Heavy on Beets

Beets.   I’ve had only on and off kind of performance with beets in the garden but I decided to give it one more chance.   Beets are a good “gifting” veggie because you get the whole thing – greens and roots and I’ve noticed that the same person does either one or the other – not both.  They’re also great for smoothies because I use both the greens and the tuber.   I planted a row rather densely, anticipating weak germination due to the age of the seeds.  Wrong, they germinated quickly and strongly so I have at least triple the number of seedlings needing attention.   I have to find a new spot in the garden for the overflow from thinning – in about 2 weeks.   I’m picking quite a bit of the lettuce so that’s the most likely place for a beet patch.  

Solved the ABC TV station problem – not necessarily solved but found the explanation.   Turns out channel 9 shut down their main transmitter and moved it to a location about 30 miles south of where they had been.  That was just enough to be beyond our range.   The good news is that they go back to the old location with new equipment in January.   I had talked to neighbors and found they all were having the same problem – each of us thought it was something with our own antenna installation.    

We’re having a few days of winter.   Winter enough that I decided to cover the tomatoes and peppers, a real pain in the butt job.  The forecasters said there was a possibility of frost two days in a row and those plants are loaded with unripe fruit.   Either  what I did worked or we didn’t actually experience frost but everything looks just fine.  The two week forecast is for warm weather with just enough rain to make everything happy.

And I’m declaring the seed planting season over and done with.   Every time I get a new seed catalog I’m duped into buying a few new varieties.   I don’t have the space in the garden for anything more but I still fall for it.   I couldn’t resist a new Burpee catalog with two new (to me) Kale varieties, a new kohlrabi and new purple radishes.   One of the kales has giant leaves that look like elephant ears.  That was interesting but when I read the fine print and learned that it was “perfect” for green smoothies, I was hooked.   Since it doesn’t make sense to order just one packet of seeds because of the high shipping cost………….     A thing I don’t understand about the seed business is that the smallest packet you can buy is still 10x what you need.   The small pack of kohlrabi seeds contained 1000 seeds; the kale 500.   Who in the world needs that much kohlrabi in their back yard garden.  Commercial growers get a different catalog and each of these varieties is available in giant packs.   

Breaking news flash – picked the first cherry tomatoes. 

Hat in the ring

Picking tomatoes. That came as a surprise since all I was seeing were small green ones. I happened to bend over to pick a weed that was peaking out from one of the tomato bushes and spotted just a bit of red color in the center of the plant. Sure enough it was a ripe tomato and there were half a dozen others deep in the interior of the shrubbery. Normally the foliage is not that dense but for whatever reason, this season is different. So now we have all the salad ingredients together – lettuce, green pepper, and tomatoes. The other surprise this AM was some of the celery seeds that I planted a couple of weeks ago germinated overnight. I had pretty much given up on them. I’m happy about this development since I read in one of the catalogs that the right way to harvest celery is a stalk at a time rather than cutting the whole plant. Apparently this way the plant just keep producing new stalks and you can get by with fewer plants. I’m probably 3 months away from having that situation.

Ever wonder what happens when your Roomba mixes it up with a ball of yarn and a crochet project? The yarn wins.

I’m thinking about throwing my hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential race. I have a one item platform that I think is a real winner. I’m going to change the dates of certain holidays so that they always occur on Sunday. So Christmas day and New Years day will not have a fixed date but rather be the last Sunday in December and the first Sunday in January respectively. Perhaps reposition Thanksgiving to the last Sunday in November. Easter is ok – always Sunday. I noticed that the way it is now, you totally lose track of the days of the week and that it takes a while to reset your head around the calendar. I thought it was just me – aging and all – but I’ve heard the same from people of all age groups and disciplines. Total strangers I meet on the beach invariably mention that they’re having a hard time keeping track of what day it is. It might be that you mentally hook big dinner events with Sunday meals when you were a kid. If New Year’s eve was on Saturday, by Monday you would be totally recovered. Ditto Christmas. I’m guessing that the gain in productivity would more than pay for having to redo calendars. Like today. It’s Wednesday (I think) and there’s a college football game on the tube this afternoon. College games mean Saturday; pro games mean Sunday.

Something has changed and we no longer get ABC on the TV. Whatever! We watch very little on ABC but it just so happened that the Alabama – Michigan Bowl game was broadcast on ABC and I really wanted to watch that game. Sounds like a sports bar brewery would solve the problem – i.e. Persimmon Hollow. Not really a sport bar but they do have a couple TV’s going and usually tuned to sports events. I had forgotten that when we were there for the bingo game I tried a new brew – cranberry creme and only noticed it after ordering our standards. We had plenty of time and finished up with the cranberry, my new favorite.