Monday, July 6, 2009

maybe it's the clothes she wears, or the way she combs her hair

Post-sanding, pre-staining. This is as far as we wanted to take it, because 14 sheets of sandpaper were all we were willing to pay for.

For trues I am so tired of that floor. This weekend has been grueling. But I just applied the first coat of Varathane, and I'll do the second coat during Pinga's nap this afternoon, and then we're done! We can subject it to normal use after three days, and that means we can start digging our way out of our Grey Gardens phase. Because seriously.
Post-staining. How did we get such a lovely color, you ask? Well, that comes from one coat of Jacobean, followed by dissatisfaction, followed by exchanging the other quart of Jacobean for Ebony, one coat of Ebony, dissatisfaction again, then another trip to Home Depot for another quart of Ebony, followed by more dissatisfaction, followed by rueful acceptance. We call the effect "Organic Weathered."

There are blossoms on my cantaloupe-in-a-bucket, which is gratifying.
The garden is performing quite well, considering the neglect it's been subjected to for the last week. We're basically done with the beets, aside from the few I'm going to use to make kvass, which sounds like a terrifying drink. I think I'll put the rutabagas in the beet rows--I was supposed to plant them on July 3rd, but I was a little busy rocking the floor so hard. I like rutabagas in our boiled dinner--carrots usually get too soft, but parsnips and rutabagas are great along with the potatoes. John speaks of a dish he ate while in England, called "Swede and Potato Mash," which is rutabagas mashed with potatoes. It sounds intriguing.

There are even some little fruits on the tomatoes, which has me giddy. I love tomato season, and I'm especially looking forward to my Ananas Noires. And my Brandywines, because I'd like to know if they're really worth all the hype. I tried growing them once before, but remember the neglectful garden parent part?

As a member of Generation Now, I might try digging a hill of potatoes in a few weeks. The rest I'll leave until fall, so I can have some big hummers for storage.
And here is the most exciting part:
Eeee! Isn't it so pretty? I took the picture before I dusted it with DE to keep the worms out. I'm getting less sqeamish about tiny worms in salads and cherries, but those big old inchworms are still a rather tall order for me.
And here's what it looks like over in Cucurbit Hill. I don't know why some of them are so teensy still, since they all get equal water and sun. It makes me concerned that I won't have a crop before it freezes, and I don't even know what I won't have a crop of! I hear that people sometimes label their plants, but I'm a rugged individualist.


tipsybaker said...

That purple thing!!
Cauliflower? I want to grow one of those.

Layne said...

Purple of Sicily. I don't know if it will taste the same as the head we bought on Saturday, but if so, it's incredible. And it stays purple after cooking.

Sarah said...

The floor looks awesome. For real, Organic Weathered is going to be all the rage now. And look at all of your yummy foods - tomatoes, potatoes, canaloupe-in-a-bucket, and holy purple cauliflower! That thing is amazing.


Love the floor it is beautiful...gets me excited to redo my living room & dining room floor it is showing a lot of wear & tear...your garden is great! you green thumb

All8 said...

Looks like ya'll did great to me. Give it some time and the stain will deepen. Love the cauliflower and your garden is doing great! Good job all around.