Spring Garden 2012: Summer Heat

It’s like my own patch of jungle

It’s getting hot and between the heat and the tomatoes and zucchinis vigor some of the other plants are being overwhelmed. The edamame plants are dead, having been overgrown by the zucchinis. The green beans and eggplant are in the process of being overwhelmed by the cucumbers and the tomatoes have encroached on the basil.

The sad remains of my last edamame plant…

D and I don’t use any pesticides, herbicides or anything else on the garden. This usually isn’t a problem the only pest we ever seem to have are slugs. But, this year this year we seem to have a lot of white flies and aphids. I’m not quite sure what, if anything, I need to do about this. As long as the plants produce do I care? I can just wash the bugs off…

a tiny zucchini covered in bugs…. YUCK

See how during the heat of the day all the leaves wilt? See how the cucumber is climbing the netting? See how there are a ton of flowers on this thing and yet I still don’t have a single cucumber?! Also you can’t even see the eggplant there, can you? it’s in the yellow cage, but the cucumbers have taken over!

Don’t worry during the hottest part of the summer the garden gets watered twice a day.


For size comparison purposes these are almost the length of my forearm.
These are cherry tomatoes



Zucchini: 10

Tomatoes: 12

Edamame: 0

Bush Beans: 16

Cucumbers: 0

Eggplant: 1

Basil: 6 leaves

The End of my First Roleplaying Campaign

Admiral Kynekos Leipsanos retires

Just three years ago I started playing my first role playing game with three strangers as the other players and an acquaintance as the GM. The game was Fading Suns: a hodge podge sci-fi setting that reminds me of the Frank Herbert’s Dune universe except with magic, psychic, ancient aliens, and demons to boot! I’d never played before but Kynekos drew me out and helped me to get into not just gaming but role playplaying. I was kinda shocked when the campaign ended, when Kynekos, his crew, and friends flew off into the sunset to an Eden-like planet with which they could safely wait-out the universe wide apocalypse.  One minute you’re learning how to fill out a character sheet, you blink, look up, and find three years have gone by…

I Swam Two Miles

I swam the yellow route

Two weekends ago I was up at Lake Berryessa with the rest of my Masters Swim Team, Davis Aquatic, putting on our annual mile swim event. I’ve swam the mile swim before and I had decided that before we moved away I should go full bore and do the two mile swim event. FYI this post contains pictures of me in a Speedo. Hot, I know.

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Spring Garden 2012: Bumping!

As always the zucchini and tomatoes are out of control...

As you can see from the picture above things are really starting to happen! Everything except the eggplant is flowering and we’ve already begun harvesting zucchinis and bush beans (a tally can be found below.) I’m somewhat surprised how many beans we’ve taken from our three plants so far considering how small they are. I’m hoping they grow a little more before they make anymore fruit or else, despite their productivity as tiny plants, we won’t be getting very many beans this year. The edamame plants are super tiny but have begun producing as well, they have the same problem as the bush beans though compounded by the fact that one of the zucchini plants has overgrown them and is robbing them of sunlight. The tomato plants have lots of fruit on them and I’m hoping they starting turning red soon! Cucumbers have begun ascending their net and our flowring quite profusely as well.

A tiny zucchini, only 24-48 hours or so away from being a big one!
Bush beans!
Cucumber flowering
Edamame struggling under the shade of our zucchini plants
Edamame struggling under the shade of our zucchini plantsBunch of green cherry tomatoes




Zucchini: 5

Tomatoes: 0

Edamame: 0

Bush Beans: 12

Cucumbers: 0

Eggplant: 0

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