Shintokiwa cucumbers to be the best. In fact, I even like 'em. And because they are so prolific, I can like 'em and still have plenty to share. Last year after I had picked 80 cukes, I stopped counting. And this was from only three plants.
I grow them from seed - I doubt that you can find baby starter plants at the local nursery, although I've never really looked. It's pretty easy and since they are open-pollinated, you really only have to buy seeds once and then save some for the following year(s).
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
|I completed the "H" and began the "O"|
|Willard Middle School Mural|
If you can spare a few hours on any of the remaining weekends in August, and don't mind wearing old clothes and getting a little dusty, then the Willard Middle School Community Mosaic in Berkeley would welcome you.
Not only will you be helping out, but you also get the chance to practice your tiling and mosaic skills. Rachel Rodi is heading up the effort, and the team is doing a fabulous job. When I was there this past Sunday, there was a large crew of parents, teachers, friends and students (boy, had I forgotten what young teen chatter was like. Somehow I doubt that it has changed much over the past forty-plus years) just working away.
And if your backside gets tired from sitting on an overturned bucket, it's OK to wander off for a cup of coffee or a snack.
To sign-up, click here.
Willard Middle School
2425 Stuart Street
Saturday, August 6, 2016
|Not Completely Tiled|
|Covered in Grout|
|Grout Mostly Removed|
It's not that I consciously intended to imitate an Egyptian-esque design; sometimes these things just build themselves. I wasn't even too aware of how it was shaping up until the project was underway. I think it's in the colors mostly, that suggest desert sands and starry night skies. But as I was working on this piece, I did have time to consider ancient glories and clouded futures.
|Ready to be Sealed|