Tuesday, June 29, 2010
These, boys and girls, are my cauliflowers...yup, small, oddly colored and full of yucky worms.
So if anyone is keeping track...my broccoli was attacked by the cabbage root maggot and all had to be pulled. And now the cauliflower is chicken food...all my hopes rest with the Brussels sprouts.
So what did I learn? Research, research and more research and oh yes...don't be lazy, use those floating row covers no matter how inconvenient they are.
Turns out that to get a large head of cauliflower I should have gathered up the leaves and tied them around the cauliflower head when it was about two inches wide, hmmmm!!! Who knew.
And the floating row covers would have stopped almost all of these bugs...aphids, cabbage loopers, cabbage worms and cabbage root maggots. Next year I will be much better prepared.
And now for something beautiful, sweet, and heavenly scented...Honeysuckle. I planted this plus an additional two last year. They were dug up from my friends yard and moved to mine. This one is doing very well but the others did not bloom. Not sure what the problem might be, maybe not enough sun. What did I tell you...research, research and more research...sheesh!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Where oh where is my little weeding fairy?
I've done some research, talked to some other gardeners and it seems the best way to stay on top of the weeds is to mulch. I think I'll put down some of the grass clippings around the weeded beds and see how that works but I have been cautioned to leave space around the plant because water will often not penetrate through the grass clippings to the roots.
I'll report back on the effectiveness of mulching with grass clippings.
They should be taped to the lead wedding car... horns blaring .....
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
On a large plate, I used a glass pie plate....
Spread some re-fried beans on your plate, I used a can, that's the first layer.
Spread some guacamole on top of the re-fried beans, that's your second layer.
-You can make your own guacamole with two ripe avocados, which you peel and mash, add a dash of salt and pepper, a teaspoon of chili powder, a teaspoon of garlic powder, a tablespoon of lemon and mix. All the seasonings can be adjusted to suit your taste.
Spread some sour cream on top of the guacamole, that's your third layer.
Spread some salsa on top of the sour cream, that's your fourth layer.
Sprinkle some shredded cheddar on top of the salsa, that's the fifth layer.
Sprinkle some sliced black olives on top of the cheese, that's the sixth...almost there.
And finally sprinkle some chopped green onions on top of the olives.
And serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
Friday, June 18, 2010
The roof at our cabin was not insulated, just a plain old tin roof, and it could get really hot and really cold up there depending on the season.
Last year Art put up some insulation that he found for free at our local mall and free is always good. And there we left it because we could not think of a good way to finish the walls without adding a huge amount of weight to our cabin.
After speaking with the diver that helped us with our float a little while ago and looking at his cabin we came up with a very inexpensive solution. Knotty Pine...it's really thin and lightweight, it's really cheap and it looks perfect in a cabin.
Last Wednesday, the day before I started feeling so sick, we put up one side and I just love the way it turned out. When I feel better, and when Art and I have some spare time, we will complete the other side but who knows, that might take another year...
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
The beginnings of something wonderful with logs he found washed up at the lake.
Have you guessed yet? It's my new arbour. See the rock in the bottom picture? In a few years that will be the start of the waterfall to the pond....well that's what I'm trying to talk Art into.
And here it is pretty much finished, now I take over. I'll be looking for inexpensive wisteria, trumpet vine or clematis to climb this new and beautiful arbour.
I am happy, happy, happy...
Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
This climbing ivy looks lovely right? But it's deadly to the tree.
I imagine the Powell River Parks Board cut the ivy on this tree so that it might live. Look at how thick the main ivy stem is. You can see the dead ivy towards the top on the picture.
Of course I don't go anywhere without my trusty companion.
The forest floor has a carpet of ferns. And...
Giant horse tails, I'm glad they are not in my yard but lovely on this path.
And this old stump was food for the new tree. Amazing roots.
I guess the stump did all it could for this tree, now it's gone, leaving behind a hollow bottom to this tree.