Ah, the potager--so many questions to answer! The beds are 8X8, so I plan to plant a few flagstones in order to reach the center where the tomatoes grow. The tomatoes (Roma, grape & Brandywine varieties) are planted among zucchini, Delicata & Buttercup squash, carrots, beets, onions, spinach, lettuce, peas, beans, cilantro, rue, basil and broccoli. To the right of the beds will be asparagus roots, to the left we'll plant the sunflowers. Pumpkins and their kin are in the pumpkin patch behind The Farmer's Wife (more on her in a moment). The strawberries will be ripe for picking starting next week--they're in the bed by the house. Come on over!
We spaced the beds 4 feet apart and I'm torn between laying down pea gravel or flagstones on the paths. A hedgerow of lilacs will go behind the beds and perhaps a fence next year--but thus far we've had no deer issues. You see, Violet the Semi-Stray Cat does a dandy job of keeping smaller critters at bay and the deer have plenty to eat in the cornfield behind our woods so they don't notice anything else. Besides, my neighbor and his son have sharp eyes and shotguns--fresh venison for them, right?
If you DO have a bad deer problem, here's a recipe used in these parts: Beat 1 egg and 1/2 C milk. Mix with 1t cooking oil, 1T dish detergent and 1 gallon water. Spray on plants. For other tips on keeping deer & other critters at bay, click over to "Fur Frontal."
Since the rain might stop today, I'll have to wait a few days before hauling the rest of the dirt into the last bed and planting it. Baby steps.
On to celebrity sightings.
This weekend we went to the Great Wisconsin Cheese Fest when we weren't hanging out at graduation parties--a family tradition for us involving a parade, rides, games, the Bachelors climbing a rock wall, cheese carving and eating cheese. My neighbor, History Girlie AKA The Farmer's Wife WON FIRST IN THE CHEESECAKE CONTEST! Terribly exciting for all of us because she brought that blue ribbon cheesecake over to the Bumble Book Club a couple months ago for taste testing. It was every bit a winner.
And if living behind an award-winning cheesecake baker isn't exciting enough, I took karate class with actress/singer/songwriter Melissa Otero last night. Yeah, for real. She's on tour in in my area for a month and taking karate at my school. Check out her MySpace site to hear her sing. It was terribly thrilling for me to punch pads held by someone so talented. From here it's just a small leap to working out with Jackie Chan or Jet Li...