Posts Tagged ‘ garden ’

Broccoli Shoots


I’ve been attending weekend gardening seminars. One class was cool weather crops. We were taught that broccoli can be planted before the last frost. So, I started some seeds. They’ve been doing well. It’s been about 10 days, and I will need to move these into larger peat pots.


3 plants at different sizes. They’ve all been in the jiffy pot for the same time, but some have just taken longer to germinate than the others.

I’m getting pretty excited about the garden this year. We’re planning on putting in a new raised bed and I’m anxious to start filling it. We haven’t figured out exactly what to put in it yet, but we’re working on it.

The next seeds planned are tomatoes and some herbs. We’re planning 3 types of tomatoes with different maturity dates so we’ll hopefully have ripe tomatoes most of the summer.

There will be a lot of learning this summer, but I’m excited to get into it.

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Bell Pepper Plant

And so the garden posts begin!

Now, I know that for most people they just plant either their seeds or plants and watch them grow and it’s not big deal. But I have to admit that I get a little giddy when my seeds actually grow. The mere fact that it work always sort of astounds me.

Lettuce Row

That being said, at work whenever we get back a part from manufacturing and it works, I’m giddy too. I guess it’s just the thrill of seeing something I’ve made (or planted in this case) actually doing what it’s supposed to do. Let’s not delve too deeply into the psychology there, okay?

Stowaway Pumpkin Plant

Lucy, my second daughter (the one mad in the pool in the previous post), managed to sneak a pumpkin seed into our raised bed. Low and behold, it’s growing like gangbusters. So, it looks like we may have our own pumpkin this year.

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Afternoon Walk

Recently I went for an afternoon walk. There are some paved walking trails near my office. About half way through the walk, we happened to see this person heading back to their office.

Afternoon Walk
Afternoon Walk

I guess he wanted an afternoon sabbatical as well, but it just seems odd to me. Perhaps after spending the money on a Segway, you want to justify it’s usefulness. Kind of misses the point, in my opinion.

Update: Apparently I was being a bit to quick on the judgement front. From the comments below, there was a valid medical reason. Mea Culpa.


Later that day I noticed this shell in my backyard.



Dragon Fly

Dragon Fly?

I’m not sure what it is, but it’s wings make an interesting pattern.



Finally, one more tomato picture from the garden. I’m still not sure why I’m drawn to the tomato plants. But I keep shooting, for better or worse.



Tomatoes in the garden
Tomatoes in the garden

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Critters in the Garden

More garden pictures. As I mentioned in my $50 film camera page, something keeps drawing me back to the garden for pictures. I still haven’t figured out what it is, but I still keep ambling out there with my camera. I happened to spot this critter on a tomato.

Mantis on Tomato, 1

Praying Mantis


Mantis on Tomato, 2

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Caterpillar in the garden

This is the first time that we’ve had a garden.

That coupled with our kids and when we saw some caterpillars on the dill plant we thought “Great, we’ll just watch as the circle of life progresses.”


Caterpillar on the dill plant

Oh, we watched the circle of life alright. The next day we discovered the dill plant practically eviscerated. It didn’t exactly go as we had hoped.

So, the little buggers were removed and placed discretely in a different part of the yard.

Having read the children’s book A Very Hungry Caterpillar you think we would have realized what the end game was going to look like. I guess you live and learn.


A very hungry caterpillar