11 June 2017

more Garden this week Monday 6 June through Sunday 11 June 2017

     During this week ( Monday 6 June through Sunday 11 June 2017) we visited the library a couple of times and did a little work. Tuesday evening we added 2 yellow squash pants and seeds to empty hills; also 2-3 cayenne pepper and 2 bell pepper plants, and 5 cucumber and 4 sugar baby watermelon around our circular cages in the middle east quadrant of the garden.  Brought in two loads of mulch for the corn.
     Then Saturday Deej picked peas, onions, and weeded. Also thinned to beets.
            She had gone and visited Sharon over in the valley to work on the funeral, obit, etc.
            Meanwhile Philip had gone to the morning T-Ball game, taking the forgotten 2 left (from the beach) kids cereal boxes. Also gave Clementine a sea creatures small hard page little book which Naomi read to Clementine in the shade; Elijah kept 'harassing' a teammate girl but repeatedly knocking off her cap.  I gave Elijah a Shark book Tim and Kathy brought chairs and were at the game for the last 1/2 hour or so. Talking about picking mulberries for juice; Naomi said, right, we have two trees also at my mom's house, which keep falling on the car as we drive in.
      Then at 2:30 pm and after I helped Hauser, driving the 88 Dodge Diplomat (without air-conditioning working), loading and taking 13  boxes and 17 broken down cardboard boxes to the Recycling. Bringing back the empties and carting them into his office and then heading out to (Putt Putt) Storage - lots of problems getting in because the office had closed at 1 pm  and Hauser's codes didn't work when he punched them into the keyboard, but another guy helped us to get in - then we were concerning about getting out. Loaded up 16 boxes of more than 60 boxes in his storage cubicle quickly with the borrowed cart. We got the car out fine at the gate with the new code procedure he had learned for another storage guy, but almost got guillotined by the heavy metal gate as it came crashing down and  closed on top of us as Walter and I tried to rush out after putting in the code at the keyboard 25 feet away from the gate.  Barely made it.  Whew! Back at University Apartments, I unloaded and then loaded the 16 boxes into his office as Florence and he road off for a 5 pm supper. 
     Sunday in the middle of a very hot (90s) day, we prepared a south row for okra and planted them - forking and scuffle hoeing the row.  Also brought in two loads of mulch to place on each side of the planted okra. Deej didn't want the plants too close, so we put two seeds at 5-6 inches apart. Philip thinned one middle row of corn.  Too, too hot. Deej pumped water into a can, and watered the droopy tomato plant. Sweaty work.
   Picked up tacos and senior root beer drink.
   Where is our swimming pool? 

07 June 2017

Garden after beach

Before I forget too much, I wanted to list what we did in the Azalea plot on Monday the 5th June 2017, after we returned from our beach week.
     Deej, please read and add or modify this post with your Comments.
     The garden generally looked okay, without deer eating all of the new corn or other shoots, or the recently added tomato and pepper plants. There were spaces between the corn shoots, especially the south early corn rows; 2 or 3 of the squash or zucchini seeds had sprouted. Peas and beans generally looked good, even the recently planted 6 marigolds around the boarder.  Sunflower seeds in the corners had not spouted yet.
     We had different reports of rain occurring or not during our week away. Our home rain gauge reported only .2" of rain during the week, but Lorenza and Sandy claimed it rained almost everyday (but not in our Druid yard?!)
       So Monday after a good rain the night before we brought in 3 loads of mulch which we generally added between the corn rows. Also planted early corn seeds in the blank spaces of the early corn rows.
        Added 4 cayenne and 2 bell pepper plants to the pepper area; forked two round areas and mixed in horse manure, so as to plant 4 cucumbers and 4 watermelons plants on the outside of the rounded cages. Added some yellow squash seeds to the empty hills in the NW sector. Scuffle hoed along one of two bean rows. 
     Deej picked peas.
      Considered what to do with the already overgrown area south of the peas - fork or scuffle hoe that and plant? beans maybe. Need to  work on the fence some more - though I was able to push into the wet soil, 3 of the 6-feet bamboo poles along the NW side of the plot, but did not add the fencing net - need to do that as well as fix the north net and the SW net.
     Plan to start systematic planting of flower seeds along the border - cosmos, zinnia, marigold, etc. seeds.
     Ok - worked on corn (seeds and mulch), pepper and squash replanting, and some weeding.
     Anything else?   

12 May 2017

Plan for garden plot 2017

 How about this Plan for the Azalea garden plot for 2017?
What would you change, or add, or remove? Let us know, quick!

11 May 2017

till work mow work

A full day - almost 17,000 steps.  Morning went to Azalea Garden plot as Michael double tilled our plot, in spite of lots of grass clogging his tiller, from 10-11:20, as Deej had helped to arrange, $40 for his favorite charity - Casa something. 
        Dove and bused to work, almost forgot my cell phone which I had put next to the shed - changed from dirty garden cloths to my white, in time to go down and have a left-over fish lunch. Worked on various things. 
        Had to take notes for minutes for our A & H committee meeting on outlook with faculty. Walked with the three (Sandy, Lorenza, and Deej) at 3. More work - bust to car, to garden for Deej to see the lumpy tilled garden.  

                           Home, drink, papars, nap, redress and mowed back yard as it got too dark, so did some of it in porch light.  Mower wouldn't start for about 20 minutes.  Ate the tasteless beef golash. Watched some TV, responded to Kurtis and David Gs request which John Unsworth had responded to about - put the Tibetan collection in Clemons during Alderman Renovation - Not. But maybe in Ivy Stacks II with Nawang spending 3 afternoons a week there.  Uncataloged materials? John suggests find donors and start the huge cataloging project.

     Deej's starting to read a new 371 page book. How long will it take her to finish it? Guess - 1 week, 2 weeks?  http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u7021792

    I couldn't put down so finished reading, at 4:30 am Stephen Alter's "A dalliance of Leopards" Thriller - Afghanistan, Alfridi, Mussoorie, intrigue, etc.  http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/967543480 . The Dalliance of leopards.WW Norton 2017. Luckily then I could sleep late til 9 to get to garden by 10.

     Also email exchanges with Walter to fix or correct link to Jacques Pouchepadass' review of Hauser's book in Seminar. Anand also liked it. http://www.india-seminar.com/2016/688/688_books.htm As well as 1917 Champaran centenary.
      Facebook seems to indicate Christopher had his retirement party yesterday.  Good for him. What a hat!

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18 January 2017

ring a ding ding - found!

wow, Deej found my skull ring under the cushion in her couch after we got back from work and groceries.  I had given up ever finding it -but there it was.  I noticed I had lost it at work one morning, when? Maybe Jan 2nd Tuesday? contacted all the lost and founds, searched and searched all possible places at work and at home, again and again.  Nope. I gave up it for lost. But now, joyous we have found it again!
      I had bought the ring in Landour at the top of the hill, Prakash's at Sister's Bazaar, in October 2009, I think.  I had never seen anything like it before, and we've looked and looked, but never been able to find anything like it again.  It all relates back to my youth - see, I belonged to a Skull Gang at Woodstock School (India) when I was a high school freshman (1954?), and we used to run around the dark corridors of Parker Hall and hold meetings, planning, while basketball games were being played in the evenings nearby up the covered passage way on the basket ball court.  I cracked my head (skull!) falling down and hitting my head on the concrete steps, as I missed a step while turning around to wave bye to Bruce S. and other gang members. Luckily we found Dr. Bethel Flemming up at the game and she took me down to the Quad and then up the 3 flights to open up the school dispensary and give me 7 stitches.
The skull ring
         Did that hard knock on my head - the back upper left side (above the speech center of the brain) cause an internal scar which flared up years later when I was in my late 20s and contribute to my grand mal and petite mal (aphasia) epilepsy episodes, which occasionally recurred for about 10 years in the 1970s, but then disappeared? What a skull story!

30 June 2016

Gardening - a journal

Gardening – a journal, mainly Azalea Park plot in late June 2016

20160624 Friday. After work –– raked, worked the upper left ie NW tilled quadrant, pulling up lots of wire grass into a pile and making 4 rows of corn. Planted alternating holes with 2 seeds, about 3” apart in each row. Four rows were arranged with, farthest east
1. earliest corn 65 days  Early Sunglow
2. middle early corn 73 days Sweet corn, King Kool hybrid
3. middle late corn 74 days Kandy corn
4. latest corn 81 days Jubilee Hybrid
Showered that evening nicely

20160625 Saturday. 1. Carefully mulched the space between the 4 corn rows.
2. Pulling weeds and mulching the pepper / squash area
3. Pulling weeds and mulching the tomato area
4. Forked holes for 3 tomatoes, 2 in the lower, east tomato area, and 1 at the east end of the upper squash area. Put tomato cages around them and around one of the peppers
5. Forked the end of the upper NNE border and planted sprouted cosmos along the fence and a row of zinnia just below it

20160626 Sunday afternoon with Deej
1. prepared a trench in the upper NNW for Deej to plant another row of beans, which she did
2. prepared a trench just south of it, where a row of corn was planted after Deej left, of 89 day maturity Kandy Korn (Hypbrid)
3. Raked and prepared both sides of the lower SE corner sections, trowel prepared soil along the SEE boarder for flowers.  Planted 3 sections starting from the South of Zinnias (Giants of California East, Giant Cactus Mixed Colors W), Cosmos (Sensation Mix E, Seashells Mix W), and Marigolds – Sunset Giants Mix
4. Deej planted gladiola bulbs just south of the existing ones
5. Deej planted Butternut squash seeds in a hill (NW), and nasturtiums again in the middle of the cucumber circle.
6. Prepared two area with the fork – shallow digging – one on the SSW border east of the sunflower sprouts, and one in a section just south of the corn and west of the mulch pile next to the peas
7. scuffle hoed the SWW border.
8. Replanted sunflower seeds in the NE corner and a middle location along the E boarder
9. Deej picked some peas and I picked 3 cayenne peppers
10. At home, moved a few of the logs.

20160627 Monday. After work, 1. prepared, raked and then planted okra seeds all along the south and the east walkway or border inside the border flower bed strip.
2. Forked up some more along the flower strips of the NNW and SSE 10 foot sections.  Planted some sprouted cosmos and newly-bought zinnia in the NNW strip and also along the SSE border.  Bought zinnia 4 packs, and then boxes of zinnia, wild flower, and sunny flowers at $1 a piece.
3. Loaded a bag of much to take home.

20160628 Tues – looked like rain but didn’t. 1. Weeded around the back yard – around the moonflowers, the peppers, and the marigolds. 2. Grape vine – sniped off the longer vines.

20160629 Wednesday. 1. Dug up the rest of the flower bed strips along the SSW, the West, and the NNW borders. Planted cosmos and zinnia along those areas – also a 5 foot marigold strip.  And watered some.
2. Fork loaded 4 wheelbarrow loads and placed 3 near the SSE quarter and one load in the NNE quarter.
3. Unloaded the bags of mulch.

14 March 2016

Catastrophes of the Cs this weekend

Catastrophes of the Cs this weekend, Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th.  
1. Computers, left my work computers in Richmond.  
2. Card for my camera, misplaced, lost it.   
3. Cup – my favorite mug - smashed. 
4. Cage (tomato) – its wires were clawed tightly into the tiller’s tines. 

This is a weekend of disasters with items starting with C.  
1. Computers – which I put in a bag and took with me to a Curry Club gathering at noon down in Richmond, going to a home after lunch for chai and conversations for 2 hours – realized I’d left it there when we got home in Charlottesville. What to do? 
2. Memory card – went to off load my photos from the Saturday’s activities on my home computer, and took it out of the camera, and then misplaced it and lost it.  Spent almost an hour desperately trying to find it all over the house. Went to bed and started another search Sunday morning.  Where was it? 
3. Cup – while making my fresh brew of ground coffee in my French Press pot, I thoroughly washed my favorite tall hand-made mug, placing it carefully to dry, and WHAM got knocked over and SMASHED on the floor.  What to do? Cry. 
4. Tomato cage. After our 3 hour afternoon journey to Richmond and back, we went to plant onions and peas in our Azalea garden, starting the tiller in the community shed with a specially made starter cord (last year’s was stolen), tilled two rows, and then went to return it to the shed but it ran over and tilled a wire tomato cage tightly into the roto tines. Tough wire – What to do? And it was starting to rain and getting dark.

What we did - 

1. Called the Richmond home and arranged to drive the 1.5 hours down to get the bag at 1:30 pm and drive the 1.5 hours back. Had to do it on Sunday because the bag had a) my work computer b) my work I-Pad, and c) my work backup hard drive. At least it wasn’t raining.

2. The wonderful cup is smashed beyond repair – Deej lent me her nice dark blue tall Library mug until I get another mug.

3. After searching for the 8th time in all the normal places – found the card in my old knapsack pocket – how did it get there? And then my home computer’s card reader wouldn’t recognize it. What! Found and used an old USB plug in reader. Whew! Love those computers.

4. The tomato cage wires was tightly wound into the tiller.  Almost impossible to pull or move. Made a special ½ hour trip back to home to get wire cutters – then they barely worked.  Each of 8 cuts took over 3 minutes.   Slowly, carefully unwound the wire, taking over 30 minutes to do that, and of course it started to rain, though luckily lightly.  Then put the tiller back in the community shed. 

Wow, I hope I don’t ever again have a weekend of catastrophes – especially of those 4 Cs or anything similar.