WildLife Wednesday – The Guilt Feeder

We decided not to hang hummingbird feeders up this year. Then, the other day, whilst we sat on the back porch enjoying a nice early evening breeze, a female Ruby Throated hummingbird flew in and hovered in the exact spot that we hung the feeders in years past.
Seeing the angelic beauty searching for food, made us feel guilty that we hadn’t hung a feeder out yet. So, we went in the house and got the feeder out of storage. My husband fixed a batch of sugar water and then filled the feeder. We went outside and he hung it up. It didn’t take the hummingbird but a few minutes to be on it feeding.
In the following days, there were more hummers visiting the feeders. They buzz and chitter and tease each other. They’re such fun to watch. It’s also fun to see how the feeder looks at different angles; the first photo is my view sitting on the porch looking up at the sky, this second feeder photo is my view of the same feeder from my kitchen window.

Wishing you all an angelic Wednesday!

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*hummingbird animation ©joysofcreating

 

 


 

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Lilies & Zinnias – low maintenance lovelies

We’ve spent quite a lot of time outside enjoying the colors of Summer. I never tire of seeing the flowers in bloom. Right now the lilies and zinnias are making a show. I’ve kept my camera busy. For me, the fun things about my lilies and zinnias are that the lilies are perennial and require very little maintenance and the zinnias are all volunteers from last year’s zinnias and require no/low maintenance as well. Pretty neat 😀

Wishing everyone a beautiful week!

 


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Potatoes, squash, beans, chard, basil, onions, & Temperature Blanket Update

We got a pretty mess of vegetables out of the garden the other day. We were happy we could harvest a few squash.
We had several potatoes; we used some and stored some for later.We have a rule at our house that the first mess of squash has to be fried. It used to be fried in oil in a skillet method. A few years ago, we needed to change our way of cooking to be healthier, so we make a stir-fry instead. Our stir fry is a bit of olive oil, squash, potatoes, basil, onions, and a bit of cornmeal just for nostalgia. 😉

Thankfully, our area is finally getting some rain. My husband thought it a good idea to go ahead and harvest all the potatoes so they wouldn’t ruin. I agreed with him since the potato plants were starting to die and since we got such a nice harvest a few days before.
Considering that we didn’t plant but 5 lbs. of potatoes, I think we got a good harvest.
I’m guessing there’s probably a couple pecks (half bushel)
We’re happy with them.


Temperature Blankets Update:

I decided to skip May temperature blankets update and wait until June to do my update so they’d be a bit bigger than every couple weeks.
They’re still coming along fairly well.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

 

 

 


 

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Poison Potato Berries

One of the fun aspects of gardening is that you never know what you don’t know about a vegetable until it shows up in your garden.

I’ve been gardening since I was a toddler. I’ve seen and planted several different varieties of potatoes in the half dozen different places I’ve lived over the course of my life time, not doing the math, but that’s a few dozen gardens. My husband also has a long history with gardening as well. This year, we learned something knew that we never knew about or even thought about: poison-potato berries.
My husband was in the garden and called out to me, for me to come and see the tomato-looking growths on our potato vines.
I grabbed my camera and took off.
He showed me the tomato-looking growths. We discussed if we had gotten a cross-pollinated batch of potato sets of ‘tomato potato plants’.As soon as I got back in the house, I ran a search on them through a search-engine and I’m glad I did.
These are not a cross-pollination, what we have growing on our potato plants is a normal type of ‘poison-berry’ that naturally grows on potato plants, although rarely of any size. However, the bigger ones are usually on the Yukon Gold variety, which is what we planted this year.Fortunately, the poison-potato berries doesn’t effect the quality of the potato tubers growing in the ground, so we’re good-to-go on that.

Also in the photos, you can see the flea beetle damage on the plants. We’ve been fighting the tiny damaging buggers all season. I don’t know why they’re so hardy this year, unless it’s because it’s been such a hot dry gardening season so far.

Tah-dah and there you have it.
We 2 Old Gardeners learned something knew this year.
Ain’t that a hoot?

Happy June 1st everyone!

 

 

for more info on the poison-potato berries:
https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/2013/08-9/potato.html