Also, I'd like to thank Daphne and Granny for educating me on the dangers of grapes to dogs. Gosh, i'd never heard that before. Even though I will refrain from feeding them to her, I don't know how I will keep her from eating the ones that fall to the ground. Sigh....
In gardening news, the broccoli is still doing well, but the leaves were kinda droopy when this photo was taken. It was pretty warm this day, and definitely the reason for it. Also, when the swc was assembled, the effective water/soil exchange surface area was reduced drastically - in hopes of reducing the rate of capillary action. Initial tests conclude that the soil moisture level measures 3-4 with my moisture meter. That's fantastic! That is exactly what I was shooting for.....This should be really good for tomatoes next year.
Photo below - Remember those containers at the edge of the woods, that I tried corn in? Well, there's a good reason why they didn't perform very well....
They were filled with my (unfinished) compost that was heavily comprised of pine needles, which hasn't decomposed after all this time. No wonder they didn't grow well, because it looked awful!
Photo below - However, the compost that I made during the summer looks fantastic, and another container was filled for growing more onions. These are from seed, and are a granex hybrid. Granex is the original cultivar for the "vidalia onion", I believe. Boy, I hope they do well! Jude was lookin' at me like "Hey, retard.....why all the fuss about this dirt-looking stuff? Don't ya wanna play?"
This next look was convincing, so I had to put away the camera and play frisbee for a while.
Since moving the clocks back last weekend, it's already dark when I get home from work each day. With flashlight in hand, I still make the daily trek out to Jude's pen, and play with her for a little while. Sadly, all of my projects will have to be done on the weekends, now. I'll finish the roof on Saturday, and start on the soffets, too. The vinyl siding should be started the following weekend.
BTW....I made my homemade spaghetti sauce the other day, and only have 4 pints to show for my efforts. As usual with anything I can for the first time - I reduced it too much. So much for pouring it from the jars - because it's really thick! heh. No biggie....water will be added to it when it gets used in the future. One thing's for sure, i'll be growing at least twice as many tomatoes next year, because it takes alot!
Take care, and happy gardening!