Friday, August 16, 2013
Cruel because it seems that it's ending way too fast!! This is only mid-August; we're supposed to be hittin' the 100's by now, or at least the 90's. Not wearing a long sleeve shirt at night because of the chill!
The garden is still producing well though, so I can't complain too much. The corn, cukes and part of the tomatoes and cantaloupes have pooped out and been pulled up but now a new wave hits. I shelled the first mess of purple hull peas tonight along with more green beans and we harvest a cantaloupe or two every few days. Still waiting on the watermelon to ripen.
The okra forest grows slow this year but it is growing. Jack fusses over it every day. It is his obsession.
We should have plenty to pickle and freeze so he can have some during the winter though.
New bare patches in the garden to make way for fall crops. Still a bit more weeding to do. Oh, the figs are starting to pour in now also.
We didn't have a great corn harvest but did get some and now that area has been cleared for fall stuff or maybe a cover crop. The zinnias explode in their abundance.
I really like these scarlet hued sunflowers. I am going to try to save seed from them this year. Not big but so pretty.
The raspberries have caught their second wind and keep me picking every day. They grow right next to the pullet's run and they love when I come out to pick because they know they'll get the discards. Man, how they love those raspberries. Funny because the big hens don't much care for them. The pullets however have no qualms over trampling each other to get them.
I know.........more zinnias. But I just love them.
These are vibrant also..and so HOT!! Salsa peppers indeed. Very prolific as most peppers are around here. I roasted a few to use in my salsa this year and it seemed to come out well.. Time will tell though when I open a jar a few months from now and get a fresh taste.
The Easter Egger pullets are getting so big and pretty! I just love their colors and patterns. They have funny little personalities too. It won't be too much longer that we'll be integrating them in with the big flock.
A new sign I bought off Amazon for the girls. I thought it was cute and it's very well made; just like a real traffic sign. Not that we get much traffic here. As far as most of society is concerned we are the crazy ol' hermit couple that lives out in the woods eating weeds and talking to the chickens. It's funny and sad, all at the same time, how far most people have gotten from the real earth and how they regard people like us so strangely..
Well, back to snapping beans and shelling peas......