Monday, March 30, 2015

Too short preview....

of the next great zombie show on AMC, Fear the Walking Dead, coming out this summer! Can't wait, anyway.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Garden Notes, March 25, 2015

  • Today I spent almost the entire day out in the garden, but I sure got a lot done.  The old Bean Haus, which is going to be almost all squash this year, is totally planted. I tried to find squash that were fairly small so that they will be able to hang easily. The biggest squash here is the Tromboncino. There are:
  1. Honey Boat Delicata - Baker Creek Seeds (winter squash)
  2. Spaghetti Squash - SeedsNow (winter squash)
  3. Kikuza Squash - Baker Creek Seeds (winter squash)
  4. Tromboncino Squash - Southern Exposure Seeds (summer squash)
  5. Tigger Melons - (old seeds, so we'll see if they come up)
  6. Table Dainty Squash - Baker Creek Seeds (summer squash)
  7. Asparagus Yard Long Pole Beans - SeedsNow

  • Some of these were started in the greenhouse, and others went in as seeds.

  • I used my little tiller on some of this, until the battery died. Then I couldn't get the damned battery out to recharge it, and John wasn't here to assist, so I just used old-fashioned hoe and rake to work in the compost, sand and soil for the rest of it.  Whew!

 Can you see all of the little kale, lettuce and spinach seeds coming up in the front here? I was a little worried about that heavy rain we got last week, but they seemed to have survived and not washed away.
 All of the drip lines are in on the tomatoes.
 The green bush beans are all breaking ground!
 My Alden grapes are entering their 4th year here.  They've all sprouted and look fantastic.  These are not part of John's vineyard grapes, these are on the front of the old garden area, and they are table grapes.
 I planted Dianthus all around the oak tree in front of the pavilion today, also.  I love that these flowers will survive the winter and usually last 2 and sometimes 3 years here!  My travel gnome looks happy to have a new field to stand in, doesn't he?!
As I dug around the dirt, removing the old dead vines from the sweet potato vines I had in there last year, I found several of these huge potatoes!! I don't know why I was surprised, other than to say I thought those landscape sweet potatoes were probably some kind of different strain, but I was wrong! I may take these out to the greenhouse and see what will happen with them.

There's an old molcajete stone there in this bed that I fill with water for the butterflies and bees -- as I was sitting there a black butterfly landed on it! Didn't have the camera ready, though. 

Tomorrow I'm concentrating on the rest of the beds and plants in our yard -- it's time to clean out some beds and fertilize them.  I'm tired already!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Garden Notes, March 23, 2015

Today I planted up the left over onion sets and some fabulous shallots that my brother shared with me.  After that, in went the final two plots in Bed #1.  Bed #1-G has:

In Bed #1 H:
Stewart's Zeebest Okra from Baker Creek Seeds
Green Husk Tomatillo from Seed Savers Exchange

Those tomatillo really had to get in the ground.  Those things were huge!

I repotted some of the herbs and gourds that have gotten too big in the greenhouse.  These will go into the ground very soon, but I didn't want them to get root bound.
 Large bottle gourds
 Small gourd mix
Luffa gourd

Sadly I haven't seen anything from the Basket gourds or the Green Speckled Swan gourds.  I'll give them a bit longer, but nothing so far....

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rain, rain...glorious rain!

It rained so hard here on Friday night ... something we haven't seen around here in a very long time.  I'll never complain about rain again in my life after the dry summers we've had in the past few years, but my was a sight to see!
We had to rescue the 11 baby chicks in the old chicken house, it's a bit open to the weather and they're too young to figure out how to get up in the roost room above.  We mucked out there and picked them up into the roost.  They were all fine, just a bit damp.
Saturday morning they were all back down on the ground and pecking around, happy as could be, so all was well.  I had to layer some new hay down for them, though.

We couldn't do a thing in the garden Saturday, but I did take a good picture of the cucumbers.  They took the transplant well and are already looking bigger!
 Ashley on the left, Holland White on the right....
John moved a few of the t-posts around that he had purchased for the automatic water system and found an unwelcome passenger of a black widow spider on one of them, along with her egg sack.
Yes, she's dead! 

That's about all we did outside Saturday.  Hoping for some nice mild sunshine now for the garden.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sue is Getting Married!

I attended a wedding shower for Sue on Friday evening, along with several of her many friends and family.  We are all so happy for Sue and Jimmy -- they are going to be a great couple, a really good match!  The wedding is in April.
 I got to hear some VERY interesting "Sue" stories shared by all of her friends and family. Some I've never heard before!
 Sue opened and read all of her cards.....
 and there was a money tree....$ for their honeymoon!
and of course, plenty of good food!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Upgrades to the JR Forsythe Casa in San Antonio

Since we were downtown this morning, we swung by JR and Ashley's house to see how the renovations are going.  We were only able to see the front, but the new railings on the front was very nice!

There were some repairs to the cement on the front, but I didn't get a good photo.  I hear there's been some more concrete repair in the back.

They will probably be back in SA in April some time, so hopefully we'll get to see all of the new work then!

Meet the Turkeys!

We took a drive into town this morning to Moore's Feed and Seed down on South Flores Street.  John remembers going here with Dad years ago, and he was looking for a particular type of forage mix to plant in the field.  Unfortunately when they went to get it, they were out of stock.  But.....while they were in the back looking I found something awfully cute!
 Meet the new turkeys!! These are Bronze turkeys, and I picked out three so they won't be lonely.  We have no idea if we have boys or girls, and probably won't know until they are between 4-6 months old.  I'm hoping for a breeding pair, at least.  We'll see.
Here's what they should look like when they are fully grown....