July 3rd, 2009


Writer's Block: Dog Day Afternoon

The Dog Days of summer, the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, start today. What's your favorite thing to do in hot weather?

Stay inside playing video games. I melt into a lethargic puddle in the sun. And then I turn red and start to peel.

Anyway, I just picked two yellow squash. My thumb gets slightly less brown every year.

Things I've learned about gardening this year:

- Don't use the cheap dirt for growing things. At least get the cheap kind that specifically says it's for flowers and veggies.
- When buying berry bushes, the bigger ones are more likely to survive.
- Prepare your space before buying plants, because you'll get too lazy to prepare it later, and plants do much better in the ground than in pots (that is, if you're like me and neglect your plants for several days).
- Don't plant seeds too early.
- Don't start basil from seed, it usually doesn't work well. (Nick confirmed this, and he's the one who likes plants.)
- Plants that seem to do well even if you neglect them: rhubarb, parsley, oregano, yellow squash, garlic, tomatoes, chives, and nasturtiums
- Plants that do so-so: cilantro, spinach, swiss chard, peppers, and pumpkins (I planted some from seed, but they didn't grow... oh well, maybe next year)
- They make organic Miracle Gro now, and it seems to work ok.

There's a nest with three baby birds in my front hedges. My dad discovered it while trimming the hedges, and I like to go take a peek (without getting too close or touching them, of course).