Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Rain, rain, rain

Gotta love it! Been inside so much I've finally had time to write something on here.

Fall cleanup is still majorly under way. Turning to the dusty confines of the basement and the winter greenhouse for places to put stuff as revamping the house for Xmas continues. Will post some pics when we're done decorating the tree.

Hope to get out this week and do some mushroom hunting. Getting a little late for some things like chanterelles but the more exotic characters like bluets might start showing up soon. Seen a lot of boletes and various agaricus in my recent wanderings.


Monday, October 01, 2012

Autumn auguries

teetering on the top of the orchard ladder as the last rays of twilight silhouette branches of the yellow delicious apple tree. Picking apples by feel from the spindly, gnarly, gnobby branches. Yes, autumn is upon us. 

We'll be out of sweet corn for about a week, until the weekend or the 8th or so at the latest. The last field is taking its time getting ripe as the days shorten and the nights cool. 

To fill in the gap we'll have plenty of large, ripe, red tomatoes some beautiful red and yellow delicious apples, sweet green grapes with a golden autumn blush and finally our usual unusual assortment of culinary and beneficial herbs.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Labor Day dalliance

We'll be laboring on this fine Labor Day.

Corn, melon, tomatoes, squash, cukes, grapes, apples, plums, peaches, potatoes, onions and maybe even some green beans in stock today.

I should be out picking corn already but the puppy sleeping on my lap is slowing me down.

Y'all take care and have fun.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Summer grind

My poor, sad, ol' blog has all but withered under Ra's Blazing Eye. Like one of my pumpkins being sucked dry by Coreidae.

Well, your loss has been the cantaloupe's gain. We've begun to harvest some really great melons and this evening I [finally!!] was able to pull in a whole bucket of tomatoes.

So you can understand why I've been so taciturn.

As we switch gears going into the height of summer I'm really hoping I'll have time and tech to take up my old hobby again soon.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mom.

My mom's 75th birthday is today and she'll be celebrating it in Kansas with her brothers and sister. Hope you have a super great time, Mom. You deserve it.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Tough summer day in spring

2nd planting of corn put in today. Boy was it hot! Being a miser with an inflatable swimming pool (thanks Todd & Robin!) full of water for my little lettuce and cabbage plants. I sure hope I don't use it all up before the polywogs get their legs. The big greenhouse has some great looking bean, tomato, cuke, squash, cantaloupe and watermelon plants in the ground. I'll be taking that down in a few weeks when the danger of late frost is officially past and those little plants should boom up into big plants. If we're lucky we'll have production maybe as early as the 1st week of July.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A delightful spring Sunday

what a delightful morning. Rotten night's sleep but a delightful morning. Sparky's asleep in my lap, warm cup of tea at my elbow. I can hear mom snoring and a few roosters still crowing. There's some lovely sunshine out there but even though I've got so much to do I'm not gonna ruin such a peaceful Sunday morning with tiller noises. Oh! now I can hear birds singing in the front yard. Sweet music to you all today.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Surprise! a rainy spring day in Oregon

Just filled the bird feeders and we have quite a flock in the yard.

The greenhouse is filling up quickly with lots of little plants. Hundreds of tomatoes already putting on dark green growth and a big flush of new herbs and interesting flowers. Still waiting on a bundle of new plants to come in; they won't ship until the danger of frost has passed.

Sunday I plugged the next set of mushroom logs with pearl oyster spawn. One more round for the lion's mane mushroom and I'll have my 1st experimental runs going. Also have some cardboard spawn and some delightful sawdust spawn running in my sterile chamber from both oyster and a wild lion's mane I found in fall. The spawn from that wild mushroom is wonderfully aggressive, growing quick & bright white.

Next week I'll start planting the early melons. I'm also hoping the weather will moderate for a few days so I can get the 1st greens field rototilled and the big greenhouse inflated. Once that is up I'll be planting the early garden of summer squash, cukes and tomatoes in there.

Wishing you all vigorous growth and rich soil :)

Friday, March 09, 2012

A great winter day.

Rototilled our 1st two late winter/early spring garden plots this afternoon. Hoozah! Really nice to get the tractor out under the open sky and a bright yellow sun. Mom and I also managed a supply run to Medford this morning. Lunch at Tintin buffet. Just all around a great day. All is lined up to start planting lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, and other garden greens by Monday or so. Hope these late winter days are giving you each and all the same fine treatment.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Late winter frosty

25°F out there this morning. 42 in the greenhouse with 2 heaters running. Have reached about 1000 plants in there, another 400+ seeded in and kept warm in the sprouting room downstairs. I'm planning on trying to inflate the big greenhouse in the next 10 days, start getting it ready for more transplants plus early tomatoes, peppers, squash and cukes. If this sub-freezing junk will go away I'll start prepping soil to put out the greens, lettuces and cabbages.

Sorry it's been so long since my last post, just really busy here. Keep finding your happy place.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Winter struggles

Well, my cold decided to hang around some more & I didn't get the floating row cover down, darn it. Did manage a few baby steps on my job scheduling app though, that was nice. Hope you had a good Tuesday.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Greenhouse complete.

A view through the newly finished door. Mixing a little more soil next as you can tell from all the bags.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Winter wrestle.

I've been having a challenging morning but making a little progress despite the struggle. Alas not on the greenhouse, that'll wait until this afternoon. But cleanup is going well now that equipment is cooperating. A tiny bit of sun is showing through the winter haze.