Of Angels and Plants

The adventures of gardening

Updates April 28, 2010

Filed under: chickens,Dog/ Angel,garden — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 8:08 pm

I haven’t been writing often, which I should be as this is a garden journal. My dad got 5 healthy tomato plants (not sure which kind) from a coworker. I have transplanted them into bigger pots and have started some more cucumber seeds, as slugs seem particularly attracted to them. I am going to move them inside in hopes of deterring those little pests.  We also got 4 chicks! 2 Australorps and 2 Rhode Island Reds, all at around a week or a week and a half old. We set up a brooder for them inside. I wonder how we are going to get Angel used to them…

Oh, by the way, here is the foxhound herself:

And here are my chicks:

And some pictures of my plants:

my newly transplanted tomato: you can also see the salad seedlings around it

a closer look

A beautiful rose

I don’t know what type of rose this is.

another photo

The foliage is pretty – speckled sometimes (no, it’s not mold or some disease).

This plant produces a lot of small – about the size of the top of your pinky finger – beautiful pink rosehips in the autumn. This plant is beneath our nectarine tree, which unfortunately, while it has a lot of pinky-finger-sized nectarines, is heavily compromised by peach leaf curl, which has happened for the past 3 years or so.


More sowings… April 13, 2010

Filed under: garden,seeds — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 8:36 pm

I used the idea from The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen of polyculture salad beds and I sowed two huge pots (no idea how much soil they hold) with:

  • Dutch Redina, Batavian Nevada, and French Cardinale lettuce
  • Evergreen bunching heshiko onion
  • amaranth (probably too early but it gets warm pretty early here)
  • Viroflay Spinach
  • Bunching Crimson Forest onion
  • Basil, both Cinnamon and lettuce-leaved genovese
  • Rainbow Swiss Chard
  • Dragon Purple Carrots
  • Red Cored Chatenay Carrots
  • Green Fortune Pak Choi

Everything except for the Pak Choi is open-pollinated. I hope to get some salads soon!


Seeds and such April 10, 2010

Filed under: chickens,garden,seeds — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 5:28 pm

After having a gigantic slug devour my cucumber seedlings, I replanted them today with 7 that have been presprouted. I am worried about my 2 tomato seedlings – the ones that survived heat – as they seem to be wilting and turning black. The peas have been growing very slowly and the chives are sending up flowers. The weather has been acting wacky again, first with cloudy weather, then 2 days of sun, then today with clouds and sunshine taking turns. They say it will probably rain tomorrow. As for the chicks, we’ve been looking for a local source but they don’t have the breed we want (Silver or Golden Laced Wyandottes). Of course, I could-and have-called local feed stores, but they don’t have them and I don’t like to make phone calls in general.


A pretty good book

Filed under: good books — Aeneas Anchises' son @ 5:19 pm

I picked up this book yesterday at the library, and it was a humorous read. It’s geared more toward flower gardeners and those who compete in shows, though. It’s a collection of stories and a dictionary for the gardener, with entries such as these in the Digger’s Dictionary:

gardeners: People who try to keep plants alive in and around their homes. They’re divided into the following categories based on their level of expertise:

  • novice gardener: Someone who hasn’t gardened long enough to kill 100 plants
  • experienced gardener: Someone who’s gardened long enough to kill 1,000 plants
  • expert gardener: Someone who’s qualified to tell others how to kill 10,000 plants
  • author of this book: Someone who makes money writing and lecturing about how he killed 100,000 plants in fewer than 25 years

green supremacists: People who think that their front lawns should stay green from April to November, regardless of drought conditions. They’re ready to use any chemical to maintain their lawn, and can usually be found caring for and mowing it at 6:30 AM ever Saturday morning. They compare themselves with their neighbors based on the greenness and lack of diversity of their lawn. No temperate zone green supremacist can accept the idea that lawn grasses naturally go dormant and turn brown in hot weather.

And, a condition that probably many gardeners have:

zone denial: Behavior exhibited by gardeners who are either delusional or who think the people who work for the US Department of Agriculture are delusional. Typically, they believe that semi-tropical plants can survive in places like North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Montana. This belief gives them the chance to completely redesign their gardens every spring, since the remains of their plants end up on compost heaps at the end of every winter.