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way too long between posts

It is so stupid of me not to write something every night. Now I have so much to write that it's pointless to begin: I would like to compare two memoirs, Kevin Roose's The Unlikely Disciple and Nathan Rabin's The Big Rewind; write about the community garden at the elementary school down the street; give the annoyed grown-ups' version of the Victoria Wants A Pet saga; tell car-shopping stories; express my disappointment in Lee Whittlesey's Deaths in Yellowstone; rave on and on about Dead Like Me; brag about my grill some more; and rejoice over the discovery of a sweet bike path.

What I will not talk about is Brian's big, secret project that he is "working on", meaning he sends imperious email after email with constantly changing specifications and ridiculous time strictures while I assemble the thing completely.

What I will talk about is digging a hole. I was reading a book about vegetable gardening, but there were a lot of extra u's in the words and the odd hedgehog here and there so I hope this trick works in the New World. The book recommended that I toss incompletely composted organic matter into a hole, fill it back in and use that patch for growing beans. Since I had two cans half-full of incompletely composted organic matter as well as a shovel, I thought I would try it.

The hole was square, four feet to a side, and eighteen inches deep. We had a nice rain two nights ago so the sod wasn't hard to break through but it took longer than I thought it would to make a nice Virginia Lee Burton-worthy hole. Plus--thanks to the project of which I will reveal nothing--a crummy song was stuck in my head the whole time. I started late in the afternoon, so I couldn't spend much time admiring the empty hole. I filled it back up, washed my hands, and made weird pizzas out of leftovers.

So. I dug a hole. Glad I got to tell you all about it.


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Aug. 31st, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
I'm planning on having a garden next year. I'm in the very early early planning stages, which is to say that as I've been working my way through peaches, tomatoes, lemons, pears and strawberries, I've looked at all the organic matter I've thrown out and felt sad that it's being wasted.

Can you grow beans at this time of year, or are these next year beans?
Aug. 31st, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
These are next year beans and they will climb a little tepee frame, so I'm going to be scrounging nice-sized sticks from the neighbors' brush piles between now and then.

This time of year you can grow lettuce and radishes and beets and turnips and green onions, all of which I planted this weekend.

I look forward to reading about your garden! There is a lot of great information available from the Home and Garden Information Center (of Maryland Cooperative Extension fame). You can even be their fan on facebook.
Aug. 31st, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
"I filled it back up, washed my hands, and made weird pizzas out of leftovers." Ok so weird pizza from leftover... compost?
Aug. 31st, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Leftovers. It's a mass noun, not an adjective.
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