GARDENS


2017.10.09 -- FREEZE WARNING

We have a freeze warning for the next two nights, so we pulled all the fruits we wanted to save.  I picked a bushel of apples from three trees...
apples

Kelly picked the rest of the grapes...
grapes

And the rest of the tomatoes...
tomatoes

I made three quarts of sauce with a bunch of the earlier tomatoes yesterday...
pressure_cooker

The last couple years, we've been freezing the tomatoes and making sauce as needed.  The skin falls right off them when they thaw.  But, the freezers are pretty much full so there isn't room.

I found a picture of one of the last flutterbys...
october_flutterby

We've had a couple more since the last post about them.

I wrapped up nearly all of the apples for storage.  With the leftovers, I made an apple crisp something for dinner...
apple_crisp




2017.09.24 -- APPLE PANCAKES

Well, it's not strawberries, but it is way better than raspberries or blueberries...
appley_pancakes




2015.08.02 -- GARDEN TOUR

I've taken a handful of pictures of the gardens. If you ask the frog nicely, maybe he'll let you see...
pond_guardian




2015.04.16 -- SEEDLINGS

Took pictures of my pepper and tomato seedlings this morning.  The peppers are two (three?) weeks old...
peps_1_2015

I planted two types; bell peppers and jalapenos.  (I just bought seeds at the feed store when getting dog food last month, so I didn't get any special varieties this year.)  I forgot to mark in which half I planted which peppers.  Of course, one side is doing way better than the other.

Some of the peppers look a little crispy because they grow up into the light bulb I have above them.  I can't raise it too far because the tomatoes are only a week old...
toms_1_2015

Don't worry, they'll pass the peppers by the end of the month.

Note to self:  Plant all the seeds in the pack next year.  Wayne Gretzky once said, "You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take."  I planted one-or-two seeds in each pepper cell thinking I would transplant any seconds into open cells.  (Which I have.)  Turns out one of the two types didn't sprout well enough to do that.  Looking at the peppers, I decided to plant the whole pack of tomato seeds and ended up with four-or-five seeds per cell.  In the picture above, I've already done one round of thinning and have reduced each cell down to the two best seedlings.  I'll thin down to one each next week.  It would have been better to do the same with the peppers.  I keep the best six of each for my buckets and give away any extras.  It's now too late to start the seeds left in the packs.




2014.08.06 -- BUTTERFLY

butterfly

Well, we didn't need to wait long. Kelly looked into the container that held the chrysalis and said, "We've got a butterfly!"  I put it out on a sunflower plant in the garden to stretch its wings and get used to the real world.  The two spots on the hind wings means it's a male.




2014.08.03 -- CHRYSALIS

chrysalis

Kelly was trimming back the squash vines today.  Luckily, I saw this hanging off a leaf as I was collecting the clippings for the chickens...  It's less than an inch tall.  It's the chrysalis of a Monarch butterfly.  When the caterpillar is ready, it turns into this, and reforms into a butterfly inside.  After 10-14 days, it will emerge.  I cut a strip an inch wide from the leaf, put it in a blueberry pint container, and have it sitting on a shelf.




2014.04.09 -- SPRING IS COMING

Well, spring is on its way...  We were up to 61° over the weekend.  The snow is melting, and the flying beaver are back...
flying_beaver

I started my pepper seeds today...
peppers_start_2014

In a week-or-so, I'll start my tomatoes. They pop faster than the peppers. Last year, I started them at the same time and had trouble keeping the light at the right height for both of them.  If you go back to this article, you can see the difference in the eleven-day seedlings.