Sunday, May 15, 2011

Farmer Pam

Someday I will plant a huge garden and fill it with heirloom vegetables, savory herbs and colorful flowers.

This year, I am settling for a few pots on my deck.


Yellow Cherry Tomato, Red Cherry Tomato, and Roma Grape Tomato.


Mild Jalapeno Pepper.

After I got home, I realized I had forgotten to buy marigolds. One should always plant marigolds next to one's tomatoes. It's natural pest control. I will take care of that asap.

I also splurged on a new bird feeder. The one I had before should have been called a "squirrel feeder"; the one I bought today is supposed to be "squirrel proof." I'll let you know whether or not it lives up to the claim.


Fingers crossed.

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I didn't get any writing done today - shame on me! - but my word count is 16,626 to date, putting me well ahead of where I committed to be (10,000 words) here at the halfway point in A Round of Words in 80 Days. So I am hereby upping the ante and raising my daily word count goal to 1750 words. If I am successful, I will complete my revision by the end of the challenge. 

Failure is not an option.

Please come back tomorrow for our online book discussion of To Kill A Mockingbird. I am really looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

13 comments:

Piper Bayard said...

I genuinely admire anyone with a green thumb. All of my houseplants want to run away from home to my green-thumb friend's house. I won't even get into what happens outside the house. Enjoyed your blog.

Pam Asberry said...

I don't know that I really have a green thumb, Piper. Growing things is kind of like baking; it's a science. If you follow the directions, you will (most likely) get the desired results. I am glad you enjoyed my blog. Thanks for reading! :-)

alberta ross said...

is anything squirrel proof I wonder?!!! good to be where you want mid term - all the best for this weeks ROW - reminder to self get going with the toms.

S.M. Carrière said...

I've started growing mint and a friend of mine has given me some Thai basil to grow. He'll also be giving me a chilli tree and I have a teeny tiny lemon tree starting to grow. It seems everyone I know has gotten into gardening!

Also, congrats on the word count! I knew you could do it!

Pam Asberry said...

I'll let you know about the squirrel feeder, Alberta. But today I saw a cardinal - no squirrels! Good luck with the writing, and thanks for stopping by!

Pam Asberry said...

Wow, S.M., that all sounds great. Maybe I should add a few potted herbs to my garden; I love fresh basil and chives! Thank you for your encouragement with the writing; making myself accountable really helps me to push harder.

Julee J. Adams said...

I grew roses for a while until the creepy neighbor started wanting to talk to me when I was working on them. It broke my heart, but they are gone. Oh and the family of rabbits that live under the yardbarn loved the mini roses. I agree about the following directions part and I'll be jealous of your little tomatoes when they start growing! I've not been filling my bird feeder for a long while, but I used to have the Cardinal sisters (they each had different tail feathers that were lighter colored) visiting. Good luck with the acrobatic and determined squirels!

Pam Asberry said...

I love roses, Julee; maybe I'll grow them in my someday garden, too. So far so good with the bird feeder, but I don't think the squirrels have discovered it yet. Knock on wood...

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

We went all out this year since we have the room.

I have cherry tomatoes, Better Boys and an Herloom planted on my deck along with sweet banana peppers.

We've got about two more each of those along with some Early Girl tomatoes, Anaheim chilis and Jalapenos in the small garden inside the yard.

Outside the yard we have the BIG garden with rows of corn, Blue Lake pole green beans, butter beans, okra, radishes, and hills of Acorn, Spaghetti and Butternut squash. Oh, and baby watermelons.

I reckon I'll be doing some canning and blanching and freezing later in the summer.

BTW, I hate to say it, but I don't see anything squirrel proof about that feeder. Hope I'm wrong!

Pam Asberry said...

Carol, I am completely envious of your garden. I actually enjoy "putting up" the produce more than gardening and that great, satisfied feeling you get from admiring the rows of jars and the filled shelves in the freezer. As for the squirrel feeder, the lower perches are on a spring, so when the squirrel grabs onto one of them, the feeder openings shut. I really think it will work...

Pam Asberry said...

Carol, I am completely envious of your garden. I actually enjoy "putting up" the produce more than gardening and that great, satisfied feeling you get from admiring the rows of jars and the filled shelves in the freezer. As for the squirrel feeder, the lower perches are on a spring, so when the squirrel grabs onto one of them, the feeder openings shut. I really think it will work...

Katherine said...

Wow, it's not often goals are revised upward! Well done!

I miss having a garden. I have a slightly black thumb and, currently, I'm an apartment dweller in Tempe, AZ. With no help (when help is defined as soil), I can't get anything to grow.

Pam Asberry said...

The soil is terrible here, too, Katherine, which is why I grow my garden in pots. It isn't much, but it satisfies my urge to till the soil. You could even try growing some basil on a windowsill. It's the little things!