A Solution For Transplants
Here is the Daphne x burdwoodii ‘Silveredge’ rooted cutting I got from Arrowhead Alpines. It’s supposed to be a superior plant to the more ubiquitous D. ‘Carol Mackie’ but it’s tiny, as you can see. Tiny plants get lost easily once transplanted and all transplants are susceptible to sun scald. My solution was to take one of the many rusted tomato cages that...
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see...– Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
For those doubting the existence of the Allotment... →
I bet there are some of my readers who were skeptical about people being excessively heavy handed about my post on Google’s rooftop allotment fail. Here is evidence that my suspicions are not based on paranoia.
When my new fence went in, I extended it along the property line to give me a bit of a bump out into my front side yard. It’s pretty sunny up there, so, hey, let’s put in a few tomato plants and cukes! Now, I’ve been very careful with the watering regimen for the tomatoes as, if they get too much water, they can turn mealy and won’t be as flavorful. So imagine my chagrin...
No Results: Google's Rooftop Allotment FAIL
The Daily Telegraph had a photo series on the “quirky” new Google Headquarters in London. If “quirky” stands for “our decorator just cleared out all the tacky floral fabric and fringed shades from his store room” then quirky it is. Though, the outdoor rooftop garden is less quirky. It’s more typical-modern-urban-industrial. The company is even trying...
This Guy Has The Right Stuff →
If you needed any further confirmation that our space program deserves more funding. You’ve got to respect a man who gardens under an apricot tree when he’s not worried about a Mars rover at work. Congratulations on a job well done, Mr. Steltzner.
Monthly Garden Report-cum-Essay for July
Gardening in the West, at the height of summer, it has an authentic quality to it. June comes too easily. It’s full and blouncey. July must be fought for. July tests the mettle of the gardener. If you don’t have a game plan after the solstice, you’re done. There is no rain to do your job for you. You have to be out there making sure you’re getting water to what needs water,...
Me: Man, these are creepy.
Husband: What are you looking at? [Looks at computer monitor] Are those snakes?
Me: No. They're called slow-worms. They're native to the U.K. Basically, they're lizards without arms or legs.
Husband: They do look like snakes, don't they.
Me: I think that's why they make my skin crawl a bit, you know? I think I'd feel more comfortable if they were snakes.
Husband: But they are less threatening than snakes.
Me: That's true. "Slow-Worms On A Plane" doesn't have the same ring to it.