Category Archive: Garden

2017
10/05

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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.

2017
08/17

Category:
farming
food
Garden
Knitting
Life

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Errands and food prep

Errands and food prep took my day.   As soon as my helpers got here this morning, I had them unload the 4’x6′ stall mats that I had purchased.  These are made from recycled tires and are they heavy!   Each weighs close to 100 pounds.  We put them down in the stalls which the former owner decided needed concrete.   It keeps the moisture and cold from coming up through the concrete.  That way our babies will stay a bit warmer when they are very young.

As soon as they were unloaded, I drove off to the feed store for a dozen bags of grain.   Home again and unloaded.  I took a brief half hour to make and serve lunch and went back to get the other stall mats.   That was a lot of driving around.

These little shell socks are finished.  I love them.   Plus this yarn is so good about being tossed in the washer and dryer.

I made a batch of tomato sauce (including processing) with the tomatoes and zucchini in the garden.  The string beans are cut and ready to cook.   There aren’t enough to run a canning batch, so I’ll just partially cook them and put them in the freezer.  There was a pound and a half of blueberries and another huge bowl of cucumbers wanting to turn into pickles, so tomorrow – maybe.   I have been sharing the zucchini and cucumbers as much as I can.  I really do love all the fresh food from the garden, but I think I just plant too many after a long winter.

The geese love their fresh drinking water.   Remember how small they were this spring.

Embroidered hedgehog and garden

 These embroidered hedgehog are from Hatched in  Africa.   They are darling  (background on left is accurate color).   It is a set of 10 that I will make into a baby blanket bit by bit.  My aim is to embroider one or two each day between other chores.

The blueberries are nearly finished.   I have 55# in the freezer and the rest that I pick we will just eat.  This bowl had 4#15 oz this morning.  My guess is that there will get another 3-4# this year and they will be done.

These sun gold and Oregon gold tomatoes don’t stop.  There are a few Romas here.   Every year I am not gong to keep any volunteers as they are always the little ones.  However, every year, I give in and give most of them a place.   This year they consumed about 45 linear feet of space.   Please help me with my resolve next year to not keep more than 6 volunteers.  I want only to plant half a dozen big tomatoes and half a dozen Romas.   That should be plenty.

2017
08/07

Category:
food
Garden
Life

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Day in the kitchen and garden

A day in the kitchen yielded another 13 cups of relish,

And an artichoke, potato, pepper casserole, that took too much time to create and was okay, but we won’t be having it again.

This one was hiding.   But thankfully it went home with the daughter who found it.   We now have 22 sizeable cukes in the refrigerator meaning over 8″ plus many more pickle size on the vines.   I will be finding homes for some most of it.   One hears about zucchini sneaking in people’s cars, on their front porches etc.   Here it will be cucumbers.   The zucchini have about the same number of plants, but are not out to win the race.  But I am choosing not to complain too much because winter is on its way and I will wish we had the fresh produce.