Saturday, April 24, 2010

Another Poem

i wanted to write
an epic poem
i imagined creating
a beautiful tome

but to say what i want
words needed are few
simply, and honestly
i adore you

Germination (!) & Planting

germinated seedling is a beautiful thing, especially when it's the arrugula I planted just one week ago.  A couple of radish seeds dropped into the ground the same time as the arrugula are also peeking out of the ground.  No sign of the chervil or parsley.  Pumpkins are also MIA.

Dropped some Lilly Miller Mammoth Sunflower seeds into the ground, front and back.  Hoping for a good show at the end of the summer.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Strawberry Rhubarb Preserves


For those clueless victims and their ilk who claim that the government doesn't produce anything worth a darn, I present the following:

USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, 2009 revision

It's an excellent reference which I used for my second attempt at home canning:  rhubarb strawberry jam.  I followed a recipe from this site (the one with 2 lbs each of rhubarb and strawberries along with six cups of sugar).  Yield was 9 pints.  It's a little runny...next time I'll try a recipe with pectin.  (Which I didn't have to use for my blackberry preserves. I have much to learn.)

The rhubarb came from the monster rhubarb plant in our garden.  (Photo below.) She's a beauty, eh?





Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sunflowers Breaking Dirt

And finally, the sunflowers are emerging.  It was about 44F and rainy today at noon.  If I were a sunflower, I'd turn right around and reemerge when it felt more springlike outside.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Plants Emerge and Kimchi Breath

The sweet peas are poking out of the ground.  Finally, the chard has made her appearance as well. 

Cold outside--I can see my breath.  And it's not from the kimchi.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Time for Gardening

Parsley, chervil, more beets, more arrugula, and some Cinderella Bush Type French pumpkin are starting their respective journeys from seed.

Finally cut back the hop to it's four strongest vines.  It's at about two feet. 

Our first rose of the season. 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Birthday Poem for Tigerlily

You're so much to so many
at 12 years of age.
What are you to us?
To find out, turn the page...

A good student, a teen
a basketball guard.
Your writing reveals
that you're quite the young bard.

You once liked taxidermy,
fresh eggs leave you befuddled.
On top of all that,
you pretend to hate being cuddled.

A daughter, a sister,
and to some a young niece.
At some time or another
you had a pet cat with fleas.

You're all of these things;
your future grows brighter.
To us you'll be always,
a sweet girl named Tiger!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Birthday Poem for my Tia Lola

Wife, sister, friend and hija
Mother, grandmother, and my Dear Madrina
It's a pleasure to be
in your fold


Since I was a child
I think of your smile
Beautiful then and still lovely at
80 years old


You cook chile rojo
Y frijoles sabrosos
Causing noisy, fragrant effects
I am told


Your well deserved reputation
In this great Peña nation
Rolling Thunder, so big
and so bold


So many lives touched
Loved by many so much
But there's something that's still 
left untold


So now I bring you to task
Because I just have to ask
i¿Why in the hell you chose this...
name Arnold?!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Road Trip, Chile Rellenos

Road trip from ELP to Denver.  An early dinner at the Church Street Cafe, a 300 year old historical residence in Old Town Albuquerque.  No self respecting restaurant in New Mexico would serve bad chile, and in this sense the restaurant did not disappoint.  But the chile rellenos were a disappointment.  I don't understand why it's so hard to find a good chile relleno in an otherwise decent Mexican restaurant, especially considering that they're so simple to make.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Girasol Citrus Planting

Sunflowers went into the ground front and back.  Citrus won't look like this, but when you've experienced the joy of a good sunflower in your garden (like this one from 2005), then you must have sunflowers in your garden every year!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sowing Seeds

A great weekend of sowing seeds:

  • Two rows of swiss chard, a row of beets and some mixed lettuce planted in the NW bed.
  • Two rows of radishes and a row of arrugula (roquette, rocket, "white pepper" in England...new to me) in the north bed.
  • House of Blues Sweet Peas from Dragonstonefarm Seed along the west and north fences.
  • North Shore Sweet Peas from Renee's Garden on the south fence.
Garden was prepped one week before with 3-4 inches of compost and natural fertilizer.  Lots of rain and cool temps with occasional sun breaks.  I hope it stays just wet enough until the plants reveal themselves above ground.

Must get some sunflowers in the ground.