JOLLY GREEN GIANTS


Giant Veggies

Besides, the huge tromboncino squash vine, the garden still has a few remaining monster veggies growing. The eggplant stand at OVER 8 feet tall and there a carmello tomato topping 9 feet.   Oh, yeah and there are peppers which are about 6 feet in height.   Summer is still hanging on here at the urban homestead. In light of the cooler weather, the “arctic” tomato varieties already have sprouted clusters of flowers and many of them already have tiny green tomatoes.   The peas and broccoli are growing and so are all the other fall crops. We’ll be planting potatoes and other root crops soon. The fall planting bug has bitten… time to plant while the sun shines.

Appreciation

Wow, ask and you shall receive? Thanks for all the wonderful comments, we urban homesteaders enjoy hearing from you. It’s really nice to hear from longtime readers, fellow travelers (hey ya’ll) and new ones alike (warm welcome)   Nothing like a boost of positive comments to energize you in the morning. I’m expecting someone to send me a CD with high resolution images of some old photos soon.   Perhaps in the future I’ll be posting more old photos for your viewing pleasure. BTW to answer one of our reader’s question, the yellow sunflowers in the yard photo are variety of perennial sunflower that we spotted at one of our local nursery.

BOOKMARKS

They love to do their homework {LA Times}

The other day, Sarah Babler, an 18-year-old freshman enrolled in the homemaking program, was writing a paper on the Trojan War for one class. For another, she was parsing Proverbs 31 — on the attributes of a godly woman.
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Threats to bumblebees fly under radar {Yahoo}

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Looking high and low, Robbin Thorp can no longer find a species of bumblebee that just five years ago was plentiful in northwestern California and southwestern Oregon.
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Grandmother’s kitchenKeepers of culinary roots teach a generation lost to cooking {SFGate}

Grandmothers, mothers, aunts — they’ve been the gatekeepers of home- cooked traditions. By lurking at their elbows, generations have learned foodways and more. These women presided over warm, cluttered kitchens where aromas arose, penetrating our pores, enveloping us as we slept. They dispensed drinks, snacks, band-aids, reminders (to do homework) and advice. Occasionally, they would let fly the sharp word that could instantly still us. We carry within us the music of chatter in grandma’s speech and the perfume of her stove. Grandmas were comfort, safety. Roots
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Earth getting wetter and stickier {Yahoo}

LONDON (Reuters) – Greenhouse gases are making the earth’s atmosphere wetter and stickier, which may lead to more powerful hurricanes, hotter temperatures and heavier rainfall in tropical regions, British researchers reported on Wednesday.
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This is proof that it’s not our imagination that summer is So Cal are becoming more humid. This summer I would have thought we’d been transported back to the South it was sooo humid.

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  1. Joanne Poyourow says:

    “Arctic” tomatoes? Does that mean you seed northern varieties for the fall season? Which varieties, and when (what month) do you sow seed? I didn’t know you could extend the season in that way – I would have thought they’d be day length as well as temperature sensitive.

    Joanne P
    Los Angeles (LAX/Westchester area)

  2. David says:

    Wow!@ Must be the tallest mato cage I’ve seen & tomato plant. That must be an indeterminate mato. I read somewhere mato cuttings can be set aside in closet in container of freshly maintained water for next season then transplanted to get a jump on next season. Ever tried or heard of this or was someone April fooling this novice?

  3. Lucy says:

    I love the journal, the flashbacks are fabulous. I am consistently impressed and inspired. I don’t comment, because I don’t want to distract you! It’s like seeing someone bustling around a busy kitchen – stay out of the way!

    It’s all much appreciated, though. Thank you.