Figs and other bounty

  • Aug. 7th, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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Our summer crops are coming in, with the favorite of mine being figs. They're still unusual enough that every single one is appreciated and eaten with much gusto. We have a young tree in our yard that will have it's first serious crop of fruit this year. Luckily we're getting a lot of sun, unlike last year in San Diego, although we have yet to get any seriously hot weather. That usually comes in later in the year, at weird times, like October.

It feels to me that even more so than good tomatoes, good figs can only be had when you can get to them quickly after ripening on the tree. I've had many bad figs in the past, with tough leathery skins or on the mushy end of their lives, already going off. Nevermind how expensive they can be and that organic ones are probably even more so.

I can't say how much I'm looking forward to experimenting with different ways of serving figs this season and sharing them with our friends.

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Risen Jesus v. Tomatoes

  • Apr. 27th, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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We're late in planting tomatoes this year. Last Sunday we finally were going to get to it, but forgot it was a religious holiday and so Mr. L's family wanted to do something. *sigh* I was cranky about it, but got over it - sort of. Religious beliefs really do blow my mind* and its hard for me to not get pissy when they poke into my life even a little bit.

But anyway, tomatoes. Getting the soil in containers ready for a couple of determinate plants (bush-like), but the big thing for us this year is the area we've set up specifically for indeterminate plants, with a trellis and the best sunny spot in the garden. I hope the weather is better than last year, when we had the coolest summer in my memory remember, and our tomato plants were kind of sad looking.



*For some weird reason Mr. L gets Time magazine (yes, I know, quaint!) and the cover a couple of weeks ago was "What If There is No Hell?" - and I kept thinking how grown adults actually spend time debating this and yes, mind blown again.

Graphic human on worm violence

  • Apr. 15th, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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This last winter we planted collard greens and they seem to be happy about the spots we chose for them in our planter boxes. But oh-no, worms found them, so now every few days I go out and hand pick the little suckers out of our plants. Without noticing it, I somehow got over my great distaste of coming near, never mind touching worms, to now gloating when I find one of the little marauders. It makes me sort of sad to kill them though, but yeah, they die at my hands. One of them took his revenge on me this morning though. Pro tip: When squishing a worm with a pebble, stand back, otherwise -um- some wormy bodily fluids might end up in someone's eye :-(

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Weather and BigBang fics

  • Aug. 12th, 2010 at 7:37 AM
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We're having one of the coolest San Diego summers in years, so my tomatoes aren't doing as well as they should for the middle of August. I can't bring myself to complain though, since we don't have AC beyond a box unit in the bedroom. But yeah, this is kind of weird and it's not going to make for a lot of yummy tomato dishes in the future.

Also, I have a flea infestation that I haven't managed to solve. If the weather gets warmer I know the problem will get worse. My legs look like crap right now, full of bites :(

Last week I whined that I had not read fics in this year's SPN Big Bang that filled me with fannish squee. But then I read two that made it all better! Ah, such a relief, two stories in a row, both Sam/Dean, both dealing with some issues that I can see can be hard to write.

Pins & Needles by selecasharp. It's a case story, with a season 2 feel and two timelines. One after Sam and Dean get back into hunting after Sam recovers from an injury from a cursed knife, the second starting from the injury and going through the recovery. The switching in between timelines worked for me very well in creating cool cliffhangers, keeping my interest at all times. Also, it's an established Sam/Dean. After reading it I thought it might be my favorite Big Bang fic of 2010, but I was also waiting for...

Hating the Weather by [personal profile] rivkat. I don't know if I have ever not liked any of her stories, but I do know that the name in my head rings bells for a lot of wonderful reading, so I was looking forward to this story. She wrote what she describes as "AU/Genderswap genderswap", which, yeah. I've read and enjoyed genderswap stories when I first started reading SPN fic, but after a while I lost interest. I kind of got it and sort of moved on. This now is different, and not just because of the writing. It jumps right in to Dee Winchester being turned into a guy that eventually becomes Dean. I don't remember reading something like this before, so it felt fresh. It also pokes at some of the assumptions of the Winchester family dynamics, like Dean's role in canon as the mediator, John's expectations of his children and Sam's love of his family, as messed up as it is. The story takes place around seasons 3 and 4, it's told from Sam's POV, with flashbacks giving us a look at Dee and Sam's relationship. Yeah, this fic was full of fannish joy :)

Tomatoes

  • Jul. 17th, 2010 at 8:14 AM
logovo: (Food)
We had the first two tomatoes from our garden and they turned out not to be fabulous, but mealy and not that tasty. :(

We went through this last year and I think it's because they usual June gloom extended into July, but now we have plenty of sun and maybe our tomatoes will start tasting as good as past years. This year we didn't plant as many because I'm trying to rotate crops and had less options of where they could go in.

Things I learned this year:

1.- Never plant where the sprinklers are going to hit the tomato plants, not even a little bit. It leads to rot and sad, sad uprooting of once healthy looking plants, who could not handle being attacked by sprinklers every other day.

2.- Don't plant cucumbers right next to tomatoes. Tomatoes require deep, infrequent watering. Cucumbers need frequent, shallow watering. Otherwise you end up with inedible yellow cucumbers, that have to be thrown into the compost. No cucumbers for us this year.

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Skunk

  • Jan. 12th, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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We got back from a trip to Portland to find that a skunk has been digging in the vegetable beds. A bunch of my poor little broccoli seedlings are dead, same for some beets and other veggies. So now we're ready to do battle! Or at least defend the perimeter.

In our neighborhood skunks are damned cheeky about getting into people's homes (we once had one come into our kitchen) so it's not a big surprise that this one has found digging for grubs in our yard much easier than sticking to the canyons.

Mr. L is in charge of skunk invasions. He has a system. We'll see!

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Yummy!

  • Aug. 25th, 2009 at 7:50 AM
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This week we get the last of the tomatoes. There are a few stragglers still on the vine, but we've been pretty good about harvesting and making sure the birds that have been eating them don't get too many.

tomates

We have a bunch of pecked at and bruised tomatoes, so I'm thinking spagueti sauce this weekend :)

eta: the pictue looks upside in my iPhone, for no reason i can figure. Huh.

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Wrangling tomatoes

  • Aug. 12th, 2009 at 11:45 AM
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I can feel a bit of my natural obsessiveness coming out as I maintain our tomato plants and worry at all the problems they attract. Mr. Logovo says we've had a better crop this year, but I'm not so sure. I really need to plan better and pay even more attention next year. If it's not worms then it's falling over plants, or wilt or pecking birds or strange spots on leaves or curling leaves or flowers dropping before producing fruit.

Doesn't sound like fun, does it? But it is, in a slightly masochistic sort of way. Also, I love puzzles and trying to figure out how to keep the plants alive (I actually have BOOKS on tomatoes, WTF self?), but the best thing are the tomatoes themselves and being able to share them with friends. They do taste so much better than anything I can buy anywhere, even the nice ones from the farmer's market.

I planted two extra tomatoes this weekend, but one plant is looking a bit sickly, so I might not bother with it and just pull it out. In San Diego we can probably still grow tomatoes right up to the end of October, no problem. No time to waste though, and nursing a plant back to health might be beyond what I can realistically accomplish. Even getting watering completely right is not a skill I've acquired.

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Netting!

  • Jul. 29th, 2009 at 9:55 PM
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Netting was installed over our tomatoes this weekend and has scared away both tomato eating birds and my bird catching cat.

Have also discovered big brown worms in the strawberry plants. Those poor plants. We never have that much luck with them.

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In the name of delicious tomatoes

  • Jul. 23rd, 2009 at 11:02 AM
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After finally figuring the correct watering schedule for my tomato plants (had a problem with bottom rot with the first ones, and before that some mealiness) these yellow chested birds show up in my garden and are PECKING AT MY PLANTS.

>:(

My strawberries are gone as soon as they ripen, my green beans don't get a chance to even ripen (I think the birds eat the blossoms) and about a dozen tomatoes have been pecked at if not completely eaten.

So, some netting is called for, first time we've had this problem, but I've never seen these particular birds in our yard before. If I could just leave my cat out in the yard all day she would scare some of the foraging. Mr. Logovo, normally a rescuer of birds that Dargo manages to catch, does not seem inclined to stop me from releasing Dargo on bird patrol. But Dargo is only allowed to be outside when we're at home and can be called in (weirdly obedient cat I have) so those birds could be eating my tomatoes right now, as I'm sitting at my desk!

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A little gray today

  • Jun. 20th, 2009 at 3:27 PM
logovo: (SGA - John can be the man in black)
We went out for breakfast and a movie this morning, Food, Inc.. Even if I had already read books like Fast Food Nation or Omnivore's Dilemma, the movie is worth seeing. I wonder how shocking or not the movies might be to anyone who might not know about CAFO's or GMCs, or how the cheap labor coming in across the border is in part a result of subsidized US corn. I would imagine it would freak me out if this was the first time I heard about business practices by companies like Monsanto and Tyson, if this was the first time I saw just how few companies control about 90% of the food supply.

Driving back home we stopped at [personal profile] minotaurs', saw [personal profile] elke_tanzer who has been doing battle with dustbunnies and Stuart's IT stuff. She's been here for 3 days already, helping Stuart's mom, going over over boxes and boxes of stuff. I picked up 4 boxes of VHS tapes that someone might want. At this point we're not sure if anyone would, with a lot of the material already out on DVD. For now I made a quick list of most of the contents to type up later. Lots of Wiseguy, Highlander, Buffy and Seaquest.

Came home and worked on the garden. Took out the last of the beets and cooked up the greens with bacon, onion, pepper flakes & apple cider, baked the beets, grilled some pork chops.



I'm not a big fan of beets, but Mr. Logovo likes them. But after growing them I'm a big fan of the greens, specially done with this recipe.

Sat down to watch the first episode of S5 of The Wire. It's amazing TV, no question. I really care about all the characters, but like almost all really good TV, I feel no fannish impulse when it comes to searching out much info beyond what I see onscreen. There was this one time where I saw an interview with the guy who plays McNulty and was shocked to realize he was English. Oh, I should look and see if I can find an interview with the guy who played Stringer Bell, I think he's also English. That'll be a trip.

Jun. 10th, 2009

  • 7:54 AM
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First strawberries
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This morning we had the first two strawberries from our garden. They taste different than even the best bought strawberries, just like home grown tomatoes taste better. These two were sweeter and the texture is a lot more delicate, and you can tell right away they would not survive being handled much.

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Garden update :)

  • Jun. 5th, 2009 at 8:30 AM
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We planted these Japanese cucumbers for the first time this spring and now they've come in!



More not-so great garden pics. )

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Tomato plants

  • May. 28th, 2009 at 8:39 AM
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Even after being at it for a few years, it's so weird to be gardening. Notes from an accidental gardener. )

Reading another of the "scary food books" I keep buying, this one called The End of Food by Paul Roberts. One more reminder to myself to cut down on our meat consumption. It's just so easy and satisfying to eat meat, but the amounts of meat we eat in this country (and back home in Mexico) are insane.