Science

  1. Holy Tomato!

    *Updates at bottom of page. Whoa, my plants are huge—both standing over four feet tall! Bud has twenty tomatoes so far. Ben has 19. Update June 20: If my babies survive this heat I will be a lucky mama. It is going to be 107 today. Just gave them two gallons of water each. Four yesterday. Leaves are frying in the dry heat. May only get one run from these plants. But... looks like I will have some juicy, ripe tomatoes for the 4th of July. :) June 26: June 28, after three months...
  2. Spring Has Sprung

    Last Sunday I planted two new tomato plants. This season I decided to place them below the porch--up on crates--rather than on the porch. Meet Ben. He is a Better Boy hybrid. This is Bud. He is a Big Beef hybrid. I will update this post soon. And keep you abreast of their progress. 3/27: Both Ben and Bud are 13" and look very strong and healthy. 4/3: Bud has taken off. He now stands 18". Ben is trailing behind at 14". 4/11: Bud stands 21". Ben is at 17". 4/19: Bud ~ 25"....
  3. Last Harvest

    Last night the temperature here dropped below the freezing point. I covered Penny and Sid but they were not looking so good this morning. So, I picked their remaining tomatoes. I will attempt to ripen them in paper bags on the counter. If that fails, I will be scourging the Net for green tomato recipes. Total harvest from two plants this season: 28 lbs. Not too shabby. :) Update December 1: Tomatoes are all ripening. No need to hunt down green tomato recipes.
  4. If it is true that you are what you eat, then I am mostly cabbage and rice

    I have been eating a lot of cabbage lately—bok choy and green. I chop it up and sautée it in a little oil in a dutch oven on the stove top. After it caramelizes, I add lots of black pepper and some cubed ham (optional). Then I pour in a little water, cover, and steam it for ten minutes. I eat it over basmati or long grain rice. The rice soaks up the liquid. Delicious. I also eat quite a bit of romaine-based salads. I eat very little dairy—cheese every once in a while (lactose intolerance)....
  5. Just Picked

    Penelope and Sid look like little Christmas trees with bright red bulbs. Yesterday afternoon... Just picked these this morning... There are still dozens yet to ripen on the plants. So far I have harvested eleven pounds of tomatoes. Not too shabby. I am so happy and excited that my parents will get to taste some when they visit next week.
  6. Tomato Blasphemy, Gardener Weeping!

    Was just at my local market. Look at what I came across... That is right. Large tomatoes selling for 3 lbs for 99¢! I couldn't resist buying a bunch... All these for $1.37! Look at my small tomato perched on top. Going price for mine? Four dollars a pound. Enough to make this gardener weep. Next season, I am growing heirlooms. So the taste will definitely trump the market varieties'. But how will Penny's tomatoes stack up against these large market tomatoes? I will let you know later...
  7. Dreaming of Red

    Waiting for my tomatoes to turn red is like watching paint dry—it seems to be taking forever. Sid has over thirty tomatoes. Penny has over forty. I can't even count them all. I've tried but I lose track. There are so many clustered together. But they are all green. Some are quite large. Looks like they are full size. As soon as they start to get a little orangeish at the bottom they are good to go. It usually takes about seven days for them to fully ripen on the vine once they start. I...
  8. Prolific Penelope

    Took these a few minutes ago. She has twenty-two tomatoes and dozens of blossoms. Eight of her tomatoes are the size of a small peach. Isn't she gorgeous. Taken yesterday after a rain shower: A little info on Penny: Phoenix Tomato Update 9/1: Penny now has 26 tomatoes! Each are expected to weigh 10 to 12 ounces. That is over fifteen pounds! I need to get a mini fruit/veggie scale. Her largest tomato:
  9. Sid's Succulent Baby

    Sid has produced his first tomato. Baby Sid—vine-ripened—was picked yesterday, August 22nd. Just got home from running all of my errands. Baby Sid looks delicious sitting on the counter: I think I will slice him in half: Now slice him into wedges and sprinkle him with a little sea salt: Now, for the taste. Holy mother Rhea of Zeus, he is the most flavorful and juicy tomato I have ever tasted. I am not kidding. No exaggeration here. If you can, I highly recommend growing your own...
  10. Not So Secret Garden

    Penelope and Siddhartha ~ Sid for short because he is... I have two tomato plants which I transplanted into containers to grow on my porch this past July. Very late in the season—a risk. It was an impulsive thing—to start a tomato garden this year. I was inspired by a new friend of mine who is a master gardener/scientist. But so far things have been running smoothly. I named them Siddhartha and Penelope. Siddhartha—because he looks like a compact Buddha sitting all stoically in a green...
  11. A Construct About Constructs

    There is no such thing as objectivity. Everything is a construct—constructed by subjects. No one is capable of being completely objective. We all start with a subject—ourselves. Even in eastern philosophy—though they fervently deny there is such as thing as 'self'—a person cannot think, feel, make decisions, or critiques without the self being a part of the picture. All film, food, art, and music critics critique from a place of subjectivity. Even you do. You choose to read about certain...
  12. Electronic Graveyard

    Goodbye my loves. You once meant so much to me. I thank each and every single one of you for being there when I needed to listen, connect, learn, engage. I have moved on. You have all been replaced. Technology... innovation... killed off all of you, slowly, one by one. Let's have a memorial service. First, a poem... Nothing Gold Can Stay ~ Robert Frost Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides...
  13. Nothingness Into Being

    Nothingness = a closed spherical spacetime of zero radius Can you imagine nothingness? Right now I am reading a book titled, Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective story. About halfway through the book, I came across a wonderful passage. The author, Jim Holt, speaks with physicist Alex Vilenkin about the difficulty in imagining sheer nothingness. Vilken helps make this possible with a thought experiment: Imagine spacetime as the surface of a sphere. Now suppose that this...
  14. Brain Food

    Videos: Charlie Rose Brain Series Recommended episodes: Consciousness Depression Alzheimers Disease Neurological, Psychiatric and Addictive Disorders The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain Podcasts: Brain Science Podcast Recommended episodes: Dave Eagleman on the Secret Lives of the Brain How Mind Emerges From Brain Consciouness With Christof Koch Skepticality Recommended Episodes: The Believing Brain Books: ~ Incomplete Nature A...
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