Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hic.... Hic....

It is utterly forbidden to be half-hearted about gardening. You have got to love your garden whether you like it or not. ~W.C. Sellar & R.J. Yeatman, Garden Rubbish, 1936

I woke up with the hiccups. I hate hiccups. I get hiccups when I eat if I don't have something to drink. And once I have hiccups once in a day, I'll get them over and over and over during the day, for no apparent reason.

Today I'm going to do some gardening. I'm moving a few things around, doing some pruning, etc. It's a good day to move things because next week we're expecting several days of overcast with some rain -- so not as warm and dry and the plants will have time to establish roots without having to struggle in the heat.

I was going to dead head my echinacea, but yesterday I saw little goldfinches all over them, eating. So ... I'll leave them for now, even though they're a little on the ugly side. Next year, since I can't have birdfeeders out in the summer (bad, BAD bear) I'm going to plant a bunch of sunflowers as well.

I may not plant tomatoes, however. This is the second year in a row where I've had virtually no tomato crop for one reason or another. I went out yesterday, and discovered that we clearly have MANY tomato worms because I have piles and piles of stripped branches. I looked for them but couldn't find them (darn their camouflage) and am disgusted. I also found three more half eaten tomatoes still on the vine, and a few more on the ground -- thank you chipmunks.

The tomatoes take up a LOT of room in my garden. Room I could be using for stuff that actually produces food I can eat. I'm giving a lot of thought to planting more beans next year as well as more eggplant and possibly potatoes instead. We'll see how I feel next year, but this has been ridiculous.

What are your plans for the day?


You Are Pie

You are sweet, but there's more to the story than that. You're quite complicated.

Sometimes people don't appreciate you as much as they should. You are really quite special.

You are deep, thoughtful, and get better with time. You are subtle but powerful.

You are very traditional, and that's a good thing. You remind people of simpler and happier times.

About 50/50



Dru said...

Sorry about your tomatoes.

Hope the hiccups disappear soon.

You Are Cake

You are sweet - at times overly so. You can be a bit overwhelming.

You're always ready to party, and you're usually one of the last ones to leave an event.

You are there for your friends in the best and worst of times. You make anyone's day.

You are soothing, excepting, and totally comforting. No wonder so many people love you.

50% accurate

Have a good Sunday.

Maria Zannini said...

Hey, I finally got in!

For the last few days, I've been having trouble getting into your blog--even when I typed the url directly. Every so often Blogger gets squirrelly.

I plan on chillin today mostly because I am tired of this heat. We expect a cold front tomorrow, only 99 degrees. LOL.

Sorry about your tomatoes.

Hope we both have better luck next year.

Ceri Hebert said...

*sigh* I read this post earlier this morning and thought "Thank God our tomatoes are looking healthy and free of bugs".

Then my mom called.

She had a 4" long green caterpillar which she'd removed from the remnants of a cherry tomato plant. So I guess our tomatoes are not going to go unscathed.

Now she doesn't know what to do with it. She doesn't want to squish it or drown it. 4-H project?

Brandy said...

Our tomatoes don't want to bloom for some reason. I think it's because until now we've had an incredibly hot and dry summer.
I hope your hiccups subside soon.

I am pie as well.

Have a nice day!

Tori Lennox said...

Our garden has been lousy this year. It's been too hot and not enough rain. And watering them ourselves doesn't seem to help at all.