Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Life is Good, Visitors, & Garden



My garden has been keeping me a bit busy with the clipping, watering, harvesting, weeding, and getting rid of bugs.

Today was another harvest of cucumbers, green peppers, and small tomatoes.


Bulldog Man and I decided the Pineapple Tomato plant needed a haircut and some adjustments; to make sure it was standing and getting the appropriate support it needed.  

Here’s the before and after picture……..the plant looks as if it enjoyed the haircut.
 
Before Hair Cut
After Hair Cut

Next to the Pineapple Tomato plant is another type of tomato plant.  My identification stake is no longer next to the plant; therefore, I’m not sure what type of tomato plant this is, but it is producing these beautiful tomatoes that actually look artificial.



The Borage seeds planted have grown nicely, and have produced these beautiful flowers.



We had a couple of unexpected visitors on the homestead today.  While cutting the grass and weed-whacking, I came across a turtle. Bulldog Man moved him out of the way and over to some water and food, while I weed-whacked around the fenced in area where Beans roams.  We both wondered where this turtle came from; being that there’s no pond or river on our property.  Later, we boxed up the turtle and took him over to a nearby park, and let him loose. 




Later in the afternoon, this little bunny came hopping over to the front part of the house and was eating the grass (aka: weeds).  We watched him/her hop off down the side of the house, and into the wooded area off the eastern side of the property.  Lucky for me, our garden is fenced off and on the inside of this fence; we have installed bamboo around the entire fence.  The rabbits have not made it into my garden……………..GOOD THING!!!!  



 I was half expecting the family of skunks to come out next to visit us.
There is a family of skunks living in the wooded area on the east side of the property.  

I’ve captured a few pictures of flowers I’d like to share today.









Instead of heating up the house, I started up our grill, browned ground beef, onions, and celery.  I added 2 quarts of homemade broth, 1 canned jar of fresh tomatoes, potatoes, and carrots from my garden; then some frozen peas.  While I sat outside and enjoyed the cooler temperatures in the shade, I let the homemade ground beef soup cook on medium heat on top of the burner of the gas grill, while Bulldog Man enjoyed smoking his pipe, with some sweet smelling hazelnut tobacco.





Life is good………….
  

Fishin.....!



Saturday we all woke up bright and early to hit the road toward the Lake of the Arbuckles to go fishing.  We stopped for gas and coffee. By the time we arrived, it was about 5:50AM.

We setup our equipment, our poles, and then threw our lines out at different locations in the water.  Immediately, Tank and I caught Bass.  Tank’s fish was too small by an inch, and he had to let it go; whereas mine was just perfect in size, and I placed him on the stringer.  We fished along the edge of the lake in various places.  Bulldog Man caught several fish, all of which were too small to keep. 



I was tired and decided to sit down on the rocks, and watch the guy’s fish, the water hit the shore line, while listening to the wild birds chirp, and bugs make noises.


I sit here on the small rocks lined on the side of the lake in awe, and I’m admiring all of what our Creator provided……………………………..

Funny thing, we left the lake with only one legal size fish……all the other fish were tossed back into the lake for future fishing.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Join & Welcome, Garden Changes/Updates



I would like to start my post out by welcoming a new friend, Astarlight to my blog.

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Temperatures have dropped from triple digits, to the low 60’s in the morning, and peaking to the mid 80’s during the day.  Thank goodness for the cold front coming through.  We even received a fair amount of rain to help with the drought issues here in Oklahoma.

With all this rain, my tomato plants, especially the Pineapple Tomato, is growing like crazy.  The plant is taller than I am, and I’m 5’8”.
I’ve had to tie up this particular plant several times, because it’s grown over and around the tomato tower.   


The peas I planted on the straw bales only grew approximately 4, maybe 5, inches tall, and then stopped growing.  I’m not sure why. I’m thinking maybe the bale was packed too tight.  I was going to transplant the peas, from the straw bale into a raised bed, when I realized the roots weren’t developed enough.  These pea seedlings ended up becoming food for my compost container.  



I then planted pea seeds in the raised bed, where my green beans used to be, and now I have new seedlings popping out of the ground. Hopefully with planting in this new spot, the pea plants will grow and come to full maturity.

A blogger friend of mine, 1st Man, over at Two Men and a Little Farm, asked me if I trellis my cucumber plants.  Initially, I placed several seeds inside two pots sitting next to one another.  Then I created a trellis using t-posts and wire.  Every day I would go out and take cucumber vines and wrap them around the wires in hopes the vine will grow on the trellis.  As you can see here, it loves the trellis……and the fence behind.  



Front two pots of cucumbers running up trellis.

 
Behind trellis, jumping over to another plants trellis.

The bucket potted corn has also started producing its own fruit.  This was an experiment, and the experiment was successful.  I’m going to continue to grow corn in 5 gallon buckets from here on out.   The idea of using buckets makes it possible to move the corn, especially if we have heavy winds or storms.

 

Here’s an update to our watermelon and pumpkin vines.  Each vine has multiple blossoms; soon we will see actual fruit.  I’m hoping to have several harvests of both before winter sets in.




Finally, my bougainvillea started flowering this week.  Usually we have flowers long before mid July.


 *****Straw Bale Update:  Disappointed with the planting of peas in straw bales.  The peas failed to grow properly……..reason may be tightly packed bales.  Recommendation, use regular beds or pots for planting peas. 
I will be taking two of my straw bales and flip them on their side, at which point, I will make a large cut down the center of the bale. This way the straw won’t be packed tight.  I will try one more time to see if peas will grow in straw bales.  Expect updates in the near future.

Life is good, let’s cherish what we have and pray for those who lost their lives today.

Monday, July 14, 2014

*****Winner Announced*****

 

The winner of the Food Network™ Porcelain Egg Carton Holder is Pioneer Preppy.



The winner has until Friday, July 18, 2014; to respond to me with your mailing address.
If the winner does not respond by 11:59 PM on July 18, 2014; I will have no choice but to select another winner.

Pioneer Preppy, please e-mail me your mailing address.

My E-mail is: SandyLivesay@gmail.com