Friday, September 30, 2011

Catching Up

I'm bad.  Haven't posted, and haven't been keeping up with the garden.  It's a jungle out there.  Anyway, I did a bit of gardening today.  I transplanted this lavender that I had had growing dramatically out of a sewer pipe.
It was pretty tricky getting it out of there, even though it was in there for just one season.  I dug a deep hole for it to live.  I think having its roots truly underground will be better for it and it'll get to expand more.
I found this corn salad growing in my sidewalk
As well as this lettuce.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Heroic Hammy

Here's Hammy with all those parasites cocooned up.
I am actually pretty sad about this but then again my tomatoes are better off.
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Sad News for Hammy

I hesitiate to post this both because it's sad and also because it is gross but it is part of the cycle of life.

These maggots are parasitic wasps larvae emerging to spin their cocoons.

Hammy doesn't have a lot of personality but this still makes me sad. He just loves eating tomato leaves.

I've edited this to make the image smaller.  If you like you may click on it to see the gross details.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Notes on tomatoes

I just want to copy and paste what's out there about my tomatoes

Pruden’s Purple
Days: 75
Color: Purple-Black

Box Car Willie
Days: 80
Color: Red
Type: Heirloom

Days: 85
Color: Red

Cosmonaut Volkov
Days: 72
Color: Red

White Queen
Days: 85
Color: White

Yellow Brandywine 
Days: 90
Color: Yellow-Orange

Amana Orange
Days: 90
Color: Yellow-Orange

Jaune Flamme - first to be eaten early August
Days: 70
Color: Yellow-Orange

Sun Gold - I got this one in late in my earthbox
Days: 55
Color: Yellow-Orange

Snow White
Days: 75
Color: Cherry -uh cherry sized, the color is off white

I forgot
Black Seaman 
Days: 75
Size: Determinate
Color: Purple-Black

Yankee Hammy

Happy Fourth of July fellow Americans!!

Captain Hammy Hornwormgrower is still growing fast.
June 29

June 27

The only thing not growing is the horn.  Hammy's poops are getting bigger too.
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Friday, July 1, 2011

No Tomato

That's a joke that a few hundred people will get.
OK so this year I have

  • Pruden’s Purple
  • Box Car Willie
  • Beefsteak 
  • Cosmonaut Volkov
  • White Queen
  • Yellow Brandywine 
  • Amana Orange
  • Jaune Flamme
  • Sun Gold
  • Snow White
I could be wrong about a couple there.

Sherpes may not know where they are.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Captain Hammy Hornwormblower has grown a lot in 2 days.  The stripes are more distinct too.  The horn seems to be the same size though relative to the rest of Hammy looks smaller.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Last night my caterpillar molted.  That's its horn.
It was pretty dark so it was hard for me to get things in focus.
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Horned Caterpillar

I think I will keep this guy as a pet for a little while.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011


Just a quick photo of some violas I picked.  At this point I feel like my garden is incomplete without these.  They bring in the bees and other insects with a sweet tooth like lacewings and they help locate slugs early in the spring so you know where to lay the bait because the slugs love to eat them.  Remember, only use iron phosphate based slug bait like SLUGGO.  You may also eat these flowers.  They really dress up a salad.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I'm getting downright lazy.  Here's 3 mantises in my garden.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Almost Grown-Up

Just an update

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Why I grow sunflowers

Just a quick note with my farmer finch.  I sorta blame these birds for the 2nd generation of sunflowers not planted by me.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mantis Update

Just some of the mantises hanging out.  Sorta wish I had a shot of one that is still little.  His head looks really big relative to his body. 

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