Gardening


Even Later Garden Harvest

 This Fall has proven to be an unusually productive one for the garden.  Perhaps the most important milestone is my wife's announcement that we have enough tomatoes to last the winter.Sunday's harvest was also heavy on the basil, so there will be some pesto making in my near future.This summer the garden was so-so in terms of yield but it's doing well now through October.I really should be painting figures for the club's upcoming game but it was just two nice a day - sunny and 65F (that's 18C for you in the rest of the World).I ended up contemplating life on the Hammock Sunday afternoon.It was a good day

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Late Garden Harvest

Not a bad haul from the garden for this time of year.  By mid September most of the plants have run their coarse so it's always a bit random what one gets.We do have a Haberno Pepper plant that is going gangbusters so I am going to try to make some form of hot sauce to store over the winter. Pest control is handled by a large population of Yellow Garden spiders (Argiope Aurantia).  They are big (about 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter) and very scary looking but harmless.  They are also very effective once one learns to work around their intricate webs.  I purchase some egg sacks at the beginning of each planting year to ensure plenty are on hand.  Plus its fun to scale house guests with them when touring the garden.Of course, my first encounter with these guys wasn't so fun.Shelob Lives!

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Figs and a New Friend

 Our Figs are just starting to ripen.  That means for the next two weeks it's Fig-O-Mania at the Lair.  My Lovely wife kicked off Fig time with a wonderful Fig and Peach cobler.  it was truly spectacular. The past two years we've had pretty meager yields due to very late freezes impacting the development of the fruit.  This year, however, seems to be shaping up nicely,  Now I just need to protect the figs from our local wildlife.  A few weeks ago I did trap a raccoon under the tree.  After a fair trial,  justice was dealt swiftly in the form of high velocity lead posioning.  Stealing figs is not a pardonable offense. For you animal lovers, said offender was mangy and probably had rabies as it was out in the day time.  A small service was held and words were said.While up the ladder picking figs, I picked up a passenger - a very nice Young adult Mantis.  We have lots of these in the yard and I've always been rather fond of them.  I set him/h

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More 1:1 Scale Modeling: The "Other" Garden Boxes

Last weekend, I finished replacing the other four boxes in the garden.  Despite bing much larger than the first four, these were done in almost half the time as I had the process "down".  I've also got a dumpster for a few weeks so that means another major clean out.The previous boxes.  The next step in the garden refit is to replace the wooden fence as it has also rotted away.  The replacement fence will be made of a composite material and will not be subject to future rot.  For this next project, I've hired out professional help.  It's a bit beyond my meager skills and needs to be done quickly.  With all the hungry wild life in the area, the garden will not survive long if the fence project gets delayed mid stream - something I'm known for!

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A Nice Weekend

 No Gaming related activities this weekend.  There was some 1:1 scale modeling as I rebuilt 4 of our 8 garden boxes.  These boxes were first built in 2007 and are starting to fail due to a combination of weather and insect damage.  The ones along the north face of the garden just fell apart so I replaced them.  The fencing also needs to be replaced but that's a much bigger project and one I may hire some help for. This was a fun/easy to do project and perfect for working on the weekend I just returned for London.Heres a picture of 2 of the four remaining original boxes where you can see how weathered the wood is.  They're all still functional but I suspect Mary Beth will make subtle and not-so-subtle suggestions to redo all of the boxes.  I'll need to wait until I redo the fences to provide easier access. Speaking of the garden - We've got our first Tomatoes!My household is a Tomato crazy one, so getting the first ones on the vine is a big deal.  The garden ha

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