Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Time to Eat the Mesclun Lettuce and Work on the Patio

I guess it's about time to sample the Mesclun historic cuisine of chef Platt of the famous Q's restaurant in Colorado.  I've been told not to let it get too big and cut it don't pull it.  OK, if you don't hear from me for awhile, call poison control cause I accidentally ate a weed and not the lettuce cuisine. Ack!!  OK, so I exaggerate a little but I did see a bug in the lettuce patch the other day. It was one of those big fat leaf munching worms.  Ha, it was on a bind weed.  Even the worms don't like this stuff.

The carrots are a little sparse but seem to be coming along.  If the weather holds, I just might get a carrot.  Out of the 80 carrot seeds planted, about a dozen give or take a couple have sprouted into plants.  I suppose I really should give them some water as the promised rain of the past few days turned out to be only .3 of an inch.  So for the last month and a half we have received a total of just a bit more than one inch.  Not a lot for six weeks.  Normal rain fall for September is 2 inches and October is 2.5 inches.  We are well below that.

I've been working on a patio in the backyard that will end up being a fire pit patio when completed.  It's been an off and on thing when more important things aren't happening so it's made slow progress this summer.  I have the hardest part completed which is the concrete block foundation for a retaining wall which surround 3/4 of the patio.  It will be a real asset to the back yard.  You can kind of get an idea of how it's going to look when completed.  I've set the first row of retaining wall blocks on the foundation.  The entry to the patio will be at the bottom of this picture and be about five or six blocks wide.  The actual patio level will be about the level of the front row of smooth flat blocks.  Yeah, I know the yard is getting a little scruffy again.

I have one last parting shot of the Poor Man's Patio for this summer.  With the first frost date of October 15th fast approaching it could come at any time now.  This has been the most successful attempt to beautify the trellis so far.  It's going to be hard to beat this year.  A daily automatic watering and a shot of Miracle Grow every three weeks probably did wonders to help things stay blooming.

I hope you all are having a great fall.  The leaves are just about all off the trees and now it's time to round them up and get them in the compost corral.  


  1. Hope you're still well!
    The trellis did do well this year and that is going to be a great patio. Looks like a good start.

  2. The trellis looks great! I'm sure that it will be just as beautiful next year!

    I can't believe that almost all the leaves are off the trees. Ours have just started to fall.

    It looks like you ended up with about as many carrots as I did. It was too hot for them to germinate.

    Now, get working on that fire pit!