A coupla house & garden things

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I'm a little late mentioning this but have you heard of the partial house collapse on Morgan St? A street that is both in Mt. Vernon Square and the TC.

As a reminder, these houses aren't as strong as you think they are, unless someone in the 100 or so years they've been standing did more than slap band-aids on them. A neighbor is gutting his house and the stories he's told about what dangerous defects they found once they've peeled away the plaster is frigging frightening. Walls with nothing but sandy mortar keeping them up. Walls that were leaning and bowing and not really locked in place that possibly could have taken the neighboring house with it. Well that's just our block. I'm sure your house was built by guys who wanted the place to stand for a hundred years. Oh wait, your hundred years is up.

Well now that I've depressed and unnecessarily scared some of you (really, unless you're renovating don't worry. If you are renovating factor structural fix-ups into the costs), here's something nice. I was in the 5th St Hardware store to get some zip ties. Spent $75 in gardening stuff and forgot the zip ties. Anyway I saw a non-motorized lawn mower for sale. If I still had a tiny lawn I would really consider one of these. It is one of those really old fashioned push reel mowers and since the only power it uses is people power, it is green. I have heard it is greener not to have a lawn at all. But I didn't ditch my tiny lawn to be green. It was ditched it because I wanted to grow food and I can't eat grass.

Not so nice. They are almost out of tomato plants. There were 1 or 2 left. I bought 2. Hit the farmers markets. Thursday in Penn Quarter, there is a vendor who sells patio tomato plants, great for small spaces. Patio tomatoes don't vine all over the place. They are kinda bushy.

Ok this post is rambling.

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