Friday, October 15, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Last weekend we got in the big white truck at 5 am and drove to Pittsburg to drop Peter off at Carnegie-Mellon. We unpacked him, made his bed, went to an orientation, ate, signed him in, toured the campus, ate agian and left him there! We have gotten several e-mails from him and he seems to be doing well and having a good time.
We took a couple of days to drive home:
Spent the first night at the Summit Inn Resort which is an old "porch hotel" on the national register of historic places. It was really nice in a sort of Stephen King sort of way! I would recommend staying there if you find yourself in that part of Pennsylvania and thinking about visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. (check out Fallingwater's webcam!)
The grounds are really beautiful and there are a couple of short paths so you can go for a little hike. The place is a deciduous forest, so there is alot of dappled sunlight and interesting stuff growning:
On the road heading to York there are lots of windfarms-
The best yarn store in all the land! The Mannings in East Berlin PA (Near York) and speaking of York, PA - the factory tour capital of the world - one cannot go to York and not tour the Harley Davidson Motor Company Plant!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Cleaned out the coop - about a month and a half of poop in there - eeewwwww.
AfterHonestly, it only takes about 15 minutes to clean out - rake the crap out the door into an old plastic toy bin, toss it into the compost pile. Takes about 3 trips to the pile, then toss in about a quarter of a bale of wood shavings. Yes, that is a colored plastic easter egg you see in the middle nest box. It functions as a clue - "lay your eggs here dear, not in the middle of the floor"
The Garden is not the happiest of gardens. Between the heat, dry, then heat and deluge, we are not about to win any beauty contests.
Next weekend is slated for garden clean-up and fall planting. Meanwhile we had some big issues which I have a thought on fixing for next year. Squash vine borer beetles destroyed all the zucchini, my cucumbers succumbed to cucumber wilt about 3 weeks after my neighbor's - the wilt is spread by the cucumber beetle. I did get a couple of jars of refridgerator pickles out of them - Yummy!
On the positive side, neem oil and a good layer of fresh compost made the potato pots very happy and they have lots of nice new growth.
See the bean tee-pee in back there? I am definitely planting a bean tee-pee next year!
I now know just what radishes look like if you do not pick them, I am not convinced actually repelled any bugs, but they are really nifty.
Do cats and chickens get along? I guess it depends on how big your chickens are, and how lazy your cat is:
A Very Short Story of Betty
Maybe better ... not.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I will take photos of my goofy chickens and horribly ugly wretched garden tomorrow (if it does not pour). The garden got trammeled by heat, dry and bugs. The squash got those beetles that lay their eggs in the stem and the maggoty things grow in the stem and kill the squash. The cucumbers got a blight spread by cucumber beetles. So I will go write 100 times:
WE HAVE EGGS!
Yay Mavis! Mini started this week, and Lulu is right behind! The next 4 should start in another 3 weeks or so, one of the Bettys is getting close.....
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
This is pretty much what we have now - from the last week of June. We are actively eating zucchini, I am organizing my zucchini recipe collection in anticipation......
We have been so dry, I have had to water quite a bit, in fact we used up the rainbarrel water about 2 weeks ago and I have had to use tap water. I have a couple of garden tasks to work on this weekend - blossom end rot seems to have set in the Roma tomatoes, probably because of the erratic watering - they kept predicting rain and it never came, so we had a drought followed by deluge scenario, the pototatoes had very few blossems, the spinach is not sprouting worth a darn, BUT I have the biggest radishes imaginable! They are not really repeling any cucumber beetles, or maybe they are and if the radishes were not there, I'd have 3 times as many! I hope they blossom soon!