Plain and simple, the vegies I usually plant for a later harvest have struggled.
So to compensate, I dug through my stash of old sheets and between the hubby and I, came up with an idea that just might do the trick.
I present the Cucumbers of July 16, 2018 complete with sunburn and impending death.
What our young cucs needed was some relief in the form of shade. So I looked into the mesh shade cloth that you see at greenhouses and larger gardens.
It’s very nice, but I want to save a few pennies. That’s the whole point of gardening right?! Grow your own vegies to save on the grocery bill? And of course there’s the flavor 😉
So here’s what we came up with. Two giant ‘sails’. Really just a curtain with rod pockets at top and bottom. Some old pipe came in handy to attach it to our raised bed. And when storm clouds rise or the weather turns fair, we gather it in the middle and tie it up until danger of getting ripped passes.
Taken just 1 week after assembling this shade curtain. And I will admit to having some nice rainfall to help the situation. Just a good all around combination.
And here’s the mandatory garden view.
Adding this post to my new page, “Free Tip Friday”. New content on the way!
Another busy week + Trying to Do it All at My Age = easy share for Thursday Doors.
We were headed this way, towards the Grand Stand at the 2017 Missouri State Fair.
I look forward to taking some ‘after’ pics for comparison soon.
But this item caught my eye. We’ve got some lumber and stuff and want to build ourselves a hothouse. This one gives us some ideas….
The door is pretty much not what I’d pick personally. I’ve been exposed to so many options since joining the Door patriots here. Thanks everyone, by the way.
The lighting prevented me from getting a good focus but you can see the sizes that are possible as well as the name of the company should you really be interested in what they offer. I’m a do-it-yourselfer when possible.
Our instructions are: For this week’s challenge, explore the classical elements of earth, air, water, andfire.and to Take a moment to explore these elements, in or out of balance, together or individually, as you pick up your camera this week.
For me this week, there was some canning.By some, I’m talking over 25 pints and some 15 or so quarts of canned goodness from my garden. And it’s not over yet.
Did you know boil water canning requires a perfect balance of the 4 elements for a successful run?
Earth: Bounty from your garden.
Water: Boil water canning is best for high acid foods such as tomatoes. It also takes way less time to process. Recommended as best method by the Ball Blue Book.
Air: You’ll probably prefer a cooler kitchen with a hood vent over your stove if possible. If nothing else, find yourself a nice fan.
Fire: A constant flame on my stove is an essential requirement. Do Not wear clothes that will catch on the cookery or create a hazard. In other words, no swimsuits for your canning experience, please.
Might I add that if you ever get the opportunity to grow Brandiwine Pink heirloom tomatoes, do it without hesitation. They are the absolute best tomato I have ever sank my teeth into. Sweet and definitely a gift from above!
Enjoy your summer goodness!
For other wonderful entries in the Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge, click here. This will be an addition to my Sunday Sampler page as well.
Quick and painless is my motto this week for Thursday Doors. Canning and freezing (and canning) and working are leaving me a bit weary. The garden is having a bumper crop year. So thanks to suggestions from Google Effects, I think I have a beauty to get me through.
This is the back porch door to Grandma’s house. Mother, mother-in-law-, grandmother, Nancy’s house, neighbor……… but never, ever Granny. It’s just the rule. But whatever you call yours, everyone knows the kids are always welcome there.
Gardening sometimes lends surprises, even to veteran gardeners. We rotate, fertilize, weed, use organic bug and fungus deterrents. We weed, water appropriately, watch for evidence of wildlife invasions and pray for a good year.
Here we have a dainty lil pumpkin plant that is currently yielding maybe 2 pumpkins, not visible in this photo at the current time. It’s only July though, right?
In contrast, this is our composting area. There is a corral under there and our extra fence, posts, planters and what-have-you. This is another pumpkin plant and was a volunteer. The mother-in-law tossed her old pumpkin there last fall and now we have this spralled-out monster with 16-inch leaves and what appears to be only flowers.
And they really are beautiful flowers.
But if you dig around, there are basketball-sized pumpkins in this great abyss. Gonna get my goat-roper boots out and pull some of these elusive beauties this evening. Can’t wait!!!
I’d like to look up a friend but they are hours away. And probably working right now.
I took time to look up a commentary on a verse I read.
And I’ll most likely look up a good recipe this weekend.
But last night, we stepped out and stood looking up at this humongous sunflower in my garden.
I didn’t plant it here intentionally. It came in the vegie pack next to a green pepper. Apparently, it went unnoticed as I plopped it into the ground. As the rains came and it became obvious it was not a green pepper plant, it also became clear it was too late to tranplant it and risk the health of either plant.
So there you have it. My ‘beanstalk’ as the kids refer to it. Jack may show up soon 🙂
Here’s a before pic of my dill I am growing this summer.
If you look closely you may see the honey bees among the flowers. As I said, this was ‘before’. Last night we had some wind and heavy rain. Sorely needed rain.
This is the result. As of this morning, they haven’t regained their posture. I do believe I will be deprived of further abundance of dill. Those pathetic cucumbers next to the dill are evidence enough that it is probably not going to matter anyway. Not a cucumber year for me. If they aren’t making by now, it’s probably not gonna happen. Gotta love Missouri weather.
Recently my Aunt Maybelle left me with a family memento. She is well-known in our family as the “family geneologist” so I felt pretty thrilled to be the recipient of her generosity.
Grandpa’s John Hancock
Reliable reference apparently
Somehow I missed getting a pic of the outside of the book, but here’s some valid info of the subject, copyright and who it belonged to….. my grandpa. He was the epitomy of farmer in his Osh Kosh overalls and hat. Not surprised he would have had a book like this one.
Just some pages I found interesting. Some survivalists are drooling right now 😉
Me? I’m just bragging right now about how tall my peas have grown this year. And this was over a week ago. They’re nearly to the top of those trellis’s! Kind of feeling connected to my farming roots about now.
“This week, let’s embrace the season: share an image that embodies the world or the weather where you live.”
My Summer Garden
The Remnant Summer Garden
This looks pretty bleak and wintery and a definite stark contrast of seasons, but I was pretty excited to hear turtledoves cooing early this Sunday morning. Little signs of spring are slowly returning. Gardening is just around the bend.