Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Catching up...

A very busy week (wait, was it ten days?) - with several posts in draft coming up shortly. In the course of reading (and commenting) on other people's blogs, I ended up with a wordpress account, so I've decided to drop the more prosaic details of temperature, weather & soil temps over on that page. If you're interested, feel free to check in there. They're a daily account/log for my reference now and for next year etc., but otherwise don't make for terribly engaging reading.

I've been digging the garden, working on setting up raised beds, revising my plans for where to put the lettuces and peas, emailing with another gardener about our plans to trellis the raspberry canes, figuring out anti-woodchuck fencing (or hey, at least discourage-the-woodchuck) as well as getting more involved with outreach efforts at my local grocery co-op. In other news, family have been visiting from out of town, and work deadlines have kept me pretty busy. In the next day or so I hope to get the updates posted...

My thanks to all who've stopped by and commented, and answered my questions about soil thermometers, etc. I'm hoping to clean up the overall appearance of the blog soon, as I've been trying out some of draft.blogger.com 's new features, with the result that I've decided they're a good idea - but they're not running smoothly enough yet that I feel like committing to them. The blogroll features in particular are nice, or would be if they didn't take over the bloomin' sidebar with huge font. Instead, I'll just break up the list of blogs I've been linking to in to manageable categories, and go back to the old way.

Photos of my rhubarb plant (courtesy of a gardener who was changing plots and not taking the clump with her! thanks!) coming soon - I'm so excited about rhubarb I can't wait. I'm running over to the co-op on the way home to see if they have any and make a rhubarb-strawberry pie. Yum!

4 comments:

ilex said...

One of my all-time favorite descriptions of growing rhubarb (well, really of growing anything) is from Sylvia Thompson's divine book "The Kitchen Garden":
"The leaves, like dark green China silk, are bunched, crushed, gathered, folded, ruffled, crimped, and crenellated as they dreamily push their way up through the heap of winter-sheltering straw. With each day the heart-shaped leaves grow more enormous, the stalks more crimson, the fountain of green more dazzling. Yes, you must grow rhubarb."

Congratulations on growing rhubarb!

Kate said...

Now that's a rich raised bed. I love it when gardeners don't shy away from hard work, and you're obviously a prime example of the blood, sweat, and tears of gardening. Way to grow!

Margo said...

Thank you both! Great encouragement - especially as I will face a drizzly weekend in which to...bang sod once more! Oh well - it's worth it for the growing space, and I've been told the effort I invest now will be well worth it down the road in terms of less weeding, ease of growing, etc. The funny part is that my gardening fork deserves its own blog post, given its history...hmm...

TT said...

Congratulations on your own space and do keep the posts coming! We want more updates!