Plantnappers & Christmas

Sorry for the lack of posts!  Work has exploded with activity, I was out-of-town for a bit and then before I knew it, Christmas had come and gone.

Things in the garden are exploding, too.  I can’t keep up with the lettuces, and I’m getting so many snow peas that I could eat them at every meal and still have more! :) Luckily, I love snow peas.

I can finally tell the difference between the sugar snap peas and snow peas, by the way.

King of Blues BeansMy king of blues & scarlet runner beans are starting to come out.  It’s really cool to see these little sticks on the vines turn into beans!  Even though Ben doesn’t eat as many veggies as I do, he loves the idea of being able to grow your own food, so he’s getting a real kick from how much our garden beds are giving us this season.

Our Christmas was really lovely.  We got to spend the day over at Ben’s parents’ house and have an amazing lunch there.

I really got spoiled this year!  Ben got me a Wii with the new Zumba game & Wii Fit because he knows how much I love Zumba and how the original dvds are getting a bit boring for me.  I also got two pairs of glasses.  I haven’t had glasses in about ten years — my old optometrist used to yell at me for that.

Ben’s parents have been reading along here and spied my garden wish list post from a few months ago.  They gave me a dwarf lemon tree and english lavender for Christmas!  And Ben’s brother got me some socks (I love socks! I always need socks!) and some new gardening secateurs.

On a sad note, the plantnappers struck again early Christmas Eve morning (or Christmas Eve Eve? night).  I went outside to water the garden late on Saturday and opened the door to find that Mr. Courgette had been stolen. They weren’t so neat about the roots this time and left quite a few of them, which looked really horrible because they were still bringing up water and just sticking out of the bed, dripping.

I’m not sure if whoever doing it is just screwing with us, or if they really like courgettes, but I was (and still am a bit) heartbroken.  Ben is really upset as well…we just feel a bit powerless at this point to really try and stop them from ripping out everything else that I’ve worked so hard to grow.

Pretty fly on a pretty marigoldI was really discouraged about bringing any of the plants I’ve grown from seed out from around back, but I really have no where else to put them and what’s the point of having two new raised garden beds if I can’t use them?  I’m trying to not let the plantnappers keep me down, so I’ve done some rearranging in the garden beds since then, and I’ll do a picture post tomorrow to show you the updates! :)

Leon & Damara want me to post about their holiday as well, so stay tuned for that!

We hope your holidays are going smashingly well! 


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lily
    Dec 28, 2011 @ 21:46:53

    Awww, gwen. So sorry to hear about the plantnappers yet again. You’ve done such an amazing job with your garden and it really is a shame that these people can’t leave your courgettes alone. :(


  2. ceciliag
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 01:45:36

    People stole your courgettes!? Wow. Are they dreadfully hungry? I got your name off claire’s list and cannot believe I have not found you before, we love to garden over here. I have a project that i am starting whereby we grow our garden and then undertake to pass plants and help over the fence to our neighbours. This has many positive repercussions in a community. It is loosely called the ‘one for me and one for you garden project.’ I am going to pop this page up over there if i may? And if you take a gardening shot that you think might be cool put it up anytime. You can get the address from my blog page.We only started it last week. But I was thinking. Why not leave a plant in a pot and a sign out for your plant nappers!? Or am I missing something more sinister here.. c


    • gwen
      Dec 29, 2011 @ 09:11:03

      We’ve had things stolen off our front porch and this is the second courgette plant that’s been stolen. The first was pretty small, this one was rather large.

      That sounds like a pretty cool project! :) I know my surrounding neighbors, and don’t think it’s any of them, and I’ve offered to give plants to several neighbors and have given away lots of produce from this season to them already. Great minds think alike!


  3. Emma
    Dec 29, 2011 @ 09:14:25

    Those plantknappers make my blood boil. I felt so sad reading about your zucchini roots drinking up water to nothing. Heart breaking! I’m happy everything else is Producing well for you. Xx


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