Sunday, August 26, 2012

August 17-18, 2012


It has been a really busy couple of weeks... and I got a new camera so have tons of pictures for you!
I missed going up one weekend where the weather was so hot it finished off my corn and other vegetables. My corn looked like the mid-west crops.. so I have planted some more to see if I can sneak in another crop before it freezes.
I have 2 weeks off starting the week of Labor Day and I will be building raised beds to grow fall vegetables, like garlic, shallots, turnips and parsnips. 
One interesting thing was I was out in the front yard and noticed a large snake skin on the walk that wasn't there the day before... so somewhere in my yard is a large rattlesnake with new skin. As long as he/she has moved on to my outer property, it is okay, but this was right by my front door.
Here are pictures of my flowers and the decimated garden.

She wasn't happy I got her wet when I was watering.

Dead Corn

Dead Corn

Dead Corn
One of the frogs



Persimmon Tree


One of the lizards

Another frog

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Aug 3-5th 2012

Garden News and Summer Storm

Well the deer are winning the war in my garden, but the one thing they don't eat is corn... I have so much corn and I just love it! Also, I dug up the volunteer potato plant and wanted to show you what that looked like. I let it go too long and should have dug it up sooner. It was quite a surprise - the plant stretched out about 5 feet through the corn patch. Here is the series of photos...
Before digging - you can see the plant fading.

Starting to dig - on top is the layers of paper and cardboard disintegrating.

The potatoes look good so far - but there is a surprise in how nice the dirt is looking!

They are huge! I got 5 huge potatoes but one was eaten by a gopher.

This is a monster potato as you can see by how it fits in my hand.
I haven't eaten them yet, because my Sunset garden book said to let them cure for 10-14 days. One thing that really excited me was the quality of the dirt under the lasagna layers.. it was crumbly and had worms in it! You have to remember this dirt was a disaster which is why I built it up with these layers. 
Also while I was up there we got some strange monsoonal clouds from the south pushing up towards us. It did cool down a bit to 93 degrees, but the humidity was intense, and it even sprinkled and thundered. I put together all the pictures of the clouds into a "montage" for you... just playing around with something other than still photos.
I have ordered a new camera because mine got soaked in carpet cleaning fluid (don't ask!) and the warranty ran out 6 months ago. It is the same model but higher pixels and it is the same price... so hopefully this will last longer than 2 1/2 years.