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Angry Man Farms 2019: Outside

So much has changed in 3 weeks! Thanks to this bonehead

(expletives)

WM had to make some modifications to the raised bed. The front screen is removable so I can weed and water.

He also personalized it, which made me smile.

Welcome to Angry Man Farms!

And here are the 3 tomato plants, 2 cherry tomato plants, 2 basil plants, a sweet pepper plant, and a jalapeno pepper plant all of which were just scrawny seedlings three weeks ago. And 4 cilantro seeds, which haven’t sprouted yet.

It was supposed to be one plant per square foot, but basil and tomatoes are supposed to grow well in close proximity, so here goes nothing.

One tomato plant and one basil plant will be heading to Mom’s to live out their days. The other basil plant is in the raised planter:

The dill is thriving.

Because of the aforentioned bonehead, we had to slide the green beans pot into bonehead’s old crate.

You’ll notice the left side of the pot is beanless. Thanks, Murph. (I planted more.)

The cucumbers are growing. I’ll get some … sticks or something … for a tripod-style trellis. I haven’t fully thought this out. I have 2 weeks to figure this out.

Also filed under “not fully thought out:” Inspired by Home Grown Veg, on Monday I planted carrots and radishes in 2-gallon containers. My plan is to plant another container every 3 weeks so we’re not swamped with carrots and radishes all at once. The radishes are already sprouting.

Behind them are the impatiens that are set to go out front to distract people from the giant spot in the middle of my front lawn that will not grow. It’s like the previous owners salted that one spot. It’s driving me crazy.

We have no more plants inside! Hooray! Let the growing begin!

Angry Man Farm 2019

I had a really good experience with my herb garden last year. I stuck with it and watered it every morning and weeded it every night and it worked.

This year, Angry Man Farm is going BIGGER. You can tell I’m serious because now … I HAVE A NOTEBOOK.

BIGGER!

In addition to the 2 raised herb boxes I already have, I’m going to build a 2×4 foot raised bed for the yard. I’m going to … somehow … wrap it in chicken wire so the rabbits, squirrels, and Murphys can’t get in and eat my seedlings. Note: I don’t know how to do any of that yet, but that’s a question for next month and if I get stuck trying to figure that out, I’ll never move forward.

Last month I ordered a sunlight meter because I have no idea how much sunlight various parts of the yard receives in a day. On the second day of measurements Murphy broke the meter so we are going with “part sun” and hoping for the best.

I fretted over which seeds to buy that wouldn’t give any profit to Monsanto, but after a week of comparing I just went to Burpee and ordered a bunch of seeds. When I’m better at this I’ll go for the heirlooms from independent seed shops.

Herb boxes

This plan is for the 2 herb boxes. This year I’ll be planting:

  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Lavender
  • Mint

Funny enough, my thyme plant from last year never completely died, even with the snow and muck. When it gets warmer, I’ll trim off the dead branches and see if I can get it to grow back. If it doesn’t, I’ll plant a new thyme.

I laughed at my father when he did this very thing this decades ago.

In the 2×4 raised bed, I’m planting:

  • Regular tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Sweet peppers
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Carrots

I’m planting cucumbers into a large pot, and I still have garlic bulbs from the fall in another pot.

Out front, I’m planting red and white impatiens and California bluebells.

About half of the seeds need to be started inside. My original plan was to start the seedlings in the garage, but it’s been cold AF and I was afraid they’d freeze. Instead, they’re up in the guest room in this cute little tray.

and room for more!

How do I know which plant is where? I HAVE A NOTEBOOK!

I just realized the tray is upside down in the photo.

My 2019 garden goals are simple:

  • To can ONE JAR of tomatoes for the winter
  • To have more basil in the freezer for winter
  • To harvest vegetables that I will actually eat
  • To have enough food that I can give some away

I’m pulling a lot of my guidance this year from the Sow Generous challenge at The Art of Doing Stuff.

Next month, I go into the garage and BUILD. But for now, did I mention I HAVE A NOTEBOOK?

A NOTEBOOK!

Currently, pre-squish edition

Sitting here:

Someday we’ll deal with the ivy. Today is not that day.


While I’ll be sad to see summer go, I’m pleased that I squeezed in so much outdoor time. Instead of dorking on the internet for a half hour in between each household task, I just do all of the crap at once so I can spend a chunk of that time outside. I’ve done most of my blog planning here, too. My pepper plants, planted too late, are finally bearing fruit! Er – veg!

Planning on planting some lettuce, garlic and beets this fall. Why not try? I may get to be the COO of “Angry Man Farm” (that’s what we named our house) after all!

Celebrating: National Dog Day with these goobers.

“happy national dog day bitches”


Ollie is kicking ass, post ear infections and dental surgery. He’s been on walks 2 days in a row and is not only making it through without stopping due to fatigue (he always stops to pee on trees), but he’s leading me again! He’ll be with us for 11 years next month. He’s great.

Anticipating tomorrow’s mammogram. I called last week to make an an appointment, expecting not to be seen until October.

Receptionist: We have a cancellation on Monday at 10:45!
Me: Oooooh. Oh. Um.
R: You didn’t expect that, did you?
Me: Noooooo. But I’ll take it.
R: That’s the spirit!

I’m sure it’ll be fine. If you’d like you can read the accounts of my first mammogram as well as my second. I just think that if this teenaged blog becomes a lifelong work of mine, I should be honest about getting older and the seven thousand doctor appointments that come along with it. Maybe someone will find this through Google and feel better.

Reading: The Widows of Malabar Hill. It’s set in 1910s and 1920s India and I’m really enjoying it. It’s numbered #1 in the Perveen Mistry mystery series, so I’m assuming our heroine lives.

Fitnessing. I’m on track to meet my (meager) fitness goals every day this week as long as I get up right now and go in and get to yoga-ing.

I AM UNLEASHED!

Six days a week I either practice yoga or hit the Total Gym. In sixty days, even if I don’t lose a pound of weight I will be a stronger, fitter, and more flexible human bean.

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