Monday, August 24, 2009

Portulaca Oleracea

Thanks to a very clever identification of our blurry weed picture by Josh, I have now determined that our main garden weed (aside from grass) is Portulaca Oleracea or Pursline. (

Unfortunately, wikipedia also indicates that it is edible! Not only edible, but nutritious, and a source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

So, I have inadvertently thrown out over 10 gallons of our most productive vegetable!

Well, something to keep in mind for next year.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Adventures in gardening

Being able to walk out to your backyard and pick something fresh to eat is just an amazing concept to me. I love that we have been pretty succesful on our first year of gardening.

We started out way back in February where we sprouted some seeds on our window sil.

Then we prepared the spot where we wanted to plant the garden by digging up all the overgrown stuff that was there, turning over the dirt and covering it with a garbage bag.

Our poor little seedlings waited so long to be planted, they got very big in their little cups.

We finally got them in the ground in early june.

Then we watched as many of them died. We planted more plants where the old ones died. The plants that survived where the tomatoes, tomatillos, cubanelle peppers, and basil. We started off with, well, much much more than that. Here is what it looks like now.

Overgrown and full of weeds. I don't think we did too bad of a job though.

We also had some volunteers sprout up. We have some melon/squash like plants that are doing well that came up from some seeds from the compost. We also had some chard like greens that came up that must have been planted there a long, long time ago.

What started out as a seed is now a thriving plant that provides food for us. Simply wonderful!

The reason

Some of the readers of this blog may be wondering where we've been lately. Well, we have mostly been up to our ears in our guest bathroom renovation. To give you a taste as to how it is coming, here is what it currently looks like.

Well, technically right at this very moment they are in there working on putting the tub in which means plumbing and going under the house and all sorts of other things I am not at all comfortable with. Not much in there at this point to even give you a clue that it is or should be a bathroom.

But, I am really excited to have a nice new bathroom. We are going with lovely white subway tile which I have always loved. The accent tiles are this great mix of glass and onyx tiles that mimic the subway pattern. The floor is a nice warm neutral that looks great next to the hardwoods coming off the hallway.

Honestly, the thing I am most excited about is our new dual flush toilet! Is that sad? It is going to be such an improvement over our old toilet that just ran and ran all day and all night. We couldn't get in there to fix it because there was absolutely no room between the top of the toilet and the bottom on of the counter top. Not a very smart installation. But this new one will also use half the water of your normal toilet on your normal 'liquid' flush and get rid of everything better than your average if you need something a little stronger. What a brilliant idea!