I got them first!

So DH and DS put up a partial chicken fence around the tomatoes last Sunday to see if that would keep out the nasty gophers that I suspected were eating my ripe tomatoes. It has been a busy week and this morning I when I went out to water the garden, I found 4 tomatoes that were starting to ripen. Quickly picking them, I discovered that one had some bites out of it, however there were three that hadn’t been touched. 20160825_111241

They are not fully ripe, however I am not leaving them on the vine to be eaten on by anything. My hope is that we can at least put these in sandwiches. DH and I love tomato and mayonnaise sandwiches when the tomatoes are from our own garden. I think we might get to have at least one or two. There are also more green tomatoes that hopefully will ripen. With cooler temperatures at night (low 50s) who knows!

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Stocking Update 08-23-16

You can now pick yourself up off the floor!🙂 Yes, progress has been made on the stocking. It is not a lot of progress, however there is some. When last an update was posted on July 23, this was where it was: 20160723_163941

While I would really like to have this finished and be working on the one for DS, it just is not happening that fast. Still it is an enjoyable project because I am doing what I can and enjoying the stitching.

As of bedtime August 20, this was the progress: 20160820_171546

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Please forgive the lighting. It was pretty late and I just wanted to fall asleep as work came early the next morning. It still continues to amaze me how much fun it is to take a blank piece of fabric and slowly add stitches in a variety of colors and have a picture “come to life” much as knitting with self-striping or patterning yarn in a project that you have to keep adding just one more stitch to see what it looks like.

With school started again yesterday for DS, progress will slow down a bit on this project. I am hoping as we settle into a routine that I will be able to work on this and/or my knitting while teaching DS. Since his school is the reason I am home, that will be my focus, however we will do our best to fit in some crafting time.

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Garden Update 08-17-16

As school time draws near, the garden is growing and with my usual luck, it will come off just as we get settled into the school routine. This year there won’t be tons of tomatoes to can because they just aren’t producing that much. We have had one turn red and the rest are just waiting. I can’t even blame the lack of production on the gophers, unless they are eating the roots of the plants, but the plants look fine, so I don’t think it is them.

The watermelons continue to grow and we have two small ones on the second vine. 20160817_074447

As you can tell, our ground is dry and looks hard. It actually isn’t as hard as it looks. DS and I dug trenches to water the plants and every time I water we have to clear at least one trench because the gophers have been busy. There is either a blocked trench with a heap of dirt, or the bottom suddenly falls out into a tunnel and a trench has to be moved. Still these watermelons are getting bigger. I will keep watering them in hopes that at least these two willbe big enough to eat by summer’s end.

The big plants that I had really hoped would not get quite so big and would be the cucumbers that I planted, are actually volunteer pumpkins. They are spreading over the garden, and we have 3-5 pumpkins growing. Big orange blossoms are also on all three plants, but they haven’t gone to fruit yet. 20160817_074517

The weeds seem to thrive despite the dryness! They are an early morning project after picking green beans. Most of them are not there, but we have real issues with thistle. I think once the garden is done this fall, perhaps DH will be able to spray it really good to kill off some of the nasty weeds. Each year it gets better, but we still have weeds.

And lastly, the corn continues to get taller! It should be ready in early October according to DFIL. 20160817_074634

In the foreground to the left of the corn is a basil plant that has decided it likes the water trench. The watermelons are off to the right and in the back you can see some of the bright orange blossoms on the pumpkins, the yellow summer squash plant, and in the raised bed, the tangle of tomato plants that actually are doing well and still putting on blossoms. With summer finally providing summer-like temperatures during the day, we might still see more from the garden. However, you will also see the occasional leaf that has fallen already.

No apples or peaches from the fruit trees this year, but I really didn’t expect them. It is only the 2nd year for the apple trees and the first for the peach. Perhaps we will get some next year. The blueberry bush is doing better, but will have to be prepped for winter. It is in a large blue bucket because it wasn’t doing so well in the ground. I am hoping that we will be able to transfer it nextyear. We also should be able to harvest rhubarb next year. The plant has done very well for its first year and I can’t wait to see how it does next year.

That’s it for now! Back to finishing up planning for DS’s senior year of high school as he will start next week on his very last year of homeschool! I sure will miss these days!

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