Saturday, March 17, 2012

In like February, out like....... June!?

As the first day of spring approaches on Tuesday, we're reminded that absolutely anything goes in the month of March in New England

We really should thank Mother Nature that she wasnt on the rag for the most part this winter, but this is nuckin futs....  trees are budding, flowers are poking up through the soil, and it's March 17.   For real???  I am never going to complain about the warm weather coming early in the season (this winter lover is tired of it by mid to late February), but it makes me wonder what kind of summer we're in store for.  As much as I can tolerate the cold weather, I have the opposite intolerance for heat and humidity.  The way we're headed right now, it looks like we're going to find out sooner rather than later........


Unlike the weather, these beauties  below are right on schedule.  Celery seedlings through three and a half weeks

Celery is tough enough to grow as an already established plant, but from seed, it's even tougher, and it starts w. the challenge of just trying to get it to germinate in under 17-21 days.  These came up in just 13.  A week and a half later, trained eyes may be able to detect the first set of true leaves emerging on the center most group.  It CAN be done!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Roll call!

Ok, so the gang's all here, finally.  Three separate seed orders (two w. Johnny's, and one w. Burpee), I have rounded everyone up

The cast of characters include the following:

Atomic Red
White Satin

Pearl Drop

Pink Beauty

Orange Crisp
Super Honeydew


That's everything thats coming from seed.  Well, I say that know, but we gardeners know how that goes, right?! :-D  There's also celery seed in the basement on the heatmat.  We've hit the ground running this year!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Giving it the old college try............ again.................

So yeah, this will be my fourth foray into the world of greenhousing.  The first hoophouse I had at my parents house was by far the best.  That thing was beyond battle tested: heavy snowfalls, howling winds, driving rain, wiffle balls, horseshoes, everything was thrown against it, and it remained standing like a brick sh*thouse.  Of course, when I moved into the apartment, my parents couldnt wait to take it down.

The next two were complete disasters, as we didnt build a good enough foundation for one, and no foundation at all on the other.  Needless to say, a gentle breeze kicked the ass of both of those.

Never fear, for my scouring of the interwebs has yielded this beaut: the GrowCamp.  For the bargain price of $380, this puppy will be going where the other one stood before it was sent to meet its maker.  The only caveat is that I promised Lisa we'd get a new dishwasher before I made any funzies purchases

Now, I know you're all saying, "ok, Bromberg.....  you cant walk inside.  What the hell is the point?"  Well, thats EXACTLY the point!  Seeing as how this is not an entry ghse, it's not as flimsy as the Easy2Build one I paid $550 for a few years ago that seemed to tilt to one side when a robin sneezed near it.  This one not only appears to be anchored by a more secure purlin, but also a few more stabilizing wires, and the fact that the bottom 50% is filled w. the growing medium.  As the season progresses, this blog as well as my Facebook page will be filled w. pictures of this 'new' endeavor.  The plan as it stands right now is to do perennial and biennial herbs on one side, and whatever I feel like throwing on the other side.  Who knows, maybe even get another extension prior to the 2013 season!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A year later

Yeah, I've been horrible at updating this thing over the past year, but a lot has happened.  Sure, Lisa and I went to Las Vegas for her 30th bday last March, and also went to California in October for my nephew's first birthday, but that was about it.  In between the two trips, on April 22nd to be exact, my mother was diagnosed w. small cell carcinoma, a very aggressive and deceptive type of cancer.  It was discovered in her lungs, her bones, and her spine.  Her doctors came up w. the best course of action, and began to treat it as well as they could.  

We had a fantastic summer, enjoying all the family time that we could, as we usually do, and tried not to think about mom's condition.  We all carpe'd the diem since we didnt know what the next day would hold.

However, despite the phenomenal results of the first round of chemo (everything w. the exception of a few infected cells around her heart was eradicated), the cancer came back, and the second round wasnt effective at all.  In the past 30 years, there has been no additional progress made on the treatment of SCC; these two chemos were it.  Eventually, we all had to accept the terrible news we were hoping to avoid: mom was terminal, and it was just a matter of time.   

Long story short, she was discharged from the hospital in late October, and sent home.  Surrounded by the love of myself, Lisa, my two brothers, my dad, my sister in law, my nephew, and all my aunts and uncles, she peacefully passed away at 5:33am on November 10.  It goes w.o saying that this was a very difficult period of time for all of us.  I was able to have a very good talk w. mom before she slipped into eternal rest, and it helped me tremendously to be able to cope w. what was going to happen.  I didnt leave anything on the table, and for that, I will forever be grateful.  When mom passed, my attention immediately turned to my dad, and how he was going to move on.  

Three months later, we have all picked up the pieces, but not a day goes by where I dont think about her, or miss her like hell.  She was an incredibly strong and courageous woman, and I hope that I can be half the man to Lisa that my dad was to my mom for the 35 years they were together.  What he did for her, especially over the last seven months of her life, was nothing short of extraordinary.  

Before I get too choked up, it's time to switch topics.  What in the name of HELL is going on w. this weather this 'winter'?  We've had a grand total of 7" of snow when at this point last year, we were buried under nearly 4' and it was still coming down.  As I take a look around not only my yard  (which is crying for greenery), but at work, I see crocuses coming up and trees budding.  For real!?  It's February 15!  However, I'm not going to complain because it's seed starting season!  I picked up some celery seed at the garden center this past weekend, and will be placing my Johnny's and Burpee order's this weekend!  It's green thumb time!!!! :-D