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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thanks to my awesome readers!

A bloom from last year’s garden

Congratulations to Julie James for winning last night’s heated race in Round 2, Set 3 of the DA BWAHA, which I believe stands for Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hella Authors. Awesome name.

I just wanted to thank all of you who voted and posted and tweeted and corralled other readers, your friends, your family, strangers in the subway on behalf of Naked Edge. We lost by 280 votes — a respectable amount given how many votes were cast in that race. It’s all in good fun, and it was great to be included this year.

Julie James is one classy woman. She’s giving away two copies of Naked Edge on her Facebook fan page today. As far as I know, she and I fought our way through that bracket with zero trash-talking.

I have to say some of your tweets were hilarious! As I said in a Facebook post, I have the most awesome readers. I just adore you all.

When I wasn’t hitting the “refresh” button yesterday, tweeting or posting on Facebook, I was outside with Benjamin getting our early garden planted. I really believe in the concept of the victory garden or urban homesteading, whatever you want to call it. So we always have a vegetable garden, and we’re become better urban farmers.

Yesterday we planted: onion sets, spinach, arugula, radishes, carrots, romaine lettuce and Swiss chard. Those are all basics for us. I’ve got broccoli ready to go in, as well. Then when we’re past any frost danger — mid-April to early May — I’ll get dinosaur kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, and a few kinds of squash planted (acorn, zucchini, summer squash and delicata). And we’ll be ready for summer.

Last year, I ate broccoli, green beans and chard out of our garden until fall. In fact, I had fresh broccoli through the first week of November. That was nuts! Of course, other people had to take care of the garden last year because of my neck surgery. But this year should be better, though I have been having some problems again and may be seeing the surgeon soon.

We also got our roses pruned. Those of you who’ve been following me for a while know we have a big rose garden. Benjy got it all pruned and ready for spring. I was afraid the bushes would have died back to the ground due to our extreme low temps this past winter, but most seemed to have pull through just fine. The miracles of mulching.

Benjy leaves for the second half of his spring semester today. It’s always terribly hard for me to make that drive to the airport and watch him walk away. He doesn’t like leaving either, but that’s part of him growing up. Empty nest just sucks.

But I wanted to pop in early and thank you all and wish you a peaceful, lovely Sunday!


Ronlyn said...

As you know, I started my gardening yesterday too! YAY!! I can't wait! Each year gets a little bit better.

Safe travels to Ben.


My daughter, Megan, said that at last count we have 103 rose bushes planted in our front and back yard with 85 (I think) of them a different species. What I find so interesting is that in the summer months the temperatures get very high here, often over 115 degrees, and in the winter months we have consistently freezing temperatures, but we've yet to lose a single rose to either the heat or the cold.

Congrats on the vegetable garden! Year before last we had a bumper crop of watermelon!

IT's a bit too soon for gardening here, but we'll be starting our tomatoes and annuals under the grow lights soon. Our crocuses are up, though not blooming yet, and the day lilies are poking through, so spring is definitely on the way.

Safe journey to Ben, and congrats on the great showing for Naked Edge - it deserves the attention!

j3nny said...

It's still pretty cold here but there are days where it'll be warm. My grandpa is prepping the garden so when it gets warmer we can start growing. He likes to grow various vegetables and I like my herbs and fruits.

As for DA BWAHA, I honestly can say that seeing you and Julie James up against each other was really hard! I love you both of you guys! In some of the other votings, I was able to vote my favorite without a headache. I knew it was unlikely for you both to win but I still wished it :)

Mary G said...

It was a good battle Pamela. Rotten draw there. I was on the refesh button all night too LOL.
Safe travels to Benjy.

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