Saturday, July 21, 2012

Friday Garden VI

As I mentioned before, blogging was curtailed last week due to lack o' internet.  The melons and squash have pretty much taken over everything.

Herb garden

The two north raised beds are merging...

Trying to keep the melons & squash from dragging the corn down!


More tomatoes...

New squash between the compost bin and the tomatoes.

I re-planted the nectarine stick.  I've decided that the local dirt isn't terribly supportive of the plants I want to grow.  Filled the box w/ compost and bagged soil.

More berries

Tomato close-up I

Tomato close-up II

Tomato close-up III

I'm thinking that next year, the tomato garden should also be raised.  The Miracle-Grow soil I'm using in the raised beds is producing much better results than the non-amended soil.  I want bigger tomatoes, damnit!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Garden, V.5

I was sitting at the kitchen table last week, when I spied some garden raptors.  I suspect they were after nesting materials, since they were busy tearing up the corn:

Guard raptor and thief raptor

Thief in action

Perching guard...

Sadly, I managed to not get a picture of the successful thief.  Needless to say, I removed the chicken wire to a place where it would do the little raptors no good.

New Connection...

I didn't post last week, because my phone was down, and hence, no connection.  It took me a bit to figure out that I could probably get on line at the local library.  They have a dozen computers for public use.  I got myself a library card to use the computer, and even checked out some books!  I discovered that I missed browsing the stacks.  They have a decent collection of mysteries, and I was able to read "The God of the Hive", by Laurie King.

Then I discovered they have wi-fi.  So I am now ensconced at a table by the window as I write this.

They even serve coffee!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friday Garden V (Sunday edition...)

The oregano and basil are flowering

Ripe baby roma - I had two with dinner last night!

Ripening blackberries
Well concealed green tomato

The melons encroach.

More encroachment

New leaves on the quince stick, plus the usual suspects


Nectarine stick

I put shade cloth over the tomato plants.  They were not tolerating the heat and direct sun very well.

I've used the oregano and basil in some pasta sauce.  Start with  about 1/2 cup Classico Tomato Basil as a roux, then chop several basil leaves and about a stem's worth of oregano, plus some sherry. Simple yet tasty.  Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil as the spirit moves for something different.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Fourth!

The Boro is having a "Stay - at - Home" celebration today.  Fireworks "at dusk", and a car show in the park tomorrow.  May have to go over a have a look!