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20 June 2006 @ 07:15 am
Adventures In Gardening  
I feel compelled to give you all this warning: The plums are coming. If you are in range of my house (and I consider the entire state of California to be "in range", as many of you can attest to from last year), then expect for me to attempt to foist plums upon you in the near future.

This year I am trying an upgrade in technology over last year's tin can on a stick. I now have pole with a basket-like thing with padding in the bottom and a rake-like claw thing at the top. So far I have managed to get three plums off the tree before I got clonked in the head by a falling plum. I am not sure this is the technological advance I was looking for. What I really need is to rent a group of Jedi in training who need to practice their telekinesis. Anyone know where I should call to get some?

In fruit related news, ph34r September when the apples come ripe. The first year I was here I got one cute little apple. Last year the tree produced maybe a dozen. This year? Hundreds. I kid you not. I stood in one spot and counted more than a hundred without moving, or raising my gaze above eye-level. Apples produced will be Fuji, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. I am not sure how many I have of which, since I don't remember which branches are which grafts. I can assure you that they will be fresh, home-grown, and delicious, so those of you who assist me in finding the apples good homes should not be disappointed.

I am currently the proud owner of a container half-full of ladybugs. Why half-full, you may ask. Because those were the sluggish ones. I spent about an hour thrashing around in my garden in the dark trying to distribute ladybugs before deciding that the rest of them can wait until tomorrow night. I feel badly about leaving them all cooped up for another day, but they were just being incredibly difficult to get onto the plants, rather than on the ground or all over me. I'm still moving gingerly, for fear of discovering yet another critter crawling on me. For some strange reason they found me a good deal more interesting than my aphid-laden roses. I'm not sure whether to be flatter or concerned.

In less plant-like news, I have discovered a software program called DVD Region + CSS Free which allows DVDs of any region to play on any computer DVD drive. It is also supposed to allow for The drive does not have to be hacked to be region free. Which is rather nice, since flashing the drive sometimes results in a dead drive. I only have region 1 or region 2 DVDs, but it has played both NTSC and PAL. This pleases me greatly, and makes me all the more determined to proceed with my plan to pick up Blake's 7 on DVD when I am over in England.
puddlemizutamari on June 20th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
who knew you had such a green thumb?!?!
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Sandpanthersandpanther on June 20th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
I should have ripe plums in time for the Fourth of July. I will make sure that you get lots of them. (mwahaha!) obsessivewoman has been making noises about making plum sauce as well, so hopefully between the two of you I can find happy homes for all my plums.

Not to make you nervous, but I have it on good authority that ladybugs BITE when provoked.

Hm, that might be why it felt like I was being bitten. Good to know!
N-chanvelvetpaws on June 21st, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
Yay! It's Jedi plum-training season again! Alas, this year I am too far away for plums.
K. Stonhamsakon76 on June 21st, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
If an opportunity arises which will enable plums to somehow mysteriously make their way to my doorstep with minimal fuss and muss for all concerned, I will gladly share your bounty. Last year's plums were yummy! (If said opportunity does not arise, however, fear not; I recover well.)
Sandpanthersandpanther on June 21st, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
There is a very faint possibility... To that end, I have two questions for you:

1) Do you happen to know if Book Off is open on Sundays,
2) Do you happen to know which night the Expo masquarade is going to be?
K. Stonhamsakon76 on June 21st, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Book Off is indeed open on Sundays. AX Masquerade is going to be on Monday the third.
Rencerencef on June 21st, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Wow, I hope my gardening eventually gets along as well as yours :) How big is your garden/orchard?

What else are you growing?
Sandpanthersandpanther on June 21st, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
I don't actually have that big a yard. The plum tree is large-ish and well-establish, but the apple looks to be fairly young. I also have a tangerine tree that has done about the same as the apple tree: one tangerine last year, well over fifty this year. (This would fill me with more glee if I liked tangerines.) And I have lots and lots of roses, which absolutely exploded this year. I had flowers the size of softballs. It was amazing.

I wish I could take credit for all of this bounty, but I have mostly been leaving everything alone except for watering it on the drip. I really have to give all the kudos to the trees, who seem completely happy for reasons that have little to do with me. We had a lot of rain this year, and I think that has a lot to do with it.

Good to hear from you, by the way! How are you doing?
Rencerencef on June 22nd, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Getting ready to move to a 30 acre farm O.O;; So I thought I'd ask since you've been so lucky :P

Other than that, it's catching up in school and taking care of things at home. Are you ever on icq/aim anymore?