During the pandemic, the neighborhood kids were encouraged to craft little “message rocks” that they would then hide on other peoples’ property so that the homeowner would get a pleasant little surprise to brighten their day.
I suppose that was a better use of time than letting the
little monsters children spend 12 hours a day playing Call of Duty, Deathwatch or Grand Theft Auto, (all of which are completely harmless entertainment and have absolutely no effect on the kids mental health, don’cha know.)
Anyway, one morning I discovered that we were the lucky recipients of a message rock. I was touched.
In fact, I was so touched that I added my own message rock so that interested parties might know how to brighten my day in a more tangible way.
But that has nothing to do with today’s post, of course.
Actually, Max just dropped by to say “hi” because he’s been missing in action, helping me to prep the garden areas for Spring and Summer.
Finally, the weather has stabilized and we are enjoying warm and sunny days so the pressure is on to get the vegetable plants in the cages, set up the irrigation systems, pot some pretty color spots and clean everything in sight.
Max is a good supervisor but pretty much useless when it comes to manual labor. I could have used some assistance when I foolishly decided to separate a particularly prickly cactus that had overgrown its pot. Despite extra caution and protection, I ended up spending 45 minutes tweezing micro-spines out of my hands and arms. Max thought that was hilarious.
Max insisted, as only a Maltese can, that I share some quick pics of the progress that has been made under his stern guidance.
In regard to edible plants, this year we are again focusing on Asian vegetables, especially eggplant, turnip (kabu), sweet peppers and cucumbers. This time around we decided to forgo daikon radishes, shishito peppers and Japanese chives (nira).
We expect that tomatoes will again be a big part of our harvest. It will be hard to beat last year’s super crop. This year, along with our usual selections, we chose a new indeterminate beefsteak variety. If it doesn’t produce well for us, at least it will provide variety to the diet of the hornworms and other bugs.
So that’s the quick update. We’ll be back to more regular posting once I catch up on my assigned chores. That’s assuming I don’t run away from home to join the circus. Wait, this place is already a circus. Never mind.
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