1. Picked up a job as a cooler down at Temptations.

    If you want to work here, all you have to do is follow three simple rules. One, never underestimate your opponent. Expect the unexpected. Two, take it outside. Never start anything inside the bar unless it’s absolutely necessary. And three, be nice.

     

  2. Garden 5.24

     

  3. The final big batch of work for this season’s garden was getting my irrigation system set up. Like last year, I’m using a 4-way brass valve in conjunction with a timer and soaker hoses. This is a great low-cost system and has made a huge difference in my yields.

    And and even better, it makes gardening much more enjoyable. 5 or 6 years ago when I was just starting out, I let a few gardens get away from me, primarily from not watering them. When it’s one hundred degrees out and you have to hand-water an enormous plot, you have to be reeeeally damn motivated to keep up with it. And that doesn’t even include weeding and mosquitoes.

    Now that this is taken care of, I can concentrate on my favorite gardening chore—drinking beer and watching everything grow.

     

  4. My greenhouse doubles as a closet for empty containers and stuff I need around the garden early in the season. Now that I’ve emptied it out, I’m putting it away for the year—it’s not the most durable thing and I’d rather keep it out of the sun, rain and wind if it’s not in use. 

    That means I need a smaller kit in the kitchen for routine garden maintenance over the rest of the season. Here’re a few of those items. 

     

  5. This potato bin seems to be working well so far.

     

  6. I was standing in my kitchen a few weeks ago watching a storm roll in when a wind gust ripped this enormous branch down and into the garden. I saw it all happen and was immediately elated because it somehow missed two vehicles, power lines, our house and the neighbors’. The only damage was to some tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes and a trellis—no biggie.

    The other part of this story is that I was at home with a 103 degree temperature. I had a nasty cold and was looking forward to watching the storm. Fast forward thirty minutes and I was outside with a saw in the rain, cutting the damn thing up to see how much damage it had done. 

    This stubbornness made my girlfriend’s head spin. 

     

  7. Every gardening season, I try something new. This year’s experiment is a potato tower. I didn’t feel like investing in, or building, a big 2x4 bin, so we’ll see how this wire hoop works out.   

     

  8. Got my indeterminate tomatoes transplanted yesterday. I’m planting more bush varieties this year with the goal of putting up a season’s worth of sauce and paste.

     

  9. Put a lot of tomatoes in yesterday. A LOT of tomatoes. 

     

  10. I’ve been working this soil for three years now and am still finding trash in it.  That’s the most surprising difference between gardening in a semi-rural area versus the city.