Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
However, a few sunny moments between Friday evening and late Sunday provided me some time to work on the shed, too. It's not my best work, but will have to do. The sheets of OSB are quite difficult to hold in place - then nail by yourself, especially for the roof. I strained a tricep muscle doing it, but it seems to be better now. Roof felting will be installed this week, then the pain-staking task of putting 3-tab shingles will take place. God, I hate roofing......
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Photo below - The paste tomatoes have very lush growth at the top, but the inevitable brown trail of death is slowly making it's way upward. Several green tomatoes are present, but who knows if they will reach maturity or not? I hope so, because that will make more sauce.
Photo below - The large tomato varieties are in the same condition, but actually at a more accelerated rate. Corn will likely take their place next year, as crop rotation is something that is recommended for optimal garden success. 60 corn stalks in these four earthtainers would do fabulous, I bet....
Also, most of the newly developing tomatoes will be pulled this weekend, in hopes of helping the largest ones reach maturity. With nightly temps in the 40's/50's, they just don't want to grow. Since no more okra is needed in our family, i'll go ahead and let the pods of the burgundy variety grow large too, so that seed can be saved from them. Besides, the stinkbugs are really inflicting alot of damage on them.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Photo below - Blossom end rot has been rampant this year - especially on the paste tomatoes. This particular tomato is brandywine, though. That's even worse!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Anyway, below are several bugs that were found over the weekend, in a sinlge stroll through the garden. Believe me...you have them too, ya just have to find them.
Here's a big, fuzzy caterpillar. From my childhood, I quickly learned to NEVER pick up a caterpillar that is fuzzy, or even spiked. Most sting the crap out of you! Believe me, it hurts.
Photo below - here's a white fringed beetle, and these things are everywhere. They are attracted to over 300 different types of plants, and the larvae overwinter in the soil. From my personal experience, they are mostly found around the peas, beans, potatoes, cucumbers, and okra.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Ginger, welcome to my blog, and thanks for following!
First of all, tomorrow will be a pretty big day - IF it doesn't rain (which I'm sure it will). This evening, I took the extracted grape juice out of the refrigerator and contemplated on how many pints of jelly will come from it, and I'm thinking on the lines of 15-20....That would be excellent! Oh...you'll see the photo, I promise. While trying to figure out how to keep the jars off of the bottom of the pressure cooker, my good friend ribbit told me how to do it on the cheap. I'll wire together several old rings, and place the grouped rings on the bottom of the canner - then place my jars on top of them. Thanks, ribbit!
1. shed (in progress)
2. Three 4x4 hoop houses, that will be incorporated into the big garden box. They will be used for hardening off my vegetable transplants in the spring, and also as makeshift greenhouses for rooting all kinds of cuttings from perennials. They should do a good job, and I know hellbender and Dan will be very interested in the design.
3. A wheelchair ramp for my parents. Dad just had his second knee replaced, and the ramp will let him get outdoors again with the motorized scooter. He really misses playing with Jude.
4. A mechanized compost pile turning device. I'm still on the lookout for cheap materials, and may have to re-design my bin system to accomodate it. That's all I need, more building to do........
5. A homemade leaf shredder that is capable of shredding leaves in bulk. I had a really good idea come to me this evening, and need to visit my very good friend that owns his own electric motor repair business. Yeah, he'll have a good, cheap, used motor that will work. Oh....you'll like this design, I promise. hehe.
In other news, The first harvest of fall lettuce will take place this weekend. Yay! Finally....lettuce and tomatoes at the same time...I really like salads.
I pinched off half of the tiny melons today, in hopes of accelerating the growth of the remaining fruit. The abundance of rain is helping matters, but a couple applications of fertilizer will be necessary, as well. I need a good harvest to get me over the 400 lb. mark.
The physical state of the tomato plants is diminishing by the day, but they should still provide several fruit before completely finished.
The same worms that were wreaking havoc on my tomatoes a while back, are now eating entire okra leaves. Stupid caterpillars....I guess they need a little chemical intervention. I hate to do it, but the bad stuff will get used this weekend.
Lastly, I've got an idea to run by you.....If you've been to Matron's blog, you've probably seen the little gnome named Bilbo, that has been circulated throughout the world this year.....Whomever recieves him for the week, takes pictures of him in their surrounding area, and especially the garden. Well, me and Granny have done the same thing with "EG's box", but only sent it to each other. This little box has probably traveled 6-7,000 miles over the last year, and I think it's only fair to let it visit other parts of the country/world, as well. What do you think? Of course, since it's my creation - i'll need to be the facilitator of the project, and keep up with it at all times. I think it would be fun! I'll post guidelines in a few days, and we'll get it on it's merry little way!
Take care, and happy gardening
I really doctored the little box up, because I was going for a certain "shock factor". Heh.
Anyway, little did I know that she would take the box with her on the annual migration to Arizona for the winter, and take its picture in all kinds of places! Man...this box has traveled alot of miles over the past year! When checking the mail after we got home from our beach trip the other day, I got a pleasant surprise. The little box was finally home! Of course, it had something in it, too...A jar of Granny's homemade strawberry jam. Yum! Thank you, Granny!
Now, for some gardening related news.....The new cucumber planting is still doing nicely, but the abundance of rain is causing the leaves to yellow a bit. That's ok, in 4 more weeks, they'll be pulled out anyway. I might (notice I said might) make another batch of sweet pickle relish soon, especially since I know how to NOT make it. Once again, it's Granny to the rescue!
Photo below - here's the (3) zucchini plants that are still being kept in their reserved space by the upside-down tomato cages. The squashbugs have found them, but aren't a problem at all. EG is good at finding - then disposing of squashbugs! Production so far has only been so-so, but we really don't need any more of those, either. Although....I did see a really cool recipe for zucchini candy the other day. Hmm....
The last of the grapes were picked today, and provided between 4-5 gallons of ripe fruit. Some were taken to work for snacking on, and the guys really liked them. Tomorrow is jelly making day, and it should be fun! I'm hoping for at least 12 pints of jelly, but any number will be appreciated.
In closing, i'd like to say hi to the Anderson's, and hope you will continue to visit!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Take care, and happy gardening