Monday, July 6, 2015

Little update on the garden and thinking of Mama



Look what opened up in the teeny tiny garden yesterday, and this one is not a volunteer! Nope, this is from a pack of mixed sunflower seeds I bought back in the spring and sowed a little row inside the garden fence. Wish I could keep this bloom forever, and look, a honeybee! 


This sunflower opened today. It is pretty too, but that first one looks like sunshine.

Seeing a honeybee is a good thing. But, honeybees scare me. Mama, bless her heart, used to call me to say, "please tie up your hair if you are going to be working outside today. Did you hear about the woman who went to the mailbox and a swarm of bees lit in her hair and stung her to death. Bees are attracted to dark hair", mama would warn me. Mama sure worried about me. Wish she was still with us. I miss her every day.


These were in the teeny tiny garden today. First time EVER growing onions. I am so tickled over these...and the squash! Where have all the squash bugs gone?  Reminds me of a song. :) We are getting lots of squash!


By the way, that first big tomato from the garden was not that good. It had a watery taste. Maybe too much rain? Hopefully the taste will improve with the others.

Okay, let me show you my kale. Promise you won't laugh?


Probably whatever ate up the row of kale also ate up all the squash bugs.

And, those yard long green beans...well there is probably miles of beans to be picked...miles! I am overwhelmed with long beans. When it cools off a bit late this afternoon I plan to pick all those beans.

Thank you Debby Ray for being my newest follower! :)

Better get busy. It's time for Poppy to get home and as hard as I've worked today...mowing in this hot humid weather...I'll be darned if he is going to catch me sitting down, like I have had nothing to do. (Something else I inherited from mama). 

Love,
Henny















31 comments:

  1. The crook necked squash look intriguing, I grew Trombino summer squash one year and was overwhelmed with them. I miss my Mum, it has been 11 years now and I still spot a flower and think " I must tell Mum about it".

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    1. Hey Pam. I love the way you folks say "Mum". That sounds so sweet. My Mother died in 2007 and I still catch myself thinking, "I need to call mama or I'll ask mama". Last summer the squash bugs ruined the squash vines.

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  2. A very impressive sunflower, standing so proud. Your garden harvest is looking good, nothing beats the taste of home grown produce. Such a shame about the kale.

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    1. Thank you. That kale! It is tiny little worms eating it...or that ate it!

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  3. Beautiful sunflowers! I'm not laughing at your kale. Looks like what is happening to my beets and my cabbage ;-)

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    1. Thank you. I was kidding about not laughing. I should have said feel free to laugh. :) It is a funny sight. I laughed myself.

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  4. I agree that the first sunflower is the prettiest! Better the kale than the squash? You are blessed with a lovely harvest. :-)

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    1. I was sure looking forward to having kale all summer. I'm giving up on trying to grow kale, collards, and cabbage. At least we got two meals from the kale before the worms took over. :) I do appreciate the vegetables that are doing good.

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  5. everything is lovely except for that kale!

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    1. That kale is pitiful! It really is funny!

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  6. I love kale,but I promise that it wasn't me who feasted on it!
    Jane x

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    1. Jane, have you ever seen such a sight! I love kale too.

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  7. Sorry, but iI did laugh over the kale. Pretty sad looking. But there's always next year. Beautiful sunflowers. Keep us posted as to what other varieties come up from that mixed batch.

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    1. Well, it's something to laugh at. I laughed too and meant for it to be a funny picture. Have you ever seen such a mess? I hope there will be some different sunflowers. Those make up for the ugly kale. :)

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  8. Good to see that you are harvesting your garden. There's nothing better than food right off the plant.

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    1. That's true. Vegetables right off the plant are so healthy.

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  9. Your harvest is beautiful. I don't have enough sun to have a garden, but my son does and something ate all the leaves off his peppers. He didn't see what did it, but we saw those bare stems and there's not a leaf or anything else on them. I miss my mom, too. Her 95th birthday would have been on the first of July so she's been on my mind. Those sunflowers are gorgeous. I've never seen any growing quite like them; I've just seen them in pictures.

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    1. Oh Peg, I caught a big horn tomato worm on one of my pepper plants. It had stripped all the leaves and left the peppers hanging. I'm finding them on my tomatoes too...big green worms. They are hard to spot. You have to look really close. I don't know where all these worms came from but they can eat up a big plant real quick. We don't ever stop missing our Mother, do we. So many things remind me of mama. Hope there well be lots more sunflowers. Mama would have loved the sunflowers.

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  10. Your garden is far ahead of ours . . . your sunflowers are so pretty and all those vegetables. This post is wonderful and gives me hope for my own garden . . . it will get there:) I did not know that bees were attracted to dark hair . . . good thing that mine is getting lighter with each day, LOL.
    Beautiful post!
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie :)

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    1. Hey Connie and thank you. I'm not sure if that about dark hair and bees is correct, but that's what mama always said. My hair is getting lighter too, especially all the fuzz around my face. I really need to update my profile picture...I've aged since then! :) I can't find a decent picture of myself anymore.

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  11. Your teeny tiny garden is rewarding you for all your hard work! How do you prepare the squash, do you bake it?

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    1. That's right. Well, like mama, I have always stewed the squash with a tiny bit of water and seasoned with fat back grease, or either sliced the squash, coat with cornmeal and fry until golden brown. Last night I sliced the squash and onions and stir fried in some olive oil and they were delicious. I need to stop cooking so much with fat back grease. I do love southern cooking though. Wonder if I could bake these crookneck squash?

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  12. That's a lovely little haul of veggies you have there! Well I did chuckle over your lacey kale, and remember how good it had looked in an earlier picture. I was surprised, as I consider that a more temperate region kind of crop. But then that doesn't make sense, because kale I was eating in the winter was grown in Mexico. Do you get cabbage moths there? They are white and fly around in the daytime. Wondering if it is the larva of those that have eaten your kale. Anyway, you could buy some remay cloth to cover the kale, or buy some cheap sheers drapes at the thrift store (which is what I would do), and cover you kale. It might help out next year. If you could pick all worms off that are left, you could try it now. The plant will send up new leaves.

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    1. Hey Karen. Thank you. I went to the garden this morning and pulled off all those holey leaves and threw them to the chickens. There were tiny green and black worms everywhere! I'm going to try that with the sheer fabric. New leaves are coming on one of the kale plants that I stripped the leaves from a few days ago. Thank you for telling me about this. I love kale! We do have cabbage moths that fly around. I have given up trying to grow cabbage and collards.

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  13. Love your sunflower, definitely makes me smile. It wasn't bees my grandma warmed me against, it was a type of dragon flies, she said they were the devil's darning needle and would sew my lips up if I lied.

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    1. That about the dragonfly is so funny! Daddy always called dragonflies "snake doctors", so I always thought that's what they were. Poppy and I used to come out to our property in 1989, before we got the cabin built, and clear off and burn brush. Mama would say, don't be burning brush on Sunday. You know that's how the man got put into the moon. Isn't that a strange one? :)

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  14. I love those sunflowers! They make your whole day brighter! Your Kale was lunch for something! You are so busy! Bees are tempermental...they like me...I am allergic after being covered in bees when I was little...I opened a hive:(

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    1. Oh my goodness, that is scary...about the bee hive. Did you know what you were doing or did you just open a hive? I've always been afraid of bees. Have you ever seen such funny looking kale!

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  15. You are so welcome! Your sunflowers are absolutely gorgeous! I had one that was an amber color...the rest were the standard yellow ones. Although they were nearly shot anyway, I came home from work yesterday to find a squirrel had literally destroyed what was left of them, evidently looking for the seeds. It looked as though a bomb had gone off around the pots they were in! You also have such lovely produce growing in your teeny tiny garden...my tomatoes have nearly had it too :(

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  16. My son brought a few squash over when we got home last week. I breaded it up and it's waiting in the freezer..I LOVE fried squash!

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  17. My first sunflowers opened this week too, but ripe tomatoes are a long way off. Yourncorps look great! Well, except for the kale, but then kale is overrated anyway.

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