Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November Cactus Jack

Bougainvillea 'Barbara Karst'

I finally planted a small tree aloe that has been languishing in a pot for the past two years. I hope it lasts. In this region, it must be protected from frost, so it is a leap of faith to put it in the ground. I'll have to keep an eye on the weather forecast and cover it when necessary. I keep telling myself I won't add more garden chores with my choices, but here we go again!

Right across the road from my house, cabbage harvesting is in full force. they strip and pack the cabbage in boxes right there in the fields. I'm surrounded with fields of organic vegetables grown specifically for the gourmet restaurants in the Phoenix area. Currently there's cabbage, loose leaf lettuce and kale in nearby fields. So close, yet so far away! These fields are guarded 24 hours a day. Occasionally, I see some brazen people stop, run to the fields, steal a few cabbages and beat it back to their vehicles before the guard can reach them in his truck. The guard won't chase them once they are back on the public road. Vegetables aren't as popular with the thieves--they prefer melons--and in season the growers have more than one guard watching over the fields.


Julie said...

I would be stealing the kale if I had a choice!!! Hehehe. Love your tree aloe!

danger garden said...

That's kind of pathetic! (the stealing I mean)

David said...

That's a cute guy you've got there.
Wish we had a scarecrow.
Good luck on that tree aloe.
We also have a few here in Houston but they MUST be protected from frost.
Sorry about the stealing. Cabbages are all of 17 to 20 cents a pound, right?
so sad.
David/ :-)

Rohrerbot said...

Bougainvillea is doing really well right now with lots of colorful brachts all around the branches!! If people can steal, they will....sad state we are in today.

Anonymous said...

Oh come on Aiyana, don't tell me you haven't wanted to run into the field and steal organic veggies too. hahaha.
BTW that cactus bloom looks just like a scare crow.