Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
It's been a busy week, what with hubby just barely recovering from surgery, then going back in with a fever. He's doing okay now, but it's going to be a long recovery. So, with that said, it's been tough to keep up on blogs. It's also been hard to keep up with the garden; seems like every day is a new adventure. Since Sir William visited, we have had not just two, but closer to TEN peppers sprout! The cayenne are coming in a little stronger than the jalapeno, but when they grow up we should have plenty of each. Today I replanted the cayennes, but since the jalapenos are still sprouting I think I'll give them another couple days.
The asparagus was about 5-6" tall... until Fat Cat decided to crawl into the greenhouse for a snack. Luckily I busted him and they'll be okay. I also learned the other day that asparagus is a) part of the Lily family, and 2) grows as a fern at first. Also, growing them from seeds like we did is apparently almost insane; they will grow to be at least a foot tall; you can't harvest them for the first few years, but afterwards they will go upwards of 10; and also, they apparently have a very intensive root structure, so trying to container plant them is fairly ridiculous. They are very tall and slender, and actually wrapped around each other a little bit. I stole some chopsticks from our evergrowing stash to give them something to grow around, but they don't seem to care.
This is all that's left in the pod starter pack... Not that I could really tell you what they are. I'm having rotten luck with catnip, have tried it two different times with no results either way.
This is all that's left of the mystery bush plant thing. I saved its life once and it did well for a while [you can even see it blooming here] but I think I finally figured out what's hurting it so badly--the plant lights. I think it might be something that does better with partial light or something; it just seems like the leaves closest to the lights are getting burnt.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I moved the garlic out to the patio because it got some mites. I thought the fresher air might do it some good. Not five minutes later, this little sneak crawled into the bottom of the greenhouse and cuddled up next to the other planter for a nap.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Hubby had a pretty nasty foot surgery today. He insisted I not spend the entire time in the hospital waiting room, so I begrudgingly complied and had a brief jaunt around Kmart [because I am a cheapy]. I finally picked up some repotting supplies--well, aside from the 10 lbs of dirt sitting in my apartment. Hubby was pleased and told me to go ahead and repot what needed it during his next percocet-nap. So, the roma tomatoes are now split up a little, and our rogue late-blooming asparagus has a pot to itself for now [his brothers are planted next to basil]. The strawberry and bell pepper have moved to larger pots that hopefully will be their endgame lairs. They will probably be too big for the greenhouse soon, and have to join Suzy the tomato plant on the porch. I repotted the rosemary too, although much later than I should have. Here's hoping it bounces back. The garlic is still... hit or miss.
|you made my hands smell good.|
|I love these little compostable/plantable temp pots|
|she's getting so tall!|
|happy and sad garlic|
The best news of all, however, pertains to our Cayenne peppers. Last night our good friends Irene and Sir William came by to do some recording on a last-minute epic metal track. While Irene was throwing down some growls that make the girl from Arch Enemy sound like a kitten, Sir William and I had a chat about how the peppers were being shy. Apparently I was busy drowning them! He told me to ditch the clear lid on the sprouter greenhouse, and not even 24 hours later, Bjorn and Sven [so named for their "metal roots"--ba-dum chhh] decided to pop out of the dirt! eeeee! Maybe more of them will sprout and we can have a whole pepper metal band.
|Bjorn and Sven, thanks to the Pepper Whisperer.|
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|Dunno if you can see this or not, but the chives are |
blooming their weird little black flower thinggies.
|The asparagus looks like asparagus!!!|
That middle clump is about 3-4"
|We are gonna have a lot of strawberries if this keeps up.|
Can't wait to replant this sucker and give it more room to grow.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Now, I can't go to Michael's without at least looking at the yarn, usually longingly. But lo and behold, on this particular day, Lily was on sale! 5 for $5! I also found a really neat generic one that you can barely see, and some "yarn bras." Looking forward to putting those to use, I hate floppy messy yarn. All said and done, I spent less at Michael's than I did at Guitar Center.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Welp, hubby was chiding me that "you said that you would put other stuff on your blog too, not just girlie stuff! You should tell the whole story!" IE, things of the musical and geekical varieties. Yes, I made up a word. I'm allowed, I have an English degree. I was going to blawg about soldering a 1/4" cable for the show on Friday, but I didn't have enough time to sit down and do it so hubby took over. But I can still solder stuff!!
It's been a helluva couple days, what with work and running around and trying to sleep and clean the place up for next week... Tonight the local bro-in-law and his lovely lady stopped by on their way from Portland to Seattle. He's a bit of a karaoke nut, but hasn't been out in a while. Luckily in Tacoma you can pretty much throw a rock and find a bar that offers karaoke, even on a weeknight. Somehow I had the brilliant idea to check out The Thunderbird, aka, "T-Bird," or sometimes just, "The Bird." Our friends live a couple blocks away, and have been trying to get us out for many moons. The perk for us, aside from location, is that the Bird is one of--if not THE--last bar you can smoke in in Pierce County. Hell, in all of Western WA as far as I know. Yes, I know, you can smoke in Casinos. But whatever.
Ironically, the friend who'd been trying to get us to visit happened to stop by. And Irene randomly decided to sing a country song. Hubby was impressed... he doesn't realize that, especially for women, singing country is a lot easier than singing other stuff. Unless it's the really high lofty style vocals. I butchered some Bad Religion and have now sworn off karaoke-ing punk rock for good. This time I took notes and will make a mix CD for the car to practice with. I knew I should've done Cake instead.
Also, Irene brought me a book about "container gardening." WIN, plant reference.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sorry, I love bad puns.
I'd always been under the impression that you could only cable with knitting. And therefore, a small part of me was always jealous of knitters. Until!... I found a rough guide for cable-stitch squares at the Lion Brand site. I put it off for a long time because I was afraid it would be too tough. Honest truth is, it works up faster than just about anything else I've done lately. The teensy downside is you have to actually be able to see to count the stitches, so it's not 100% mindless, but close. It's not an exact cable, as you can see, but it's way more interesting than your standard every-day square.
I liked it so much, in fact, that I tried again with some variegated yarn that was sitting in my "random crap for blanket" pile. I love variegated yarn. Like, no joke. Don't ask me how to pronounce it, but if it's multicolor, I am most likely going "eeeeeee!!" on the inside. I love seeing how stitches versus colors play out. The best part about this set of squares is how the backstitch colors are the same in each row--I couldn't have made that happen if I had actually tried! So far most of the squares have followed that same trend to some extent.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
So once a week I have to be at work for 24 hours, give or take the work day before and/or after [if there is one]. I came home today to find this! The strawberry plant is now flowering. Out of nowhere. Once again, I thought it was gonna die, and my rescue plant pulls through.
In related news, half of our garlic started to get really sad. Turns out that stuff grows fast, and all the roots were all tangled and mushed. So we broke down and replanted it in one of the planter boxes. Then I had to go run and buy more dirt and another planter box, so we moved over the asparagus and basil. The asparagus had also started growing roots out the bottom of the pods. Our awesome pal Irene is going to score some leftover pots from her sweetie for us, and as soon as she pulls through we'll replant most of the other herbs. Still no word on the peppers, here's hoping they're just shy.
So far the Miracle-Gro has lived up to its name, I just about swear by the stuff. I am still amazed by watching plants grow almost literally before our eyes. If I'm in this much awe, as a grown up lady, I can only imagine how magical it must be for children. This is definitely something we'll have to continue when we have a little mini-me.
|replanted garlic, hope it perks up!|
Monday, June 11, 2012
Of my auxiliary blogging system.
If this message appears on said blog [because apparently the military does not condone reading or writing], then hooray, I will be able to post photos and brief anecdotes of my adventures around the world. Opsec permitting, of course.
Also, here is a picture of what I did last year.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
|we're a happy family, we're a happy family, we're a happy family, oi oi oi|
Turns out there was a bit of a plant sale going on at Home Depot, so we picked up a strawberry plant, a bell pepper, and a 75-cent Rosemary plant.
Here's a general update on seedlings:
I'm a total genius and didn't label what I planted where. The only way I can tell anything apart is because I know I planted them in alphabetical order, except for the Oregano, which was an afterthought a couple weeks later.
|Oregano, 2 days old|
Friday, June 8, 2012
It's Day Nine of the Great 2012 Apartment Greenhouse Adventure. If you need more info than that descriptive title, lordy help you.
Tomato plant [who still needs a name] has grown so tall that I had to rearrange the whole greenhouse to prevent it from hitting the plant lights. Cleaned out the water dishes for the carnivorous plants, Audrey . Re-potted and trimmed the mystery flowering plant. Asparagus has started sprouting, as well as parsley and cilantro. Tomato sprouts are so tall I had to uncover the whole salsa sprout group. Still trying to figure out exactly what I planted where so I can tell what's growing, but most of the herbs in the starter pods are at least peeking out.
I'm so proud of our little plant children! They're doing so well, especially the tomato plant. When I bought it at Wally World, I felt like I was rescuing it from the plant pound.
I didn't take any new pictures today, but since I just started this thaaaaang, I suppose one from two days ago isn't going to be the end of the world.
|I think the tall ones are Basil, but I'm not positive.|
|Audrey 1, 2, 3, and 4; and Scarlett O'hara. |
Yeah, I name my plants, so what, you wanna fight about it?
So, the other day, I accidentally watched some Martha Stewart show at work. Then I decided, "you know, if I were to ever join roller derby, I think my derby name would be Mosha Stewart." Hence, blog. Also, if you fail to catch the references in the title, I will educate you. It's a halfway point between the song "21st Century Digital Boy" by Bad Religion and that old film Renaissance Man. I think that term should seriously be resurrected, what with the the recent popularity of sites like Pinterest and Cut Out & Keep. There's certainly a bit of a homemaker's revival going on these days. Although I'm not 100% gung ho on it [I leave the canning and jamming and etc. to my hippie friend Irene], I do fancy myself a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. At least, the womanly and scholarly trades.
That being said, despite my strong traditionalist streak, I do kind of oppose standard gender roles as defined by society. I'm active duty military [shush] and don't have as much time as I'd like for hobbies, but when I do them I do them pretty well. I also have no qualms about getting my hands dirty and throwing down with the boys or carrying my own amp on stage in heels and pounding 40s of PBR during solos. Also, zombies.
Moral of the Story? I have lots of hobbies and I am egotistically proud of all of them. I needed an outlet to share my pride. This blog will follow my gardening, yarn, and culinary adventures, a hairball or two for good measure, and potential big gaps due to deployments. Rather than inundate the masses with extensive exposition, you can pick it up as you go along.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Best. Thing. Ever.
Hubby jokes that I pretty much am unable to cook anything without garlic. Quite some time ago, I noticed that one of the cloves in our cabinet was starting to sprout. Knowing that we were about to start the gardening adventure, I let it go and bought a fresh clove. When we finally got all the gardening supplies in, I squished all the cloves into some dirt. Yay! At first it was no big deal, but within a couple days
<<< THIS happened. Garlic apparently grows like crazy! And it's really no big deal. Our whole greenhouse smells like garlic every time we open it to check on things, which is also pretty amazing. Best idea ever.