Friday, June 28, 2013


Spent the morning canning tomatoes. You kinda have to can them, as there's no way you will survive eating them. Really, the human stomach only takes so much before it says... " uhh, a break here..."

In addition to these, we're also growing yellow tomatoes, which are a little sweeter and a lot less acid. Less acid means better for the table and not as good to can, but I don't know what I'd do with canned yellow tomatoes anyway. Anemic marinara?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

This year we are having assign absolute plague of toads. Or, as they're called in Texas, toad frogs. Last night, I walked outside to find no less than 8 of the obnoxious little amphibians on the front porch. Actually, they're kinda cute.

But they did inspire me too write a proposal for the Syfy channel. " Texas chainsaw zombie toad apocalypse' I'd give a synopsis, but the title is pretty self explanatory actually...

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Gardening, gardening, gardening

Today I spent the entire morning planting seeds. Okra, Kentucky wonder pole beans, yellow wax beans, royal burgundy beans, cantaloupe, pickling cucumbers. We had room after all that harvesting and canning yesterday, and we can usually get several crops in every summer. Hard work, but satisfying

Saturday, June 08, 2013


We've been harvesting this morning.

These are the carrots... although they look more like sweet taters. We have heavy clay soil here, so they don't make those long roots, but they taste nice and sweet. We also got in beets, which were in the boiling pot before I could get a pic, and some onions, which I didn't bother taking a pic of. As soon as we get it resulted, in go some green beans, okra, and turnip greens. Nothing better than fresh!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Little goth Bob Monday...

Bob found a petunia today, growing in the asphalt.

If petunias are allowed, they self seed everywhere. These volunteers are rarely as beautiful as their parents, but they are impressive in mass...

Sunday, June 02, 2013


The lantana, a staple of southern gardens, have syarted to put on their show... here's the old fashioned standard...

And one of the modern hybrids...

I hg Abe to say, I like the old fashioned ones better. The modern ones are better behaved, and have good color, but they're not as hardy and more demanding. Have a great day!