In a departure from my normal posts I’ve got to share this, cause it is awesome.
I avoid cleaning the shower at all costs because it is such a workout, takes forever, and it’s the last thing I want to do on a weekend. I won’t go into details of how gross it used to be; it’s sparkling now. That’s what matters, right? I love power tools.
If you don’t have a drill, I have the Porter Cable 20v Lithium with two batteries and love it. The batteries charge very quickly and there are two so you never have to stop what you’re doing to wait for your battery to charge. It’s handled everything I’ve used it for with ease.
I mix up a paste with baking powder, a little dish soap, and enough water to make it loose. Then spray down your walls and tub with water first, dip the brush in the paste, and start power scrubbing with ease. It’s still a bit of a workout, but it is far easier with faster results than doing it by hand, and you don’t have to use any harsh chemicals to get nice results.
Along the way I harvested a few here and there, but left them alone to grow for the most part. Both varieties are listed as 110 day varieties, but they took a bit longer to grow. Around 130 days I think they peaked in size. Last week I noticed flower stalks coming up, that was at 200 days. I was expecting the tops to yellow like every other article on growing onions states will happen, but they never yellowed.
I’m not bothered that they went to seed before the tops yellowed. To be honest, I don’t think the weather here in San Francisco lends to predictable responses like that. I’ve preferred to use the fresh onions right from the ground.
I don’t know if they would have cured properly or not if I just cut off the roots and let them dry out, so I just chopped everything up for the freezer.
It wasn’t the greatest harvest, but for the space it occupied, it was totally worthwhile, and I will be growing some more next year.
After losing several lettuce plants to cutworms severing the stem completely in my garden, I wanted to find a good & inexpensive collar. These Lil Red shot cups are the perfect size for plant starts that are started in the smaller version of seed starter cells.
It works out to less than a quarter each, and these are reusable.
One modification I am going to try is to have a vertical slit so I can remove the collar when the lettuce is big enough that a cutworm won’t be able to kill it. I’m concerned about disturbing the roots too much by removing it though.
The collar is wide enough that the lettuce stem might be okay growing in the collar until it is harvested. It might not.
I have two of each type of lettuce I am growing in this batch, so I think for one of each type I will leave the collar on, and the other I will remove it when it is mature enough and see if there is a difference in growth.