Sunday, October 27, 2013

Random Rambling for a Country Girl

1. If red sky at night means sailors delight, what does orange sky mean?

2. Planting Dill and Thyme in your garden will help deter cabbage  moths. Basil deters aphids and Nasturtiums deter squash beetles and aphids.

3. Homemade dill relish is soooo good and easy to make.

4. Fall is my favorite season. The only thing I can't stand is walking through spider webs!
5. We have used electric heat, gas stove, pellet stove and wood stove. Wood heat is the only way to go for me.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Growing your own Garlic

Last year was my first experience growing garlic. It is fairly easy to grow. I bought 4 bulbs of German White  Hardneck garlic from a local guy. He told me to plant it with fish bone meal, then top with dirt and chicken manure. And plant it in October. So that is what I did.
Here is half of the garlic I harvested in July.

These are the things I learned.
1. Hardneck garlic grow a scape. When the scape is curled, cut it off. This is so the plant puts energy into growing the garlic bulb and not a flower.

2. The scape are delicious, I found many recipes on the web to use them in.

3. When I planted the garlic I just dug a little hole and planted a clove. Well some of the soil was looser in some areas then others. The garlic that was planted in the looser soil was bigger and easier to dig at harvest time.

This weekend I planted my garlic again, but this time the garlic cloves came from the bulbs I harvested.

What I did differently:
 I put a layer of chicken manure with hay, then a layer of leaves.

Then my son helped me add a layer of top soil and bone meal.

Last I planted my garlic cloves.
These are the garlic bulbs I got the cloves from.
I hope this process will produce bigger bulbs and easy to dig garlic.
Do you grow your own garlic, if so what kind?

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Weekly Top Shot

It looks like someone needs a hug.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Natures Shades of Yellow

For this week the Nurture Photography prompt was Yellow/ Shine. These are natures shades of yellow I found around my yard.

Nurture Photography Challenge
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

17th Annual Clallam Co. Farm Tour

Annual Mother-Daughter time spent at the farm tours.
Dungeness Valley Creamery

Nash's Organic Farm

Lokalie Gaare (Sheep Farm)

Freedom Farm

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Friday, October 4, 2013

What's GREEN and ACTIVE in my garden.

autumn photo challenge,

More pumpkins
I don't think this one will be ready for Halloween.
The Bean Patch
Rattlesnake Beans