Monday, May 14, 2007

If my thumb is black, it's 'cuz it's covered in ink (I hope).

This is my garden. We don't have a sunny spot in the backyard, and I didn't want to make a permanent plot in the front yard, so, instead, I'm growing veggies in pots. I started out with three plants: a tomato plant (Early Girls), a bell pepper plant, and a Japanese eggplant. A few weeks later it occurred to novice-me that solo plants might have a tougher time with the whole pollination side of things, and I bought another pepper and eggplant, and—since I was out—a grape tomato plant and two bunches of basil.

I'm a little obsessed with these plants right now. The mundane miracle of a seed turning dirt, water, and sunlight into a great big plant that I can eat is ample subject for hours of mediation while I sit on the lawn, just kinda staring at them. Right now there are two green tomatoes on the big tomato plant, and a little tiny fruit has started to grow on the older eggplant. The older bell pepper has just begun to bloom.

Of course, since they're in the front yard, it's a forgone conclusion that they'll get stolen a day or two before the first harvest. But I'm enjoying the process in and of itself.

Also: You can now pre-order copies of the new issue of Ballyhoo Stories. This is the first issue to carry comics, and I'm pretty danged proud of the line-up of cartoonists presented. They are: JP Coovert, Ray Fenwick, Andy Hartzell, Joseph Holsapple, Simone Lia, and Corinne Mucha; with front and back covers by Paul Pope!


april said...

man, i've really been loving the idea of a garden lately. or even just a few tomato plants or herbs. i imagine it's incredibly rewarding.

if i ever get one started we'll have to exchange produce :)

Pulpatooner said...


That would be great! If you're gonna start one this year, you better get crackin'!

the lw said...

Sweetie, the garden looks amazing! I've been trying to picture it in my head as you've described it to me, but it's so much better than I imagined. Can't wait to see it in person--almost as much as I can't wait to see the gardener himself.

Pulpatooner said...


If you're trying to develop a more accurate sense of what the place looks like, I guess I should come clean: Not pictured in my drawing are the hundreds of adorable ceramic garden gnomes I also bought to, you know, make the veggie patch feel homey.

Evan said...

Rie's technically a Japanese eggplant...

If you don't know what i mean, look up what Nasu means.

Pulpatooner said...


Learn something new every day, huh? And how is the eggplant?

the lw said...

So long as the gnomes are accompanied by the ever-classy lady bending over lawn ornament, I'm cool with it.

Shobo said...

Neat, a garden! Just the other day I was suggesting to a few friends that we start a giant, bubble enclosed, self-sustained colony on a remote island off the coast of Macedonia.

I'm not a fan of eggplant/aubergines though (blech).

I haven't had a garden, or plants, or anything living in my vicinity for so long. I think it's nice to have something else alive around the house apart from yourself.

Pulpatooner said...


What a great idea for an anniversary present! (hint, hint)


I'm not quite at the Macedonian bio-dome level of self-sufficiency, but I can certainly see the appeal.

The deal with eggplant is finding the right recipe. I like to use it in a pseudo-rattatoullie: basically, a giant pot of roasted vegetables kinda smooshed together. It's a great all-purpose dish. I'll eat it as stew, pasta sauce, with rice, even as a sandwich filling.

Also, I recommend the Japanese or Indian varieties over the big, fat Western ones. No need for all that salting-to-drain-the-bitter-seed-fluid hoo-hah.

Living things are nice to have around the house. Unless they're brown recluse spiders.

chrishaley said...

The things you really have to watch out for are these new Brown Widow spiders.
It's only a matter of time before they make their way here.

Pulpatooner said...

They'll make their way into town, riding on the backs of killer bees!

Unknown said...

My wife is into the whole zen of gardening. I just work the cooking/eating angle. Fresh basil is super nice. The best part about it is it takes so little to go a long way compared to the dried stuff and it tastes immensely better.

On a side note, I was thinking about your desire to use Anachronista in a project. How about taking that great Medusa Mae design and partnering the both of them up with pre-tragic ending "Sweetie n Me" Rebecca Sloth-Harmonia? They could could convene at Monticello no less. Pure gold. Sign me up for the preorder.

Pulpatooner said...


Yeah, while most of the gardening I'm doing is more out of curiosity than any practical value, having fresh herbs on hand is just a necessity.

As far as the Anachronista, Medusa Mae, Rebecca Sloth-Harmonia team-up: dang, son, I think you just earned yourself a percentage. I'll have them working for Dame Cephalothorax-Jones (from my very early comic action fun adventure), and call them The Multisyllabic Sirens of Handing You Your Ass.