Sunday, July 10, 2011

Rebellion in the Garden....

I always suspected that homesteading would never work for me. First, my fear of bugs was a clue. Second, death of animals just tears me up inside. Third, I can follow all the rules for gardening, and still not produce much. As a witness to this, let's look at my squash:

Here is the pitiful squash patch I planted. Granted, sunshine was a problem, but it's not as if the sun was covered with sackcloth. Still, the squash had "Failure to Thrive" but I was proactive about it...

I moved 8 of the best looking plants to new soil, up on the deck. If I was expecting appreciation and squash...well, I will starve waiting for either one of those things.

These plants are now huge, taking over all available space. They are without a doubt, the largest and most useless squash plants I have ever seen.

Two plants have produced one baby squash a piece. Six plants have been fed and watered, and are just freeloading off of me. For all their showy, magnificence, they are no more useful to me than snow boots in the summer.

This is the last remaining plant from the original squash patch. I have neither watered, nor fed this plant, and it hasn't produced any squash either...hmmmm

I'm not my cucumber plant trying to imitate a watermelon??

My sweet potato vine is now sprouting purple flowers. Is this normal?

I feel like I have a garden full of teenagers. The plants are all acting out, and not doing what they are suppose to do. I've nurtured them from little sprouts, and now I don't recognize them at all. They better get on the ball...Fall is coming!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Last Week At My House....

It has been a while since I've posted because we have been out of town. We took 9 days and went to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for a vacation.

I was hard pressed to get a nice picture this time. It was sort of like vacationing during a desert storm. With the exception of two days, the winds were relentless. That's not to say we didn't have a great time...but we've definitely had better beach weather.

We had the reluctant travel trailer going home with us this time. If an inanimate object could express it's feelings, I'd need therapy for how this big rolling turd feels about me.

The U.S. debt ceiling will be 50 trillion dollars before this trailer lets me have a relaxing vacation.

On the garden front:

My squash plants have actually grown!

It's July and I've actually grown and honest to goodness squash! I was pretty proud of it till Julie, (a.k.a. human knitting machine), gave me all the squash I could carry from her garden because it's bounty was too much for her to handle...

I can hardly believe the wall of cucumber plants I have grown on the deck. I harvest four or more cucumbers a day. Too bad I am the only one who likes them in this house. I've never eaten so many cucumbers a day in my life. I wish I liked pickles...

This cucumber grew curled up in it's own little hammock. Now that is summertime!

I harvested all of my onions. Considering this came from 4 square foot plots, I'd say it's a pretty hefty yield.

I sliced, quartered, halved, and chopped these onions and put them in quart-sized freezer bags. I ended up with 8 quarts. They have a sweet flavor, not bitter at all.

I found one little habanero pepper for Bill...

Have a nice weekend!