I made this mid-month wreath inspired by the summer flowers in bloom.
Wishing you all a beautiful rest of the month.
We had sort of a corny weekend with gardening. We harvested a lot of produce.
My husband harvested all the potatoes and onions over a 2 day period. He had to stop the first evening because after we harvested the corn and squash, he started digging potatoes as the sun was setting.Some of the potatoes are huge.The onions are drying on a table on the back-porch, and the potatoes are drying on garbage bags in my craft room.
My craft room is fast becoming a food-cellar. lolIt may not look like a lot of potatoes, but it’s more than plenty for us. After the potatoes dry a couple weeks or more we’ll put them in mesh bags and stack them somewhere… and then I’ll have my floor back. lol
But I fear my craft table is going to be full quite awhile before I can use it again. So, for now, I’ll use the dining room table for sewing and stuff.
My BFF knew we harvested some corn, so she sent me a link to a video on how to cook and shuck corn using the microwave. She wanted me to try it and see if it would work.
How to cook and shuck corn with the microwave
I was super surprised that yes indeed it does work just like the video says. It took only 4 minutes and there was no silks on the cooked ear of corn. I like that. Here’s a photo of my using the microwave cooking & shucking method.
My husband harvested all the mature ears of corn. We’re not planning on harvesting the rest of the corn when it matures. We’re going leave it for the deer, racoons and other wildlife.
We used the normal method of shucking to prepare our corn for freezing. We’re happy we had about a bushel of corn. We put up 26 bags of corn-off-the-cob.
we used this method:
How to freeze corn – pickyourown.org
Here’s of photo montage of our corny process that we did.
I put up 4 bags of corn-on-the-cob for our Grandson when he comes to visit.
I used the same method for freezing except I left the corn-on-the-cob. I wrapped the ears individually in cling wrap, put a few ears in a gallon Ziploc vacuum sealer bag, sealed it and put it in the freezer. By wrapping them individually, they won’t be stuck together and I can take out the amount I need to cook.
And so it goes in our neck of the woods. We’ve been busy busy busy.
In my opinion, most zippers are a bit pricey. I don’t mind so much if I’m buying a specific zipper to match fabric to make a piece of clothing, special projects or home decor type stuff, however, there’s some craft projects that need a zipper and I’d rather not sink a lot of money in them. After thinking about the problem awhile, I figured out an inexpensive way to buy zippers . I buy the really cheap zipper bags and take the zippers out of them. When I want to use the zippers, I can cut them to whatever length I need. The bags in the photo were a dollar each. The smaller one has 2 in it, so I got two 16 inch zippers for a dollar. The other 2 bags are of really long and extra long lengths, I don’t know their exact lengths, I haven’t disassembled the bags yet to measure them. These zippers probably won’t last in a heavy duty project like jeans or sleeping bags… and then again I could be wrong and they might hold up well. This is a relatively new idea of mine and I haven’t used them yet. But even so, I think it’s a good idea anyway. (as for the plastic part of the bags, I fold it neatly and store it away because I hope to find some uses for it too someday)
Here’s an idea for an inexpensive and small heavy duty hand-fan (duel duty if you want). It’s a small cutting board. lol I discovered what a great fan it made, when a hot-flash hit and it was the smallest lightest weight thing in my reach that I could use to wave in the air and help cool me off. lol Seriously, though, you can’t tell it from the photo, but it’s not very big. The handle is a nice advantage; it’s light weight enough to tote around the house or take outside or most anywhere.
I bought these ‘Incredible Hooks’ at a dollar store. You may have seen commercials for hooks like them. You may have wondered if they’re as easy to use and handy as the commercials say. I’m here to tell you that they most definitely work for me in drywall (Sheetrock). I love the ease of putting them where I want and removing them if I want too. I was truly surprised these work. These are great. There’s 20 in the pack and I haven’t needed to buy anymore, but I won’t hesitate to buy more if/when I run out.
I usually have several projects going at the same time. I find it’s handy to keep them in 2 gallon Ziploc bags with their supplies. This makes them easy to pick up and take with me to work on them most anywhere. I use much bigger plastic bags for my crochet blanket projects. Keeping the projects in plastic bags helps keep them cleaner too.
I hope one of these ideas may be helpful to you or may spark an idea for you to build on.
We had another good harvest of squash and beans. I figure we’ll get one more squash harvest about half this size. Right now I have more squash than Carter’s
got had Liver Pills. (Oops, my age is showing lol )
In the upper left of the photo, you can see my blue jean water tote that I made the first part of June. It’s really came in handy. I’m tickled pink with it. It the perfect size to carry 2 bottles of water & little stuff I may need it in. I wish I would’ve thought to make one years ago. It works great.
As for the beans, we put up a couple dozen quarts. We have enough to do through the winter. We don’t plan on picking any more beans. We figure it’d be stupid to let the plants stay and get completely infested with bean beetles, so my husband pulled up all the bean plants and tossed them away.
Our garden has reached the jungle stage. It looks a mess because the plants are grown and the weeds are growing wild. This is what happens when folks don’t have time to use the tiller or pull weeds. You can click on the garden photo to open it bigger if you want too.
My dahlias are blooming real pretty.
I’ve had to stake the plants because the blooms make them too top heavy to stand.
If you look to the left of the dahlias you can see a volunteer cherry tomato plant. It already has several tomatoes on it. I can hardly wait for them ripen.
A lot of the flowers in my husband’s flower bed are starting to get some size to them and are blooming well.
You’ll notice that there’s sparse spots where the Gerber daisies are. The rabbits and squirrels have been hard on them.
On a final note, our walnut tree is loaded with walnuts. It looks like it’s going to be a bumper crop year. We don’t use the walnuts for anything, but it’s still a joy to watch them grow. We leave them for the squirrels to eat or store for the winter. There’s been many times we’ve watched squirrels digging up walnuts in the yard. It’s also amazing how many walnut saplings we have to pull up out of the yard, garden & flower beds. We suspect that if we let our property grow wild a few years, it’d be a thriving forest in a very short time.
And so ends this garden update.
Our weekend didn’t really start off on a positive note. We had an invasion of tiny sugar ants. Oh my them buggers were into everything. We cleared out everything from the cabinets and cleaned out all the ants we could catch with our clorox wipes. We then sprinkled Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in the cabinets to keep the ants controlled until we were able to get to the store and buy some bug spray. We vacuumed up the DE and my husband gave the cabinets a good spraying. We let them set for a couple of days. Until yesterday, my counter tops and dining room table was crowded with the contents from the lower cabinets and it was a relief to finally be able to put the stuff back in the cabinets. I used a bottom half of a shoe box to make it easier to tote more stuff at once back to the cabinets. When we were done. I left the box in the floor with the intention of tossing it away later.
We sit down to enjoy a sandwich and a much deserved break. I looked over a noticed Sheli jumped in the box and dug at the bottom, circled a few times and then snuggled down for a nap. I grabbed my camera and clicked off 4 photos, but only one turned out. It’s cute though.
Sheli in the box reminded me of a post my blogging buddy Barbara made about animals called “If it Fits, I Sit” it’s such a cheerful collection of animals sitting/laying in the oddest containers and places. If you want a nice smile got and check it out. She has a video that full of giggles.
On the bright side, We were blessed with a gorgeous weekend. The blue sky was filled with clouds and contrails and sometimes nothing at all. The temps were really nice and allowed us to spend more time outside than normal. The 4th we sat out and watched fireworks from the surrounding neighborhoods. Oddly there was a chill in the air and we had to wear our heavy jackets. I don’t think I remember a night so cold in July before. It was an enjoyable evening just the same.
The resident wild life was in their best element this weekend. I was right about the Doe that I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought was with-fawn. We saw her and her fawn at end of our property. It was enchanting. The fawn is such a comical character. I took several photos from my kitchen looking out through screened windows. I zoomed in on them as best as I could, but the photos didn’t turn out very well. I wanted to show this one to you because I may not get anymore photos of the baby. You never know when it’ll be by when I have my camera on hand. The fawn is peeking out from the other side under his Mom. He’s small enough that we almost didn’t see him.
I saw one of the garden bunnies sitting near the garden. I thought something was wrong with it’s head, it’s cheek looked really swollen. I clicked off a few photos and hurriedly loaded them on my pc to see what was wrong with the bunny. Well, it had a big mouth of grass and so explains the puffy cheeks. lol
One of the local male hummingbirds lit in our pear tree. He stayed still just long enough for me to click off one photo. Luckily it’s turned out okay enough to post on my blog.
And last but not least, we had a surprise visit from Screech. We were so happy to see him. I’m pleased as peaches to get this one good shot of him watching my husband gathering our gardening tools together.
Last evening, my husband noticed that Screech was sleeping in the cubby-hole again. We figure the first brood of screechlettes have been born and raised and Mr. Screech is nest-testing again. We figure he’s trying his best to convince the Mrs. to move to our barn… or he had enough of the wife and kids and took a much needed little vacation in our barn. lol
Click here to see a few more photos of Screech and him in his cubby-hole.
Screech’s visit could explain why we didn’t see any squirrels this weekend. I reckon they ran for cover so they wouldn’t become owl fodder. Smart little furries, they are. ;)
We had an enjoyable critter-filled weekend here my neck of the woods.