Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
The dried squash is stored in a glass container.
Even though I had a small garden last year, this is my first try at drying various veggies. Last year I found on the Net that zucchini does well in soups or stews if shredded and frozen. What on earth did people do for information before we had the Net? I know. We went to the library or bought magazines and books. lol
Until next time, God bless.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Texas sculpture. We call these pests cedar trees, but, in fact, it is from a juniper tree. Junipers (cedar) are fast growers, prolific, shallow roots, killers of natural grasses, and sucks up the water in a water challenged part of the country. :D Someone or a bunch of someones brought the junipers to Texas about a hundred plus years ago. Oops, big mistake because the trees have just about covered the area and we spend a lot of time trying to get rid of them.
Should the tree or fallen branches catch fire, they burn fast and pop out sparks quite a distance. We've made sure no cedar grows within 100 or 200 feet of the house. We took most of them out from the front of our house to the county road with a bulldozer, dug a huge hole, pushed them into the hole, burned, and then covered the hole. We left 5 or 6 older cedars and run over the young ones with a tractor mower. Needless to say, we also left every identifiable oak tree and any tree that was NOT a cedar.
Several years ago and on a misty day in winter we decided to burn some fallen/cut cedar pile. After a pop or two, we were running around stamping out the dried grass like crazy. Of course, we were prepared because we had gallons of water loaded on the pickup in case the little fires got out of hand. Black patches of burned grass extended about 50 feet from the original burn pile. lol As we found out, misty days are not really wet enough to burn; you need to burn after several days of hard rain. Cutting cedar is a dreadful task because you get scratched and stuck by the branches which begin about and inch or so above the ground. Also, when you are out in a pasture, it is not like you have ready access to running water. Burn ban signs are up all around the county right now because we've entered a dry period.
This is the wishing pond. Why did I included it? Love the way the shades of blue in the water appear in the photo.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I adore funky garden sculpture. Isn't this one the cutest?
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Until next time, God bless.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
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Friday, June 4, 2010
Take a look at these: 1) the top one is about 17 inches long and 13 inches around, 2) the bottom one is about 16 inches long and 14 inches around. Remember when we had waist sizes in the 19-22 inch range? Unfortunately, when zucchini gets this big it is filled with seeds and bitter. I'm going to cut the big ones up and put out for the critters to eat.
According to the Farmer's Almanac moon planting guide, tomorrow and Sunday are the best days for putting the seeds for vine plants (melons) in the ground and root plants -- I've some sweet potato slips to put in the dirt. I'll also scatter a variety of flower seeds in between the veggie seeds. Certain flowers attract or repel insects that normally go after the veggies or melons. Four rows of corn were planted about 12 days ago. Melons are a good companion to the corn. After the corn in the first four rows reach 18 inches, four more rows of corn will be planted along with either watermelon or cantaloupe or another companion plant.