Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My New Fave! Farmville

I LOVE this game :)

Want to be neighbors?

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Great Sunflower Project

I finally got my seeds for The Great Sunflower Project!

They are Lemon Queen. I hope they attract a lot of bees!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

That Wascally Wabbit!

Doesn't she look innocent?
She has a voracious appetite and has eaten things in my garden that I thought rabbits would not touch such as my garlic and potatoes.
The sweet potatoes are in a raised bed two feet high. Yep, they have been pruned.
Still, she is very cute and does not run away when I am working in the garden.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

How To Seal Jars Using a Foodsaver

I think this is the clearest explanation of how to seal jars using a Foodsaver vacuum sealer that I have seen.

Of course, you do realize that this method is only to be used for dried and dehydrated foods, not fresh foods.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Green Thumb Sunday, Purple Leaf Plum

Gardeners, plant and nature lovers can join in every Sunday. Visit As the Garden Grows for more information.

Our Purple Leaf Plum is gorgeous this year! Happy Easter!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Oh, Deer!

See the pretty yellow daffodils all in a row?

Wait! Why is there a bud lying loose on the ground?

And what happened to the tips of these leaves? Daffodil leaves are not squared off at the top!

It has been a mystery to me as the daffodils have been there for 25 years unmolested till this year. Finally I solved the mystery by seeing what was happening with my own eyes. Unfortunately the culprits bolted before I could take their picture.
There were two deer working their way down the row pruning the daffodils! One of them was content to bite off the ends of the leaves. She did not eat them, just bit them off and tossed them aside. The second deer was picking the buds. Again, not eating them, just nipping them off and tossing aside. Over and over and over again.
I am confused. I can see trying them and not liking the taste and moving on. It is doing it over and over and over again that I do not understand.

I was glad to solve the mystery.

Seeing Red

I saw red this week. I found this little patch of red moss. The patch is about 2 1/2 inches across.

I found this gorgeous red tree branch. The rest of the branches were not red so don't know why this one was.

And my favorite is the Redbud that is just starting to bloom.

Trash and Treasures

I took a long walk around the cabin property and found a lot of trash. I was happy to find these glass jars before hubby hit them with the brush mower! One of them was an old Taster's Choice coffee jar and I don't know what the rest were. There was also an old window screen and a bunch of rusted cans.

I walked some more and found this toy saw. I wonder what child left it here?

I also found a few places that look like this. Ugh! I will have to get them cleaned up!

Now on to the treasures! I found these blue flowers. Barbee has confirmed they are Virginia Bluebells.

Some fiddleheads just starting to open.

Some tiny flowers. Barbee has confirmed that they are Spring Beauties.

And finally, my favorite find of all, an antler! It is from a spike buck. This is the second antler I have found on my property and I love to find them.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Driveway Life

Our driveway is absolutely covered with these tiny white flowers. At first I thought they were specks of vinyl dust from cutting pieces for the siding, but they are actually flowers. Millions of flowers. That is my shoe in the picture to give some scale. My camera does not do close-ups.

I dumped this sand from my saltwater aquarium on the driveway. This weekend hundreds of bees of several different sorts found it. There were a lot of honeybees and several smaller kinds.
I will be shoveling the sand up and putting it in the garden area where they can get at it without being run over by a car.

Garden Work

I planted some suckers from my lilac bush at home. They are small but do have roots.

The bucket is my attempt to water them slowly and thoroughly. It is a five gallon bucket and has a small hole drilled at the bottom to trickle water slowly to the plant.

I have also surrounded it with a circle of fencing held in place by two stakes. This is an attempt to keep it safe from the lawn tractor.

This is a Red Delicious Apple Tree bought at Home Depot. It is surrounded by the same fencing as the lilac and also fed by a drip bucket. The wood is fit through the holes in the fencing to hold the tree upright till it grows enough roots to hold it in place.

I was shocked at how few roots this tree had. When I took off the nursery sock the soil just fell away and there were hardly any roots at all. I do hope it is able to make it.

This is the pea patch. Hubby used our new flamethrower to burn off the grass. I have Sugar Snap peas on the left and Alaska peas on the right. Yes the posts are different heights. I use what I have. I have strung 6 rows of string and will add more strings as the peas grow.

This is the onion bed. There are three rows of red onions and one row of white.

This is my potato experiment. I figured if potatoes will grow in straw, why not try growing them in shredded paper. Can you see why? Yep, the paper blew out of the cages and is everywhere!
Even wet, it blew!
The cages are made of fencing with two inch squares and i thought for sure those small squares would hold the paper securely. Nope. Now I can play fifty-ywo thousand pick up!

I put some soil on top of the paper to hold it.