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Blooming

11 Aug

I’ve had too many yard goats and dogs over the years for my flower beds to, well, exist anymore.  I have two mallow plants growing, and they are considered invasive in some places.

I like their bright color, and they will bloom late into the fall.  It takes a hard frost to stop them.

I still have a lot of surprise lilies.

They’re another favorite.

Even if my okra didn’t produce yummy pods to eat, the flowers are pretty.

I have one or two squash vines that have so far escaped death by squash vine borer.

That’s about all that’s blooming around here.

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Beets!

2 Aug

One reason it was pretty easy for me to simply not care about my garden is the fact that I have a generous sister with a huge garden.  She brought me a bucket of beets.

I’ve perfected the roasted beets, and I did a couple of batches.

Then I froze them for easy fixing this winter.

I also prepared some by boiling them.

I thought about keeping the water to use as dye, but then I decided I’d never get that far, so I just drained it down the sink and peeled them.

They will get smashed for later use.

I also peeled and grated some.

It kind of looked like I killed something in the kitchen.

I’ll use those two batches of beets to play with some new recipes.  If they turn out, I’ll share with you.  If not, you’ll never know what crazy things I attempted to concoct.   When I finished preparing the beets, I took the tops, roots, and peels out to the birds.

The chickens appreciated them.

My Garden

3 Jul

With all the rain we’ve had, I haven’t done a thing in my garden since it was planted.  All the rain also means that it is full of weeds.  Monday I decided I had to start reclaiming it despite the additional 2 1/2 inches of rain we had Saturday night.

At least I didn’t have to wear my muck boots to get into it.

cucumber blossom

The fence worked like a charm to keep the dog out.

Sky

Although, I did feel kind of guilty when he started whining like I was hurting his feelings.

Not enough to let him in, but I did feel a little bad.

I promise not to pull any plants if you just let me come in. I love you. Please……

Anyhow, I pulled around all the plants.  I found some tomato blossoms!

Weeding around the plants was pretty much a full day’s work.

Of course, I took some breaks, and that made Sky happy again.

Now It needs to dry up a bit more so I can get it cultivated before the next rain!