Thursday, June 13, 2013

Veggies, Fruits and Projects

Despite the fact that daytime highs have been 109 - 117 for the past two weeks, the garden still is producing a varied bounty, including Anna apples (about 1 1/2 bushels so far), Ruby Seedless Grapes (nearly 15 lbs so far), tomatoes and habaneros.  Half the Annas were turned into a gallon of applesauce on Saturday and most of it is gone already.  Some of the grapes were picked just a little too early, in order to save them from the marauding birds, so I'll probably be making grape jelly real soon.

Some of the Large Red Cherry tomatoes.

Lots more on the vine.

Habaneros ripening.

My new toy makes peeling and coring apples a cinch.

Applesauce cooking on the stove.

The finished product.

This is about 1/2 the grapes I've picked.

I've been trying to grow some of the seeds I got from the 'Minerva' amaryllis and while some have sprouted, the seedlings have not fared well and all of them died, presumably from getting too dry, so I made a cloche out of an empty 2 liter soda bottle and put the last of the seeds under it.  Well, after about 3 1/2 weeks I finally got a single sprout and it's doing rather well under the cloche, so I sowed some seeds from 'Red Lion' and placed them under another recyled cloche; now to wait for results.

Recycled 2 liter bottle cloche.

"Minerva' seedling about 6 weeks after being sown.

I got an early Father's Day gift from my daughter and I decided this one better stay in the house or she may cause a riot among the bachelors out front.

She has ample "assets" in front and back.

Since I call my house "Dove Manor" due to all the doves I get at the feeders, I decided to make it official and make a plaque for the front entrance.  I used a faux slate roof tile, cut to the appropriate size, then covered it with painter's masking tape.  I then taped a printout of the design I made and used a razor knife to create a "stencil", removing the masking tape where the paint was to be.  Then it was spray painted white and when dry, the tape was removed to reveal the design on the plaque.  Using a special adhesive made for concrete and stone, I placed the plaque on the pillar closest to the front gate.

The uncut tile.

The plaque covered in painter's tape.

Preparing to cut the design into the tape.

The finished plaque hung for all to see.

1 comment:

  1. It is easier to deal with new seedlings when you take a gallon milk jug and cut so the handle is still in tact so you have easier access to the seedling.

    Winter sowing with milk jugs I use to start a lot of my plants that way when I lived up north.

    Great garden blog.