Rough earthsnake (Virginia striatula)
(I love these little guys so much. Unfortunately, they burrow all through the garden and, just like with earthworms, sometimes I wind up killing one with my shovel when preparing a plant bed, because there’s no way to know beforehand where they are. I try to make a bit of commotion around the place where I’m going to dig, pounding on the soil and so on, but I doubt it helps much. I wish there were some way to clear an area of vulnerable soil dwellers before digging in it.)
Whatever it is that observes my internet habits and tailors my popup ads accordingly is usually pretty spot on with all the seed company and yarn company ads. Not that it takes much intelligence on its part to give me a series of ads for the seed company or the yarn company whose site I just visited.
But I’m not sure why it’s giving me a TransCanada “Pipelines Work!” ad in some form on almost every page now, unless somewhere deep in its little algorithm there’s info about people buying more shit when they’re annoyed.
just rented a Home Depot pickup truck for two hours and picked up 5 of the cattle panels and 20 5 foot T-posts from the Tractor Supply immediately across the highway.
All 5 of them had to be bowed up into an arch and then strapped down at both ends to fit in the bed of the truck. I had thought they could be folded in half, but apparently they don’t do that readily. It was a bit more of a big deal than I thought it would be (you never feel quite so incompetent as when you’re in a hardware store of any kind; at least i don’t).
Anyhow, all the panels and posts got home okay, no one died, and I took the truck back. Hopefully now it won’t be too hard to assemble the arches (Didn’t look hard in the Youtube videos I saw.)
Picture comes from the cattle panel trellis thread on GardenWeb.
They sell these heavy duty wire cattle panels and T-posts at the Tractor Supply, for not much money. Seems like a lot of gardeners use these cattle panels for everything, including using them to make whole little greenhouses, because they’re cheap and sturdy and handy for many things. I’m gonna use something like this for my cucumbers, squash, and melon this year. A lot of the other trellis designs I found required you to already basically have a whole room full of carpentry equipment (I don’t) or to mess around with assembling PVC pipe, which might not be so bad, but i dunno. These look pretty good, and simple.
dammit this is simultaneously one of the most fun things i’ve ever watched and much better than I expected and sorta disappointing and pissing me off.
I was afraid the narrative was going to wander away from Ryuuko and Satsuki and Mako and the ladies and start to center mainly around the Nudist Beach guys; it didn’t, and they turned out to be mostly hilarious comic relief with laser light nipples and strategically placed belts and a flag with underpants on it. Also, everyone gets a naked magical transformation, and some of the more annoying parts of the fanservice toned down once the show just found it had too much else to do.
On the other hand, not super into the whole ‘almost all the explicit lesbianism is coming from the legit awful villains, and isn’t consensual either’ thing. And I’d be lying if I said the whole reveal in 17-18 wasn’t kinda disappointing. I dunno. I’ll have to see how it plays out to the end. Mako/Ira is adorable, but I’m hoping the show doesn’t insist on giving all the other heroines canon het love interests. Also, I’m hoping that the heroines get the focus of the plot for the rest of the show and mostly sort their own shit out; none of the Blood+ sort of thing where the heroine pretty much just gets pointed in the right direction by other people.
Yesterday it was 80 degrees outside; right now it’s 28.
I was planning on putting frost cloth over the fava beans in the ground and carrying in the sweet pea baskets in 50 something degree weather today, before it dropped to 20 tonight. Didn’t expect to be doing all that in 28 degree weather before it drops to 13 tonight.
zoogenesis replied to your post “speaking of which i got a bale of mulching hay at the feed and seed…”
Hittin on chicks in the feed n seed store
I really hated seeing reviews about how Pacific Rim knew how dumb it was. I propose the opposite. The movie works because it doesn’t know how dumb it is. There are no winky asides pointing out how silly it is that they’re using giant robots to fight giant monsters. No one subverts the ridiculous names. No one groans when “Stacker Pentecost” tells people to go to the “Shatterdome” and go inside “Gipsy Danger”. It is nothing but a beacon of sincerity, and I have to respect that. I mean, yes, it’s a riff on a once allegorical sub-genre that kind of devolved into cheapness and fan wank, but Guillermo Del Toro, he’s no dummy. There’s a very pulpy, neon beauty to this movie. It’s a special effects triumph, sure, but it’s also kind of a story triumph. Swiftly drawn, unforgettable characters, grown out of archetype, but humanized beyond archetype. And it’s a more progressive movie than you’d expect of the Hollywood blockbuster. It’s not a unilateral force where there’s a problem and only ‘Murica can stop it. I liked that the story is truly a team effort, that everyone’s little contributions add up to save the day. It’s a smarter narrative than what I was expecting, and…screw it, I like seeing robots punch giant monsters.– Kyle Kallgren on Pacific Rim (x)
Well, now I have 10 five foot long six inch wide strips of 2 ply separated into 1 ply paper towel, with a row of beet and a row of lettuce seed pasted inside each. (like in the video I linked before)
Even with putting three or four lettuce seeds and two beet seeds (beet seeds are pretty good-sized actually) in each paste spot, all ten strips together barely made a dent in my seed packets. I had three kinds of lettuce, so it’s less surprising there, but the packet of my single beet variety is still at least half full.
If this planting method works, it’s a nice way to use seed frugally.
OTOH I’d better make sure to cover up the whole paper strip with soil, or some bird or squirrel will probably try to pull it up and use it to nest with.
speaking of which i got a bale of mulching hay at the feed and seed yesterday and it was harder to resist going over to coo at the chicks than it is for a moth to resist a bug zapper
I don’t usually sign up for raffles and giveaways, but a chicken coop and a year’s worth of feed would probably fulfill at least 50 percent of my childhood dreams in one go.