Don’t Fry this at Home

June 16, 2009

Honestly, this was really scary. Amateurs should not be allowed to fry chicken at home.


PS 22 Chorus Performing Cat Stevens

June 12, 2009

Chicks Rule

June 10, 2009

My friend AC lives in the lovely Columbia River Gorge.  Her husband has constructed a beautiful A-frame coop, with a special free range playpen attachment, for AC’s new girls.  The girls are named Lucy, Penny, and Marcella. Really looking forward to the bounty of fresh (blue!) eggs in the Fall.

Deluxe Coop

Deluxe Coop



That is, assuming the girls are girls (vs. roosters). Hard to tell at this age, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed.

I’m a city girl, so this is all very exciting for me.

Lessons learned:

  • Chicks are messy.
  • Chicks love plain organic yogurt.
  • Chicks are ungrateful!

Even though they have splendid digs, they have already tried to fly the coop.

Everything’s Coming Up . . . ROSES!

June 10, 2009

Garden Update

June 10, 2009

veg_pots “After” photo.  Too bad that it looks like I am growing bark dust!

There are about nine pots (all the pots I had) planted with veggies.
I cheated on the pot that actually has tomato plants showing; I bought two plants on sale at Freddy’s. Otherwise growing from seed.
Basil – has not even broken the ground
Radishes & Beets – radishes are making leaves (but I am afraid of thinning)
Tomato starts from Alanya – surviving
Peppers – no shows, at least for now
Cauliflower starts – seem to have bitten the dust

In the beginning . . .

May 19, 2009

In the beginning, there was a garden. It probably didn’t look like this.
potential garden

So maybe, since it is spring and I am starting a (minimalist) garden, this is a good day to start the first the BASICS blog.

Here are a couple of pictures of what I am starting with.  Will update photos as garden progresses.  I would like to build raised beds, but not this year. For this year the “garden” will be mostly veggies in containers.


I went to buy seedlings but they were expensive, so my daughter-in-law is going to give me some starts. And my husband and I bought some seeds.

Pre-seed prep work:

  • cut down weeds – done
  • put weed guard cloth down – that’s not the right name, and it’s not done yet
  • buy bark dust and borrow Jim’s manpower and truck – to do over Memorial Day
  • buy good dirt – to do
  • fill containers and plant seeds – to do
  • weed fence area for squash – all I remember about squash is that it likes to be planted in  little mounds and I remember by father planting it next to our garage in Detroit

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April 4, 2008