Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Stinky Fish Fertilizer Day

Every few weeks, I spend thirty minutes or so mixing up batches of "deodorized" fish fertilizer (don't let the name fool you into thinking you won't smell rotted fish) and lugging my watering can around the yard feeding the plants. I sometimes wonder if the extra food actually does any good, or if I'm merely developing a healthy and attractive habitat for large black flies. Nonetheless, I persist despite the objections of everyone else who lives here.

And things are growing. Food is coming soon.

Raspberries:



Tomatoes:




Okra:




I also have two bell pepper plants, but based on past performance, I'm not entirely sure they are going to do much.

5 comments:

Frazier said...

Ooh. Some of my worst childhood memories come from having to pick okra off those prickly plants long into the Fall, well after the enjoyment of fried okra for dinner had passed us by. Second to that were those stupid fiberglass flags that went on the back of your bicycle, that would leave fiberglass splinters in your hand if you forgot and grabbed it. Okra's one I'll always buy at the grocery, thank-you-very-much!

Jordana said...

This kind is supposed to be spineless and I always use clippers to cut it off. But I'll remember, if you come to visit, not to send you to cut the okra and I won't cook you a whole chicken in the crockpot either. See, don't you want to come visit?

Jennifer said...

Our raspberries are growing too. In fact, we've had two ripened. Neither of which we've gotten to eat because the baby bunny who lives under there has beaten us to them.
I haven't had much success with bell peppers. Jalepenos go crazy on me, but we need like 4 of those all summer. I wonder what the secret is to good bell peppers?

skinnydan said...

Costco. Costco is the secret to peppers.
Actually, we've semi-successfully planted them in a self-watering pot for the last few years. I usually get some peppers, but they never seem as sweet as I want them.
This year's plants are looking a bit puny, so I'm not expecting much.

Alan said...

Only one of my half dozen tomato plants has any tomatoes on it. The others (save one) have blooms that dry up without setting fruit. I've been increasing water to see if that will help.
I don't have stinky fish fertilizer; I have a cow pasture in the back of my house. I won't elaborate further.

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