I spent most of yesterday working on the garden. I dug up four out of five beds (each bed is about 2′ x 15′) and planted a variety of vegetable starts:
- three varieties of tomatoes (Sungold, red Brandywine, Marvel Striped)
- Sharlyn melons
- one heirloom variety of cantaloupe (the exact name slips my mind at the moment)
- Sugar Baby watermelon
- Waltham butternut squash
- Okra (a red heirloom variety), because it looked interesting
- two Japanese eggplant (the long thin type)
- two habanero peppers
- yellow bell pepper
Still to plant are the cucumbers (two varieties), and the herb garden: parsley, thyme, chives, garlic chives, and two kinds of basil. Those will go in tonight, hopefully. (Rosemary – in the form of our trailing rosemary bush – and sage may go in next, so we will indeed have “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme”.) And I need to plant two more rows with as-yet-undetermined varieties – carrots, perhaps, or beets.
Here’s a pic of three of the five beds:
After that it’s not really clear what I will do next; the flooring won’t be happening for at least three weeks, so nothing much can be done on the interior of the house except installing the dishwasher, which requires delicate surgery on the cabinets and is largely Mike’s job. And installing the electrical circuits, which requires skilled labor, so Mike is doing that as well.
Which means I may go back to weaving, and working on the book, if I can’t figure out something else to do. I will likely do some more work with cross-dyeing – a publication has expressed interest in the technique, so I want to do some more experimentation. I’ll probably wind up weaving a couple of scarves, so a narrow warp, in heavier yarn that I normally use, seems to be in order – weaving it off should be a snap.
(I’d really rather be weaving a 12″ wide sample in 140/2 silk, but that will take a lot longer and would probably conflict with the move. Too bad!)