We dug all the garlic out of the ground today. In November or September, I decided to make a serious go at trying to grow an usable amount (vs. the typical random cloves stuck here and there) and filled up a whole bed with cloves.
Success! The sizes range from pretty impressive to small, and there are around 20. Probably should’ve taken them out a week earlier; on some of them, the tops were all dried up already.
In other veggie news …
Planted 4 tomato plants, a watermelon, a zucchini, and a cucumber about a month ago, all from starts. Also found a shiso plant in the Japanese grocery store, but I wasn’t very good about watering the seedlings and it’s pretty much a goner.
Did you know that Japanese shiso and Korean perilla are two different plants? I do now. I couldn’t find perilla plants anywhere, and we checked 2 different Korean grocery stores. I really wanted something to eat with samgyupsal …
We figured that was about as much gardening as we could handle this year.
Grass that got to 2′-3′ tall since our push mower got buried somewhere behind 2 tons of books and furniture because of the remodel.
One new hand scythe. Have a smaller one with a serrated edge, but it’s also buried. The bigger blade and the smooth edge are actually way better for this job. Will be easier to sharpen later, too.
Hey, look. Fava beans.
It’s been a while!
We’re doing a pretty big remodel right now to update the bathrooms and electrical and all sorts of things. Which means that we had to pack up all our stuff into storage and move out. Which means that I have no sewing machine or tools or fabric.
I didn’t think that I would want to make myself maternity clothes (seemed like a waste to make clothes that you wear for a few months). And I also never thought that I’d want to wear dresses on a regular basis. But now in my 3rd trimester, with very limited pants options, I wish I could make myself a few tank dresses or tshirt dresses. $50 seems an awful lot to pay for something like that.
So, instead, you get some Polyvore sets I made about it:
I actually did manage to make myself a pair of pants before we packed up, out of desperation when none of my jeggings fit anymore and the maternity pants I bought wouldn’t stay up early in the 2nd trimester. I based it on my yoga pants, used a lightweight stretch twill, and added a knit waist (+ extra elastic for security). I don’t really like it though, and it still doesn’t do a very good job of staying up. I think the secret is to think of it like the way you construct strapless dresses with a waist stay — except it’d be a hip stay? And instead of your bust, it’s your belly.