So it’s been 3 days since the world went nutso over the new Pokemon Go app. I started seeing posts about it Monday so I dled it to see what it was. Now, I am of the age where I missed the Pokemon phenomenon, and I really know almost nothing about it. But this game is brilliant. I can understand how people who are younger than me, and were into Pokemon, are going bananas. It really is just such a great concept, to get people out and active, walking around to collect pokemon, get to stops and gyms to train and battle, meet other players in real life, discover your city. It’s just fantastic. Now I’m not really playing, I just wanted to see what it was like, and then I went out to the Terminal today to see if there were any there, so I could get a neat looking screen cap. (I did, plus it’s a gym and there are 2 pokestops there too) I wish I could be more into it, it seems fun, but I don’t expect to play more because I’m just not going to walk around alone, looking at my phone all the time. But perhaps I’ll keep it on the phone to potentially get creative screenshots.
In garden news, I harvested all my garlic this week. At the garlic seminar I went to with Susan a few years ago, I swear the instructor said to wait 3 weeks after the solstice to harvest, so that’s what I’ve been doing and it seems to be a good time to do it. I harvested 21 Japanese garlic bulbs (a spicy variety I got at the seminar), 40 bulbs from cloves I saved from last year’s harvest, and 26 from cloves from the farmers market last fall….It’s a lot of garlic. Every year I just get more out of control, planting more, I need to dial it back a bit this year. Even giving half of last years harvest to my mom, we still both have cloves frozen in jars in the freezer. I may try to dehydrate some as an experiment, and maybe make my own garlic powder.
The peas are nearly finished, and the green beans are just starting to come in. The reseeded tomatoes have gone nuts, I’m not even going to be able to reach all of them (again). Lots of peppers on the plants too.
I’ve been watching Doctor Who to finally finish last season, but I’ve only been half paying attention while playing a game on the laptop and typing this. They seem like important episodes (Clara dying, the Doctor mourning), maybe I should watch them again…
It’s that time again, it’s finally sort of warm out (70) with little threat of super cold nights (under 50), time to get the plants in.
My garlic from November has gone craaaazy. It feels way taller than usual for the end of May, but who knows. I got the broccoli, kale, onion, potatoes and peas in over the last month (oh and carrots) and they are finally getting bigger. I had to reseed some peas that didn’t sprout, so they’re a little behind but it’s ok. Green bean seeds went in on Friday, and I was able to get my seedlings in yesterday and today.
I tried to downsize again this year, because I plan to “cook” the bed behind the house, and cover crop it in the fall so I had to plant all the early crops back there. That leaves a smaller space for everything else, especially the peppers. I had planned to do only 4 of each kind of pepper – hot portugal, hot banana, jalapeno and bell – but the nursery had 6 packs so I had to rearrange a bit. I kept to my plan with the tomatoes tho – only 2 cherry tomato plants, and 4 large tomatoes (New Yorker type, never had it before). The cherry tomatoes are all reseeding from last year, which I was planning for, so I should still end up drowning in them later in the summer. 3 cukes instead of 2, so I’ll be overloaded, and right now just one eggplant. I thought I was out of room by the fence, but I have space for a few more things if mom wants to get anything else.
I planted 3 kinds of potatoes in the bag, a regular yukon or something, and then red and blue Adirondack. It’ll be neat to see if they work out well and I have fancy colorful potatoes.
I still need to get some basil, and I planted something called a mushroom plant – an herb with leaves that are supposed to taste like mushrooms, for salads or stir fry or whatever. We’ll see.
I was with people from work, and some old MJ friends, and somehow we had pissed off Voldemort. He was giving us an hour to do something (like the end of Harry Potter!) or he was going to kill all of us. There was pretty much nothing we could do, he was going to kill us, so we were like oh well. Somehow it turned into a going away party for one of my coworkers, held in my parents back yard. I was showing everyone my garden, and even though it wasn’t summer yet, it was already growing because of the warmish winter. I already had small tomatoes, some already turning red. Then under my old swing set tower were things I had left growing through the winter, and I had giant GIANT watermelons. Then I realized I didn’t plant watermelons, they must be giant watermelon sized cucumbers. So people were laying on the dirt with the watermelons to take pictures with some scale. The more we wandered the back yard the more the garden grew, I had tons and tons of stuff growing.
i found this great website called mysquarefootgarden.net, it is an easy to read and understand gardening site, and it clearly spells out when you should be planting various things based on where you live…specifically, as in Buffalo, not just the zones on the back of the seed packages. so i found out that i was already behind a few weeks on certain veggies, and as of tuesday i am fully planted.
bed 1 – behind the house
garlic planted last fall, doing excellent (well, at least above ground haha)
lettuce – seeds, starting to come up
onion sets – coming up despite being stepped on by the gutter cleaners
spinach – seeds, starting to come up i think
green beans – seeds, not coming up….give it a few more days, and then if they still aren’t up i’m buying seedlings
peas – seeds, coming up nicely
yellow beans – seedlings
edamame – seeds, one coming up…may not work out
hot banana peppers – 2 seedlings, over flow from bed 2
jalapeno – 2 seedlings, over flow from bed 2.
kale – seedlings
broccoli – seedlings
bed 2 – behind the garage
all peppers, 6 each of lady bell, sweet banana and hot portugal seedlings
bed 3 – behind the garage also
roma tomato – 1 seedling
sweet 100 – 6 seedlings
early girl tomato – 6 seedlings
cucumber – 6 seedlings
make shift, in the ground garden…not sure any of this is going to work out, bad soil, lack of sun in the afternoon. :/
more over flow peppers – 4 each of hot banana and jalapeno
zucchini – 1 seedling
acorn squash – 3 by seed
butternut squash – 3 by seed
So i hope everything works out. Can’t wait to harvest!