Friend or Foe?

Lately there have been grasshoppers. Everywhere. In the garden.

(Copulating, even!)

Bryant chucks them over the fence, but I just can’t bring myself to do so. I think they’re precious.

As precious as the quail who eat our freshly-planted seeds.

Nature may be brutal, but I leave the pest removal up to my fellow librarians/gardeners and charge myself with documentation.

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Zucchini for Days

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

…plus crookneck squash, cilantro, red and white chard, young serrano peppers (not as hot as their mature counterparts), anaheim peppers, onion greens, and a single green bean.

What a harvest!

The cilantro is starting to bolt–see the little flowers? That means it needs to be harvested and consumed ASAP, before it goes to seed. Some of the chard is trying to bolt, as well, possibly due to the hot dry spell we “enjoyed” a week or so ago.

This current mild and cloudy weather, however, is perfect for gardening.

Look for upcoming posts on what to do with all the zucchini!

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New Life

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

We’ve got a garden! Seedlings, sprouts, buds…everything is new life–fragile and delicate.

And the weather has not yet gotten very hot or dry, which bodes well. Fingers crossed.

A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;

How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it is any more than he.

I guess it must be the flag of my disposition,

out of hopeful green stuff woven.

–Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

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