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Bees and a Bird

20 Jun

The weeds are still out of control where the magnolia tree was.  I know it’s shocking that I haven’t gotten around to getting them cleaned out of there.  Hard to believe it used to be a well-tended flower garden, but goats and dogs…

I have to say, the other day when I was hanging laundry out, I noticed that when I walked through there, it seemed to be buzzing.

It is swarming with bees.

All kinds of bees.

And the occasional butterfly.

Anyhow, I do still plan on getting them chopped down, but now I’ll feel guilty about it.

The wren was in the maple tree above the mess.

Hopefully, next year I can replace the flowering weeds with horrible, nasty seeds with some beautiful flowers and herbs that they will love just as much.

Crazy Weather

30 May

I tell you, the last month or so of weather has been crazy.  We were in a moderate drought.  I think I mentioned that we were finally getting some rain.

Astra, Myson, Bambi and Ava in front wishing they didn’t have to go through the mud last Saturday.

We actually had eight days in a row with rain.  Some were just sprinkles, but we had over two inches of rain throughout that time. It was enough to make a lot of mud.

Litha trying not to walk in mud

But it didn’t even change our standing on the drought monitor.  We’re still in moderate drought; although it is better for some parts of the state.  I was hoping we’d be upgraded to just “abnormally dry”.

Then we got hot.  We spent the first part of last week in the low eighties with horrible humidity.  I will say, it makes the grass and weeds grow.  I can’t even keep up.

Where I lost the magnolia tree is just out of control.

Then there was more rain. Sometime in there, my soybeans got planted because they are coming up quite nicely.

soybeans

My garden is coming to life, but I can’t get in there to take care of weeds.

That is one big garden. All those weeds calling my name…

tomatoes, peppers, cabbages, and lots of weeds

zucchini

potato

onion

sweet corn (you can get more in a crooked row)

The first rain also let me see who was visiting my garden.  It was dried up and hard to see by the time I got took my pictures, but there was a raccoon clipping the corner of the garden.  Then there were coyote and deer tracks as well.

colored corn in a coyote paw print

The deer sank deep!

My asparagus took off with the rains.

asparagus

In fact, some of it might have gotten ahead of me and gone to seed.

asparagus

The end of the week saw much cooler weather.  You can’t see Friday’s high temperature of 50°F, but it was a record low high for this date.  Seriously, it’s the end of May.  It’s Memorial Day weekend.  We are not supposed to have a frost advisory. Luckily, I think everything is okay.

But look at the end of the forecast–back up to almost ninety!  That’s crazy!

And an update since I wrote the post yesterday.  This morning, I managed to get the whole garden cultivated and the yard around it mowed (after the picture was taken).  One more yard to go this weekend (and we’ll see if I actually get any more weeding done in the garden.

End of the Season

25 Oct

We’ve truly come to the end of the garden season.  Let’s face it, I abandoned my garden somewhere between the derecho, the eye injury, going back to work and the drought.  But I did go check things out last weekend because I knew I still had a few things to harvest.  I’m really glad I did that on Saturday before our snow.  Especially since we’ve been cold and wet and rainy and windy and snowy and dreary and foggy for the last week.

Despite all the challenges of this growing season, there were tons of pumpkins and squash.  I didn’t even come close to picking them all.

I see that next year’s milkweeds are getting planted (with the wind we’ve had they might be miles away from my farm by now).

I did find three bell peppers that were ready and hadn’t been damaged by our recent cool nights.  There were tons of habanero peppers.

I also picked a couple luffa gourds.  I’ll come back for the rest when they finish drying.

Hopefully, the wind will go down and I’ll get a decent day to pull out the tomato cages and finish cleaning up a bit.

Sky

When I came back home, Sky was waiting for me.  That’s his usual–stand on the deck and loudly greeting me. When I was picking the last of the garden last week, I found lots of peppers.

Anaheim chili pepper

I brought them home.

I decided to try making homemade chili powder.  I used all the Anaheim chilis, jalapeños, and bell peppers.  I only used two of the habaneros because they are soooo hot.  I even took the seeds out of them.

I put them in the dehydrator.

Once they were crispy dry, I put them through the coffee grinder.  Then I added some spices.

The ratio I used is

  • 1/8 cup powdered peppers
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin

Now I have homemade chili powder!

I decided to try it out.

I used it in a Tex-Mex casserole.

I must say, it is hot!  Maybe should have only used one habanero.