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oula ([personal profile] oula) wrote2009-04-15 11:30 pm
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Thanks to Grrliz and cathexy for posting the link, I have an awesome custom layout.

I think I might move my garden posts here. I'm undecided.

I cooked and ate the first artichoke of the season today. Artichokes are perennials, and often don't produce a choke the first year - so as a project, it takes two years to figure out where/if you can grow them. I have tried them in several places, mostly because I like the way the plant looks. It's sort of alien and spikey, and until it gets a choke, people have no idea what it is. My producing plants are now two and three year old, and produce between 6 - 12 choke each - IF i remember to cut the largest ones off when they're ready to be eaten.

I have no idea why I never manage to remember to take pics during the day when there is light. Anyway, you can see the main choke in the center, and the two buds on the side. Now that the big guy is gone, either one or both of those two will develop, and so on, until I get at least 6 - 10 chokes out of it. I am of course, ridiculously pleased with myself, both because I grew this, yay - and because I grew this. Then I steamed it and made a garlic dip... hmm that reminds me, I should look into planting garlic.

Tomorrow I start work on the chicken coop. I really should be working on painting/fixing my own apartment, but I can't decide what I want to do yet. Chickens suffer from no such decorating dilemma.

edit: Damn that was a lot of choke. Something on my mind?

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