Saturday, September 29, 2012


Went out to water the plants yesterday and as I turned to go back inside I saw something move in a reflection in the window that caught my attention. A squirrel had somehow scaled the 18 floors to the top of my building.

He was sitting on the top ledge of the building when I saw him. Just when I was starting to think he was stuck up there, he very quickly crawled down to my neighbours balcony and sat for a bit before returning to the top of the building. Within a few minutes he was gone again. We have lots of black squirrels around here - I see them everywhere. But this was the first time I've seen one scale an 18 floor building.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Goodbye Celery

Something I haven't paid much attention to all season is my celery. I planted 4 plants of Utah back in May and watched it very slowly grow to what it is now. Some of the leaves are starting to yellow, probably because I didn't add enough fertilizer to the soil at the beginning of the season and didn't apply it regularly throughout (I was kind of lazy this year). We plucked off stalks from time to time whenever we needed it. One of the plants ended up in a tomato sauce last week and the other three just landed in a big soup pot.

It wasn't a bad celery. It certainly needed more attention to be good enough to snack on raw although some of the inner stalks we're tasty. The stalks didn't get big and juicy but they had a nice celery flavor. I wish I could have given it more sunlight.

Saturday, September 8, 2012


Really windy today. Enough to blow my basil over. Teaches me for not watering it this morning. All of the plants in this container have flowered and are producing seed. The aphids are back too in huge numbers on the top 6 or 8 inches of each basil plant.

My tomatoes are almost done now. Just a few little green ones left on the vines which stopped growing a long time ago. The leaves are starting to yellow and brown from the bottom up. These plants drained all the nutrients from their containers a long time ago. I've still got lots of peppers to harvest - hot wax and California wonder. And my celery is starting to die off. I better use what I can before it's all turns yellow and withers.