June 21st, 2008


Another Project and a Garden Update

You couldn't have two more pleasant days to start off a summer than the two we've just had. Absolutely gorgeous. The good weather motivated me to actually do some stuff around the old homestead. For one thing, I finally solved a problem that has been vexing me for years. For some odd reason, whoever designed this place decided not to put any first floor windows on the south end of the house. That means there's only one window in the back room, which also happens to be the only window on the first floor that is big enough to hold an air conditioner. In summers past this has meant that even on nights with perfectly pleasant sleeping weather outside, it gets stuffy and uncomfortable in there because the window can't be opened because it's all that's keeping the a/c from falling out into the back yard.

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Most of the garden stuff has gone well, except that the muskmelon plants died early on, which seems odd. I planted them at the same time as the tomatoes, which are generally regarded as the delicate snowflakes of the vegetable garden. The tomatoes are doing fine. They're at the stage where I needed to do something about supporting them. I planned to go with cages, but when I looked to buy some this week, I couldn't find any at the usual places. The Depot and Wal-Mart had 'em back in May, but they were sold out. I even tried Job Lot, but no luck. Then I had a V-8 moment. I live in what passes for farm country in Rhody. There's an Agway three miles down the road from me. They had great huge piles of tomato cages, and much cheaper than what I remember the Depot charging for them. Whoot!

The only other edible I planted this year was a pot of basil, which is growing like a weed. There's already more than enough growth to harvest some of it. Pity I don't really use basil that much, but if I need any I'll be ready.

It was a really good year for the tulips, and a few even lasted into June. I cut back the dried up foliage the other day, and today I dumped mulch over them to wait for next year. The pansies are still going great guns. Now I wish I'd planted some daisies as well.