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Bamboo whistles from the Toji Market

I bought a bunch of bamboo whistles and flutes from this vendor and had him demonstrate each one. It will take some practice, and more before I can coax any of them to warble or chirp. Maybe I should have gotten just the dog whistle to see if the dogs back home are on the same frequency.


the kazoo

the uguisu flute

The easiest of them all, the Uguisu flute. But you have to know how the Japanese bush warbler sings to get it right.


Tomato Dispatch (Livermore)

By mid May, I had planted two more tomatoes — my favorite Black Russian variety, Paul Robeson, and one of the two Pineapples that our neighbor Dick grows every year from seed and distributes to all the neighborhood growers on the block.  I settled on these heavy duty fence posts and wire that I got from the local feed store for supporting the rapidly maturing tomatoes.


Tomato Dispatch (Oakland)

Finally got a chance to get the tomatoes in the ground at home. Â Thanks to the neighborhood Gemmers, our gardening group, there’s a nice little patch of ground that gets the most sun, and hopefully, these tomatoes will be happy here.

Weisnicht Ukranian

Black Cherry

Blue Beauty

Green Cherokee

GEM gathering

On April 12, members of the Gardeners Exchange of Millsmont (GEM) descended upon my overgrown and neglected backyard for the monthly get-together. The grand effort was just in time as I’d been holding off on getting my tomato starts in the ground until I had a chance to clean out the weeds and overcrowded irises from the planting beds.

But first, a special guest, Arthur Boone came and talked about planting street trees.

The planter is getting some long overdue weeding

And then, we got down to the back breaking business of … weeding.

Thanks to all who came and tamed the beast. Here’s Julie, hacking away near the Salvia bush.

Judy showed us the group’s Garden Bug Bucks

One Garden Bug Buck (love that “in gardening we trust”

gardening is definitely not for the faint hearted

Thanks to Judy, the decisive master pruner. the lemon tree got some major surgery, so now perhaps it will flower and we’ll see some fruit?!

Sophie was very much the best dressed of our group!

Tomato Dispatch 4.10.2015 from Livermore

With a little bit (a lot) of help from Steve, I got my first four tomato plants in the ground in the garden patch behind the office. I brought in a bucket full of worm castings to blend in to the deep holes and mounded up the tomatoes for a good soak. Hoping for a good harvest of late season tomatoes with the warm temperatures of Livermore.