Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Name our Gnome!



We got this gnome at Walgreens on Sunday, and I think he looks great presiding over the carrots and onions. But he needs a name. So, comrades, help us name our gnome! The person with the best idea will get the opportunity to, well, name the gnome! If your idea is really good (and you live in or or near the city) we'll also send you some of our crop when it's ready. Just post your ideas in the comments field!

And speaking of garden decorations, I was thinking of putting in a scarecrow. But not a dumb, rednecky, Wizard-of-Ozzy scarecrow. No it needs to be a chic scarecrow, a hip scarecrow, a punk scarecrow! Skinny-ass jeans, big sun glasses, and a loud plaid western shirts that every damn guy I see on the street seems to be wearing. And a trucker hat, or a handlebar straw mustache...

On to more serious topics. Last Friday I planted our new garden, then sat back figuring nothing would happen for a least a few weeks. Boy was I wrong! This morning, I discovered our first sprouts:


French Breakfast radishes. At least, that's what I planted there. If the nasturtiums are back, I'm gonna be righteous pissed. I also discovered that something (probably earwigs) completely destroyed two of my three Italian parsley plants.
and took a few chunks out of the tomato in the same bed
Fortunately, they haven't touched the thyme, rosemary, or cilantro. Maybe bugs don't like the stronger herbs. In the background there, by the way, is one of several shiny abalone shells we found under a pile of nasty-urtiums. They're beautiful in the sunlight and should provide enough flash to deter marauding birds. Surveying the damage caused by these bugs, I decided it was time for war!
I would prefer to garden organically, but bugs piss me off. I've installed an earwig "trap" (just an upturned pot full of wet straw) that should help control the problem more naturally, and I'm reading up on "bug vs. bug" methods of pest control. I'm also hoping that planting most of my leafy greens in raised beds will keep slugs, snails, rodents, etc. from getting too comfy. Check back next week for a progress report.

6 comments:

Lord of the Rings said...

hows about something that relates to monkies or guerillas since this is guerilla gourmet. like naming it after a famous guerilla like king kong or something

Lord of the Rings said...

or wait i know how about naming it warfare after the famous military tactic

Tif said...

I like Aesop.

Brittany said...

Ok, you had me at the gnome. Love this blog!

eexlebots said...

I think the gnome should be named Mr. Chubbikins.

ElCranquiYanqui said...

Well, the obvious name to me would be "Chewy"....