Saturday, December 19, 2009

Uh, I don't think we're supposed to eat that...

We cleared out the mostly dead garden today and saw this "thing" next to a rotting tomato (I think a mouse was busy eating that tomato at one point). What the heck is this thing anyway? Mold? Fungus?

Here's a zoomed in picture.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Partial Lime Fail

Speaking of lime trees. The one in the photo mentioned in one of my posts below is a Key Lime. We managed to harvest over a dozen of the little green gems about a week or two ago. But, then what? I mean, here we are with a fist full of limes... We tried juicing them for cocktails and... Well, let's just say that was hardly worth the effort. We got a ton of pulp, hardly any juice, and what juice we did get was not the right flavor for mixed drinks. Next time, I guess we'll have to go with a pie.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Photo Block

Ever since I missed the final day of my photography class (I literally FORGOT to go. How sad is that?), I've found myself taking fewer photographs. No, I haven't stopped completely. In fact, I took some really neat pictures using only the light of a full moon (see this one of my lime tree in our back yard).

Perhaps it the colder, wetter weather causing me to leave the camera in the bag.

I have a vacation coming up and I'm hoping that some time in the snow and beautiful landscape (New Hampshire) will help me perk up.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

End of the Season

So we had several days of very cold (for us, here in the Bay Area) weather and our giant tomato plant finally kicked the bucket. That was the last holdout in the garden. The rest of the plants stopped doing anything worthy of interest a month ago.

So, we can finally just toss everything and get ready to rebuild it for spring.

We have some good ideas about how to increase our garden from 32sqft. Also we hope to move the compost bins to a better location. Currently we have to go through the "chicken zone" to get to the compost. That means we have to change shoes/etc. every time.

Speaking of the chickens, they seem to be doing fine in the cold, even though we're always worried they'll freeze.