Sunday, May 21, 2006

It's Alive!

A survivor of the great rain and hail storm a few days ago.

A few days ago, I can't remember the actual day as they've all blurred thanks to working all hours, all the time, there was a huge burst of rain and supposedly hail. What the...? I was in my apartment and I remember looking out the window and seeing gushing water. I thought my neighbor was using the hose to clean my window.

I decided to stretch and go outside to see what was up. It wasn't my neighbor, I forgot, they were in Minnesota. It was rain and it was coming down in buckets. My garden was flooded. The WORMS!!! I had just gone out the night before collecting them from the nearby park to relocate them to till my garden. The plant pots were overflowing with H2O. The water wasn't draining out of the bottom holes fast enough. Dirt was overflowing.

In order to save the worms I put up my small tent that I bought a few years ago for a trip to Wasaga beach. I got soaked assembling it in the rain. Not the smartest thing to do as it's comprised of a bunch of metal poles and there was lightning. I figured the lightning would hit the house or some tree first.

Once garden was covered from the rain I drained the flower pots of excess water. The rain hitting the ground had made dirt fly up all over the place. The wind knocked over the gnome and the rectangular planter. It was a mess.

The garden back to normal sort of.

Today I was talking to my upstairs neighbor, Lisa wondering if any of the worms survived, and as if on cue, this worm (see first picture) wiggled out of the ground and made it's way across the garden dirt. It was an easy snack for onlooking birds so I grabbed it and stuck it under the rectangular flower box.

Then back into the apartment to work.


Cupcake said...

Your little garden is shaping up nicely. For a first-time gardener, you're doing a really great job!

I forgot, are you growing a kitchen garden? If yes, what kind of plants are you growing? Our bing cherry tree is showing signs of a great harvest come August.

BagelHot said...

By kitchen garden I assume you mean growing food??? I have tomatos, beans, chives, lemon thyme, oregano, and rosemary.

The beans seem to be growing. No sign of the tomatos. The herbs seem to be surviving. I planted them as seen in the picture.

Anonymous said...

What is it about gardening that cranks people up? Well at least some people anyways. I could spend hours in the garden & be so happy so sit in the dirt watching all the greenery. Some have commented that I am a old & boring when I start talking about my gardening...I don't care so much as I think that those people never really tried gardening. Bagelhot was even nice enough to start some of my herbs in his window. Hopefully there will enough shoots to share with Bagelhot. How are they doing? Anything green inside my house gets attacted by Mr. Pumpkin or Mr. Napoleon (cats of unusual size).

BagelHot said...

I suppose gardening is considered a solitary activity. Although it doesn't have to be. It's like sharing the kitchen "What? You put what where?". Gardens can be very personal and private things.

"Hey there's that old lady that spends all her time by herself and the plants.".

theotherbear said...

Gee, and I thought you must be doing the gardening to impress some girl. :)

Things taste much better when you grow them yourself. Particularly tomatoes - they pick them so green to sell commercially that they are flavourless, home grown and vine ripened is so yum. Especially nice on toast with a bit of vegemite.

BagelHot said...

Yeah, nope. Sorry to disappoint you but I actually started growing the garden while I was doing my taxes.

It was one of the things I did to help the whole procrastination process. It took me a long time to actually get through the tax forms but when I finished I had a garden, a small worm tank, clean bathroom, clean dishes (at the time), and a well vaccumed apartment.

Plus all my camera gear was cleaned, my hard drive was half backed up, I got caught up on the blogging, and somehow managed to shoot at various locations.

Cupcake said...

;-) You should do your taxes more often, as you're very, very productive with so many aspects of life.