Thursday, March 13, 2014

I suck

Well, it's finally sunny at the house again, and yes I did start some seeds.  If they ever pop up, the garden will start again!  In the meantime I will probably be landscaping to pass the time.  I am digging the front yard up now and will try to plant a few plants there in the next coming weekends.  Why are there never enough weekends! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

'Maters


Still finding a hard time getting good light in this house.  Deal with it!!



A small box of goodies from the garden.  Considering I planted all this stuff in June, i'm doing pretty well so far.


Tiger Tom.  accidentally picked the whole stem.  damn.


Nice variety!


Not a great photo, but in real life the colors are great on this guy.




Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Damn critters

There are spiders EVERYWHERE.  I basically have to bushwhack my way around the backyard.  It's intense.

Also, deer.  I am learning about their diet, which is, try everything at least once and maybe twice.  I didn't think they would care about the plant below(forgot the name) as it's a waxy leafed thing, but hey, ya never know.




Thursday, August 15, 2013

Summer? Is that you?



Growing "Spanish Eyes" in hanging pots.  The flowers are very cute.






The Naked Ladies in the backyard bloomed.




Spider friend.


Well the plant died but i got a free chard plant out of it.  Damn.

Christmas Grapes

Pear Tomato not in focus. Sweet.

Red Zebra


Yellow Pears


Wapsipinicon Peach

mmmmmm






Thursday, August 8, 2013

Turkey Lurkey

Yes, the pictures are bad.  I took them from behind two windows and had to use the zoom.  ANYWAY.  We have a family of wild turkeys that live in the woods behind our house. 
 The make cute noises.




Beautiful day in the woods



Spider friend. Your run of the mill Orb Weaver I think.



Love my yellow zucchini leaves.


Tomato swarm!


wild butterfly bush/weed growing in the yard.  Excited to get the amazing purple flowers these plants make.





Wednesday, August 7, 2013

damn animals

Well I got attacked!  By Deer I am guessing. Damn!


Quite a few of my plants that were sitting next to the edge of the beds got pruned.  Not what I wanted!


On a side note, I have Naked Ladies in the backyard.


ooooo


my first official handful of tomatoes.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Jamming

Horrible pictures below, but I will take better ones after the jam has cooled and the sun isn't so harsh.   Either way, I made jam!  It's my first time making it, so I hope they all seal properly and that the contents inside taste delicious.  7 cups of sugar and 5 cups of blackberries should be a pretty good combo, so we will see.  Me and my friend Amy picked just about 5 cups of blackberries from my backyard and across the street.  Total score!  I feel like there is a month or so left of blackberry season here, so maybe i'll end up with a million jars of jam.  Super sweet!


All the recipes for jam are pretty straight forward, berries, sugar, pectin, lemon juice.  Just google blackberry jam and any of the top hits will pretty much have the same ingredients and measurements.  It's all in the quality of the berries here, so don't get crap stuff!

If you have ever canned things before that step is also pretty straight forward.  Pectin boxes actually come with steps to make jam and can the stuff too, so just do a bit of reading and you will be on your way.  No big deal, just make sure you have a big pot to hold all that sugar and another to boil a lot of water to process your jars with.


Oh, and the first "normal" sized zucchini that was picked a couple of days ago.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Packed in

I have a pretty packed house this year.  It's hard to get in and out of the tomato cage and things are so close together it's hard to get good photos, but I tried anyway.  here is what I came across today.



Watered this morning and filled a flower.


Love the colors of the yellow zucchini leaves.


I think these are Tiger Tom's but the stick was hard to get to.  When I actually pick it I'll confirm.


I think there are Christmas Grapes.  Again, the stick with the name on it was hard to get to. I see a theme here.  Damn.


Lemon Drop tomato


So little!


Some other heirloom.  Stupid sticks.

I feel like these tomatoes look like rocks.  Weird shape.


The Lemon Drop tomato plant makes purple leaves.  Very cool.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cloudy days

It's been quite cloudy the past week but the tomatoes are still trucking.  I just picked the first few. Things are going well. I potted a few plants that were dying literally and figuratively, to get out of their little plastic pots.  They look so much nicer now!  And this free plant that I have had for about a year finally made some flowers.  Also, my kale and bok choy starts are getting there!