Monday, June 18, 2012

and i'm back!

What a nice couple of weeks I have had away from this little blog.  But, I am ready to jump back in, and have some great things coming up!  Make sure to come back tomorrow for a very cool giveaway from Healthy Surprise!


Jack decided Pooh and Peter Rabbit needed to watch Matt build the coop.
mama with her babies


This past weekend Matt was able to spend working on the coop.  I am sure it will be done before winter, so that is a plus!  The ladies (and possibly a male) have been outside for a couple weeks now.  My entryway seems huge now, bonus of having 10 chickens living there for 8 weeks, and incredibly clean . I think they are a lot happier being outside - of course.  The two groups seem to be getting used to each other just fine.  They still tend to stay in their separate groups, but they aren't attacking each other, so I think that is a plus!

tomatoes are starting to flower - yes i realize most people have lovely green tomatoes already growing


While Matt spent time working on the coop, I was able to get some more stuff planted.  Whether or not it will actually grow, well that is still up in the air.  But, I am trying!  I planted swiss chard, beets, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, yellow wax beans, romaine lettuce, sweet basil and chamomile.  


bok choy

I have been attacked by cucumber beetles and squash bugs...they are relentless!  And so am I.  Everyday I am out there squishing the cucumber beetles with my fingers, and the squash bugs - well I am squishing them with a couple of rocks.  I'm not great with bugs.  I once saw a large group of maggots and that didn't work out so well for me.  I could never be on survivor...or fear factor...or any of those other shows where they eat disgusting bugs.  I had read somewhere that Guinness would deter the squash bugs, however it hasn't really done anything in my case.  Although I did start flicking them into my bowl of beer outside today and watched them drown.  It was slightly more satisfying than squishing them with the rocks. 


purple carrots

I am very happy to have the warm sun and the ability to spend a lot of time outside.  My kids are happier for it, and so is my sanity.  I hope you all have been enjoying the beginning of summer!

jalapenos

I am linking up at the Barn HopGinny's Garden SaturdayMorristribe's Homestead Blog Carnival, and Rural Thursday today.  Looking forward to catching up with everyone!

10 comments:

  1. The squash bugs are awful this year! I too squish them with 2 rocks. They've killed most of my zucchini plants :-( Someone told me to sprinkle cayenne around them, so I bought some cayenne in bulk and am trying that. Apparently you have to reapply whenever it rains though, and it has been raining almost daily!

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    1. I haven't tried cayenne yet. It looks like it is going to be sunny until Friday here, so hopefully I can put some down. Not sure I have enough...might have to go buy some more :-)

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  2. Great to see you again! I'm not so great with the bugs either. Ick. We have some green tomatoes, but mostly just flowers.

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  3. All your things are looking great! I've noticed several people planting the purple carrots. Do they taste the same?

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    1. Yes! They taste like regular carrots :-) My daughter loves them, and they are so pretty! We received them in our CSA share the past couple of years, and this year I decided to plant some!

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  4. Great pictures you show. Wishing you a good day :) Hanne Bente

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  5. Oh your daughter and the chicken are adorable. Your garden is looking good. B

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  6. so cute, the mama and her babies :)

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  7. Looks like you all made good use of your time off -- your garden looks great! My cucumbers and squash are just about a foot high, so I imagine the squash bugs won't be too far behind!

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  8. Hi heather...here is a recipe for your squash beetles...it works GREAT. 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine. 1 small onion chopped fine 1tblsp cayenne pepper 1 tblspof dishwashing liquid. Mix everything in 1 quart of warm water and let it set overnight. Get a strainer and strain out the solids putting the liquid mixture in a hand held sprayer. Spray away. Works like a charm.

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