combo gardening

combo gardening
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Diary 8/25/14

It's Blackberry time at the old truck again. They lean off of the bed of the truck as a trellis making picking easier, once I cut down a few of the new killer canes trying to get me.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Diary 8/23/14

When I went out to turn off waters this evening, I was met by 9 turkeys, 7 teenagers and two moms. Then 5 deer bounded away. In the olden days when we were a full fledged farm, seeing this abundance of wildlife would have horrified me. They all can devastate a garden.
 These days, I am much more sharing and don't get so annoyed. The turkeys were eating weed seeds and the deer were cropping back a patch of pigweed, so really they were all doing me a favor!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Diary 8/21/14

Ut-oh!!! Look what I found in the orchard today...
Phew, a pretty butterfly clip.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diary 8/21/14

The new chickens are settling in well. I do think the older girls are shunning them, but then they are young and fresh. They made it to the roost OK, but I could use a better set-up for them, tomorrow night. Fruit trees are going crazy. This white peach is loaded. I should have thinned them, but I have such a hard time picking who goes and who stays...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Diary 8/20/14

    I am picking up four new pullets tomorrow. I am very excited about it and I tried to talk to the rooster in hopes we could share the anticipation. Although I explained it all to him, he did not seem overly excited. But then, he is a mellow Barred Rock, cautious, not quick to jump to judgment, a good protector when anything flies overhead.
   
    I told him he was going to feel like a young man again after I got home with his new harem. I bet it he hits the roost early tomorrow night. For now, he sits in his favorite hangout in the corner of the coop with the two old women left of our flock; all of them innocent to the changes ahead.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Diary 8/18/14

Canning tomatoes and freezing corn. I haven't blanched corn in a long time. I cut it off the ears, freeze it on cookie sheets and then package it in large bags either vacuum seal or not.
That way when I heat it up, it is for the first time. I snip open the corner of the vacuum seal bag and pour out what I need instead of using a so many plastic bags. Then it can be resealed also. This also works well for berries or anything juicy that tends to stick together.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Diary 8/16/14

Abraham Lincoln said, "You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot please all of the people, all of the time." Sometimes I can't please any of the people any of the time, and then not myself.
Vultures eating salmon