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June 29th, 2009

My green thumb, let me show you it! [Jun. 29th, 2009|12:29 am]
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I've started the inevitable mutation into my father, which means I'll be playing golf by 2012, or something (actually, if that was going to happen it would have happened fifteen years ago.) What it means for me right now is that I've sprung an interest in gardening...or at least growing things. Unlike Dad, however, I don't have all that much room, and certainly haven't the room for a greenhouse. I won't be growing flowers, either, as my leanings are towards succulents, and towards herbs and things that can be eaten.

What this means is that I'm taking an approach that falls somewhere between a Victory Garden and a container garden. The main piece is a large rectangular cardboard box, which fits nicely between the patio steps and the unused western gate. The contents of my disintegrating compost bin went into this, to be mixed with soil, and over the next couple of weeks I'll be building up layers of earth in it, so that things can be transplanted. That back of the box is against a fence, and the front will be reinforced by logs that I have sitting here. The idea is that the cardboard will disintegrate and compost in with the soil it surrounds, creating a raised berm of good soil (as the stuff beneath is pretty typical Arizona sandy soil.) Any bits of crab grass and weeds pulled out of the yard will also get mixed in.

I'll have pictures as that project goes on, although not pictures of me staggering back with fifty pound bags of soil from the Ace Hardware up the road.

Yesterday's trip to Ace cost me twice as much as I'd intended, but that included buying light bulbs (as soon as I can, I'll buy a CFL for the bathroom) and a new canvas bag, as well as a set of little peat pots. I also bought seeds -- Basil, Rosemary, and Peppers. This is just the start, mind you.

In the planning stages -- slowed slightly by being unable to find my wood-bore drill bits -- are a set of inverse hanging planters. These will be used for tomatoes and peppers, and perhaps other things. Yield is supposed to be good. The patio is going to end up looking very leafy if I succeed with any of this.

There's also an effort to reuse going on -- aside from ongoing efforts to compost stuff (I have a mini-composter on the patio now, repurposed plastic storage), something that will eventually have me hauling out the food processor to slurry the harder stuff, I'm making use of food packaging that would normally end up either in the recycle bin or the landfill (or if, the garbage guys keep doing their thing with gay abandon, halfway up Euclid) and either using it as seed starters or as stands for seed starters. There's a bit of whimsy involved there, alongside the practical -- the old kelly-green teapot got a hole punched in its bottom and is full of soil and some basil seeds and with any luck will sprout a nice green hairdo. There's also a wizard ceramic that's probably meant for candles; that has a peat pot with Basil.

So, pictures. There's no picture of the big planter -- they'll come along eventually.

The first two are peat pots presently living in the kitchen. The first has Rosemary in the back and Basil in the front. The second has three pots with Rosemary seeds, and one with Basil.

Reused Trader Joe's tomato carton, with the lid now as the base. Peppers in this one.

An assortment. The plant in the coffee can was given to me by Tribs, and has been kept alive for several years at this point. I'm still amazed that I didn't kill it inside a week. Basil, Rosemary, and peppers all here.

Cthulhu lives at the bottom of my garden. Sorry it's fuzzy...but do you really want to see Cthulhu that clearly?!
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Oh, so you survived the Twitpocalypse? [Jun. 29th, 2009|11:01 am]
Tweet? Tweet! It never stops, that bird.
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