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Three of my squash plants have produced/are producing actualfax squash. This is very exciting! (I suspect I will feel differently later in the summer, since I am already starting to have "oh no, I need to think of something to cook with all of them..." forebodings, but for right now let me revel in the squee, yeah?)

Tan is not fruiting since, as mentioned in my last gardening post, its central stem was destroyed by squirrels before it could set and open more than three or four flowers, and it's currently engaged in regrowing that.


one pale yellow summer squash with a human hand for size reference

1. Sethera - Friday, 21 July 2017


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Meanwhile, the Lazarus pepper is not only continuing to grow a very nice bell pepper fruit, its other branch is working up toward flowers. And pepper F1 (of my eighteen grown-new-this-year plants) looks ready to open a bud within the next few days -- a few of the other new peppers are also growing buds, but they're all much smaller and nowhere near ready to open.


one green bell pepper with a human hand for size reference . buds on a pepper plant

4. the Lazarus pepper
5. the Lazarus pepper - new buds!


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And now I am going to go mix more eggshells into all the plants' soil, because judging by the growth rate on those squash, they are going to NEED calcium pretty soon. :)

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So today I picked my first two squash. I probably could have let them go another day or two, but whatever. Squash! :D

(I have a plan, but it requires cardamom. I must remember to track some down today or tomorrow...)

two yellow summer squash on a stove with human hand for size reference

7. Sethera and Azer's first squash, ready to cook when I get my act together in a day or two :)


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Today is the last day to sign up for the 2017 Narnia Fic Exchange!

Come play! The NFE is a very low-pressure exchange that produces a bunch of really awesome fic in response to fun and intriguing prompts.

Even if you can't sign up, do keep an eye out for the Madness round, where you can sort through all the prompts and write ficlets that don't need to meet the minimum length requirement. :)
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I don't feel like embedding twenty-four images, so I'm just going to copypaste the text and the links. Click on the links to access the Tumblr posts, and then click on the images to see larger versions with captions.

Okay? Good. Here goes.

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Gardening update: Friday, 30 June 2017

I took photos of my plants on Wednesday the 21st, before I left on vacation, and I photographed them again today (Friday the 30th). As you can see, they grew a lot!

All four of my squashes seem to be flourishing. A few leaves have been nibbled, and their tubs were full of mulberries and mulberry seedlings, but I spritzed them lightly with insecticide (most of which then washed off in afternoon rainstorms...) and removed the mulberry intrusions with extreme prejudice.

I still think I will eventually have to reposition the tubs so the squash don't overrun the peppers, but they should be okay for another few days at least.

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Gardening update, part 2

And then some ASSHOLE came along and ATE my baby pepper.

*frowns repressively at local squirrel population*

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Gardening update, part 3

Generally speaking, the baby peppers are doing well. The ones with crinkly leaves (which I blame on chemical sensitivity, mostly) are still crinkly, but growing, so I am still pretty sure they'll get past that and put forth less weird leaves in future.

Pepper B5, which was savagely beheaded a while back, continues to recover. It has grown one leaf of reasonable size (though somewhat peculiar shape), and is now attempting a second.

Pepper E6, on the other hand, has not grown much at all, and frankly I'm starting to wonder if it might be this year's Lazarus pepper -- i.e., afflicted with fusarium wilt. Anyway, I sprayed fungicide around its roots, and hopefully that will help.

Peppers C6 and D1 were apparently just a little too close to the artificial waterfall that pours down from the gutter right over my kitchen window, as their planter's soil is drenched. I nudged the planter a couple inches southward, and am considering putting some kind of cover over the dirt tomorrow morning since there's a lot of rain predicted for Saturday.

And I think that's everything for now. :)

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Gardening update: Sunday, 2 July 2017

I rearranged everything today, because the squash were getting large enough to overshadow the nearby peppers and I would kind of like the peppers not to die. *wry* I will probably leave Sethera, Azer, and Covera roughly where they are, but Tan (the smallest squash, in the foreground) still lacks a permanent home.

(I know where you probably think I should put it, based on this photo. And I would do that, except the logical position -- to the right of Sethera and in front of Covera -- is exactly where the gutter waterfall crashes down and I have no interest in smashing and/or drowning my plants.)

The other development of note is that SETHERA IS BLOOMING!!! :DDD Squash flowers are so pretty, and soon I will have actual summer squash to pick and chop and store in the freezer... and probably also foist off on unsuspecting neighbors and members of my church, as one does. But right now I am mostly at the YAY FLOWERS!!! stage, which is a very pleasant stage indeed. :DDD
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six pepper seedlings in black plastic planters . five pepper seedlings in plastic planters and pots

1. peppers A2, A4, A6, B1, B3, and B5 - Monday, 19 June 2017
2. peppers C2, C4, C6, D1, and D3


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As you can see, I have rearranged my peppers. Actually I had them rearranged for a while -- not in this exact configuration, which I adopted a couple days ago because I wanted to space out the squash planters a little -- but differently from the groups-of-six I was using for photos. This is because Landlord Dude has yet to fix the damn gutter on the back of the house, and consequently any rain harder than a drizzle (or that lasts longer than half an hour) turns the gutter into a waterfall that happens to be right over one of my kitchen windows/my back porch. So I make sure none of my poor plants are right under the cascade, because they are small and tender and do not deserve to be punched repeatedly in the metaphorical face. *wry*

As you can also see, I have staked sixteen of the peppers. I did not stake E6 because it's growing noticeably slower than the others, but I think I will do so Wednesday evening because I will be leaving on vacation Thursday morning and I am quite sure it will need a stake before I get home a week later. I also didn't stake B5 because the poor dear is only just beginning to recover from its savage beheading -- it is growing a new leaf! Life finds a way!

Pepper D5 has something wrong with its leaves. I suspect it may have caught some residue from the fungicide/insecticide I sprayed on the Lazarus pepper a couple weeks ago, but the newest tiny leave seem on track to be normal rather than crumpled, so I trust it will do all right in the long run.


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tiny green bell pepper on a pepper plant

8. the Lazarus pepper - Monday, 19 June 2017 (OMG AN ACTUALFAX PEPPER!!!)


And last but not least, the Lazarus pepper bloomed! The first bud opened on Wednesday, and as of today that first flower has lost its petals (heavy rain, what can you do?) to reveal an ACTUALFAX PEPPER. It is so tiny. And so cute. :DDD

I continue to fight a rearguard action against the evils of the white mulberry tree. You have no idea how many berries I have to sweep off the porch every day, or pick out of the pots and planters, to say nothing of the infinite mulberry seedlings I have to uproot and toss away.

(If you haven't realized by now? I hate mulberry trees. I mean, they are probably lovely trees in an orchard, or out in the woods where they can do their own thing without bothering anyone, but trust me, you do NOT want them in your yard. Not in a million years. They are a MENACE.

Also they attract squirrels, but that is a separate problem.)


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Meanwhile, unidentified marauders (*cough* squirrels *cough*) tried to uproot Tan and/or shred its stem again, but so far as I can tell the leaves retain enough connection to the root system to stay alive. Also I have buried the long, floppy part of the stem under even more potting soil -- I did the same for Sethera while I was at it -- and have tried to prop up the vertical parts of the plants such that they have proper support and won't tip over under their own weight as the grow.

Azer and Covera, of course, do not suffer from this problem as they never went through a floppy phase of growing sideways in search of the sun, and are both growing great guns. I am fairly sure their mutual end goal is to devour my porch. Sethera and Tan probably share this ambition, though they are not quite as well-placed to follow through on it. *wry*

I have spaced out the four planters a little bit, but I am beginning to think that I may have to move one or two of them off the porch entirely. I am not sure where else they could go. Down in the yard among the raspberry canes? (Which survived last year's drought and have put up slightly alarming amounts of new growth; I think they want to devour my porch as well, though from below rather than from above.) In the front yard behind the shelter of the hedge? In the driveway beside the trash cans?

I will have to consider this before they get too big to move...


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They grow so fast at this stage. :) Or in other words, Monday morning I had two sprouts, Monday night I had three sprouts, Tuesday morning I had seven sprouts, and Tuesday night I had nine sprouts.

This is very exciting!


eighteen small peat cylinders in a black plastic container, with green arrows pointing to the seven whose seeds have sprouted . eighteen small peat cylinders in a black plastic container, with green arrows pointing to the nine whose seeds have sprouted
1) pepper sprouts, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 (~8:15am)
2) pepper sprouts, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 (~7:45pm)


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(As before, sprouts are named on a grid pattern, where A1 is the lower left square and F6 is the upper right square.)


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I can has SPROUTS!!! :DDD

I have decided, for convenience of discussion, that I will name the sprouts on a grid pattern. Columns are A through F while rows are 1 through 6, which means the lower left square from the viewer's perspective is A1 (and also empty) and we go from there.


eighteen small peat cylinders in a black plastic container
1) pepper sprouts, Monday, 6 March 2017 (~7:45am)


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eighteen small peat cylinders in a black plastic container . small peat cylinder with a pepper seedling peeking above the soil
4) pepper sprouts, Monday, 6 March 2017 (~8:00pm)
5) sprout E4, evening


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a small green pepper plant in a terracotta pot, with one white blossom
8) the Lazarus pepper, Monday, 6 March 2017


Meanwhile, the Lazarus pepper continues to bloom, but some of its leaves are going a little yellow and sad, so as before, I do not really expect it to produce an actualfax pepper fruit at this point. I am impressed enough that it pulled off a flower.

And in other gardening news, I bought a packet of summer squash seeds today, which I think I will plant next weekend (once I have enough applesauce cups to use as pots). I will eventually transplant them to the yard below my back porch, where my former upstairs neighbors attempted a garden some years back, and where my current upstairs neighbor is attempting to grow raspberries. We shall see what, if anything, comes of that experiment.


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I know this is not my regular schedule, but! I feel the world should be informed that the Lazarus pepper is blooming. :)


a small green pepper plant in a terracotta pot, with one half-opened white blossom



And now I am heading off to the Ithaca/Oneonta youth group lock-in. With a pinch of luck, I may even get some sleep tonight...


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1. Finished reading Dar┼Ťan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck (third edition). This is a short book, only about 90 pages and heavy on photographs (for obvious reasons), but very informative! It's the kind of basic 'here is a concept, here are some things it means to the people who hold it/do it, here are some ways it plays out in practice' introduction to a foundational cultural practice/assumption that is really helpful in understanding anything higher level, but which very often seems to get overlooked and thus leaves people from other cultures floundering without a framework and misinterpreting that higher level stuff because they're using a mismatched set of cultural assumptions.

I am definitely keeping this one.

2. Shoveled the sidewalk when I got home from Not the IRS, because apparently NOBODY ELSE bothered to do that during the FOURTEEN HOURS I was commuting or working. *side-eyes neighbors, hard*

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And now I should be heading to bed, because I have work on Saturday and I would like to finally shake my not-quite-cold rather than let it develop into a full illness. *wry*
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1) six narcissus, Friday, 6 January 2017


For convenience, I have 'named' the plants. Starting from the front left pot (in picture #1), and going clockwise, they are A, B, C, D, E, and F. Plants A, B, and E have begun to bloom, and plants C, D, and F are on track to follow within a few days. :)

All plants except A should eventually have three flower sprays; A will only have two. (A penalty for being the earliest bloomer, perhaps?)

I am turning the pots 90 degrees clockwise every morning, to hopefully prevent the plants from growing sideways and falling over. I have also added stakes to A and E (and to B after I took these photos), since they were leaning a bit last night. They have been much more vertical today, but I figure better safe than sorry.

But anyway, eeeeee pretty flowers!! :DDD


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