Candace: what are you planning to grow?

As of today, I've got two of my 4'x4' boxes planted with vertical trellises and chicken wire cages. So far I've planted:

  • 9 Beans
  • 16 Beets
  • 9 Broccoli
  • 3 Cabbage
  • 2 Jalapeño
  • 4 Lettuce
  • 13 Onions
  • 5 Peas
  • 9 Radishes
  • 4 Spinach
  • 3 Summer Squash
  • 4 Swiss Chard
  • 2 Watermelon
  • 3 Zucchini

One tomato plant purchased (still indoors), need a couple more. Pumpkins to be started in a few weeks in time for October. We also purchased 4 dwarf fruit trees this year: 2 apple, one peach, one plum. I don't expect any yield this year, but you never know.

This year is the first year we're being serious about it - and surprise (to me), it's a hell of a lot of work!

But I did solve the problem of making a cage that fits a box with a vertical trellis. I made a 4'x4'x18" goalie net of wood and chicken wire. Then I tied chicken wire around the other side of the trellis so that the net and the trellis fit together to form a cage (with a one-inch gap for vining plants to grow up). It looks like it will work.

§463 · May 21, 2008 · Life · 1 comment · Tags:

I've been watching David's FakeSmile script evolve over the course of the last few months. At the same time, I have been reading up on SMIL Timesheets, a recent specification drafted by the SYMM Working Group. With recent support of timesheets in FakeSmile, I thought it would be a good chance to experiment. Read the rest of this entry ...

§462 · May 19, 2008 · JavaScript, Software, SVG, Technology, Web · Comments Off on Smile Zen Garden? · Tags: , , , , , ,

Anybody out there do any Square Foot Gardening? I've built some frames and got the mix and plan to put them on the ground this weekend. I also have built a couple vertical trellises, but I'm puzzling (like this person) how the cage can work with vertical growing crops... Maybe I'll do what the first commenter did and just use the hardware cloth wall around the garden instead of a cage with a top - but I know there's a raccoon in the neighborhood that could probably climb that...

§461 · May 17, 2008 · Life · Comments Off on Gardening And Vines And Pests · Tags:

Poor WebDevout. All that time and effort into resource sites like that and Google comes along with Google Doctype - with an aim to be the definitive, community-driven source for all documentation about the open web development. As long as the "open web" doesn't include things like XHTML or SVG or SMIL, that is. Oh, and as long as you don't care about the Opera web browser.

It will be interesting to see how the web development community at large reacts to this - I'm guessing mostly positive (as opposed to the backlash I saw regarding Google Knol). I like the test-driven aspect, but since all the pages are text/html, this makes it problematic for some of the technologies that I care about. It will be interesting to see how the project evolves over time as more technologies graduate and make it into Google's view of the 'open web' stack (perhaps when those technologies shed some Draconian pounds). For now, I'll just hope that SVG makes its way back into HTML5...

Anyway, congratulations to Mark Pilgrim for giving it its legs and pushing it out the door.

§460 · May 14, 2008 · Google, Software, Technology, Web · 2 comments · Tags: ,