Thursday, July 23, 2009

EZimmermann Sweater

This is finished except for the buttons. Love it - but should have made a smaller size.
ETA: I am going to frog this - it's just too big now. I've lost 18 pounds to date - couple that with the fact that it was already to big. We are going to the beach in October - so I'll work on it them - in between shopping and napping!

We have taters!!

Woohooo! We have taters :) This is from two of the 4 stacks - it has been so wet that I am very surprised that we got any at all.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer in all her beauty

I wish my blog could write itself during the summer - it is so busy here! I've put up beans and strawberries - have corn waiting for the morning. After I do the corn if it's not raining I'll go and pick blueberries to freeze for the winter. My cucumbers are just putting out the best cukes! I will be doing relish this week also. I took the picture of one of the cucumber flowers - they are a nice pale yellow.

The sunflower was a volunteer from the past year - isn't it grand?!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fish in a barrel

Last year we put rain barrels by the studio and the barn. We had a terrible time with mosquito's. This year I was thinking to put clorine tablets in the barrels - (yikes - more chemicals!) not really wanting to do that I was dragging my feet. A friend of mine was here and we were talking about it and she suggested fish. Fish? Yep, plain old goldfish. I bought a few for each barrel and a few more for the stock tank - and what do ya know - no more mosquito's!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Fuzzie Veggies

So this year I tried something new - I was going to get control of the weeds once and for all! I read somewhere on the net that scrap wool (2nd cuts and dirty wool) was a great weed barrier. Hmmm....I have scrap wool I thought to myself in the spring - I will put it down like a weed cloth and then I won't have to weed so much :) Great idea! What didn't blow away the birds took to build nests (really - there is a nest in the barn that has black fiber in it) - so I put more on. It did help keep the weeds down - but here is the bad side - when I picked my garlic, beans, carrots, onions - I also had bits of wool on them...ugh! I washed every veggie really well - scrubbed with a veggie brush even - but when it's wet you can't see those two or three fibers stuck on the beans like cement - not until it dries and then you can see it. I will not be using the wool next year - I only hope that I can get it out of there so that we may have less fuzzie veggies in the future.