Garden Harvest, Canning, Landscaping & Photography

Just a hodge-podge for today…it’s been a rough week already here at work and I just want to post lots of pictures.

Over the weekend I picked the rest of the green beans from the garden and yanked out the black bean plants. We ate the green beans and I shelled the black beans, blanched and froze ’em for future soups and dinners. Pulled 2 rows of carrots, chopped and blanched and bagged for the freezer. The rest is for eating raw. Did the same for a large amount of squash (Yellow Crook-Necks, Mexican Greys, and Black Zucs). Me thinks I need a small freezer for out back to store all my veggies as my freezer in the kitchen is might full now.

We were rolling the idea around about either using concrete or pavers in the area immediately out front where we have our bench and table under the cedar tree…we can’t afford concrete at the moment and we had pavers in another area of the yard. So, we took up the pavers and the area they used to be in will be planted with corn next spring!

Here is the front during and after ~ before it was redwood bark mulch…full of GOOBER shells dropped by the Scrub Jays. Looked like a western bar floor. It’s a little lumpy in some spots, but it’s nicer than before. 🙂 And my husband wanted me to construct one of my “rock monsters”…”you mean a cairn?” “Ya…just what I said, a rock monster”. LOL!

Playing with the camera again (someone asked earlier what type of camera I have ~ it’s a Canon 2S-IS ~ and no, I don’t use Photoshop, mainly because I haven’t learned yet!) ~ here are some shots of the corn, poppies, pumpkins, and other flowers in the yard.

One of my favorite snacks ~ buy raw pumpkin seeds, spray a tin with olive oil and then spray the seeds, sprinkle some kosher salt on them then stick ’em under the broiler. Yummy.

Leo-Monster…our Bengal-Tabby.

Scrub Jay with his goober ~

Dinner last night ~ BBQ’d Chicken, last of the green beans from the garden, and leftover Crash Hot Potatoes!

Nevada Garden Updates & The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady

While watering the garden last night I finally found that pumpkin I took a picture of a month ago! It’s the size of a tennis ball now. And there are cucumbers growing (which will be made into dill pickles)! Lots of corn in my two wee corn rows ~

Here in the country’s heart
Where the grass is green
Life is the same sweet life
As it e’er hath been

Trust in a God still lives,
And the bell at morn
Floats with a thought of God
O’er the rising corn.

God comes down in the rain
And the crop grows tall –
This is the country faith,
And the best of all!

~ Norman Gale ~

Thought I’d share with you a book I have on a great British artist and teacher ~ Edith Holden.

1905 ~ The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.

Complied by Rowena Stott, Edith’s great-niece. This is the predecessor to the best-seller The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady. It’s full of her personal observations of nature and wildlife in her native Midlands and on her visits to Devon. I just love her watercolours and the poetry she added to her diary.

July 15th. Gathered some pure white Heath on Yannadon Down, -of both species, -the Cross-leaved Heath and the purple Bell-heather. Bog Pimpernel and Bog Asphodel in blossom in the marshes on the banks of Burrator; Saw a stoat coming up Lowry Lane, it ran up the hill between the walls for a quite a long way in front of me. A beg of nettles I passed today was quite black with caterpillars of the Pea-cock Butterfly.

August 3rd. Three species of Thistle in bloom. Wasps plentiful.

June 4th. Picked Yellow-Rattle, Pink and Scarlet Clover and saw some Moon Daisies in a field. Gathered Foxgloves.

November 7th. Yesterday I erected a short pole in the garden with a small, flat board on the top, to serve as a breakfast table for the birds; I strewed it with crumbs and bits of meat; but all day yesterday the birds left it severely alone. This morning a Starling summoned up the courage to alight on it; the Sparrows followed and by and bye came two Tom-tits. After that there was a constant succession of vistors all through the day. Blue-tits, Great-tits and Robins as well as Starlings & Sparrows.