Wednesday, June 29, 2011
getting closer to the hill, my better judgement said "forget it girlie"all you need to do is slip like you did before and break a leg (or hip). Mullein will have to be gathered someplace else..Not so, Cecil insisted on doing it himself..
He admitted it became steeper than he thought and had to "sit" down to get down, doing a "butt slide" :o)...One thing about us old folks, we will try by any means necessary to reach a goal :o).
Mission accomplished :o) Here he comes down the sidewalk, bag of Mullein leaves in hand ..Do you notice his "Manly stride" :o) You would think he was "Superman's brother" :o)...I definitely will have to give him a special treat :o)...
I've got the Dehydrator filled to the top drying the leaves after a good soaking and washing..I had quite a bit from two plants, so I had to do a makeshift hanging place (over the washing machine :o) for these until the others are dry..Well, this turned out to quite an adventure today harvesting some Mullein leaves. Should I have waited until Monday :o)...
last night I ran out of my sleep prescription and made a large cup of Mullein tea sweetened with Honey...well I slept from 10:30 until 2:40, then fell back to sleep around 4:00 and slept until 8:15..could have been better , but I was rested :o) Mullein is relaxing for sure.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Putting up a wood or vinyl fence would take away the joy of the view and expense I don't want, we will have to think of something!
Inside my little Greenhouse I have some Jalapeno Pepper seeds in those little paper pots I made.. Those seeds are from some frozen peppers that looked so good and healthy when I cut the pepper..I planted 6 of them, to see if they would grow, my store bought plants didn't do to well thus far..nothing ventured nothing gained. If they make it ...I'll save seeds from them..They were really large and I think I remember them being Serrano's peppers or (something like that).
UPDATE: Last night I had a cup of tea with honey from the Mullein, and let me tell you, it is relaxing! :o)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Next into the dehydrator, instead of brown paper bagging it too dry.
After it dries..into the food Processor to grind it up for tea making.
After it was ground in the food processor I found a few stubborn stalks, I just took them out..The ground leaves are very soft and feel like cotton :o)...With one stalk of Mullein dried I got quite a bit for making tea..I tsp to a cup of water is the recipe with honey to sweeten ...it's on the bitter side.. supposed to relax you..I can use that.
Update: corrected spelling "MULLEIN"
Monday, June 20, 2011
We went to the Farmers Market on Saturday and bought some delicous "White Queen Corn" they were freshly picked and one bite sent us back Sunday morning ..we only went for 2 doz. but ended up with a bushel :o).
Mother Nature protects the kernels in this way, and it's a good way to keep away freezer burn..I've done this and corn was as fresh as when first picked after a year!
No joke! Then I pack them into gallon freezer bags (8 in a bag fits nicely :o) then into the freezer until wanted..you will have to strip them and take off the silks then. You can put them into bigger bags if you want and just take out enough as desired :o) That's a good hint for this Harvest Monday...I give it free as I got it..passing it on..
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Can you believe how fast (3 days) the Boc Choy babies came up! I'm hoping for some real yummy treats from it if it keeps on growing up like this :o)
When he's not feeling well or I want to get him to do something, I fix him chicken and dumplings :o) that's his comfort food.
Now I'll sit at the table and grind up my spices in the mini processor and put them into labeled containers. Of course I'll add the words "Homegrown". :o) Afterwards I'll have my lunch and try out some tea :o).
Monday, June 13, 2011
(Even though I did it Sat and Sun)
The top holds the onions from the Garden, not too shabby! but kind of small, the middle holds the Garlic from the Garden, and the blue pan is holding the White garlic from the Box..I at first thought they were leeks, (and so did others), however, after harvesting them, and cleaning them up, I remembered they were from two that I bought when I ran out of prepared garlic, I don't what kind they were except they were very white and so is the harvest.
I have them drying on that "sweater rack" I got at goodwill last year. Not bad for this "Almost an Acre" farm :o)
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I just couldn't resist showing you the Garlic from last week once it was dried and then cleaned up :o) See photo below,June 6th.
Now I think it's really beautiful and nicely formed ...I've got way more than I planted and that was the idea..Hooray! Now all I have to do is wait a little longer for more drying and I'll skin it and put it in the refrigerator where a Garlic Jar is waiting :o) Us is Farmers over here :o)
Friday, June 10, 2011
The other day I went to the Dollar General and couldn't decide which one I wanted..by the time I made up my mind and went back for two...they only had this one left :o(
On a happier note, in the Tomato Box if you do a click and look at the top, you will see three baby plum tomato's ..they are the cutest little baby tomato's in the world (to me anyway). There are blooms all over them in the bed and I'm waiting to see the first
Cherokee Purple bloom. It's so exciting to see seeds you saved blossom into it's fruit. Except the Cherokee Purple plant, I had to buy it this year..
My little lettuce is waiting patiently for me to put into it's place, but it's been so hot morning and evening I've hesitated moving it..also there was a tomato seed that got into the box (guess I was careless) and it started doing so well I hated to disturb it too. First good rain I'll do something for it, but for now best to let it "shine where it's planted " :o) next to it is a few tomato's that I promised someone and they didn't come back for it..I think they forgot...it too will stay in it's place and let it survive.
Monday, June 6, 2011
In some of these houses they have a "string" that you pull down the attic steps..so I figure that's as good a place as any..you can see it as soon as you walk into my Studio, Hey! that's were the works are thought of :o)..it's not in the way and I will be reminded it's there....I brushed most of the dirt off the bulbs now I guess I'm supposed to let them sit and dry. I have them on a sweater dryer I bought at Goodwill for $1 or $2 . Anyway How long does it usually take 1-2- weeks?
Friday, June 3, 2011
I'm so pleased with how the tomatos in the box are doing ..they are really tall and have blooms on them, I can't wait to bite into the first ripe one and save the seeds :o) On the way to tomato alley you have to pass the "canned tomatoes" (my idea of a pun :o). I didn't have room to plant these so I stuck them in a can and they are thriving very nicely. Around the bend to the Side garden as I promised to show you is "Tomato Alley" :o) Below at the "Side Garden".
Then onto onto the "cabbage patch" :o) I don't think, or should I say I won't run out of cabbage if the bugs will just behave and leave them alone..So far with the seven I might be able to make some Kraut from my gardens after all. As you walk pass "Tomato Alley" and the "Cabbage Patch" you come to the front of the house where I have incorporated more cabbage :o)Behind the flowers I planted a row of cabbage, they are on sort of a hill since the land slopes there..so it has a two fold purpose of my own making ...it holds the land and
it should give me a couple of meals :o) I didn't realize you could get so much
cabbage from one pack of seeds :o)..I know the neighbors are drooling waiting for the Harvest :o) The peppers at the end of the "Cabbage patch" aren't doing well ;o but the mini ones in the back box are doing nicely..being shadowed by those tall tomatoes.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
You have to admit these are some nice looking scape's :o) I noticed all of the plants didn't have them..unless I have to wait for more..and I also think that Garlic in the garden is nearing ready ..I'm noticing the leaves are kind of getting brown and falling :o) yea! I'm hoping for some nice looking garlic (even if they are wimps, they are my babies, and the cutest in the world).