onsdag 2 juni 2010

*sound of something falling on the floor*

I know I haven't written anything of late - I haven't been obnoxiously busy as such, but I really wanted to write something crafty and not something that's just general thinking out loud. Oh well, they say the road to Hell is paved with good thoughts anyway...

So, we've been thinking about getting me a desk. The problem with getting a desk is: where to put it, and how much to willingly pay for it? Obvious place to put it is in the living room (makes for a place filled with clutter, one that has to be cleared away each time we have a VIP over (like e.g. Micke's mom...). The not so obvious place is in Micke's workroom*, but then we'd have to manage to coexist and work in the same room. Let me tell you, neither room is great to put a desk in. And I hate that it is so. Because of a lot of other reasons than the ones above.

Better would be not to get a desk at all. Would be cheaper too. Even though a potential candidate would cost 39€ at IKEA. Next problem would be how to get it home without a car? (song: "...and another one rides the bus...")

*or the bedroom, but I ain't putting a desk there in 1 M years.

What else? Well, I haven't planted anything in the pots for the balcony yet. I've gone and gotten everything I need in order to start planting, everything but one thing: the wanting to plant-thingy.

I want a kitchen garden with herbs (basil, thyme etc.) and salads, but at this rate it looks more like a dream than a reality. What I need is for someone or something to tell me to start doing it, before it's too late into the growing season. I also want to make the garden more perennial than annual, so I've decided not to plant any flowers this year. I just can't get flowers to grow on the balcony - the sun either burns them away or they just die, and if I buy pre-cultivated ones they (usually) get some sort of disease/mold and die. It's not easy, when it gets as hot as 40 degrees Celsius some days on that balcony.

The ones who built our whole neighborhood didn't plan accordingly - 40 degrees on the balcony and 35 degrees inside in the summer. Whoopee-doo! Oh, don't get me wrong, I love our home, but is annoying to live in it on some days.

7 kommentarer:

River Glorious sa...

Ea, Goodness me, I've been wanting a kitchen garden forever, and only have "recao". That's like coriander, only more strong in flavor.

If *YOU* start a kitchen garden, then I will, too! :D

Ambar in Puerto Rico

Linnea "Ea" Grönstrand sa...

All right :) I'm no coward, so Ambar - your challenge is accepted!

:)

Since this challenge should have some rules, I propose that:

1. Official "construction" of the garden will begin on Monday and we'll have the whole rest of the month to get it exactly in the shape we want it to be.

2. Pictures of the progress MUST be posted at regular intervals on our blogs, so that the neither of us can slack off and fall behind.
The pictures should show the following:
- the PLAN
- the construction
- the garden in all its finished glory


Oh, and needless to say, we can both ask people to help us :P No sense in not being able to ask for help, right?

River Glorious sa...

You are using steam shovels and I only have a small spatula. What I mean is that I do not have funds for constructing. At best what I can do is make a container garden for my porch, which is what my funds (and health) will permit. If that is okay with you, then I will go on Monday, the Lord willing, and will buy my seeds.

Pictures of progress is good, since that is the proof we will have. Too bad you can not come over and inspect, haha! I'm a "little bit" far from you!

Do you always go big like this? :) :) :)

Ambar

Linnea "Ea" Grönstrand sa...

"A garden doesn't have to be big, it just have to be neat."

I can't remember where I read that phrase, but I still agree with it. If your garden is only as big as a terracotta pot outside your door, it's still a garden. Your garden.

I have only 3 balcony "boxes" to plant in, so my garden won't be as big as you might have thought. Don't worry - I have NO intention of creating a MONSTER of a garden, I just want something neat. :)

Linnea "Ea" Grönstrand sa...

Oh, and if you ask me, I sometimes do tend to "go big". But if you ask Micke, he'll tell you I do it all the time. *sigh* I think I get it from my mom, she's a "big" kind of woman too. *double sigh*

I also hope your body will allow your strong spirit to go shopping for seeds on Monday. And if not, then you can tell your loved ones to shop some ready-grown plants for you :)

River Glorious sa...

Well, I hope to plant mint, and basil, and a rosemary bush, and tomatoes. I've seen those hanging tomatoes, was it here? and want to try some.

Onions, garlic and what we call Puerto Rican lettuce, but am not sure it is originally from here.

I am going to at least look for some containers to start out with. I live on a tropical island, so I can basically start any time of the year.

Ambar

P.S. I didn't know this was a challenge. YOu do mean challenge, as in to encourage each other, right? Not a competition? :) Because you would win, I am sure! ;)

River Glorious sa...

I bought and planted tomatoes and rosemary for now. :) A little late, but I did it:

http://likeariverglorious.blogspot.com/2010/06/kitchen-garden-eas-fault.html

:)

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