given thought to, but snap peas and okra were an impulse decision.

Saturday, after thinning my jalepenos, I planted the tomato seeds (two varities, five pots of each, three to a pot). Then I roused Bryan from a nap and we cleaned up a flower bed in the back yard.

I should have taken before pictures, but it was so terrible (and the rest of the yard is still pretty terrible) that I wouldn't have posted it even here. We tilled up the weeds and planted a row of snap peas along the fence line. Then we took some bricks we had lying around to create a little border. (We also forgot to take after pictures.)

According to Sproutrobot we will start the lettuce seeds in a couple of weeks and okra in a couple of months.

My other gardening plans include broccoli, mint, more thyme and rosemary, basil, cilantro, and possible more parsley.

Is anyone else thinking about gardening?