Friday, 13 April 2007

girl tomatoes

It's sunny. We are going to look at some more houses.

Also, I have put LOADS of things on Freecycle and planted out my tomatoes in the greenhouse.

Why do a significant proportion of tomato varieties have girls names? Ma gave me some Moneymaker (admittedly, NOT a girl's name, unless it's a girl-racehorse) and then a selection of Shirley, Vanessa and two or three others that I can't remember; but they were all girls. Are all tomato growers frustrated chappies huddling in their propagating houses with no women in their lives? Or are they happily married family men (very sexist assumption that they are all men there, but hang in here with me) who name their varieties after their wives and daughters and mothers and aunts?

It's a mystery.

Anyway, I am going to put some strings in later on this afternoon for them to grow up. I absolutely refuse to stop planting stuff just because the house is on the market - it could be six months before we sell it and we'd have missed a whole summer of growing stuff. My lettuce and rocket are both coming on very nicely and will be ready to start picking in a week or so I think. The beans and the squash and the courgettes and the sweetcorn are all sprouting. And B has fixed the outside tap, so I don't have to get him to lug gallons and gallons of water up the hill to the top of the garden for me every day.

Pants call. And houses.

12 comments:

  1. Was that 'pants call' intentionally 'pants', and not 'plants'...?

    Either way, good stuff.

    You've reminded me that I really ought to do another round in the greenhouse this weekend. Beans are doing well, but haven't started enough tomatoes yet (well, did start enough, but some carked it, dagnammit), and haven't even found the courgettes packet yet. Gah.

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  2. Was that 'pants call' intentionally 'pants', and not 'plants'...?

    Either way, good stuff.

    You've reminded me that I really ought to do another round in the greenhouse this weekend. Beans are doing well, but haven't started enough tomatoes yet (well, did start enough, but some carked it, dagnammit), and haven't even found the courgettes packet yet. Gah.

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  3. I've put in some splendid tomatoes this year with names such as Black Russian (I've grown them before, they are gorgeous), Mexico Midget and Czech's Excellent Yellow. It hadn't occurred to me how many of them are called after countries!

    Once we moved house at the end of July. The new owners were thrilled to have a thriving vegetable garden waiting for them.

    I'm off on holiday in another couple of hours and I'm still potting up squashes and things. Eek. Too much to do. Why am I reading blogs?

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  4. I've put in some splendid tomatoes this year with names such as Black Russian (I've grown them before, they are gorgeous), Mexico Midget and Czech's Excellent Yellow. It hadn't occurred to me how many of them are called after countries!

    Once we moved house at the end of July. The new owners were thrilled to have a thriving vegetable garden waiting for them.

    I'm off on holiday in another couple of hours and I'm still potting up squashes and things. Eek. Too much to do. Why am I reading blogs?

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  5. KW - Yes, it was Intentional Pants. Didn't you have some kind of Courgette-based World Takeover Plan last year?

    Z - avoidance, clearly :).

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  6. KW - Yes, it was Intentional Pants. Didn't you have some kind of Courgette-based World Takeover Plan last year?

    Z - avoidance, clearly :).

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  7. Interesting. American tomato varieties are called Big Boy, Better Boy, Lemon Boy (lemon?), Big Beef, and, oh yes, I did find a Pink Girl.

    I was baffled by the menus in Croatia offering things on a bed of rocket. Even the English translation said rocket. Now I know it's a real word, but I still don't know what it is. Guess I should have overcome my fear and ordered some.

    Happy pants, plants, and houses!

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  8. Interesting. American tomato varieties are called Big Boy, Better Boy, Lemon Boy (lemon?), Big Beef, and, oh yes, I did find a Pink Girl.

    I was baffled by the menus in Croatia offering things on a bed of rocket. Even the English translation said rocket. Now I know it's a real word, but I still don't know what it is. Guess I should have overcome my fear and ordered some.

    Happy pants, plants, and houses!

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  9. Ah, intentional pants. Nothing like 'em.

    Yes, I did indeed attempt World Take-Over Bid No. VIIVXIICMCL via courgettes, my chosen weapon of the moment. However, it didn't quite work, as you had probably guessed, the country having remained (relatively) free. Bugger. Next time, then. Perhaps I should start with Devon-Domination, and sort of move up to World...

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  10. Ah, intentional pants. Nothing like 'em.

    Yes, I did indeed attempt World Take-Over Bid No. VIIVXIICMCL via courgettes, my chosen weapon of the moment. However, it didn't quite work, as you had probably guessed, the country having remained (relatively) free. Bugger. Next time, then. Perhaps I should start with Devon-Domination, and sort of move up to World...

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  11. GigoIt.com is a improvement over Freecycle where free items are listed. It has a lot of advantages over Freecycle like pictures and search and it's easier for beginners to pick up.There are lots of advanced features too, like RSS, a Google Earth layer, and gmail-style conversation views. I hope you check it out.

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  12. GigoIt.com is a improvement over Freecycle where free items are listed. It has a lot of advantages over Freecycle like pictures and search and it's easier for beginners to pick up.There are lots of advanced features too, like RSS, a Google Earth layer, and gmail-style conversation views. I hope you check it out.

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