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Too much

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Ugh! Too much time working on the show today. Too much computer time. Too much busting my ass to be under-appreciated. Sigh.

I wish it didn’t take me a couple of hours to wind down and go to sleep, even if I’m out late.

But in better news, new consulting work option is promising and I should firm some stuff up tomorrow with that. Tuesday’s show is all done except for the intro, and even though I had really wanted to get that finished tonight, I should be able to pop in to the studio tomorrow mid day and get it done and uploaded. Then a free and mellow kid-less weekend.

Plant a few seeds. That’s the only plan.

Lazy gardening in Central Oregon

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Lazy gardening:

Yesterday, I finally got the kids to help me weed the rest of the raised garden bed, which is really just a long dirt mound with ill-defined borders. (We did most of the weeding two weeks ago.) And we planted the dozen little kale starts that I bought the other day, and some kale seeds of different varieties. Judging from two years ago, kale will grow well here, and will grow far into Fall.

If it seems really late to you to start planting things in the garden, please note: this is Central Oregon. The tomato plant I bought the same day as the starts has already bit it—there was an unexpected (to me) freeze about the second night after I planted it. Poor thing, what a waste.

So, without a green-house or those little dome thingies, there’s not really much of a way to get anything in the ground early around here. I could have done starts in the house. But things were too crazy, or so I tell myself. One year, I did a ton of starts. And most of them outgrew their containers and died before I could get them in the ground—because I had to wait too long for the weather to warm up.

I have a bunch of other seeds to plant and need to get them in this week. Then we’ll have some late summer / early fall veggies at least. And the strawberries, oregano, and a few stalks of garlic are growing themselves.

Sigh. I so do not have a green thumb, can you tell?

What grows without me

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Wildflowers from the kitty garden Spring 2011

These sweet wildflowers are growing in the kitty garden (where Connecticut and Big Kitty are buried). I put a lot of wildflower seed out there last fall and many different varieties are growing, in spite of the cold weather, but helped along by the frequent rain and snow. These are some of the first to flower. I couldn’t resist picking a few and bringing them in to brighten up the house on a dreary day.

I was also surprised to see that the lilac starts I planted last year are green and growing! Also, one of the raspberry plants is alive as well. A friend gave them to me from their garden and I planted them right away and faithfully watered them—but not enough. They looked very dead by the end of last summer.

Also in the garden: garlic that I planted last fall. And supposedly potato plants that my dad secretly planted in random spots. I don’t know enough to tell the plants from the weeds at the moment, but I’ll try to find out before weeding, if it ever gets warm enough. The strawberries are spreading nicely and have little white flowers and green berries. Oregano has come back like always. Crazy amount of mint in the big pot… All without my intervention.