Putting in a crop

April 10, 2017

Seedlings transplanted. Manicure shot to shit.

Things are progressing apace here at Keyboard Farms. Over the last three days, we have planted:

  • 38 tomato plants
  • 4 pepper plants
  • 15 lettuce seedlings
  • 15 radish seedlings
  • 20 carrot seedlings
  • 12 cucumber seedlings
  • 15 pea seedlings
  • 12 cabbage seedlings
  • a dozen or so different herbs

And our back is tired. As are our shoulders and our knees. The slings and arrows of advancing age are not kind to a would-be gardener.

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Plantin’ time!

March 27, 2017

Future salads! Keyboard Farms is en route for 2017.

I have a crop!

Or at least the startings of a crop. And I have a garden spot prepared in which to transplant it. If it would ever quit raining and dry out enough for me to get out there in it.

The little seed starter trays above, have in them lettuce, carrots, radishes, cabbages, sweet peas and cucumbers. Don’t ask me which ones are which yet; I don’t remember. I’ll have to wait until they grow enough to see how the leaves shape. They are basking in front of the window in my office that gets a nice degree of sun each afternoon, and it just amuses me to see the little seedlings reaching out of their little homes toward the light. I turned the trays around this afternoon, and I swear within 30 minutes they were shifting direction.

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Pricier and pricier

March 1, 2017

Well, it's a start! More to come...

Well, it’s a start! More to come…

Why is it the things I start out wanting to do always wind up costing me four times as much when I get going on doing them?

Like the garden project. I suspect when I get through having the garden plots tilled up, buying compost, buying potting soil for starting my seeds I’ve already got in my trays I’ve already got, buying fertilizer, fencing the plots so the damn rabbits don’t eat the whole crop, I could probably have bought the damn produce at the farmers market.

But no doubt it would not have tasted as good.

And some of the bigger-ticket items are one-time purchases.

Like a damn grow light.

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The start of the garden! Can't wait.

The start of the garden! Can’t wait.

Complain about the US Postal Service all you want. I love ’em. And UPS, and FedEx.

The proportion of my shopping that’s being done online is growing steadily, a trend that reflects the national move away from brick-and-mortar stores. I still do my grocery shopping in person (though I expect I’ll be using the Kroger ClickList function sooner rather than later, just for the convenience of it), but increasingly, everything else comes online.

Except shoes. I want to try shoes on before I buy ’em.

Anyway, one of the great things about online shopping is when you reach into the mailbox, or look out in the carport, and get that little frisson of excitement before you remember what you ordered. “Oooohh! Packages!” It’s like Christmas.

Today, my mailperson (he actually is a mailman, at least most days) brought me two food-related packages: the first of my garden seeds, and a collection of produce bags for storing the yield from said garden in the fridge.

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Thinking spring

February 2, 2017

Wishful thinking. Oh, that I could have a garden like this!

Wishful thinking. Oh, that I could have a garden like this!

I guess it’s the positively balmy weather we’ve been experiencing of late that’s got me thinking about gardening. It was nearly 70 yesterday, and sunny; sunny and 50s today, supposed to be a high of 45 tomorrow. Perhaps the best time to think about gardening is when it’s cold and rainy, but when the weather gets pretty, I start thinking about getting my hands in the dirt.

You may recall that, last year, I broke my leg about the time the tomatoes started bearing, and consequently didn’t get a really good crop. I did wind up with enough Romas and cherry tomatoes to make small batches of sauce a couple of times. ┬áThis year, I have bigger and better plans.

Those plans include, in a couple of weeks, getting someone out to till in last year’s tomato vines and break up a larger patch for a main garden, till in compost on all those spots as well as the front flower bed, soon to become the herb bed, and put straw over all of them. Then in a couple of months, they can come back, till it all up again, and I can start planting.

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Assembly,not cooking, but good, nevertheless.

Assembly,not cooking, but good, nevertheless.

Yeah, yeah. I know. It’s been almost two weeks. I’ve cooked, a little here and there, but for the most part, my meals have looked like the above — something pulled out of the fridge and piled on a plate.

Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese and charcuterie, y’understand. It’s just that, well, it doesn’t really lend itself to a cooking blog.

I’ve snacked my way through a lot of meals in the last couple of weeks, and been out for several. And I’m about to spend a good bit of the upcoming few days on the road, so there won’t be much cooking there, either. I might cook dinner tonight, and once more the rest of the week, but that’s likely to be it.

What HAVE I cooked? Well, I made toll house cookies the other day. First time I’ve made toll house cookies in several forevers. They’re good. I’m still munching on them.

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Learning my limitations

June 21, 2016

Standard breakfast: yogurt, fruit, granola. Good stuff.

Standard breakfast: yogurt, fruit, granola. Good stuff.

Stuff I can do in the kitchen, in my currently handicapped state:

  • Scramble eggs
  • Make a sandwich
  • Direct the preparation of dinner
  • Fix my yogurt, granola and fruit for breakfast
  • Prep veggies
  • Empty and reload dishwasher
  • Make granola
  • Make coffee

These are all critical things, and not to be taken lightly. However, there are also things I CANNOT do, that just aggravate the living hell out of me, such as:

  • Gather the goodies from my garden. Fortunately, I have a friend who loves fresh veggies like I do, and is sharecropping the harvest for me.
  • Get stuff out of the freezer or the outside fridge. There is most of a chicken out there that I need to get Child A to bring in so I can make chicken salad, as well as some veggies I want to cook this evening. If I want something to thaw for dinner tonight, I needed to think of it last night so I could ask for it to be brought in.
  • Easily navigate from the stove to the sink to the counter to the fridge in the course of cooking. You just don’t realize how much you move around, even in a little kitchen like mine.

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