You will have to re-tie the tops, as they shrink immensely when they dry.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Finally, I'm getting some production from the garden. Two tomatoes, peppers, and one lemon cucumber. We tried some of the sweet corn and it was fabulous. I have some late season rhubarb to cut up and freeze. For some stupid reason I picked crab apples. I have a plethora. I will make some jelly and wine. I may even try pickling some.
I need to get back to straining my crab apples. I enjoyed this weekend immensely. It seems like late summer is taking its time. To everything there is a season and I'm fine with that. As long as there is actually a season. Does anyone have any ideas for those crab apples? I don't know why I picked so many. Don't worry the birds will still have plenty. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Do you see him? Way at the top of the tree? It is a blue heron. I see him almost every day going to and from work. I have been trying to get a photo of him all year for my bird list and he seems to know when I have my camera. I was running at noon and saw him. The chase was on. A group of my students went by and they thought I had lost it and was wandering aimlessly in the woods, with my phone out, looking at the sky. It isn't the best picture, but by golly it is a picture.
Hopefully, you can see the difference. I never liked the original color. It was supposed to be maroon, but looked purple. Can you see the difference? I had every intention of showing a before and after photo as well as some photos of the freshly stained porch. Unfortunatly, I have lost my camera and only half the pictures I took with my phone downloaded. Maybe next week I can post a full post complete with before and after photos.
I got the camera to work. Here are a few more photos.
I hope you are having better luck with your memory and technology. Maybe tomorrow I can add a finished photo. Did you have an weekend projects?
Sunday, August 26, 2018
I have no photos of my success, because it is kind of gross. It all started last year when a friend told me her mother would always bury a fish under her fruit trees for fertilizer. As always, I mulled this information over for awhile then tried it. It was unsuccessful, because a fox or something came and dug the fish up. I continued to think about it and read several articles on the internet. This weekend I successfully made fish fertilizer. After my fishing trip with the nieces a month ago, I cleaned the fish put them in a five gallon bucket and threw in a carp for good measure. Most of the articles I read advised to pour some molasses in the bucket and let things stew for awhile. I also added two gallons of water. I put a lid on it and stored the stinky mess in a corner of the orchard. Four weeks later I steeled myself and prepared for a smelly mess. I was surprised it was actually a nice liquid fertilizer. It turned out much better than I anticipated. I was able to fertilize 10 trees, of course I will never be able to use the bucket for anything but fish fertilizer.
My other success is the butterfly and bee garden. I have several grasses and added a bee and butterfly flower mix. It isn't a lush garden, but it is a very good start. The bees and butterflies are using it. The concrete rhubarb leaf is filled with sand and makes a wonderful lounge area for the butterflies.
I call the little guy above Rip, because his ear is a bit tattered.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
This was my big project last week. My father gives me the deer skulls and sheds he finds on the ranch. He knew sooner or later I would come up with a way to use them. I've had this project in my mind for several years. I stained the tree trunk quite some time ago. Then I finally got around to wiring the antlers and skulls. To me, Mother Nature is the greatest artist. I was happy to finally find a way to put her work on display. Every antler is different and it was fun intertwining them to create this sculpture. It has been a wonderful August. The temperature has been hot one day, cool the next, and just right. I love it. All of the spring babies are growing up. This flock of hens and chicks wandered through the yard yesterday. They didn't even notice Ella and I watching them from the porch. Below are the twins. They graze in back almost every night. I am lucky indeed to live where wildlife parades through the yard on a daily basis.
8 peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. white sugar
1 t. lemon juice
2 t. corn starch
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
Mix the peaches, sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Pour into an ungreased 9x13 baking dish and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes.
1 1/2 c. flour
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. white sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 stick of butter
1/3 c. boiling water
Mix dry ingredients and then cut in the butter using a pastry blender. Pour boiling water over the top and stir until combined. Spoon over the peach mixture. Try to cover all of the peaches.
4 t. sugar
1 1/2 t. cinnamon over the top
Bake another 35 minutes. Enjoy. This recipe can be found at: greatgubdelicioustreats.com
Spicy Vanilla-Peach Jam
5 c. peeled, pitted, and chopped peaches
1/4 c. lemon juice
9 c. sugar
1 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
2 t. vanilla or 2 vanilla beans
1 pouch of liquid pectin
Process peaches in the blender. Add lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cook for four minutes on low then turn up the heat and boil for one minute. Add liquid pectin and boil again for 1 minute or until it passes the drip test. Remove vanilla beans if you used them, then spoon jam into jars. Give a boiling water bath according to your canning books directions. Altitude makes a huge difference when boiling.
There you have it. Two stellar peach recipes. If you are wondering why three of the jars in the photo above are dark, it is because that was the chocolate/raspberry jam my niece made for 4-H. Not considered healthy but delicious none-the-less.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Well, we survived another motorcycle rally. It is never a sure thing. It seems like people get out here and forget how to drive. It is an extremely stressful week.
I haven't had much from the garden. Peas and peppers are all I've been harvesting. I did get lots of currants, cherries, and gooseberries. I had a bumper crop of sand cherries. They aren't anything to write home about, but after eight years of work I'm picking the darn things and making them into something. Most of my berries go to wine or jam. I'm expecting a peck of peaches this week. That will keep me busy.
I'm afraid it was a pretty slow weekend. Did have one big project, but can't get the photos to download. I will have to show you next week.
I hope your harvests are better than mine. Any ideas for my peaches?
Sunday, August 5, 2018
I can't believe it is August. Time for jam and garden produce. What are you harvesting?