Friday, March 03, 2006

Spring has sprung!

The last few days the temperature has been in the 80s. BIG change!! Along with the warmer weather, Jeff and I got inspired to expand our garden. We have added green peppers, broccoli, and strawberries, along with 6 herbs. One of my tomato plants I believe is on it's last legs. It has some strange disease that makes the leaves wilt and turn yellow and black and basically fall off. That particular plant never produced either, so the next time I have a chance, I'm taking it out. The other tomato plant I have is carrying a load of approx. 20 pieces of fruit! Sigh...success! Our spinach has finally caught on too! I ripped out the beans due to something that I think is called "rust" (really they are little red bugs that make tents on all the whole plant. I re-planted the sugar snap peas too. So, we're in a trasition. I really don't know what I'm doing...gardening is a difficult thing to learn from books. =(

Yesterday I went to the dermatologist for the first time. I didn't really know what to expect, but I certainly wasn't expecting what I got. They took a mole off my left leg- from behind my knee RIGHT THEN. I didn't pass out though! It was the first time I've experienced local anesthetic and let me tell you- THAT STUFF IS WEIRD! I didn't feel a thing. Not then, or for the rest of the day. I am finally back to normal today though. They sent the specimin away for testing to make sure it was not cancerous. UGH! I'll keep you updated.

This weekend we're house/child/pet sitting. The kids are in 9th and 4th grade, so it's not really baby-sitting. But we're looking forward to being with them. They live in Winter Park, so it will be nice to be closer to everything this weekend. It will be fun!

Well, my break at work is coming to an end. Thanks for your patience with my ramblings. =)

Phyllis and Mrs. R (I can't seem to get accustomed to calling you Kathy...please bear with me =) Thanks for your imput on my tomato "problem". I think we're going to put up some kind of screen/fence or something so that little critters cannot harvest any more of our food!

6 comments:

Phyllis said...

You should get Tom MacCubbin's book. Ask Mom which one. I know gardening is hard to learn from a book, but that would help, because, my dear, I believe you're planting cool weather plants just before the summer heat.

It's not quite spring here. (There's still more snow than I remember seeing ever before!) Jaan and I are starting seeds indoors already, though. I've been researching what should be planted and when, and we're excited. I have several offers of garden space to use, we'll be putting flowers out in front of our building, and there's always the balcony. . . .

Phyllis said...

By the way, I feel like I'm starting over on trying to learn this gardening business, too. It's so different here! I have to research everything, before I can do anything.

Phyllis said...

Hi, it's me again. I just wanted to say
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
to you a little early.

С днём рождения! :-)

Kathy (Phyllis' Mom) said...

Florida Home Grown is the book. Unfortunately I do believe it is out of print, but I have seen it at used book stores. (How could such a vital book go out of print?) The book contains little shovel ratings showing the difficulty of growing each particular crop (asparagus ranks three shovels, beans get one) as well as charts showing planting times for north, central and south Florida. Phyllis is right about cool weather/hot weather crops; vegetable gardening in Florida is different from anywhere else.

Kathy (Phyllis' Mom) said...

Florida Home Grown is the book. Unfortunately I do believe it is out of print, but I have seen it at used book stores. (How could such a vital book go out of print?) The book contains little shovel ratings showing the difficulty of growing each particular crop (asparagus ranks three shovels, beans get one) as well as charts showing planting times for north, central and south Florida. Phyllis is right about cool weather/hot weather crops; vegetable gardening in Florida is different from anywhere else.

Phyllis said...

Hey, where are you?