Wednesday, June 27, 2007
This wateremelon was planted as part of a three sisters group. It is doing a good job of shading the ground. I plant these in a tire like the one in the foreground. Behind the corn is the swiss chard that is coming back after being eaten by rabbits. The zuccini row is also behind the corn. I will be having some more zuccini tonight as I saw at least two that were ready to pick. Under the baskets are beets. I'm very pleased with the results of planting in tires, the seedlings are protected by the tire until they are large enough to stand some nibbles by rabbits and quail. The critters don't seem to go inside the tires to eat the seedlings even if I leave them uncovered. When I remove the tire I plant another group and the crop should be continuous. Hopefully clear into December.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I found this on the web and I hope I don't offend anyone by posting it. This looks like a very inexpensive way to build a green house or animal shelter. Simple materials, pallets and cattle panels plus stabilizing boards. Cover with plastic or tarps or shade cloth and there it is all set for whatever purpose. It wouldn't be too hard to put an old door into the front and an old window in the back. Just a little imagination and it could easily be a finished building. If you have high winds it could actually be fastened to cement pilings or some kind of posts.
Friday, June 22, 2007
First fruits. Picked my first zuccini this week. I have had some radishes before this. I had been told I could grow zuccini here but so far they are doing good. I'm looking forward to more harvest as the season goes on. This week has turned hot, 100 - 110 so we'll see how the plants do in the heat.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Yesterday I took a road trip to my favorite little restaurant, Luchia's. You turn South on 93 after going North out of Kingman AZ on I-40. Luchia's is located about 4 miles from the little town of Wikieup. Years ago this couple settled there and began their gardens. Luchia baked pies and created a pie and coffee shop along the highway. This has been their home and business for many years. Luchia died in 2001. They have very high quality jewelry and Indian artifacts in their gift shop. I love it when people create a life as they have done. The patio dinning is in a beautiful oasis in the desert. 3 years ago I purchased my peahen Luchia from them and now have my beautiful boys from her, Snow Prince and Lil Carlos. I hope you enjoy your visit to Luchia's. I always do and take a long leisurely lunch. I go there about once or twice a year as it is a good 60 miles from my home.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Beautiful surprise this morning, a blooming cactus. I'm wondering if this is related to the night bloom cerius. Hard to tell from the picture but this is a soft pink color. The one on my front porch froze this winter but this little one tucked in behind the prickly pear and fig behind the bathtub garden is living. Purslane in my tub garden I'm planning on eating as they say it is very nutritious. I have a Peruvian Pear cactus as well and it froze badly this extra cold winter but it is coming back. It has fruit that is small and sweet I've read. I have one Indian Fig that is doing very well after the freeze, it was behind the chicken house where I think the heat from the chickens kept it from freezing. I've grown to love cactus with their surprizing blooms and fruits.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
My two great grandsons hamming it up for grandma. Dethin on the left and Neo on the right. They each planted a tire garden you will see below. They are learning to be gardeners from grandma. Neo's shirt shows a cows reaction. It says, " Hamburgers are made of what?"