Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mummmmm Yummmmmm

Thank you gld for the super wonderful Banana cake recipe.  It turned out super and so very moist.
I am now eating it.

Friday, January 28, 2011


I came in from outside and just heard on the radio that it is 60*.  It is a literal heat wave here, break out the bikini's and the beach towel.  Better enjoy it today as it is supposed to start cooling down to 40's tomorrow, 30's on Sunday, and then the single digits and below zero at night Monday and Tuesday.  Oh well.

I tried to get to my legs on my cold frames, but just can't break the grip of ice on the north side.  So.....what I am going to do is wait until we get a break in the cold, and then cut me a piece of greenhouse plastic and just cover my garden buckets that I have on the south side, (see photos to the left), and I will just wrap and make a tent over the buckets and use tomato cages to hold up the plastic and this will get things warmed up and I should be able to plant sometime in the first few weeks of February, which is generally what I do anyway, I was just wanting a better set up.  My buckets are warm and are very loose in the soil so I can start mixing my worm poop, and fresh compost in.

As you may be able to see, I do not have a whole lot of room around my place.  Where the car port is on the very left corner of the top photo, is my lot line. I have about a 5 ft wide space and then a 76 ft length to the back.  I will be putting up cattle panels to fence off everything.  I use the blue buckets to grow my peppers and tomatoes and cucumbers, and then use the fence for beans, and more cucumbers to ramble on. When its covered it looks pretty good.  You can also tell how close we all are around here, so you can see how things can get tense real quick.  My north side I have fenced off and I use this for more tomatoes and then my summer lettuces and greens and onions and what ever else I can squeeze in. I plant flowers around also for color.  My soil here is very clay based and its too hard to dig so I use the buckets and other containers to grow stuff in.  Where ever I can put a pot, I put a plant.  I am going to have it looking like a jungle again this year.

Well, thought I'd post that I couldn't get to the frames and legs, told you, best laid plans.
Take care all

More winter and snow and cold, oh my

Good Morning everyone,

I hope that all of you are having a good start to the day, and a great start to the weekend.  I will see if I can get a few things done, but as usual, something gets in the road and gives you a detour. Yes, best laid plans.

Sounds like we are going to get another round of winter here again.  For the last 2 days, it has been, for us, just beautiful, in the high 40's and yesterday, (Thursday) it was 54*, WOW, heat wave for us. Today, about the same, Mid to high 50's and warm. 

I tried to get to my cold frames under the porch, and it is a mud hole, and some things are encased in ice/  I don't know if I can take one of my weed diggers and chip out some of it, and at least get the shorter legs.  My frame is out at least, but it is tall and I use it when I start my seedlings so I can stand up in it and it gives me more room for shelving.  I want the shorter legs so I can cover my plastic buckets to warm up and start my greens.  Again, should of done this, during the fall, but I was just plain damn lazy and was trying to can tomatoes and clean up the garden at the same time.

I can't remember if I mentioned what I use for cold frames at the present time.  I use the cheap, soft side canopy that are available for covering cars and other stuff.  I have  several, and they (the covers) did not survive the hail and the wicked thunderstorms we get here, but the frames are sturdy enough for me and gardening.  I have also salvaged some from alleys from the garbage bins, (yep, I am a dumpster diver),  and then I cover them with greenhouse plastic and anchor them down with dead men, (big screw in lag bolts) in the ground to hold them down and use some 2x4's for support from spring snow. It works for me since I can't afford my dream greenhouse I want.   So I will attempt this again today to get the legs out and get it set up.  I am desperate for fresh lettuces and mesclun and radishes, you get the picture.  I will try to see if I can get some photos of the frames, I have a small digital camera, but the batteries are low so I'll see what I can get.

I am going to try to muster an order of seeds, before its possibly too late.  Sounds like a lot of people will garden this year, unless they outlaw things.  I have thoughts on this, and I may do a post about it.  I am being told several different versions about the Food Safety Bill and that it will differ with each state, from what I have been told.  This is from our Farm Bureau and a new politician that is running for our state for US  Senate.  So when I get more info on this, I will post on this as this could be a hot button issue, and I don't want to mention things until I get it from the horse's mouth.

Well,  other than that, I will be outside today a little enjoying the January warmth we will get, but it will be short lived.  Then I will tackle the inside stuff, and get a little relief from cabin fever.
I wish all of you a wonderful weekend. Where ever you are.