Wednesday, June 30, 2004


Instead of going to the West Side Market for our weekly supply of FAIR TRADE coffee beans on Saturday, we watched a bunch of Tree Monkeys chop down 2 giant spruces and 1 really giant locus trees from the backyard. We are running out of coffee but we have enough firewood to last through the next ice age.

In the process of tree killing, two tomato plants were tragically crushed. :(

On the bright side, we can now see the sky. And because there is so much more sun, I planted 4 sweet basils and 3 purple basils. I also planted some pumpkin, melon, arugula (I don't even know what this is), parsley, Hungarian peppers, and more tomatoes. :)

Although these were sad-looking plants to begin with so the odds of them making it, coupled with the odds that ANY plant that comes under my care will survive, are not so good. :(

Fortunately, the kiwi vines, which were battered by falling tree branches and Tree Monkey feet, look like they will pull through. :)

Unfortunately, I saw yesterday that SOME WICKED ANIMAL has eaten all the leaves off my Adams elderberry tree, leaving only a pathetic stem. Considered the height of my brand new tree, deer is suspected. I am sending Foodgoat out with his hatchet to exact my revenge. :(


  1. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Hi, sorry about the trees and tomato plants. But you should like arugula. It's often found in mesclun mix or spring mix lettuce that the grocery stores sell. It's peppery-spicy. I love it in salads, or a slad of it by itself. It is great with oil-vinegar type dressings. you can also cook with it. It's also very easy to grow.

    Good luck with your garden.

  2. Anonymous10:38 AM

    What finally foiled my neighbor's cat for eating my plants was spraying a mixture of lemon juice and tabasco sauce diluted with water. If the smell didn't deter him, the taste would. Funny tho - I thought elderberry leaves were toxic to animals...

  3. Anonymous10:38 AM

    Hey, we did the same thing earlier this year. Had a huge Acacia tree taken down, which completely opened up our yard for gardening. Way nice. I rented some big sod cutting machine took out 2/3rds of the lawn. We've had a cold snap though and nothing is growing that quickly. Feh. Oh and the raccoons are back, playing in my water feature. Dang.