We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I put in my tomatoes, cucumbers, squash seeds, herbs etc. I think we're done with the frosty nights, finally.
I also fertilized my Money Tree, and planted a row of Beer Plants (cover your empties with about 2" of soil spaced about 6" apart, water, and wait). I like to time my Beer Plant planting every two weeks so there is always a fresh crop throughout beer season. I planted some Coors Lites, the usual Rolling Rock, and a couple of Sam Adams. In two weeks, I will plant some Guiness and some Old Milwaukee. Maybe some Ballantine Ale too.
Gardening is one of the few ways to get untaxed value.
Well, I didn't actually plant anything, but I did buy 1) three thai basil plants 2) one lemon basil 3) three genovese basil 4) one lemon thyme 5) two sage 6) two or three rosemary 7) one yellow pear tomato 8) one regular cherry tomato and 9) one San Marzano tomato.
All of my local nurseries were out of thai basil --- I ordered it online at http://www.thegrowers-exchange.com/ Should be here in three days.
I tried raising chickens at one point and I bought a dozen chicks. Then a dozen more. On my third trip, I finally asked for some advice.
"Do you think I'm planting them too deep, or am I planting them too close together?"
Farmer stopped selling me chicks.
Northern Colorado just had what I hope is our last snow - 4 inches - so I will be planting the "warm" crops - tomatoes, etc - this week and keeping the row covers handy! The cool season stuff - lettuce, spinach, peas - have been growing for a while - snow slowed things down but I think will be having salads from the yard very soon.
Love this time of year - everything is so green and all things seem possible - even a Colorado spring with no hail! Happy growing, everyone!
(Instead of a beer tree, I am trying a vino vine this year - Cabernet, with a couple of groundcover Zins)
It wouln't come as a surprise to anybody who truly knows me, but I can kill a vegetable garden faster than the deer and rabbits can. I honestly don't know why. I water, weed, feed, etc., but everything goes dead somewhere after the 15th of July.
And I was raised on a farm - a vegetable/dairy farm - trucked fresh veggies every day to the city markets.
I can't grow squat - except weeds and eventually dead plants.
My sister-in-law puts in a garden every year, but rarely weeds it after about the 15th of June. If she bothers to harvest anything at all, she usually lets it rot on the porch. I don't understand the point of it and neither does her husband but she does the same thing every year.
I do it every year! I plant seeds in trays and keep them in the house. Then I plant wonderful healthy plants in the garden about a week to ten days too soon--just in time for the last frost which wipes them all out! Dang you think I would learn. In this part of the country nothing goes in before June 1.