Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm gonna chow down my vegetables.

We've been taking advantage of the nice weather by doing a little yard clean up. Winston (the neighborhood gardener) has been an enormous help. He managed to clear all of the remaining ivy that was heaped up in a corner of the yard since last summer as well as all of the bamboo and sapling refuse that we pulled out on our clearing spree. We're going to mulch our leaves in one of the corners of the yard to use in the future. The soil in the yard is already really rich with nutrients from years of neglect and piles of leaves left to mulch on their own.
Today, Winston is going to clear a bed in the yard for my future vegetable garden! I don't know how much I'll get planted this year but I'm trying to get an early start.
Dried up bamboo roots and rhizomes:

I'm keeping some bamboo to use as stakes in the garden:
Not much has gone on on the inside of the house. We're not lazy - just preoccupied at the moment with work and other projects. I finally finished a little baby blanket I've been working on for my friend's son (due any day now!)
A couple of months ago Fernando decided to lose his wedding ring. He was pretty bummed about it. I decided to make him a new one:

It's unfinished (not plated with rhodium) white gold and much more brutal. He says he likes it. :)
Yesterday, we worked on clearing out our remaining storage unit. For lunch, we hit up Montalbano's in Rosebank for a 120 hero and decided to eat down by the Alice Austen House.
Smoke on the water:

Hopefully, I'll have photos of the finished garden bed tomorrow.


  1. wow, bamboo can be a real pain in the a**. We're going to be making a raised bed for some veggies in our backyard (I hope we have enough sun) but probably not for another few weeks. I still haven't decided what to plant.

    btw that baby blanket is adorable!

  2. That baby blanket is incredibly cute. Is it crochet or knit? Is there a pattern? I am trying to learn to crochet and/or knit and this looks like a great project. My friends are having babies right and left these days!

    PS... I stumbled upon your blog because I was looking for examples of the IKEA Hollviken being wall-hung

  3. Thanks Elissa! I'm wondering if we have enough sun too. I might have to take down some more of the smaller trees.

    Hi April,
    The blanket was a "make it up as you go along" type of thing. It's crochet and very easy to do. Just single crochet in one loop, two rows of each color, as many rows as you want, as wide as you want and as many colors in whatever random pattern! I like single crochet in one loop because it makes a kind of ridge-like texture. I wanted something that I wouldn't have to concentrate on too much and that would move along quickly - I hate counting stitches while watching TV. The hardest thing was weaving in the ends.
    I think it looks a little better in person - it's not as blurry! ;)

  4. Thanks Heather! That is exactly what I need... something where I don't have to count stitches too closely!