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the patio gardener

Hrm.. I know there are dancers who read my blog, and improvisors and geeks. I'm wondering if I've garderners..
Anyways, blog what you wanna blog right?

So I stopped by Sledd's Nursery since the Austin Improv Collective meeting was near there, and I was tagging along with Andy. I picked up an African Violet Daisy (annual), sunflowers (annual) and a perrenial with tiny purple flowers, forgot the name already. And I was happily gardening in my tiny patio garden. I love it. I love all the life. Even just walking through Sledd's nursury made me really happy.

So I checked my tomoto plant again, and those tiny bugs.. clustering in the stems. I'm pretty sure they're aphids really made me angry.. and I talked to the gardener at Sledd's and he said it was time to throw the plant. So I did. Along with another one that produced blue flowers that had aphids all over it.. and another plant. Anyways, I got a bit prunning happy.

Then I checked on my strawberries (which has 3 nice ripe ones) and I saw some aphids. GRRRRRRR.

No way I was throwing my strawberry plant which has been giving me such pleasure.

I did some online research and found out you can buy live ladybugs! I called Sledd's and they had em, but warned me that there is a freeze coming up.. so I should wait after the freeze. And then, time for lady bugs!

I also picked some catnip leaves and gave it to uchi, which drove him into a purring, rubbing against me frenzy. he loves that stuff.



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Mar. 2nd, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
You can totally buy live ladybugs. You don't even have to get up - they have them on Amazon.

Every once in a while, I order some just to have, because they're awesome and cheap. Sometimes, I send them to other people. Then I get angry emails telling me that now there's ladybugs all over their office.

Make sure to open them outside.
Mar. 3rd, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
We have so many lady bugs here. Mostly dead one, though! They get caught in the shutters of our historic houses.

I'm no gardener, but I do have a garden, so I guess I am a gardener, just not a good one.

I've been slowly clearing out my flower beds as the weather allows. I'm super excited for my own strawberry plants this year (which I cleared out yesterday--lots of nasty crab grass had snuck in over the winter). They're two years old and should bare fruit. Time to also start thinking about veggies. I'm thinking one or two tomatoes, 2 cucumbers, 1 squash, 2-3 peppers, lettuce, spinach, and maybe that's it!
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