Thistle (thistle_chaser) wrote,

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Gardens and kitties

I was too hard on my garden. I went to the farmer's market to get basil today because I thought mine was too bad to use (some leaves brown, some with holes in them). Turns out mine is a lot better than what I bought from the market! Bigger leaves, brighter green, and fewer holes/damaged leaves.

Also, while watering this morning, I spotted a big grasshopper. Fun to watch, but then I realized that maybe that was what was eating everything. Google confirms that. "Adult grasshoppers will eat almost any kind of vegetation in the home garden." (I didn't go back outside to kill or move him. My opinion is that anything I put outside is fair game for the bugs that live out there. Come in my apartment and it's a different story.)

Other than that, garden is doing well. It's so dry out that I need to water nearly every day, which is a bit of a pain, but at least I have only a few plants.

The stray kitty doesn't come back much. I leave food out for him and he might not get to it for two days. This is a big problem as it attracts ants. So many ants. D: He seems very hungry, so I don't know why he doesn't come get the food sooner. (Ellie H-A-T-E-S him, but she's behind a (usually closed) window, so I don't think that would be enough to keep him away...)

I need to post about WoW sooner or later, but for now there's a ton of fresh basil to get ready to freeze. I wish I had more freezer space, I'd like to try the "freezing in ice cubes" trick, but I'm going to have to use a ziplock bag instead and hope for the best. (I know it might turn black, but Google tells me that it will still taste just fine.)

It's too bad the farmer's market isn't open every day. I have the sweetest corn on the cob, strawberries, tomatoes for roasting, and other assorted things, but I need to use it all up fast before it goes bad. If it were every day, I could buy less but more frequently.
Tags: cooking, farmer's market
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