I can’t handle East Asia. So it’s cucumbers instead.
You may recall that my project for 2013 was GEOGRAPHY. I was going to learn ALL THE COUNTRIES. It went quite well for a while. By September I’d done the Americas, Europe, and Africa. Any time the name of a country in the Americas, Europe, or Africa was mentioned, I’d say I know where that is, which my spouse found very delightful. Then the semester cruuuuuuuuuuushed me. By November I’d still only gotten through Africa. Whatever, I thought. It’s just Asia and Australia. And Asia is pretty much entirely Russia, right? I can knock that out in a month!
A few weeks before the new year, I took a look at the rest of the world and discovered that there are actually rather a lot of countries there. Feel free to mock my ignorance. My ignorance is the whole reason for Operation Geography. I managed the Middle East…and then I was like OMG East Asia is TOO HARD. I gave the fuck up.
I may return to it. After all, it’s summer now! But like I said in my birthday post, this year the focus is on the vegetable garden. Extra benefit: The vegetable garden project will be mostly over by the time the semester starts.
Previously I’ve been extremely unsystematic. I managed to grow some shit nonetheless! But not so much lately–the last couple of years have been a bit of a bust. And I couldn’t get it together at all last year.
So, this year I bought a BOOK. I was going to test my soil and get its ph all correctified and whatnot. I did not do that. And I was going to make sure the soil was all totally perfect, enriched with just the right things and as smooth as sand instead of still kind of lumpy. I did not do that. In part because of the endless fucking snow. Nothing in the garden is exactly growing in the slightest. But, I don’t know, maybe it will?
The garden calendar I’m using (the awesome and gloriously free smart gardener–you can lay out your beds and add adorable little plant graphics, and get a schedule and email reminders) tells me I should be harvesting arugula in a couple of weeks, and…uh…dubious about that. I can’t tell whether everything will be lush and fabulous now that it’s warming up, or whether it will be another year with no greens at all. It’s happened before. They sprout and then DIE. Any advice from experienced gardeners? Know any zone 6 garden blogs that give shitloads of daily updates about how the spinach is doing? NO! Because that would be really boring. Just like this is.
Things inside are more alive. Bun Bun and I germinated tomato seeds together, and I’ve enjoyed showing her how they’ve grown up to be seedlings. They’ll go out next weekend. This weekend is about beans and getting the cucumber trellis set up.
It turns out that being systematic is much more stressful. I’m thinking perhaps I should work on East Asia some more, just so the year isn’t a total failure.