Got done with the SAT subject test yesterday! Now I can get back to writing the blog and catch-up for the few weeks gone by since the last time I wrote. I have shaken off the mid-season depression that I go into when the nature attacks just when the produce seems to be ramping up. … Continue reading Just a bit of catch up
OK...so I have lost it! A couple days ago I walked into the garden and found that another big and strong tomato plant, more than 2 foot tall, had been dragged down from its habitat above earth into the dark dungeons below and consumed fully. The Gopher did a clean job here; you could only … Continue reading The War is On!
In some businesses the inventory is perishable, for example, a produce shop. The vegetables and fruits lose their value while sitting around. If they are not sold in appropriate time, their value goes to zero and in fact the business has to pay money to get the rotted produce thrown away. In some other businesses … Continue reading Perishable Inventory!
Our dear friend, the gopher, has managed to ravage nearly a third of the garden. After removing all of the onion, the gopher ate both a zucchini plant and two tomato plants in their entirety. Luckily, it left the eggplants untouched, in addition to a variety of peppers; I was able to harvest seven … Continue reading Saved by the bell
No, this is no Apollo 13, but it's close enough. The gopher has, unfortunately, struck once more. The two pictures above show that every single one of our okra plants have been damaged. All of the leaves from every single one have been completely eaten off and now the planting beds look like the forests … Continue reading Houston, we have a problem…
Just when I thought the problem couldn't get worse, the gophers struck once more. I had planted a zucchini and a few days later, I could see it slumped over in the dirt. A gopher had clearly eaten its roots, leaving it without any support, both physically and biologically. That was yesterday... Today I … Continue reading Coffee n’ Compost
Many of my onions were being attacked at the roots and the entire bottom of the bulb was being eaten. The gophers only seemed to be interested in the onions, so for the sake of my other plants, I didn’t harvest the onions, fearing that if the gophers no longer had onions, they would begin … Continue reading Breaking News: Gopher Hideout Discovered!!!
Yesterday I hosted the first, of what hopefully becomes a regular event, neighborhood garden open house. It was nothing formal, just a get-together of other amateur gardeners like me. The purpose was to share ideas and gardening expertise with others and create an engaged community of people with similar interests. While meeting with many people … Continue reading 1st Neighborhood Garden Open-House (Revised)
Yesterday I hosted the first, of which hopefully becomes a regular event, neighborhood garden open house. It was nothing formal, just a get-together of other amateur gardeners like me. The purpose was to share ideas and gardening expertise with others and create an engaged community of people with similar interests. While meeting with many people … Continue reading 1st Neighborhood Garden Open-House!
I received my copy of the quarterly magazine, Heirloom Gardener, in the mail a few days back. I look forward to it as it has a meditative quality to its essays, rather than a tactical approach to gardening that many other periodicals on the subject have. Some ideas from these magazines inspire me while others … Continue reading Reading and Seeding