Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
So, slowly but surely, I'm getting more tomatoes and peppers. Even the basil is coming up. And the peppers will turn red around Labor Day and then go from hot to very hot in Scoville units
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
THE day is cold, and dark, and dreary,
It rains, and the wind is never weary.
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,But at every gust the dead leaves fall, And the day is dark and dreary.
Be still, sad heart, and cease repining,
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
If you have Hansels and Gretels of your own and live in New Jersey you may want to visit the Butterfly Festival this Saturday. Lots of butterflies, music, food and nature related stuff.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Bottom: Note the reddish tomato at the top of the Whiney tomato plant. The cayenne pepper is also finally getting some fruit. This is the golden time in gardening. Everything is working out. To think, in a few months, we'll be late for work, scraping ice off of our windshields.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Tomatoes are getting bigger but are still green. It's so hot out (it's been in the mid 90's every day it seems this past week) that I have been watering in the evening and morning.
Speaking of hot peppers I bought some Poblano peppers at the supermarket. The kid at the cash register didn't know what they were. I said "Poblanos". He showed me his vegetable and bar code guide. No Poblano peppers. Finally I told a white lie. "Well they're a type of jalapeno." At least that got me out of the store. I don't know if I underpaid or overpaid.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
And the grizzled old hipsters will wax nostalgic about how Trenton was so much better before it was discovered. Friendly bars. The weird barber shop. Scruffy film festivals that were not mentioned in the New Yorker. When there were art galleries with paintings for sale under five hundred dollars. All night art festivals that lasted twenty four hours and were free. Just like the people who will tell you how much better Philadelphia or So Ho in New York were in the old days when manufacturers fought with artists over space. Yes, these are the golden days of Trenton.
Speaking of the golden days of Trenton, there is a Wednesday night film festival at Café Ole and jazz on Tuesdays at the steps of the War Memorial during lunch hour.
Back to the tomatoes. The squirrel is climbing the gate I put up to guard the tomato plants and using it as a ladder to sniff around. I moved the gate.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Thursday is the first of the Capital City Farmers Markets, State and Broad in beautiful downtown Trenton. 12-2 and there will be a jazz singer, I've been told.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
The tomatoes are fine. Wet but fine.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Back to the squirrel. Remembering something I read on the Internet, I bought some hot peppers, they were unnamed at the supermarket and were checked in by the supermarket kid as "chilli peppers". I cut one up and sprinkled it over the ground of the pots and nearby on the wooden floorboard.
Then I rubbed my eye. In agony, my eye full of capsaicin, I ran to the bathroom and poured water all over my face. Hope the squirrel likes the peppers.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Two free events that may be of interest to some of you, the second annual twenty four hour Trenton art festival is this weekend. Sort of fun. Last year featuring dollar beer.
Further afield in New York, David Byrne of Talking Heads has a weird installation where an organ is played and sounds of jack hammers and other noises recorded in New York are activated, depending on the keys hit by the player. In a real funky location at the Marine terminal near the Staten Island Ferry. You can always tell a good show. It's free but you have to sign a waiver. Guess if there is falling plaster that hits somebody David Byrne doesn't want to get sued.
Friday, June 13, 2008
As you can tell from the picture, last year I had a very large crop of cayenne peppers. I offered them to people but usually they told me, " I have ulcers" or " I have a bad stomach" or "I can't eat peppers, sorry". I ended up freezing most of them and I ate them all winter. Of course there were the ones I put out in the break room at work. The break room vultures took them.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
If you look real close, you can see the blossom on the plant. The plants in the collards garden are getting big too.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Last week I heard a rather prominent thump on my balcony. There I saw a large squirrel meandering around the plants. It didn't bite into anything. Perhaps it is waiting for some nice fresh tomatoes to whet its palate.
Monday, May 26, 2008
The same goes with plants. At first you are so excited. Then it becomes a chore. "Darn it, I have to water the plants. Oh cr-- there are weeds all over the garden. And I was just going to watch the View"
I am at that stage with the balcony plants. Fortunately plants know they have to blossom and flower to keep up their owners interest. Tell me when they flower. I think Barbara Walters is on today.
Editor's note: I have changed to settings to allow anonymous comments. It's not like I was being overwhelmed or anything.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Later we headed to a bar for beer and whisky. On the way, we saw a pair of rainbows.
Editor's note: Photo from Independence Mall in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
When the folks retired to Texas they had a bigger yard and better luck with the gardening operation. In the upper right hand corner of this picture is the retirement victory garden, fenced in to protect against birds and other varmints.
Monday, May 19, 2008
So we're still getting more rain. April was like May and now May is like April. Enjoyed the You Tube video sent by Mr. Bartok. I used to play Bartok alot when I was a classical music DJ in college. Wonder if they're related.
One thing I would never have the courage to do is to prune the way he does. I always feel happy to have anything and could never behave that way.
Well the tomato plants are getting bigger anyway. My father always waited patiently 'til August before he got a tomato he could sink his teeth into.