Thursday, May 21, 2009

Blueberries for Soon

Bad blogger. I have been sick and exhausted and busy. This is the third time in a year that I have come down with a cold far surpassing "just a little cold." Last night I woke up in the middle of the night coughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face. Despite this sucking very much, thank you, I am otherwise doing very well. This is largely because my husband has been cooking and cleaning and throwing me in the bed and making me nap, which I suck at even when sick. Also, he makes me drink evil tasting Chinese herbs. I take a lot of pleasure in complaining about them in great adjective laden detail. Anyway. I am so flippin' lucky to be married to this human who loves me so much and who is my complete equal in the nesty nurturing doing kind of way.

Anyway, because doing just about anything makes me feel like I might fall over and die, I have not been out and about with the camera much. We weathered some pretty cold weather here, far colder than any pepper, squash, tomato, or basil would ever like to know about, so we'll see. We planted a lot of peppers, so I will learn my lesson the hard way if they take five months to set fruit. My flowers are growing like champs though, we are in lettuce heaven, there are little alien looking asparagus popping up all over the asparagus bed, the cabbages are making little cabbage heads, the rhubarb went from being two puny looking plants with four inch leaves to enormous gorgeous bouquets of leaves over a foot long, the peonies are blooming, and fucking hell do we ever have some blueberries coming. Also, we have exciting house guests coming next week for B's birthday and there are super awesome birthday presents to be given. Ooph, I must decide what to bake for the birthday boy. Something fruity.

Anyway, are you tired of seeing this shot yet? I am just so pleased with the lettuce bed this year. It's our fourth try at the best way to plant lettuce. I finally broke myself of The Row of Lettuce. Which I never thinned and thus it was some sort of War of the Lettuce Lords in there where the bloody battle made for spindly heads. So. Now we do a patchwork of planting. I am a Capricorn so I have to prep the bed, and then mark where the seeds go with pennies to make sure everything is even. Each little hole gets a few seeds, and I slowly thin them down to the very best and biggest seedling. This kind of thinning I can handle; slow and considerate. Also you can usually do some transplanting if you had poor germination anywhere. ANYWAY. You can see that they are pretty much snug in there at this point, but the heads are very big and well developed; we just pick the outside leaves and it grows right back in. Weeds have no place to grow and it's beautifully mulched in there so they stay nice and moist. Compositaceae baby, it's what makes your sandwich taste so good. Also, I freakin' love eating dry lettuce. The end.


queenbeehoney said...

I've missed your posts. Your description of coughing up a lung strikes deep chords of mama anxiety, but I am sure the Ben is the man of the hour, the day, the month, the lifetime. And blueberries, oh my.

cake said...

i am not tired of seeing that shot of your lettuce. it is gorgeous. my lettuce, finally, did well this year too. i thinned after i saw your "quilt" shot, and mulched. and, i gave them some yummy organic plant food, which they loved, apparently. our only problem has been the little slugs. i think they like the mulch. they mostly stick to the outer leaves though, and do little damage.

anyway, thanks for sharing. those blue berries are amazing!

The Sorry Gardener said...

I could stare at that lettuce patch all day, and I love the you measured it with pennies. Your garden is so nice and tidy. I like that.

Heather said...

Hey Miz Cake - we sometimes go through bouts of slugs around the garden, and have found this stuff called Sluggo that is quite fabulous at culling the herd. It's iron phosphate, all natural, yadada yadada. We recently gave some to our neighbor with slug problems in her strawberries and she reported great results... Hope all is well over there in Indiana!

judith said...

i stayed away long enough to come back to muchas! yay. next year i want to try growing food. ( this is my first year, so it's all about perennials ). and the foods i most want are lettuce & beets. so ALL info bout lettuce much appreciated, even tho climate different?

love you - now more posts!!