Lately, I've taken to scouring Amazon Kindle for free books. Especially gardening books, cookbooks, and home improvement books. I can't help it. They're free. And they're rather small, so I can download a whole bunch of them. I can even pick up children's books and send them to the kids' tablets - even though they never willingly open the Kindle app on their own - with just one click.
I'm also listening to a lot of Takénobu. He is just.. mmm. delicious. Especially Shady Grove, from his first album, Introduction. And, Carolyn, he's uploaded the sheet music for this song! You can grab it from here.
I think my gardening style could best be described as 'Experimental'. Last year, I planted one red okra - mostly because my Jason said he didn't like okra, and it brought me great amusement to try and grow one - and it grew quite well. This year, I planted 4, one perished, and the other three are producing almost daily. The other day we roasted some okra with olive oil and salt in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes. They were delicious.
I worry that my melons, cucumbers, and squash are trying to take over the planet - or, at least, my back yard.
I planted a few varieties of cucumber, though my favorite is the Armenian Cucumber. So delicious.
The melons aren't ripe yet, but there are several cantaloupes on the vines. How many are too many? Will they all ripen? I don't know. But I'll let you know when I find out.
I also planted some pumpkins in my front yard. I finally dug up the space behind the big pine tree. This fall, I'm going to plant two apple trees, move the blueberries between them, and then plant as many tulips as I can fit between. But until then, I thought I would try to grow some pumpkins.
They are doing pretty well, so far. Only tiny squashes growing, but many flowers. I'm loving the bamboo teepees (basically 3 bamboo sticks + green jute twine in a teepee style). I do wonder what my neighbors think...
|The pumpkin bamboo teepees. This looks more neat and confined than the back garden.|
We totally need to write a gardening book. I propose that we call it Bitches and Hoes: A Gardening Guide for Chicks Everywhere. Or.. something like that.