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May 29, 2005

Back from the dead

The once dead zucchini has made a complete and amazing recovery. All of the other plants are doing very well these days too, except for the basil. I think the WX has been too chilly, particularly at night, for the basil to grow. I may be wrong, but it is not doing too well. The tomato has sprouted many yellow flowers promising many new tomatoes. The pepper and herbs seem to be holding their own three weeks into the growing season. Kittay is not impressed.

May 23, 2005

Cousin Jasper on the road to stardom!

Jasper won top honors (or honours) in getting the best actor award for his role in one of his school plays. (He is supposed to send me a DVD of his production of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" where he plays Romeo.) He was given the award by the actor, Sir Michael Caine. I'm sure Jazz was jazzed!

Animal bonding

It was such a relaxing weekend and it looks like Kittay got right with the spirit of it. She made herself at home on Sunday, sleeping about nine hours straight through, interrupted once or twice by a trip to the food bowl for a nibble.

May 20, 2005

Garden progress

A few weeks into the season although it has been on the cool side lately, we have some progress. The once ailing zucchini has made a full recovery and is thriving. The new cucumber seems to be showing signs of life in the form of baby leaves. It looks very much like the zucchini after the cold snap.
We have signs of fruit! The tomato has a yellow blossom and the sweet pepper has a white one. Looks like it will still be a long time until harvest, but it is a start.

The tomato plant develops



The sweet pepper blossoms

The zucchini!

sweet basil
Sweet basil


Finally, lavender

May 18, 2005

A regular visitor

We have named her "Kittay". She was very skittish at first, but she has calmed down considerably in the past two weeks. I am not sure where Kittay lives, but she seems to know the neighborhood very well. I offer her a little Iams when she stops by, but she is never very hungry. If I leave the door ajar, she just comes right inside and makes herself at home. She will stay around about an hour and then go off for the rest of the night. Nice Kittay.

May 15, 2005

Early garden update

It has turned cool again here in Central Indiana, so no great growing strides have taken place over the last week. The good new is that we have gotten a couple of inches of rain which has relieved me of the tasj of watering.
And I am trying a new strategy with these pots. I put a half-inch layer of pea stone on top of the soil. I understand this will control the weeds and also help the soil retain more moisture. We shall see.

The tomato plant

The herbs, Rosemary and Thyme

The pepper plants

The zucchini now thrives!

sweet basil
A newcomer, sweet basil

Another late entry, cucumber.

Lavender for contrast

May 14, 2005

Formal introduction

Please meet Patty Passat. Every time you drive her she greets you some new warning light which requires "Authorized Volkswagen Service". She's got more warning lights than stars in the sky. This may prove to be a strained relationship.

May 11, 2005

Why, it's a garden miracle, is this!

I think the doomed zucchini is making a comeback! With the combination of warmer WX, copious watering, kind words and good vegetable karma, the little plants are showing signs of life.
I saw this yesterday and decided to take my scissors and clip off the dead leaf matter. The secondary leaves seem to be doing their thing after all.

May 09, 2005

Men Are Just Happier People

I got one of *those* emails this morning from my friend in South Bend. I thought I would share.

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President.

You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck. You can play with toys all your life. Your belly usually hides your big hips. One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.. You can do Christmas shopping
for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier. Send this to the women who can handle it and to the men who will enjoy reading it.

May 06, 2005

Not lookin good :-(

Last rites for the zucchini (courgettes) will be said this weekend I am afraid. Those cold nights just did in the tender plants. The WX is supposed to be spectacular this weekend, so that will tell the tale. If I don't see any signs of life after this weekend, then it is compost time for the remains.

May 04, 2005

Intensive Care for Plants!

The combination of two nights running with temps at freezing did much damage to the zucchini plants. I don't think they are going to make it, but maybe this one. He was smaller and close to the soil surface which might have radiated some heat. On a brighter note the rest of the crops are looking great.

May 03, 2005

Brrr - but, Phew!

It went down to 31°F (-1°C) last night here according to the morning news and set a record. I did not cover my crops because I though it would not really get down to a "hard" freeze. According to my local thermometer it only got down to 33°F anyway. The crops look fine this morning.

May 02, 2005

Crops are planted

I finally put out this year's plantings yesterday. May 1 is supposed to be the last of the frost. Some people say April 22 was the last frost date. I did see that it is supposed to go down to freezing tonight so maybe I jumped the gun a little, but I think they will be ok.

This is a tomato plant.