Category Archive: Garden

July challenges and Elm Street’s OMG

I didn’t quite finish all of June as I didn’t get the Sparkling snowmen done for Judy’s challenge.   The others I did finish.   Now for July is seems there are more that I want to get done, but there is strawberry jam to make and pickles to start preserving, the tomatoes are starting to ripen,  the garlic will need to be pulled in about two weeks,  and the garden is needing watering 3 or more times a week.  Plus there are 4 birthdays.   However will I fit all this into a month that is always shorter than I need.   Summer is here and I am loving it.   So I’ll do what I can.

July challenges:

 

  1.     Linking up to Elm Street OMG with the Winter woodland paper pieced fox.


  2. Patchwork times #12 will be to finish the binding on the sunbonnet Sue that has been quilted.

  3. Washington state quilters to finish the Sparkling snowmen

  4. My Hatched in Africa challenge will be to use one of their designs on something, but as of yet, I haven’t decided.

Have you committed yourself to some challenges this month?   If so, I’d love to hear about them.

2017
06/30

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Garden

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Tomatoes and Potatoes

These are the tomatoes.   As you can see, they have become wild.   Plants are growing so fast, one can almost see it happening.

   I brought in 15.6# of potatoes today and planted some new ones as well.  All of the ones I brought in today were volunteers from the tiny little ones that don’t all get seen or pulled up.   We are spending a lot of time watering.

As focus on this holiday – America’s Independence, I pray each of you will stay safe and remember to thank God for all we have.  He has been so generous to us.

We lost another neighbor this week, and I’m so happy I know the end of the story…… JESUS WINS!

2017
06/27

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Garden
Life

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Baby maples trees, the dentist

These baby maple trees are from last fall’s “helicopters” that the big maple scatters.   If I don’t get them pulled now, by next year, they will have such a root system, I won’t be able to pull most of them out.    It takes about an hour an a half to pull one section of these.  I have mentally divided the blueberry and grape area into 8 sections.   Yesterday I pulled one section, today I pulled another.   If I get out there in the morning the weather is perfect for crawling all over this mulch and pulling them out.  Hopefully after my gym lesson tomorrow, I can get another section done.   It will look and feel good to get this area cleaned up.

Today I followed this act by going to the dentist who is an hour away.   By the time I got there, they had already had two emergencies so he was running l a t e.    The total trip was 4.5 hours.   I am now happily done with the dentist until next time the teeth have to be cleaned.   But I was too tired to get anything done when I came home.   I was very happy to have already cooked the rice and beans for dinner.

After dinner we have been relaxing while watching Vegan chef Mark Anthony make some quick and interesting meals on his YouTube channel.  It’s always fun to watch someone else do the work.

 

2017
06/25

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farming
Garden
Life

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Another broken weather record

This is an interesting year.  We had a record rainfall this spring and now another broken weather record with today’s heat.   It reached 96 which beat the 86 record 11 years ago.    Many in this area don’t have air conditioning because it would only get used maybe 5 days a year.   For us, that isn’t worth the expense.   Beside which if you have a daylight basement which is common in this area, it is cooler there.   My studio is on the lower level, so I spent some time there today, and actually had to come up to the main floor to warm up.

Between the rain this spring and the early and higher temps, the gardens and weeds are not on a predictable cycle.   In fact, this is the most out of control weed season we have had.   Some of us have had trouble with a few seeds not germinating and/or growing as we are used to them doing.  Nature likes to keep us guessing.   Yesterday, we did pick our first tomatoes from the hoop house.   They were a smaller variety, but oh, how good the vine ripened tomatoes are.

For lunch today we had a red, white, and blue potato salad.   The blue are potatoes from the garden this spring.  Red peppers were in the freezer from last years harvest and the white was tofu.  It was good and there will be enough for another meal.

We do enjoy sitting in the pasture with the dogs and sheep.   At least when we aren’t trying to keep everything watered.   It’s a lost cause with the weeds.

 

2017
06/22

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farming
Garden
Life

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Grandson’s visit

The grandson’s visit was a treat.     The weather was perfect, with the sun shining,  and for a bit we sat on the deck and visited with our daughter while they went into the pasture to visit with the pond, the geese and the new ducklings. (tragically, there are now only three).    Then I took them (they are nearly 12 and 13+). up to the barn so they could help catch sheep and read number tags.  They had a lot of fun doing that.  Of course whenever we have to catch sheep, it is a circus which the boys enjoyed.   The Cormos don’t mind, but the Shetlands do not want to be caught.

The tomatoes took some time, because they haven’t had all the attention they needed, but they now are standing straight without suckers.  The cucumbers are trying to take more space than I have allowed them, so they need at least every other day attention.  The rest of the plants in the hoop house are doing what they are supposed to do, except for the beans which need to be replanted.  I’m not sure why they didn’t want to grow.

Later today, the fence was electrified and the dogs tested it.   No, they didn’t get shocked as they are smarter than that, but they pushed over a weak fence post.  It is now repaired and time will tell how long it will take them to figure out a new way to go visit neighbors.

The garden is watered and has the added attraction of slug bait, since the slugs have eaten all the squash and pumpkin plants.  Sometimes It is difficult to keep up with everything that needs doing.

2017
06/20

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farming
Garden
Life

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Tranquility, ducks, and hoophouse

The pond is drying up, but I still love being on the deck taking all this in.   The last two days, this scene has been a place of tranquility for me.  The temperatures have been good, with just the slightest bit of breeze as I sat on the deck and took this in.   It is so peaceful in a world that isn’t.

Mother duck did a great setting job and today she was off the nest just long enough to show me these 5 cuties.

And then it was time to pick a few strawberries for DH.

I got a bit carried away planting lettuce this spring.  It’s the first time I actually planted enough and then I planted too much.

And once again, there is a tomato jungle.   I only put in 12 plants and then the volunteers started coming up like crazy.  I have a difficult time throwing them out, and the next thing I know is there a jungle in there.

Here is some Swiss chard, celery, and walking onions.

In the front are watermelons, then individual sized cantaloupe.  Further back, are the zucchinis.  On the other side of this row we will be planting winter broccoli and cauliflower and cabbage.   Across the back are currently some potatoes, that will be coming out soon to make way for the beets and carrots.

2017
06/19

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farming
Garden
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet Sue #1 is quilted

Sunbonnet Sue #1 is quilted and ready for binding.

In this photo on the left, you can see the daisies.   I used this Rainbow thread from Superior for the top and a prewound So fine for the bottom.

It was a gorgeous day, in which I was able to be outside part of the day just enjoying the lovely weather.   The new sheep are all coated and the baby shots are finished for this year.   The garden is fertilized.   It was a wonderful day.

2017
06/16

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Garden
Life
quilts

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Sunbonnet quilting

Not only have I decided on a pattern for the Sunbonnet quilting, I actually have begun the quilting.   It isn’t the pattern that was #1 on my list, but I went with the second idea of all these little daisies and I like it.  Maybe I’ll squeeze a bit of time on Father’s day to finish the quilting.   Then I want to put something in her hand, but haven’t decided on that yet.   After spending the morning at the eye doctor and another appointment, I very much needed to do something creative and was happy to have this quilt ready to go.   It feeds the soul to work on something pretty.

I picked a few strawberries today, but I am not happy with the quality, so I may pull them at the end of the season and put new ones in next year.

I also managed to get in a quick trip to the grocery store and pick up the chicken for the dogs, get it in ziplock bags and freeze it.

This very full day has come to an end and so have we, so I’ll say, Shabbat Shalom and have a terrific Father’s day this week end.  Those of you with families, love and cherish them.

 

 

 

 

2017
06/05

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farming
Garden
Life

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Tidying up and Occupational therapist

 Right inside the back door is the fertilizer and seed that we use in the hoop house.   It is kept there during the summer  because the hoop house is too humid to keep it in there and we don’t like to run through the house to get it when needed.

The visiting PT wants it moved and she is coming back tomorrow, so now it is restacked.  I’m hoping she will be happy with this arrangement.   I agree that it does look neater,  which is something that gets thrown by the wayside when one is always in a hurry.

The lambs received their first shot this morning and the geese received leg bands. Then one of the new geese vanished.   I do hope he shows up, but don’t have high hopes.    I’m very thankful for help today as now the strawberries are weeded and netting over the top.  She’s good at catching sheep and geese as well.

The occupational therapist was here and put DH through the hoops.   The way he is being questioned, you would think he became disabled at the hospital.   I asked how long this would go on and was told “until he has been released”.   That’s an answer?  OK.

These 4 bags of food have been in the car for about a week and a half now, so I decided to roll them up to the barn (animal cracker are for treats).

Look at the reception party!  The whole gang turned out.  Anytime they see me, they think grain or treats of some sort.   But then, there might be a reason for that.

 

2017
06/02

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farming
Garden
quilts

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Sheep coats and June projects

 

 What a relief it is to have the sheep wearing their nice new coats.   It is a project with which I need help.  We are getting better at this.   With the crook, they are held at the neck, then the coat is slipped over the head and the crook adjusted to over the coat.  Then each hind leg is picked up and put through the strap.   That sounded easy, didn’t it.  And it would be if the sheep wasn’t struggling so hard to get away and back to her friends.   Only with Ava is this easy because she wants to please me and be with me.

June projects:

 

  1.  Linking up to OMG (one monthly goal) to make these paper pieced magpies, which are in the bunny series.

2. Patchwork times #7  will be this cute little wall hanging which includes little lights in the sky.   This will be interesting and a new technique.  I bought this pattern some time ago and it is time to make it.

3.  WA state quilters will be #   – this snow cabin in the woods which needs some stitching around the cabin, then quilted and bound.  This was a pattern I tested last year and then somehow lost this little quilt, so it didn’t get finished.

4.  Hatched in Africa will be a pair of jeans embroidered with their design.  For every three consecutive month we use their designs on a project, they give us $10 of free designs.  I love their designs so have many in my library that I haven’t yet used.   That someday is here for some of them

So it appears that I will be getting a jump on Christmas in July.   And this year I’ll get to use these two hangings that have been sitting here waiting for their turn.