Archive for August, 2008

Gardening Update…End of the Season

Monday, August 25th, 2008

I wrote earlier in the year that we were putting in a garden for the first time since we moved to this house nearly three years ago.  We tilled up the front yard (yes, the front yard) and planted a little bit of everything.  Overall, the garden was a bit disappointing this year.  Many of my plants came up, and appeared to be flourishing, but then did not produce very well.  I am afraid that I tried to cram too many things into a small space.  I probably also need to work the ground a little better before planting next year.

My corn looks great standing, but only produced a few ears off of 4 rows.  Some of the ears only filled out a part of the kernels, leaving big empty spots on the cob.  I’m not sure what brought that on, but we only got about 20 ears of edible corn from all that we planted.  I’m not sure I’m going to plant any more corn next year, especially if I can’t figure out what the problem is with it.

Our tomatoes finally did OK after having to replace 2 or three that got chewed off by a rabbit.  We have gotten enough for my wife, who is the only tomato eater in our family.  Jacob likes the cherry tomato plant, as it puts off several ripe tomatoes per day, and he loves getting out there and picking.

Our green beans produced pretty well.  We got about 3 pickings off of them, and enough for several meals.  I think we may try to plant a few more beans next year so that we can put some up in the freezer.  We like Blue Lake green beans, as they are typically very tender, and a sweet flavored bean.

Our okra has been disappointing this year.  We were out of town when the first “tier” was ready, and no one cut it.  That makes okra stop growing, so we haven’t gotten but a few pods off of it since we got back.  We do have a friend who has been growing a lot of okra too, so he has been sharing with us.  We love fried okra!

My squash were the biggest disappointment of the season.  We had great looking plants, but only got about a half a dozen squash.  I think that I didn’t thin my plants out enough.  Next year, I will plant less plants, and hopefully get a few more squash!

Our melons didn’t do very well either, though our vines looked great.  We got one watermelon, and one cantaloupe.  These took far too much space for not having produced any more fruit.

I am going to try and work with the soil this fall, and see if we can produce more next year.  We plan to use the rabbit manure from our new endeavor to enrich the soil, and I am going to add some lime to it before tilling it under this fall.

Do you all have any suggestions for making my garden more prosperous?

It’s Been a Busy Summer!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Jeff from over at Lowcountry Hunting stopped by yesterday and asked where I was.  I realized it has been nearly a month since I have posted any thing.  It has been extremely busy around here over the last  month.  It is going to continue to be very busy over the next two months.  But, I thought I would catch you all up on what has been going on lately.

First, I was able to take a few days of vacation.  We went to North Alabama to visit with my wife’s family.  It was a great time, and my kids really enjoyed a couple of activities.  My wife’s cousins had their sheep, which they show in 4H.  My son wanted one really bad, but we don’t have any place for them.  I have a some pictures of them with the sheep, but somehow I have not loaded them onto the computer.  Maybe I will try to get some posted before long.

The second thing that all the kids liked was riding the motorcycle.  All the kids got on the bike, and rode around with me.  Our time was cut a bit short by one of those Alabama monsoons that can come up on you in no time.  Jacob and I got soaked while trying to return the motorcycle to its owner.  I do have a few pics of the motorcycle riders:

That is Skylar in the middle.  It was her first time to ride the motorcycle, and she loved it.  Now, every time she sees a motorcycle, she says, “We neeeeeeeeed that one!”  I like the way she thinks!

We had only been home from Alabama for a couple of days when I totaled my car.  I was T-boned by a woman who ran a red light.  Fortunately, no one was hurt, but my car is now history.  I have been spending some time trying to find a replacement, but with no luck so far.  Here is a picture of my car:

I did have a really nice rental for a couple of days.  I just wish I could afford to put gas in it.  If I could buy anything I wanted, it would probably be this vehicle:

The little spare time I have had over the last month has been used working with my kids on a new project.  We have spent a lot of time (and probably too much money) getting into the rabbit business.  We have put up a portable garage in the back yard, and have built rabbit hutches.  The kids were about to go crazy trying to wait on the time when everything was ready for the rabbits to come.  So, here is a pictorial accounting of the coming of the rabbits…

We had to do a lot of work to get everything ready for the rabbits.  The kids helped as much as they could.  Notice, Jacob is whistling happily while helping me with the lumber for the hutches:

After the work was done, we went to the rabbitry to pick out the best bunnies.  I let Jacob pick out our male rabbit.  Skylar got to pick one female.  I picked the last female, since we had to finish that job in one day, and you know how kids can be when it comes to choosing!  Here are a couple of pics from the rabbitry:

We got all the bunnies home and settled in.  They seem to be doing well.  The kids are thrilled with them.  Jacob has been doing a very good job of taking care of them.  These are really his project.  I am hoping they will be a way to help teach him responsibility.  Here are a few pictures of the rabbits at home:

One more last thing that has happened over the last month was my daughter’s third birthday.  It is hard to believe that she is that old, but I guess the pictures don’t lie:

I suppose that is more pictures than you all can stand.  That is about it for my month (outside of my work, which has kept me swamped lately).  Hopefully the posts will be a little more frequent within the next month or so!  Thanks for reading!