Category Archive: Garden

2017
11/26

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food
Garden

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Hoop house remnants

I haven’t shown you the end of the garden yet.   Well, that might be because the hoop house remnants aren’t finished yet.These are the only two pumpkins/squash that survived this year, though other produce did very well.

After all the stems were removed, there were 2 gallon sized bags of parsley to be dehydrated.

I brought in a few beets, greens, carrots, and onions.

Standing at the door, this is what is still growing.

Here the small stuff is corn salad, along with a few carrots and other greens on this side.

a few volunteer potato plants which I’m hoping will give spring potatoes,

Swiss chard which was picked Friday and onions, both of which will continue throughout the winter.

Winter broccoli or cauliflower, now I’m not sure which, but won’t be ready until early spring.

Kale that badly needs picking.

And my very own Tonka Truck – well, not really mine, but he has really been chewing away at the blackberries and cleaning the place up.

2017
11/17

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Garden
Life

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A birthday and Friday

It’s Friday already and I am a bit  much behind this week.   We are already past the middle of the month and I have not achieved much on my list.  And my house keeping skills are now in question.  Maybe Sunday, I can visit the sewing studio again.

The hoop house is now watered and the Swiss Chard has been picked.  Next week I’ll pick the parsley and the kale.  Since the weather is staying mild, foods are still growing.

 We did get 3 loads of laundry done and the floors are swept and mopped.   The animals are fed.  Sabbath has come and the rest will wait.

We are truly blessed that we even have a house to be concerned about when there are so many without.  In addition, our children have blessed us with their extra caring and company throughout this past week.  We realize once again how important our loved ones are.    Hug yours often.

We had a wonderful time at the birthday party at Paneras. – Of course, I was having such a good time that I forgot to take photos.   But the ladies all loved the bowl cozies and the zucchini relish that I tucked inside.  And we had a good visit.   We only get to see each other annually, so have a lot of catching up to do.

Shabbat Shalom to each of you.

 

 

2017
10/30

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Life

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Autumn, are you tired of sheep?

Autumn:  These lovely ears of corn are turning into these kernels.   I had thought they might be popcorn, but they are not.   So they will be ground as needed in recipes.   Aren’t they pretty?

 

We woke up to piles and piles of dead leaves.  They are so crunchy as we walk through them.

Are you tired of sheep yet?   I hope not.

He’s beautiful!   In fact, they both are, but here is why they are called rams.

They quit fighting each other just long enough to do some barn damage.  They were inside this stall, and the girls were outside.   What is the fastest way to get to the girls?   Right through the wall!  Ram! Ram! Ram! and he almost made it.    I called the neighbor who has an electric cattle prod which did get their attention.   They are now across the driveway from the ewes and still contending to see who is the dominant ram.  The prod only gives them a bit of shock to get their attention and to keep the person behind it safe.   If it really hurt them, they wouldn’t need it several times in the space of a few minutes.

Here come the mellow ladies for dinner.   We only had two get stuck in the electronet today.   I’m hoping tomorrow to get the power back up, so they will stay away from it.

  I’m not tired of sheep talk yet and I hope you aren’t either.    Oh, there is another beautiful thing about sheep.  They keep me going fast enough, that I don’t have time to get older, which is another wonderful reason to love them?

2017
10/05

Category:
farming
Garden
Life
Sewing

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Grape clean up time

In Costco on October 1st.

Today my favorite sewing machine refused to work, so I tried the next favorite and it didn’t like the fabric, so that means a trip to the hospital for repair.   I hope that I find the time tomorrow.   It also means I didn’t sew today.

The grapes are finished for this season and

this crew was very willing to clean up the leaves and any left grapes that weren’t suitable for humans.

2017
09/19

Category:
farming
Garden

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Stuck sheep/garden update

This stuck sheep showed some real talent in getting her head in here.   She had to move forward while turning her head sideways.    However, getting her out took 2 of us.  One to pull her backwards and the other to twist her head.  She just kept pushing forward.  There are always lessons to be learned from these sheep.Once we helped her out, she was very happy to join her friends in a meal of grain.

The garden is giving us very large cantaloupe this year after starting out with giving us personal sided melons.   These are two people melons.   I am definitely saving seed from these.

This is the end of the cucumbers though there are still a few more zucchini and peppers in the garden.   This week, we will clean out some of the beds.

No photo as it seemed dangerous, but the honey bees are battling the wasp who would like to rob the hives.   Next year we will be putting up wasp traps.

2017
09/11

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Garden

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Garden update 9/11/17

Garden update for 9/11/17 begins with these grapes.   They are the beginning of the harvest.  This was a 4 gallon bucket.   I will be making some juice, some raisins, and some frozen grapes.  If the birds stay out of them, there may be about 5 times this many.

We have eaten a number of small personal sized cantaloupes.   This one is a larger one that isn’t yet ripe.

I’m not sure what happened to the watermelon.  Lots of leaves, but no fruit – it really fizzled.

I’m tired of cherry tomatoes and cucumbers and they are dying back, so we have started pulling them and putting in the winter vegetables.   We still have a very few squash ripening as well.   The weather man says cooler weather for the rest of the year.  That is good.   When the harvest comes, it doesn’t give you much rest.   But it is so very welcome.

2017
09/07

Category:
Bees
Garden
Life
quilts
Sewing

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Devastation and a scarecrow

Devastation is the only word to describe what is going on in the path of Irma.   We have been to some of these islands and the people were very poor before this storm.  I can’t even imagine not being able to get clean water.  The sadness of it seems to bog me down.  So after picking up my co-op order of rice and dates, feeding the bees which has become a daily need, and dealing with the garden produce,

I decided to start work on this happy scarecrow.  It was designed for turn under applique which is not going to happen here for a small seasonal wall hanging.   So I am putting seam-a-seam on the back of pieces and re-cutting them.   This has a lot of small pieces, but it should go fairly fast.  There are enough pieces cut for two hangings so I’ll have one for me and one for a gift.

2017
09/03

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farming
food
Garden
Life
quilts

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September’s OMG plus other goals

 

ELM STREET OMG

 

This project has been in the making for 3 months and this is as far as it has come.   So this will be my primary focus.   I’ve stalled because this will take thinking and doing some unfamiliar things.   All those spots in the photo on the left are little twinkling lights. Perhaps linking up to Elm Streets One Monthly Goal will give me the push I need.

OTHER GOALS:  September’s sewing/quilting goals will be more modest as we have much work to get the sheep and pastures set up for breeding.   We also will be finishing up the gardens in the next two months.  Grapes are set to start picking in another week and tomatoes, cucumbers, and other items need to be harvested and put up.   Then there are the new greens for winter which are just peeking out of the ground.   Hopefully, we will get the water and propane lines finished that we started.   Then we are still waiting for the big dozer to come in and clear more land that will be put into pasture.   So the next two months will be extremely busy.

2.  I haven’t chosen a project yet, but there will be one for Hatched in Africa

3.  If there is time, I’d like to get another of the Sunbonnet Sue quilts quilted and bound.

TODAY:   I occupied my time picking up some bananas at the grocery and two 30 mile round trips to pick up the grain that I had ordered.   It comes in 40# bags and I was on my own today.   So I was pleased to find that I could handle the 26 bags and get them where they needed to be.

I am also doing a fair amount to studying to find exactly what these sheep need to produce the best wool.   It seems there is some controversy on this, so I’m doing some research.

Whirlwind August

What a whirlwind this month of August has been.   I feel as if I have been chasing my tail.  Today is the end of the month and I did finish 4 sewing/knitting goals, but two were left undone.  A third,

is now put together with backing and batting, but when I have time, I’d like to add more quilting.

In addition to these projects, I have spent an incredible amount of time in the kitchen.  Today again, there was more pear butter canned as well as more produce brought in.   I have another dehydrator full of cucumbers for chips, the last batch of pear butter is condensing in the crock pot, the refrigerator is full of cucumbers waiting their turn.   I gave up and gave some raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes to the neighbor.   The grapes are starting to get ripe and the weather is so incredible, this scenario may continue for another month.   We have started new beets and greens for the winter and they have popped their little heads above ground now.    And we water, water, water, water.  Usually it rains a day or two when school starts, but not this year.

Today a neighbor came over and we wormed 1/3 of the sheep for the winter.   We will be dividing them and giving each group a suitor soon.   Then we count out 5 months to start the baby business.

In between all this, we have made time for doctors visits and a very few staples to eat.  (Today, I visited with the Geek squad so I could bring you this report – I love those fellows) And we have daily fed, watered, and cared for the bees, sheep, ducks, geese, and dogs – oh, yes, and for each other.   I am loving this crazy, out of control summer.

2017
08/24

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Life

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Septic tank and heart diet

This 500 gallon septic tank will allow us to put a toilet at the barn which will be a real convenience.

This first time down the hole wasn’t quite wide enough at the bottom, so they had to bring it back up and dig it wider.op

Now it fits beautifully and is covered.    Next week we will tackle putting the propane and water tank into the ground.Here the supervising crew is as close as they can get and still stay out of the sun and out of the way.

 

The heart disease diet is going to be a real challenge, but we’re going to take it on.  We are looking to reverse this disease.  I get more information tomorrow, but at this point, it is NO oils, no nuts or avocado, no sugars, low salt, and include 6 cups of cooked greens a day.  Thankfully the cooked greens includes such things as Brussels sprouts and broccoli along with spinach type greens.   And of course, potatoes, rice, lots of fruits and vegetables as well as legumes.   So today we planted more greens in the hoop house, as we try to keep up with these requirements.