Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cinnamon Buns

Cinnamon Buns with maple glaze
Spouse is flying off to Spain tonight for 10 days. This seemed to inspire some nesting instinct, prompting me to make two dozen maple-glazed cinnamon buns. What the hell am I going to do with all of these?

Spouse has gone off to give four of them to a sick friend. My stepfather is staying over tonight after the Sox game so we can have some for breakfast before we head up to Vermont tomorrow. I think I'll freeze four or six and just bring the rest up to Vermont to make other people fat.

far too many treats to have in the house
But boy do they look, and taste good!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

More gardening

We started planting yesterday. All the seeds we had went in and we're waiting on the tomatoes and cukes to grow in the greenhouse and some potatoes and flowering herbs are on their way.
planting
Here one of the students plants some nasturtium seeds in a corner plot. Two mounds for pumpkins and decorative gourds also went into the corners (two opposite corners. the potatoes and peas go in the other two corners) and the flowering herbs will be placed there too. The rest of the crops will be:
kale
mesculin greens (I didn't check the seed pack, but isn't that a variety of several types of greens?)
basil
oregano
pole beans
parsnips
cilantro
peas

Friday, May 01, 2009

Gardening

The student environmental group at work asked if we could start a garden. After bringing it to a few people in charge and talking with people who actually garden (none of them do) they got permission and space was allotted. This then became a community project, with anyone allowed to join in. A good thing too since the students don't tend to be around during the summer!

Last week I joined two staff members in one of the campus greenhouses to start some seeds. The garden space had been marked out and there was even a ground breaking ceremony with blessings and everything (I missed all that). Then the landscaping department came in to take up the sod and turn the soil for us. Hooray! Less back-breaking work for us! A garden planner came in to help set what should go where (this is WAY more professional than anything I've ever done in the yard) and then we were all set to get to work

Today I went out and met up with two of the students working on the plot. The plan was to mark off beds and start the planting, but we decided to get the rest of the compost on first. About halfway through doing that, it really started to look like rain so we decided to start marking the corner beds while we could, then save the rest of the compost until after that, but before marking the inner beds. We hadn't gotten the first bed marked before the rain started. So I sat my ass down on the grass and waited from one of them to come back with some scissors to snip the string and let the drips fall down.

We got the four corners marked and I headed back to the office as another student came to join them. The plan was to move the reset of the compost and see what more could be marked off, but planting might have to wait until Monday. Still, work was done and thing looks like it's finally, really happening.