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New in my garden: deer tracks.
Missing: the tops of the okra plants.

I have belatedly put tomato cages around what's left of the okra.
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I've planted a back yard garden for the past several years. It's been a lot of work, and the level of success has varied. Last year's tomato crop was a little disappointing. They tasted great, but there just weren't many of them. I almost considered skipping it this year and buying produce at the farmer's market, but I have a renewed interest in things organic after reading The Omnivore's Dilemma, among other things, and I want to give it a real go this time.

Saturday, with the snow still on the ground, I planted several trays of seeds with the hopes of ending up with a dozen hardy tomato plants (regular and cherry), 6 eggplant, 6 cucumber, 6 Jalapenos, 12 spinach, 12 squash (two different kinds), some ornamental gourds, and a bunch of peas, beans, Lima beans, pinto beans, okra, and some Marigolds to go around the borders for a natural bug repellent. I have carrots and radishes that can go directly into the ground when it warms up.

Maybe this is too many different things, but I will see what does well and adjust accordingly next year. I think this will be my third attempt to grow okra, and I planted a lot more seeds this time and will give the plants more space and a good spot in the garden.

On Sunday I went to an Ostara ritual at a friend's house where we each blessed and planted sunflower seeds in little peat pots. It was like a symbolic representation of the entire previous day, but it's easier to be mindful while planting a few seeds than when planting a few hundred.

Yesterday I noticed that some of the Marigolds and beans have already started to sprout.
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Possible trip to England in June. The N.E.R.D.s have been asked back on Scrapheap Challenge (in America it's called Junkyard Wars, though I'm not sure if it's showing over here now), so Crash and I may take some vacation after he does the show. Depends on how much free time he'll have. I wasn't planning on taking any major trips this year (other than visiting relatives in TN) since I want to go to WorldCon in Yokohama in 2007, but I really like England. We'll see.

In about three days I will make my last car payment, perhaps the last car payment of my life, but certainly the last in many, many, years. Woohoo! I plan to use the extra money for a Netflix account, Sharebuilder and savings, as the car is no longer under warranty.

I'll be at Webmaster World in April for work.

I plan to go to Anime Boston in May.

We are looking around at houses closer in to Crash's work to lessen his commute. (I usually work from my home office, so it's not critical for me.) We aren't really planning to move, just checking the open house listings in case something great turns up that would make it worth the hassle of moving. We also may decide to stay here and do a little remodeling.

Sweet Gale (the ingredient in Lucid Dream tea) has no noticeable affect on me.
Stilton Cheese likewise did not apparently affect my dreams. I'll be trying something else starting in a couple of weeks, maybe a different tea.

I started some seeds indoors (tomatoes, peppers, okra, squash, spinach, cucumber, etc.), and the beans are getting really tall. I may have to transplant them before it gets warm enough to plant them out in the garden. They are blocking the light from the other little plants. Next time I will have a separate tray for beans.

I recently discovered the joys of Butternut Squash casserole thing. Put in eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla & bake it turns into a kind of custard. Yum.

I am listening to a lot of podcasts. I will mention them by name with links later, maybe.

That's it. I must go work on my php/mysql homework.

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