Friday, April 24, 2009

Short Stories

I wanted to catch you up on what else I did yesterday, but here I am running out of time. In a couple of days I won't remember a shred of what happened, so I'll make the long stories short.

Story one. My tomatoes were getting crowded so I potted them up. Today they are getting their first hour long sunbath outside. Story over. I won't tell you about how I dropped one or how serendipity made me pot up more than I was going to. I hate short stories. Long novels are much more satisfying, but sometimes you just don't have the time for 400 pages.

Story two. I made one of my compost bins a little bigger so it can hold more. I'll need the increase in size because of the massive quantities of coffee grounds that are starting to come in. Story over. I'll leave out the parts about how I found the wire to make it bigger. Sigh.

Story three. I had my first harvest this week. Whoopee! I picked 1/2 of an ounce of chives and 1/3 of an ounce of spinach. The spinach was from thinning the one row that I planted too closely together because of too much chitted seed. I didn't take a photo of the chives and almost forgot to do the spinach, but remembered after taking a couple of bites of lunch. So there it is, my first bites of tiny spinach next to the huge pile of coleslaw. Yum. The first taste of spring.


  1. I stared at my rows of spinach today, knowing it was time to thin them. I just couldn't do it. Even though I know I'll toss the thinnings into a salad, it's difficult for me to rip anything out of the ground before its time. Maybe tomorrow. Or the next day.

  2. Sounds like you had one of those days Daphne, lol. Your lunch looks delicious, yay for homegrown food! :)

  3. Yes your lunch does look delicious. I can hardly wait to harvest my first veggies.

  4. Lunch looks really good, better then the coffee I had. My garden needs to get growing so I have healthy food at hand.

    Your tomatoes look great. I wish I waited to start my tomatoes, then I would have nice behaved plants like you have.

  5. Hurrah for first harvests!!! I cut some chives today as well, but didn't think to count it as a harvest. Thanks!
    That made my day!

  6. that look great Daphne, home grown sure is best!


  7. Yum, Daphne, that photo of your lunch is a short story in itself! And hooray for abundant coffee grounds!

  8. Annie's Granny, I want my spinach to mature faster, so I thinned as soon as I would get something for the thinnings. They will get ripped up when the squash has to go in so I really want them to get bigger fast.

    perennialgardener, it was a tad busy :> I didn't photograph much at all that I did. I need to bring my camera with me more often.

    keewee, well it can't be too long before you get something. Spring is here.

    Dan, well you could get some early tomatoes if you keep potting up. If I had started them earlier they wouldn't fit under my lights anymore. Tomatoes are so unruly.

    Judy, yes chives count as a harvest. It's still pretty early in spring. Anything I get counts.

    Tyra, I just wish the rest of it had been home grown too, but chives (which are in there, but you probably can't see them under the salsa).

    our friend Ben, Yup I probably could write a story about it :> It is my favorite lunch and I make my own tortillas. Yum.

  9. Mmmmmmmmm :) It looks most delicious and I am sure that it tasted good too.

  10. OK, I gave in and thinned my spinach today. The roots pulled out of the soft soil so easily, instead of using them for salad I transplanted all of them! Maybe I'll get lucky and some will survive the shock.