Sunday, January 06, 2008

I Love Winter

However, the lack of real ice has me knitting things I'll probably never wear.

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I like to pretend in my mind that I'm a pretty girl that likes to and can pull off wearing chi-chi lace things, but I'm really not.

And my mind has been drifting to greener pastures.

Or greener staircases and landings.

I put my Pot Garden to bed in September. It's January and I'm already itching to get it going again. I've been dreaming of everything I want to grow this year.

Here's my list of "to plant" this year:

potatoes
tomatoes
green onion
lettuce
broccoli
radishes
peas
sunflowers
marigolds
jalapeno
oregano
lavender

Last year the grocery store potato was my experimental planting.

My Yukon Golds (this time from the starter potatoes that I grew!) will be planted again this year, except I'll be layering them through the season for a better yield.

I've decided this year my experimental plant will be a peanut plant.

Inspired by Local Eater Extrodinaire Wendy and her only non-local vice being peanut butter I figured what the hell--why not try growing a peanut plant? Peanuts need 4 months of frost-free growing.

Can you say thank you global warming?

Now that I think back on it, I think it was a post on Wendy's blog that inspired me to plant a grocery store potato.

Dr. Mad Scientist has promised to pinch me a couple of peanuts from work so I don't have to buy a whole bag. I guess they use them to make small batches of peanut butter to induce allergic reactions in mice.

Of course, I'm not stupid. I watched Sesame Street. I know that it takes a lot of little nuts to make a jar of peanut butter. But that's not really the point, I want to see if I can actually grow a peanut plant!

In the meantime, I'll have to occupy my time knitting, praying to the snow gods, and tending to my grocery store garlic in the windowsill.

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25 Comments:

Blogger Christina said...

I'm so impressed that you can grow things! I'd love to if I had any inkling on how not to kill things. I can't even keep a regular potted plant alive.

I bet you can pull off the lace!

9:08 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

bezzie, you are so much more than just a pretty girl who can wear lace! of course you're pretty, but you're also REAL. and i like that so much more than i like 'girls who can wear lace'.
also, i can't wear lace either. makes me feel too girly.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

A peanut plant sounds like a great idea!

9:46 AM  
Blogger Trillian42 said...

I had a peanut plant in my bedroom when I was a kid. Then my brother knocked it over and it didn't survive. Not that I'm at all bitter or anything... ;)

I look forward to hearing all of your garden experiments. I've got a black thumb, so I live vicariously through other's successes.

10:19 AM  
OpenID MarieGrace said...

The kids and I planted a grocery store pineapple top a few years ago and it grew!

Unfortunately when it comes to growing things I'm a great starter but not very good with the follow through :-(

I can't wait to see how your peanut trials go.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

I've got one word for you, hydroponics. Heh.

And, you can wear any damn thing you want to. I'm even thinking of making a poncho, something I've criticized heavily in the past. I need the shoulder warmth.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

You know it's all about the attitude, right? Growing up a pudgy, knock-kneed, short girl with Mr. Spock bangs, braces, AND glasses in LA I maybe stockpiled it, so I could get away with hawaiian shirts over faded shirt dresses and isotoner slipper outfits. If I could do that? You can do lace, easy.

I killed the rosemary bush, yet I'm also going for tomatoes, seeing as my avocados are still just wee little things with 3 leaves each...

10:45 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

I can't wait to see your pot garden this year! It's so inspiring.

I'm itching to plant some flowers myself. I've managed not to kill the two remaining houseplants we have, so I'm hoping my black thumb is starting to turn green. After all, I've gotten really great at growing weeds in the front yard. They're green...

11:26 AM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

First of all, you can wear anything you want to. Because you're smart enough, pretty enough and dammit, people like you.

And I wish I could borrow you--I have the opposite of a green thumb

12:00 PM  
Blogger Amysatx said...

Did you have a pot-heh- garden while you were in S.A. too? When I lived in my apt. I totally got in to container gardening a few Spring/Summers but now that I'm in a house nada. Maybe I'll get inspired this year.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

Sigh. I'm so jealous. I really wanted to start a garden this year, but with moving (and probably back to an apartment...) that almost certainly won't happen. Maybe I'll take a page out of your book and pot garden! if we're in an apartment we'll at least have a balcony...it would be a better use of it than any other balcony we've had!

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Denice said...

I just watched that "lot of little nuts to make a jar of peanut butter" video with my three year old earlier this week. Your post about it made me laugh. Thanks.

~Denice (a devoted reader who rarely, if ever, comments due to a very difficult computer)

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah! For the New Year and gaining light!!! Go for the peanut but make sure that you have a big enough pot cause the plant drops shoots down into the ground to make the peanut. Plus don't over water. Love, Mom
PS: Grandpa Riley tried peanuts once in IL but it was too damp to get a good crop.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

If you ever see that elephant garlic in the grocery it makes a really cool tall and twisted plant.

You are ever resourceful.

5:11 PM  
Blogger janna said...

What is the lacy thing? It's very pretty! And what do you mean you can't wear lace? If you want to wear lace, there's no reason not to!

Good luck with the peanuts. Maybe this is the year I'll grow some herbs -- I always say I will, but don't.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

You can wear lacey things, but if you are like me, being comfortable in them is another thing.

As for the growing, yeah, I too have a black thumb, love to see what you grow, and hoping I can finally try some herbs this year!

5:46 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

I can't wait to see how all of your growing goes! I hope to grow a green thumb this year and try some myself!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Well, I am definitely trying green onions this year after seeing your success with them last year.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Beverly said...

Anyone can wear lace. It's all about what you wear it with. I'm all for pairing it with a solid-colored shirt and jeans.

Two words. Boiled peanuts. Yum.

6:21 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Can't wait to see how the peanut plant turns out. After all, the great potato experiment went well!

6:26 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

I can't wait to see the pot garden (hehehe) start growing again! I really want to try growing some basil this year!

6:47 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

You don't have to be a teenage wisp of a girl to wear pretty lace! You're a grown woman who's going to rock that lace, just wait and see!

I'm a bit disappointed with the above-freezing weather as well. Somehow, it kills my knitting mojo.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Aw, shucks! Thanks for the plug :), but I think you would have experimented with those potatoes without my saying anything. Maybe you just needed a nudge, but you were so there ;).

I can't wait to see your garden this year. I loved following your progress, and frankly, you inspire me!

I'm not sure, but you might need to try to find raw peanuts. I don't know what Mad Scientist is using in the lab, but if they're roasted, like most of the ones you get in the grocery, they may not grow.

10:23 PM  
Blogger bigevilgrape said...

If the peanuts where cooked at all before they made it to dr mad scientists work then they probobly won't grow. You need that "raw" hippie crunchy type of peanut.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Necia said...

Bez, what yarn is that? It's looks hawt! Peanuts? You go girl! I'm still trying to wrap my brain around an inside herb garden with no windows.

5:35 PM  

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