Showing posts from May, 2013

Not Quite Dead.....

I didn't think the garden and I really had anything new to go through, but
I was wrong.  Now we have "damaged, but not killed by frost" as a category.  Above is the cucumber that received the most frost damage last week.  I've been removing a few dead leaves a day--just in case the loss of half the plant would kill it from shock--and it's looking good.  I've never had a plant recover before, but maybe the garden has run out of "normal" things to spring on me, and is branching out.  This is the plant that I transplanted twice, so it's obviously a freak anyway.  But, we might still have June cucumbers!

 is the most surprising thing in the garden.  The cinnamon basil plant had the most damage out of any of the plants in the garden,
but now has new growth on it.  Can you believe it?  The only reason the plant is still in the ground is that I just haven't gotten around to ripping it out and replacing it.  It didn't even occur to me that…

Vole Wars - 2013

are the sole survivors of the Great Fava Bean Assault here at the Chateau.  They are the last, proud remnants of a once proud crop:
After a combined effort of sonar,
ground forces,
an interesting decorative approach that might have been mislabeled as having any chance of scaring even the most timid rodent but brings a rather festive touch to the garden,
and poison gas,
the voles showed no sign of slowing down:
 If the voles send operatives in to finish off the survivors, we are moving out for a week and calling the exterminators........

A Little Gardening Set-Back

Last night we had a late frost, so we diligently covered all the beds, including the front flower bed, with plastic sheeting.  For the most part, we were successful.  The cinnamon basil,
which is probably THE least cold-hardy plant we have, didn't make it (though it's not a huge thing as I still have 2 more that I didn't plant yet.  I think we lost two regular basil plants,
 but I think the others will survive.
 The biggest cucumber is looking bad this morning,
 but he was sort of anomaly anyway.  I transplanted it three times without problem, so obviously it was a freak and probably wasn't long-destined for the world anyway.  The other cucumbers seem fine:
There were lots of comments in the paper today about how "silly" people were to plant before June 1 (even though we're in hardiness Zone 6 now--not 5 anymore!), but we're not bothered.  Coping with one frost in order to gain about a full month of produce seems a great exchange to me.

Let The Rodent Wars Begin!

Yesterday I found the first rodent hole in the garden, so I popped a mothball down it, plugged it up with dirt, and put a rock on top of it. This morning I went out to find a pile of freshly dug dirt beside the hole with the moth ball sitting squarely on top of the pile. Cheeky bastards.

Bring on Summer!

The latest additions to my play-at-home version of Little House on the Prairie 
arrived last week, so I'm ready for the regular summer "can-'til-I-drop" games here at the Chateau. I just wish my back hadn't heard about that "drop" part..............

Voting Time

Our house has these lovely hardwood floors,
which I sort of have a love/hate relationship with.  They are beautiful, and I love how look.  I am sure they're technically cleaner than carpet, but with carpet one rarely sees tufts of cat-fur blowing through the room like tumbleweeds.  And this floor has even broken Pyrex, which I have dropped on linoleum without breaking, and my favorite Christmas ornament became festive smithereens our very first Christmas here, so the floor is just a tad bit unforgiving.  It also scratches like crazy.  When we first moved into the house, we were really good about being vigilant about people taking their shoes off, but between parties when people just walk in and guests who are carrying food in and can't take their shoes off while their hands are full (and the occasional person who doesn't really care anyway and are on their way to being dropped from invitations anyway), we've grown a bit lax and our floor has just taken a bea…

Hm, I Don't Think Frost is Going To Be The Problem.....

According to the weather reports, it's not only NOT supposed to freeze any time this week, it's supposed to reach 91 on Sunday.  Hm...............

Flirting With Danger...

....or at least winking from across the room.

We're having an unusually warm May and have had a VERY dry spring, so gardening will be interesting this year.  May 10 is the historic last frost date for Boise (the one meaning 50% chance of frost after Saturday), but historic dates consider neither Global Warming nor the more extreme weather patterns it causes.  In spite of the almanac's planting guide,   
my cold-weather plants have been thriving outside for a month and a half to two months already.  Last week,
since wild squash were popping up everywhere, I moved the cucumbers outside.  The one in the bottom corner had gotten so big that I didn't think it would make the transition, but they're fine.  The potatoes are up,
and since the predictions for actual weather for the rest of the month show no evenings below even 40,
part of the tomatoes went out today. As the greenhouse is getting so hot that I have to move the plants out everyday anyway,
it will be easier to c…

Getting Back To "Normal"

I made mustard this morning,
 which I haven't done in a while.  It's been quite a year, and we haven't exactly reverted back to a processed-food diet, but in the last year we've made a lot more exceptions than we would have otherwise.  I am hoping that I've finally turned a corner on the back problems and can get back to normal--or whatever passes for it around here.

We had another hard freeze this week, but it's still a nice spring.  Technically our last expected frost date is about May 10, but
 the wild squash are coming up anyway.  Monday night's frost took out a bunch of them, but this little guy popped up today.  I have decided not to grow squash this year to get a break from squash bugs, so of course I'm being plagued by volunteer squash.  I'm not sure exactly why--we compost, but I roast the pumpkin and squash seeds--but since we also have an amazing amount of wild cilantro,
which I didn't grow last year, I think it's just the sort of…

They Restored The Dot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My new contacts arrived today, and I was thrilled to see that they have restored the dot on the right contact.  I've worn gas-permeable contacts since about 13, and they used to always have a dot on the right contact.  I thought this made perfect sense, as there was no other way to tell them apart, and while one eye is stronger than the other, I won't just automatically notice that I have them switched.  The last time I went to the eye doctor--about 4 years ago--I was a bit depressed about going as I was having a bit more trouble seeing clearly, and since I was approaching 40, I thought my eyes might be changing to the "now-needs-help-to-read" setting known as AGING.  So my embarrassment was tinged with relief when my doctor told me I had the contacts in the wrong eyes.  I might have been a dope, but I wasn't an aging dope!

This time, my eyes had finally changed, but I hadn't mixed up my contacts again.  It's easier to do than you think, because there hav…