Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Figs, Okra, Home Office. 7.22.14

Figs.  7.22.14
 When figs start to ripen, first it's one, then another one, then a couple.  Sometimes then, they start to ripen like crazy.  Right now it's a couple at a time.  I like that.  I don't feel like I have to eat more than I want.

The okra is growing like crazy in the new sunroom.  Today I saw the back-sides of the leaves were covered with aphids.  Washed a lot of them off.  Applied neem oil.  That didn't seem to much, at least not immediately.  Tomorrow, insecticidal soap.

For former dining room will by my home office / family room.  The former family room will become the dining room.  It makes more sense, due to the flow from the kitchen.  Also with the entrance to the sunroom.  Forgot  a before photo.  I only have energy for about 30 min at a time.  So after 2 months, ugly carpeting is gone, chandelier gone, walls repaired, sealed, and painted.  Next is bamboo flooring and re-install, seal, paint the trim, and install ceiling fan/light.  Then it's done.  There will be room for a seed starting stand in addition to a place to work on computer.
Figs.  7.22.14

Okra.  7.22.14

Home Office.  7.22.14
The new room feels like a big project, but as long as I don't mind an unfinished room, it's just baby steps.

The room is not about gardening, but it is where I'll write about gardening when not in the sunroom.


Anonymous said...

So many updates! I have a lot to catch up on!

I just popped in to show you this:


I know you like to graft, yes? Maybe this can be your next project. :)

Hope all is well,

Your Ridgefield Neighbor!

Daniel said...

Neighbor, thank you! That many-colored fruit tree is beautiful!

If they grow, my "unknown" plum will have cerasifolia (small red, richly flavored, red leaf, red juice), Hollywood, Shiro, Toka, and whatever else I can find. That's a long way from 40. Next year.... maybe off to the Home Orchard Society for scion! I could add a few more if I get the ambition.

I haven't posted on it yet, but I also tried bud-grafting a young lilac, which has a single trunk, with 5 other lilac varieties. All of the buds appear to have taken. That's much better success than I had with whip-and-tongue-grafting lilac. I imagine it will be 2 years to see if they bloom and result in a "bouquet lilac".