Hi guys!

Hi everyone~

I found my way over here from a banner ad on one of the webcomics I read (It was Teacher), and you've drawn me in with the discussions you keep up in here.

I'm 23, working as a clerk for the local paper, and trying to get the hang of being a grown-up. I'm a bit out of the habit of reading--a side effect of being an English major--but I'm easing back into it. I've also been rather into knitting and gardening of late, although at this time of year my gardening is mostly restricted to pulling dead bermuda grass out of the flower beds so that I'll actually be able to plant once spring comes.

I look forward to hanging out in here~

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Davik's picture

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Welcome to the group. I know I've gotten out of the habit of reading in the last few years, but that's because after spending a few hours a day referencing text books for homework the last thing you want to see is another book Blum 3

Come prime gardening time maybe you can give us some suggestions and advice; I don't have the black thumb of death that my mom has, but I know that what I have planned for my garden in the spring is a little ambitious by my standards.

By the way, what do you do around the paper? Are you planning to stay in the working world? I only ask because a few years ago I was about the same age as you are and in the working world, but gave it up to go to grad school. The work load sucks, the classes suck, and the pay REALLY sucks, but I set my own hours, don't have to wear a tie anymore, and at least in theory will make real money when I get done Smile

ereuyi's picture

Sorry to double post, but I can't figure out how to edit my reply~

As a clerk, I put together a lot of the stuff that doesn't get a byline: the daily record (births, marriages, and divorces), the burglaries (compiling police reports), achievers (people who've gotten scholarships, awards, etc.), Eagle Scouts, Pet of the Week, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Syllabi, briefs of press releases, etc. I also deliver faxes, route phone calls and emails, and am generally the person who gets yelled at when someone calls the paper in a snit. I've been thinking about grad school, but I'm not entirely sure what I'd want to study, so that's tabled for a little while.

Davik's picture

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1: I could be wrong, but as far as I can tell you can't edit a post that has been replied to (sorry for being the replier!).
2: I never got a news article when I made Eagle Scout Blum 3
3: Honestly, my recommendation as far as grad school, spend a little time in the working world, earn some money, decide what you want to do (I switched from nuclear physics to biophysics and biochem a year after I got here). This will also usually net you enough money for a down payment on a house, at which point you can find a renter and you get to be the land lord (insert evil laugh here).

ereuyi's picture

Well, my plans may be a bit ambitious this year, too. This'll be my first spring in this rental, and while it has a lot of potential, it's also been pretty badly neglected. It'll be an adventure, if nothing else.

I haven't got a lot of gardening experience, but maybe I'll be able to help! I have pretty decent Google-fu, if all else fails.

Davik's picture

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Any specifics yet as to what you're planning? I figure I have about a quarter acre of land here, and minus the area of the house, the driveway, front yard, and all of that, I'm willing to tear up maybe 200 square feet for the garden (with a little stripped out for the grill I want to build). Of that I want to put down a couple dozen heirloom tomato plants, a half dozen species of chiles, and a bunch of herbs. Anything beyond that that I can squeeze in is just gravy (though what I wouldn't give for a couple of daikon and some napa cabbage...)

ereuyi's picture

My yard's maybe 25 feet square, so I'm a little more limited space-wise. There's one maybe 80 sq. ft bed along one side, but I've got to reclaim it, and I'm going to try to put in beds along two other sides of the yard.

There's already either a garden huckleberry or a wonderberry in the bed, but the landlord's yard guy cut it back pretty badly (with a WEEDEATER), so I'm waiting to see if it comes back. I've got some rocket and cress for spring greens, and two varieties of tomatoes: one cherry (Isis Cherry Candy) and one paste (Purple Russian). I've ordered a whack of herbs, most of which I plan to put in pots or wherever there's extra dirt, a Charentais melon, carrots , amaranth (I may sow this in a vacant lot near me, guerilla style), onions, cowpeas, and beans. I've also got some kale, cabage, and broccoli for fall planting, since our winters are pretty mild. Oh, and some poppies and marigolds for the itty front bed.

Davik's picture

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I don't know anything about the Isis Cherry Candy, but the Purple Russian should be interesting at least; can't say I remember the varieties of heirlooms I'm planning, but I'm going to generally be getting starts from a friend of mine who grows something like a quarter acre plus just for his garden (not to mention his horses). I know I'm planning my front flower bed to generally be for my herbs, as well as for the Naga Morich peppers I want to plant, because I sure as hell don't want them cross pollinating with any of the normal use peppers (don't want to end up with a jalapeno that kills someone in my salsa). Sadly with a Michigan winter I'm a little limited though. On a side note, you said you might be planting Amaranth? I've never tried it myself, but a vegan friend of mine got a hold of some and really didn't like it, said he much preferred the taste and texture of quinoa if you have the option to grow that instead (honestly I kind of want to plant a little of both just to try them).

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Well, looking at it, it seems I should have planted quinoa in the fall if I wanted to grow it. Also, I've been able to find it in stores, where I haven't found whole amaranth, so yanno. Worst comes to worst, I hear birds love it.
Also, you are braver than I to try growing those peppers.

Capriox's picture

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*snerk* Sorry, you probably don't realize this, but Amaranth is the name of a main character in another online serial fiction, Tales of Magisterius University, that many of the readers here also read or have read (I used to read it, but then realized it was never going to improve from college drama/BDSM porn soap opera and got bored). In it, the character Amaranth is a nymph that was magically born from a field of amaranth grain. Knowing that makes your gardening discussion more entertaining Wink

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