Thursday, May 30, 2013
The weather is straightening up. Each day is a little less showery and a little more sun. Tomorrow will be sunnier and warmer and then over the weekend it is going back into the 80's. Next week will be in the 90's. The garden has been stalled out during this rainy period. We have had a chance to fertilize, so let the growing begin! Meanwhile, the saw mill is still here, and we have been gaining as far as dimensional lumber goes. Still have to send the big stuff to a bigger mill 18 miles away, but all in good time.
|first two days lumber|
|lots of sawdust for animals and blueberries, slash for kindling, and another trailer load of boards to offload and sticker|
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I finally started grouting over last weekend. I enjoyed the process and I think a pretty good job for my first time. The grout color is pulling the whole look together nicely. I am happy!
Monday, May 27, 2013
One doesn't really want to say, "Happy Memorial Day". It doesn't make sense. The day is set aside to remember those who made the "ultimate sacrifice" as they say, of their lives for what someone else deemed important. I, personally, have a hard time with the concept of war as a means of gaining peace. It is right up there with spanking a child for hitting. I hope in the midst of the weekend holiday, there were some thoughts to why we have the day off. I hate reading the casualty lists and seeing 19 and 20 year olds who on the brink of their lives have been killed for a slightly mystic cause. In addition, there are those coming home from the war to a life without a limb, with a head injury or an empty soul to think of as well. To them I dedicate my thoughts and prayers on this weekend as their journey through Hell continues while
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Worked in the yard some, at the back of our small pond. We made a new area and planted a plum tree. I put in a watering system and started landscaping the edge. We are setting large upright stones making sure they cannot fall over by any means and then planting day lillies as a border in front of them . I have some small zinnias and petunias for color to put in also. It will take a week or two before it looks like much and I will take a photo at that point. For now, I am happy to have some progress there. I am still trying to clean out the top greenhouse from weeds and put down landscape cloth as I am finished with tending that area for this year. The other two greenhouses are filling in nicely and I have enough food for us for sure in there! In fact, too much of several things I am having troubl
Thursday, May 23, 2013
It was a beautiful day. Clouds came and went and so it was great for transplanting. I am trying to get the rest of the plants I have started into soil so I don't have to take care of them in planters anymore. I also transplanted Delicata winter squash. I put a plant and two seeds in five holes.
15 Delicatas should be more than enough for over the winter. The onions were coming up in the beds where I thinned them to plant individually outside. I have Walla Wallas, red and white sweet Spanish. I did not attempt hard yellow onions this year as it is already too late to get them to finish up. I still want to plant some more potatoes and I read an article about planting late potatoes last year, so I know there is still time. I hope I still have some seed potatoes that haven't totally shriveled up, but I did look into it yet. I put a few dill plants in with the onions for pickle making eventually.
|Trimming the tops off before transplanting makes the little onions less topsy turvy. I saved the greens to use in the fried rice we ate for lunch.|
|Dill and rows of baby onions|
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Though it was not entirely a a wet day, it showered on and off most of it. More substantial moisture was falling this evening and we need every drop of it. I am sad that weather can humble us all and remind us of its power of destruction. The floods last week, the tornadoes this, and earthquakes elsewhere are all forces we cannot control. So sad when children are involved.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The guys are getting the last of the poles for the rafters for the shop. They are 34 feet long ones and not as easy to come by. While they were wandering about the forest looking for suitable candidates, they were joined by this guy(gal), a Spotted Owl. This is the famous endangered species that stopped logging on federal lands(someone had to) and in other forest habitat special to their existence. This one was somewhat tame, maybe from some oldtime visits by biologists feeding them voles to watch their behavior and get a count of how many are in the area. Vole manure and decayed parts in owl poop have a special enzyme that rots Douglas Fir wood. It is all a very unique cycle. Before the forest fire in 2002, there were 19 pairs in the range around us. This, I think is a female whose front feathers show a sign of separation where babies are being covered. Her beak is bloody as either the guys served an easy meal when they were falling trees, or interrupted a feeding she was engaged in or maybe just peaked her curiosity. Lunchtime came, and the owl got a break for the rest of the day, as it was time to peel the poles.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Three generations of lettuce. The red leaf on the left is beginning to bolt, the batavians in the middle are getting transplanted everywhere, and I am passing them out to friends with gardens, the romaines on the end are almost ready. Meanwhile, the snow peas are coming on strong. I have one other little row of them for later, but with beans almost the same size, we will many choices to eat soon. None of the areas are large enough for a round of canning. Ask me if I care, ha-ha.
|My lovely assistant standing in the runoff of a downpour off the roof tests her rain hat to see if it is fully operational.|
Friday, May 17, 2013
Got my last piece of tile cut last night, so maybe I will have a chance to grout soon. Looking forward to it as I think it will be much easier than mortar and fun to see the result as you do the clean-up. Pulled a few carrots to see how they were sizing up. It is OK to do so especially if you have not totally thinned them. If you did not thin them, it is best to do so or you just don't get any size to your carrots and they will twine around each other which makes for interesting anthropomorphic looking carrots sometimes, but just not as useful. I ended up chopping some of the tender tops and putting them into the elk hash I was making. They tasted like carroty
Thursday, May 16, 2013
We have been slowly eradicating scotch broom, these lovely yellow bushes, from our hill. I don't know if we can ever get ahead of them by the creekbed, but here by the house, they stick out and are growing in rocky areas where chopping them out is enough to set them back substantially. This strip of them has been advancing as we have thinned the trees and made a "defensible space". This is probably our least defend
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Little by little we are planting our "little" garden. We put in 5 rows of corn yesterday. It will be a big batch when it is all done, so guess we will have to have a party! I was worried when I only planted a few feet of snap peas that we would have enough. This all so new to me. Like when your children leave home and you are trying to make only enough spaghetti for two. Well, the crop is in, there is PLENTY! Plus I planted snow peas at the same time that are also ready. Hmmm, I'll get the hang of this growing for two thing, yet. I let the corner of the lower greenhouse go as I didn't need the space. It has gone wild with self sewn cilantro and snapdragons.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Went for a drive on Mother's Day way up a canyon and found a place where the elk had been rubbing their itchy horns. Didn't see elk or find any horns they had shed, but it was a popular spot for horn rubbing none the less.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I have been trying to keep tiling. I like it! Hard to do when you have so many other things going on and I had to run to town three days this week. Off to a FFA(Future Farmers of America) plant sale this morning and then back to tiling for me.(In between laundry and watering as it will be close to 90 today.) Meanwhile it has been thunderstormy every evening, but nothing local and no hail, thank goodness. Last year the hail took all the cherries off the trees.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Lots going on in the garden today. Finally got the tiller on the tractor yesterday afternoon and opened up one chunk of area before the thunderstorm arrived with 3/10ths of an inch of rain-perfect. The soil was terribly dry. Today another two areas were tilled and they look so much better for the addition of moisture. More due this weekend. Meanwhile, I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, onions, lettuce and cabbage in the main greenhouse I will be growing food in, while Allen turned two beds and weeded most of the rest. Looking good and feeling like I was back on top of gardening again. Though the grass in some areas needs trimming, it is all so green and lush right now, I love it. Went out to make sure all gates were closed as there had been a cow siting, and noticed lumps on the ridge top across the canyon. Sure enough it was bears. Came home for binoculars and ended up spending the next half hour watching a great big mama bear, a medium sized cinnamon colored bear, and a wee little baby bear also pitch black who was running all over the hill having so much fun on the outing. I have been checking to see if they circled back up the hill and so far I have not seen them. So maybe they went down to the creek and who knows, may come through the garden tonight!
Sunday, May 5, 2013
I came home with some of the specimens from the show because I thought I would press them. I love to stick them between wax paper after they are dry and iron them. Maybe I can make them into something after that. I have used them for candles and cards
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Ready to go for the Wildflower Show. We have three tables of raffle prizes, a good looking supply of plants to sell, and a huge array of boutique items. We have hand painted totes, old tee shirts, and signs painted on old barn boards which you can see in the background on the far wall. We collected 210 specimens compared to the last two rainy years of 170 and 130! Way to go us. I know I found around 60 different flowers while searching. Pretty amazing. Need to take more photos though. Hope lots of people show up, but if they don't, I feel a raffle win in my future. I never win...
|Raffle prizes galore!|
|The botanists hard at work putting the correct names next to the specimens.|
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Today was collect the flowers for the wildflower show day. Cheryl and I went up the Elk Creek drainage to various locales and found probably 50 different specimens. Very fun! It was warmer and warmer as we came down the hill. Had sprinklers going everywhere in the garden and yard today. More hot weather on the way and then chance of a thunderstorm next week. Acting like summer already here!