Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Happy Birthday, Tom

Tom is 59 today! I made him his Diabetic New York Style Cheesecake and we are having ribs for supper tonight to celebrate. I remember when I first met him back in 1973; he had just come home from Viet Nam (actually Thailand) and he looked like a pirate. I couldn't resist! We were both going to the U of I at Chicago. Back then the U of I was called "Circle Campus". He was going to school on the GI Bill, and I was a flaky long-haired hippie chick in pre-med whose standard garb included "grannie" dresses, gold-rimmed glasses, and hand-tooled leather clogs. Long time ago!

Today, Tom went to the hardware store for me and got me a 3 to 2 electrical plug adapter so I could hook up my plant lights to a timer. I watered everything and wrote down what I planted. Here's the list so far:

Sweet Annie
Foxy Digitalis
Newburg onions
Copenhagen Market Cabbage
Wong Bok Chinese Cabbage
Red Congo Cochinense hot pepper
Chocolate Scotch Bonnet Habanero
Yellow Bolivian (rare) hot pepper
Wild Peruvian (rare) hot pepper
Serrano peppers
Laos peppers
Thai Hot 2
Thai Hot 3
Lemon peppers (hot)
Early Jalapeno
Joe's Long Cayenne pepper
Sage (common)
Zefa Fino Fennel
Snowball Cauliflower
Musselburgh Leeks
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
Mammoth Dill
King of the North sweet peppers
Cilantro (Santo)
Genovese Basil
True Lavender
Pacific Calendula
Summer Savory
Winter Savory
True Comfrey
Borage Tansy
Bloody Butcher tomato
Vintage Wine tomato
Green Gage tomato
Stupice tomato
Mortgage Lifter tomato
Limmony (Russian yellow) tomato
Italian Tree tomato
cherokee Purple tomato
Large Red tomato
Brandywine Red tomato
Rutgers tomato
Indian Moon tomato (orange)
Perkins Long Pod Okra
Turkish Orange Eggplant
Pandora Striped Eggplant
Malaysian Dark Red Eggplant
Golden Celery
Garden Huckleberry
Champion Collards
Boston Pickling cucumbers Australian Lemon cucumbers

Can you tell I'm looking to expand my herb garden? Many of the herb seeds came from Horizon Herbs so I have no doubt those will sprout because the seed quality from Horizon is always excellent. I have lots more veggie seeds I want to start, but they will have to wait till I can move this batch out to the high tunnel. There are many new varieties this year and I am really hoping they do well for me.

Bernie called from Fifield Seed N Feed to let me know the chicken feed is in, so I'll run and get that tomorrow. I think I'll take my lumber list for the chicken skid and get an estimate on the materials.

The weather is dismal and damp today. We are supposed to get 10-15 new inches of snow tonight and another 5-6" tomorrow. What a winter!

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