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I suppose the first thing I should do is update on the garden situation, since that's what the last bit of posts were about. I found heirloom or at least too-old-to-be-gmo varieties of everything I wanted to grow. I had no luck getting brassicas to sprout for some reason and there was some really weird weather this year, but I still did a lot better than she ever did.

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And that's mostly it for the garden update unless I've missed anything.

PS: Oh, yeah, almost forgot I had Yukon Gold potatoes (not my choice, the Evil Overlord insisted on that variety.) They went to seed in the unseasonal spring hot spell (I forget if that was right before or after that derrecho or whatever they called it windstorm that knocked out the power). And then later when I went to dig them up there was nothing there. Maybe this year...
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I'm still looking over lists of heirloom varieties and making notes. I've gotten as far as the peas, and learned some interesting things about the life cycle of an onion along the way. I'm not exactly pleased that those things mean I will at some point in spring probably be sharing my bedroom with about a hundred onion seedlings, but you do what you've gotta do.

Right now, what I should be doing is finishing at least two of the beds' sides... I've been up since 9 am, waiting. She's still in bed. And if I just go grab any old boards out there, it'll end up with her going 'no, you can't use THOSE boards' and pulling the beds apart, so I have to wait. I doubt she'll be up before 2 pm.

That said, my research - and the way I can lose track of time when doing something like that - has let my emails pile up badly. Hopefully I can either get caught up there without getting distracted again, or that I'll make it from 'peas' to 'watermelon' over the course of the day and thus be able to make myself take a 'break' and get to the mail.

1:30 and she's still out. Maybe I should rethink that estimate. (I'm typing this up in a text program as I do other things, then I cut+paste the entries in).

1:57 and she just got up. I have Peppers, Potatos, Tomatos and Watermelon left to hunt down, but time to get the yard work done while I can.
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I spent part of today hauling manure, and the rest measuring the back yard.

Why?

Because after several years in a row of failure (mostly because she refuses to weed or do any other necessary tasks associated with it), Karen has given up on the yard and turned the gardening over to me. A pretty big victory around here, if I can hold onto it.

So, while a lot of other people are being eaten alive by NaNoWriMo, I'm planning for next year. That's another thing Karen never bothers to do for a garden - plan. She'd buy seed on a whim, stick em in rows, and ignore them. If there were no results, then obviously the seed was bad, the soil is worse, and it's definitely not her fault.

Not that our soil here is great. We're on rocky clay mud. Which is why I'm starting with raised beds, and I'm going to use Square Foot Method to make the most of what space there is. I'm also going to make effort to keep it organic and Nonsanto (i.e. no Monsanto products allowed). Also, I want to use all open-pollinated heirloom varieties and (unlike her) am picking the variety I want first and then will go bargain shopping for them.

Her method was usually to grab the first catalog of the year, toss it and a list of veggies at me, and tell me I had 15 bucks...

Anyhow, today I scraped together $8.50 in quarters and went down to Town&Country for two bags of manure. I also have half of one of the beds' sides done... the rest are pending on her telling me what boards (laying scattered all over the yard) that I'm allowed to use. Which falls under 'ones she couldn't use for anything else because they're half-rotted', but as long as they'll hold dirt and are at least 6" wide, I can work with it. I've managed to work with a lot worse since she moved in here.

Now I'm back at the computer for a while, and back to researching and picking varieties of plants. My primary criteria is that they must be an open-pollinated heirloom variety - that way I can be reasonably sure they haven't been gene modified or otherwise tampered with by Monsanto, Bayer 'CropScience' or any other such companies. The second criteria I'm sorting by is one of time. Unless it's disqualified by being a poor producer or not being that great of a tasting variety (and that's rare in heirlooms XD), then the plant with the fastest time to maturity wins.

As for the cost, I have winter to save and try to wrangle her into buying a packet or two at a time when she wants me to order stuff online (kind of a 1 packet per order purchasing fee XD)... it turns out Amazon sells seed on site as well, so I'll also be able to put some of my survey points towards this.

I'm also going to actually try to use my journal and keep a record of this because, what the heck, why not. It's possibly the most interesting thing to happen here in a good while and means I finally might have something to write about.
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Hey, look, it's an actual RL update. Mostly because I'm just too tired lately to get my brain to focus on RP threads.

To most of the people that know me, sorry I've been hard to catch on IM lately. Springtime, running around like headless chicken, tired when actually at keyboard, you get the idea.

Mostly, things are just the same here. One week until I turn 30 and I am still here. I think some of my general brain-blurriness is stress/depression. I did some math and figured out if I put a lot of work into it I might be out of here around next autumn. If I'm lucky.

I'm going to try to go down Saturday to see if the yardsales have started, but the last time I went to the bank I saw a new sign posted near the school saying 'private property: no selling'. Given the position, it could have been for the lot next door... but it's nagging at me that it would be just my luck if they decided to put a stop to people yardsaling in the school parking lot this year, after I've spent all winter and am still gathering and pricing as much as I can. And there's nowhere else in my walking distance, particularly not with a load to carry.

I've gotten entirely too much sun over the last few days lately, mulching the strawberries (and meeting Mr. Hissy, the huge snake that lives in the strawberry patch that Karen thought it was funny not to warn me about), digging more beds, and everything else.

On the upside, I finally have some of the materials to get started on the car repairs, but the way the year's gone so far I have a bad feeling she'll find some work she wants me to do every single day the weather is agreeable, so that I don't have time for the car or the yardsale. I'm trying to find a way to work around that. (I'm not Disney's Cinderella, so I don't have a bunch of hyperintelligent mice to do the rest of the work for me while I go scrub a floor. Or, more likely in this case, haul around buckets of dirt or dig another garden bed. ;) )

One bit of good news moneywise is that Town and Country is interested in any extra pumpkins and gourds and things from the garden for autumn decoration. So that will possibly help if all the plants don't die or something. The yardsale thing still has me worried, though, and I have no idea how to check on it until Saturday.

I'm tempted to take and post some pictures of the garden soon. Don't blame the planning on me. She's insisted on traditional beds despite all the info I had on Square Foot and other methods more productive for small home gardens. I've also had no luck explaining to her that double-digging twice a year disrupts the lifecycle of soil nematodes and is harmful to soil quality, or that it might help to look into a nitrogen-fixing green manure cover crop for winter. But, what the hey, I hope I won't be here long enough for it to matter to me if she makes this clay garbage even worse.

And sounds like she's awake now...

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