Things are rolling along back at the homestead, with mixed results:
The good – the red peppers, green peppers, and two eggplant types have been transplanted into larger containers and seem to have weathered the change fine. All 30 of the tomato seeds that were planted (15 early girl, 15 sungold) have sprouted and are growing quickly. I can almost taste the sungolds, affectionately referred to around our house as “crack tomatoes” due to their addictive taste. Speaking of tomatoes, I am reading, The $64 Tomato: How One Man Nearly Lost His Sanity, Spent a Fortune, and Endured an Existential Crisis in the Quest for the Perfect Garden, by William Alexander. It’s a very funny book. I was a little nervous when he started talking about his irrigation system (very simliar to ours) but he’s way beyond where we are. Maybe. But maybe I’m just reading about our future.
The bad – J has purchased 2′ lights for our bakers’ rack to aid in seed germination, and UPS seems to be holding them hostage. First we received a notice that we needed to sign for them, then when he attempted to get them to take the delivery off the truck and hold for pickup they didn’t process the request, so the lights spent yesterday riding around in a UPS truck and not coming home with J to be installed. Mildly irritating. Also bad – I haven’t even looked for the strawberry seeds in the freezer, and yesterday at a meeting someone commented that they always think of June as strawberry season, since that’s when you can start picking berries. What?! Looks like I’m emptying the freezer tonight.
The Ugly – the Back Forty garden, designated for the 5 types of pumpkins, watermelons & 300 stalks of corn? None of the patch that was mowed on Christmas Eve is on our property. Not one inch. And the area that is our property has invasive species, needs work, and might have limited sun exposure. Great!
I will post a photo of the cocktail I had when I found out our property line isn’t where we thought it is, along with the recipe, in another post.