Archive for the ‘Gardening’ Category

5
Apr

Eep! Planting

   Posted by: Livia

I suspect I am already late.

Average last frost date for Philadelphia: April 14

Therefore –
Date to start planting lettuce: 3/14
Date to start planting spinach: 2/24

Crap.

Comments provided this Guide to Planting Times in Philadelphia

8
Oct

Swap one for the other

   Posted by: Livia

The original Battlestar Galactica, you know – the one with Lorne Greene, is so much better than the new one.

Driving on highways during the daytime is always worse than driving at night. Driving at dusk, dawn, and 3am joyous.

Dairy products are interchangeable.

The key to running an economic kitchen is just the right amount of storage space – too much, and those exotic sauces and fancy jams start looking sexy; too little, and you can’t stock up on sales. It’s the freedom to be able to buy the six boxes of pasta for $3 that saves you from running out of pasta and getting stuck with a box for $2.50. It’s knowing that you have enough meat in your freezer that you can wait for good sales and never pay more than $2/lb for any kind of meat (and can stubbornly wait for some to get even cheaper – like chicken thighs below $.50/lb, whole chicken and pork shoulders or picnic ham roasts for $.80 – and if you live somewhere these are cheaper, that alone will be enough for me to spend at least 5 good minutes considering moving there). Produce is pure luck, though – luckily, I have people selling lots of good produce cheaply off the back of a truck.

Sewing your own clothes from scratch doesn’t save a dime.

People think I can garden even though most of the pots on my porch are empty. The pots are empty because I have been systematically killing the plants that were passed to me when my neighbor moved out of state. They think I can garden because I have pots.

4
May

Spring Gardening

   Posted by: Livia

Note: this was a poll

Poll #722460 Oops

Have you ever needed to do some gardening where you knew there was poison ivy?

yes
6 (50.0%)

no
6 (50.0%)

Have you ever just gone ahead and done the gardening anyway?

yes
5 (45.5%)

no
6 (54.5%)

Have you ever subsequently gotten poison ivy (despite reasonable precautions)?

yes
2 (18.2%)

no
9 (81.8%)

Was it on your hands (even though you couldn’t so much see any bumps or feel it itching)?

yes
2 (18.2%)

no
9 (81.8%)

Did you then end up with poison ivy anywhere… a bit delicate?

yes
1 (9.1%)

no
10 (90.9%)

Why this line of questioning?

BWWAAhahaahhaaaa! Heeeee! Oooh… *wipes tears from eyes*
8 (66.7%)

These are perfectly reasonable questions about spring gardening
2 (16.7%)

What? I’m lost. Poison Ivy was in the DC Universe, right?
0 (0.0%)

I can’t believe you did that.
7 (58.3%)

I feel your pain,
3 (25.0%)

Questioning? I’m just here for the ticky box.
2 (16.7%)

Ticky box!
5 (41.7%)

ETA: And how come all you people are perfectly willing to say you feel my pain, when you are also saying, “Oh, no, that never happened to me.” TTttthhhhbbbbttttt!!