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Up to my eyeballs. | Speedkin

Up to my eyeballs.

I’m buried in garden chores and getting ready for the new school year so haven’t been on here much.  I thought I’d do a quickie update before I completely lose track of time and wake up sometime next year.

Most of the onions have been harvested & put in the freezer.  I’ll be doing the remaining ones in the next couple of days.  A couple gallons of sweet & hot peppers have joined them, along with a few quarts of shredded summer squash for winter baking.  I also roasted tomatillos that worked out to be a gallon for the freezer.

Speaking of tomatillos, I’m enjoying noting the differences in the plants.  I got the seed, a rather large bag with no variety name, at a farmer’s coop in Oklahoma last year.  The husks on most are normal & rounded while, on a few plants, they’re very elongated.  Most plants are green while a few are dark with purple coloring.  Some are dark green, some are light green.  Some leaves are smooth-edged, some are serrated.  Some are upright, some are sprawling.  Here are two side-by-side plants — one light & serrated, the other dark and smoother.

The “mysterious unknown” plants along the front walk.  Definitely cantaloupe and they’re growing some fruits now.

I finally got around to pulling Ilene’s walking onions from the front walk bed.  I pulled the onions themselves, along with their babies.  Steve’s going to start building their permanent beds in the back this week.  I hope to have them replanted by next weekend but you know how these plans go so don’t hold your breath.

The kids had fun blowing onion breath on each other with the seed stalks from them.

If you pretend to not notice the horribly weedy edges of the garden, I’ll give you a peek.  The Stewart’s Zeebest okra is on the far right (next to the jungle of weeds that is the edge of the garden!).  They’re tremendously thick, wide plants!  The pole beans are climbing the trellis nicely and have been blossoming for a few days but I think they recently came down with something.  Their leaves are quickly turning yellow & spotted.  I’ve not successfully grown beans to even this in a decade or more so I’m unfamiliar with the various disease this could be.  Maybe I’ll get around to looking it up, maybe not.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I about to step way outside of my comfort zone.  I need to reinstall the OS on my computer.  (Thanks, David!)  If I’m not back in a few hours, send out search & rescue.  I’m probably being held hostage by evil forces of Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

4 Responses to “Up to my eyeballs.”

  1. Summersweet Farm August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Your garden looks fabulous! I wish I’d made mine straight easy rows instead of this windy “picturesque” nonsense. :/ Oh well, lay of the land I suppose.

    Sounds like the beans have a fungus. Try a fungicide and see if it helps. I have this recipe for fungicide but don’t know if it works so take it with a grain of salt:
    Baking soda spray
    1 tbsp baking soda
    2 tbsp baby shampoo
    Mix in 1 gallon warm water and mist-spray lightly 1x week.

    • Diane August 9, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Your “nonsense” is better looking than mine, though. Or maybe the garden is just greener on the other side of the fence?

      Thanks for the fungus recipe. Doesn’t sound like it would hurt anything to try it so I’ll do that. Oh, wait. I forgot my sprayer just broke. *sigh* I need to find a good sprayer cuz I’m sick of cheap crap breaking after three uses.

      By the way, I restarted my kombucha thanks to your inspiration! And then I screwed it up and it got all moldy. *sigh again* Now I need to buy another starter. Argh. I’m thinking of buying more water kefir starter at the same time to save on shipping but I’m not sure yet if I want to mess with it. Kombucha = low maintenance. Water kefir = not so low maintenance. Hm. I think I just decided. LOL

  2. Jenny August 10, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    August 10…Happy Birthday Diane, and mannnnny mooooore! :)

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