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So Happy It's Friday!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Nice to be home - Dinner was grilled steak, steamed squash and green beans, and potato salad.

And I did take a few pictures. First, the blueberry bushes: my poor, tiny, little, abused bushes:

This is the best of them - I'm amazed that the leaves stayed green, the berries have not dropped off, and new leaves have appeared!

Remember the one with half green leaves, and half brown, dead ones? The dead leaves are slowly falling off and there are new, green leaves appearing:

And that poor, little one with all brown and no green leaves? Look at all the new growth at the bottom, and the new leaves sprouting on the longer stems!

These are a dwarf southern highbush type of blueberry bush - Right now, they are around 15" high. I don't expect much of a crop from them until they are fully grown, and this type of bush only gets to be about 4 feet at maturity. They should produce some berries, maybe a couple of quarts, next May, but the following year should be the beginning of really good crops - these plants should be capable of producing 5 to 6 pounds of blueberries each! Plenty to eat on cereal and with Greek yogurt, and more than enough to preserve.

Too bad that wind storm took my grapes! It looked like a bumper-crop this year. I'm looking for a hardy variety that I can either grow along the fence or have my handyman build a more study arbor. That will take a year or two to get a good grape crop - This was the second year for the ones I lost. Bummer! emoticon

The rest of the garden is doing really well! The nematodes have taken hold, and the pests that first appeared have vanished. You can see the difference in the first four rows of beans that were planted two weeks apart - the first row produced some beans, but was attacked by tiny, leaf sucking pests.... they're still growing, but can't seem to completely overcome the damage. The next two rows are much healthier and much stockier - same bean variety. And the next two rows are coming in the same way.

The squash and cantaloupes are all doing well, as are the carrots, which should be ready to harvest at the end of June.

Here's some pix of the rest of the garden: Sweet corn, okra, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and Amish pumpkins:

I've got some cultivating to do in the garden, if the weather holds, and my nephew is planning to start my back tattoo tomorrow afternoon - At least get the outline finished. The entire tattoo will most likely take many sessions over the next 4 to 6 months. We have to wait until the outline heals before he can start shading and coloring, and that will be done in subsequent sessions until it's all completed. Of course, I'll get progress shots and post them. emoticon

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    So sad to hear of your grapes not making it .. yes that is a bummer .. is it hard to escape the wind in your yard ?? It is here .. the wind is always horrid .. have to have patio furniture made out of concrete and gazebo cement nailed to the patio .. most of my furniture has ended up somewhere in the pasture. So now I have only light chairs on the deck and can bring out the cushions and the nice furniture if someone shows up .. finally getting smart in my old age.
    Your garden is amazing .. and yes I am learning so much from you as well. The Neem oil is a wondrous thing I hear more and more of its healing properties every day .. sounds like oil of oregano !
    Well yesterday I got derailed by company .. my girlfriend, her hubby and a friend rode horses over for a visit .. around 2 so that was the end of me .. they stayed until supper time but the visit was great .. lots of laughs and a few cold beers that was it for Momma Bear lol.
    Cattle round up is Tuesday so I will be cooking today .. making up some burgers to freeze so they are ready and getting a crock pot of cowboy beans ready to just pop in the base Tuesday morning .. my baby girl Tasha turns 38 tomorrow so a Birthday cake is on the list as well .. the silly girl wants Highland cows for her Birthday .. so Highland cows it will be ..
    I love to see your garden pix and hear of your adventures .. Sparks and pix really don't work for me but I haven't given up .. I am no quitter .. huge hugs ..looking forward to seeing a pix of your tattoo .. you are so fortunate to have an artist in the family you lucky girl ..
    Enjoy your Sunday dear long distance friend .. D emoticon
    1815 days ago
    Loved your photos!!!
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    Oh my GOSH...I just get GIDDY when you post your new pics! It's like a proud momma during the birthing process GIDDY! Does that sound weird? emoticon

    Hope this comment makes it...computer is telling me I'm not connected to the internet...it's super cloudy down this way today. Love your garden..you are so knowledgeable about all the growing techniques! Awesome! emoticon

    I learn something every time I read about your planting techniques.

    What will the back tattoo be? Sounds like a big project! I still want to get a portraiture of Josh on my inside left wrist...but am freaked that it might not turn out to look just like him and then I'm stuck looking at a stranger! emoticon
    1816 days ago
    garden looks great. Look forward to seeing tattoo.Sounds like a large one
    1816 days ago
    Dinner sounds great...enjoy it!
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