Today it has been raining on and off! I am so gald as everything was drying up. My grass was starting to die in spots. Inbetween showers I took a few pics of one of my crape myrtle trees that was blooming. I also picked a bucket of figs and the wife and mother in law started processing some of the tomatoes for salsa. They told me I could not go back out side with a bucket!
Here is a close up of one of the blooms. There is some kind of bug at the very top of the flower.
I checked on one of my satsuma trees and I don't have as many satsumas as I did last year.
And the tomato washing and cutting assembly line for processing to salsa.
Well today my youngest son had his wisdom teeth extracted. So since I am on my days off I was elected to take care of him. He did real well had all 4 removed. He has been resting most of the day and only got sick one time shortly after we got home. So while I was stuck inside I dug around and found a few pics of my sister and my grand mother. These pictures were taken on her 86th birthday. I hope to live that long myself but each time I go to the doctor he finds something wrong! She raised tomatoes in the 5 gallon buckets. I can remember that she did really well growing them there too. The first two pictures are of Carolyn and our grandmother getting things ready. The last one is of our grandmothers house and yard. Sorry about the pictures not being too clear, the originial was not either.
Yesterday was a busy day around my house. I started out by driving over to where my moms house was. I had noticed a week or so ago that there were a lot of mimosa trees that were coming up, and I decided I wanted one. So I went and dug one up. Came back home and planted it. Sorry no pic of it.
I then got my son up and he mowed the yard while I picked my produce for the day. I started out by picking the figs and ended up with a Ice Cream bucket full. I plan on cooking some today.
Next I went into the garden and picked the veggies. Tomatoes, cucumbers, okra and peppers. I should have some more corn to break tomorrow and the water melons are still doing well. I have a couple of cantaloupe on my only plant that came up.
Here is some pics of the okra, peppers, cucumbers and the bucke of figs.
After that I pressured washed the front porch and the side walk and began to pressure wash the cement drive way. Sure looks better now.
We also got .6 tenths of an inch of rain last night. The sky has turned real blue the last several afternoons and lots of thunder but no rain drops. The .6 inches was all soaked up in no time.
Well we could not wait any longer and broke the first melon! It appeared to have passed the thump test and the little tail was dried up......
So we cut it open and all is well. It could have stayed on the vine a little longer but after a taste test I think we did just fine!
The camera flash makes the melon have white tint when in fact it was not.
I also picked my first figs yesterday afternoon. I don't have a good crop this year and those that are there are small due to not having any rain fall. The last couple days it has rained all around me but very little fell at my house.
We take the Reds and filet them leaving the scales on. I will then cut strips in the meat down to the scales and put butter in the cut. Season the fish with Tony’s or Zatarain’s, onion powder, a dash of garlic powder and some black pepper. I then will put the fish scale side down on the grill for about 7 to 10 minutes until the butter is melted and the fish meat begins to turn golden brown. We then remove the fish from the pit and serve it up! Now that’s some good eating…I don’t care who you are sha.
The picture below is one of my oldest son Kyle and a Red he caught.
Well here are some pics I took yesterday afternoon. The sun was hidden but no rain fell. If you look back at my first pics you can see that the garden has come a long way. And yea there is some grass in it. I try to keep it down as best I can, but I do have other things to do!
Cucumber patch, okra, peppers and corn. You can see the sugar cane in the back ground!
Watermelon soon to be picked!
Corn and Okra patch.
Corn and Okra again
Watermelon my fav kind
Close up of the okra, and Fema trailers in back. They have been moving some out.
Tomato plants starting to show signs of the heat. Dirt where snap beans use to be.
Figs are starting to get ripe. We need more rain or they will all be small!
Yellow bell peppers, okra and some tomatos
Tomato harvest. I had picked the day before and still came out with these.
I also posted this in the forums section in hope to get some input.
I use to be able to shower off at my back porch after doing yard work and sweating outside. I would use the garden hose hanging off of a nail…(big invention there) I could do this without the fear of being called a nudist. Not that I mind being nude but that’s another story. But now I have too many neighbors! The Fema trailer park in the back of my house, and there are neighbors who now have a good view of my shower area.
So that brings me to my question for all of you! Do any of you have an outdoor shower? If so do you mind posting some pics on here or sending them to me so that I can get an idea on building one? I can remember my great uncle having one behind his shed when I was a kid. I don’t know if he had hot water piped to his or not. I have a small cement slab off of my house that once was used for a wash/spray down area when we had an above ground swimming pool…..I am considering putting in a toilet and shower on that slab. It’s close to my sewer system and I have cold water out to it already. This would be a new twist on the old time out houses! So I need ideas on hot water and any other problems I might incur. I don't have to worry about permits etc...I am country!
We finally got a rain shower yesterday afternoon. It poured down on and off for about 30 minutes. I had watered my tomatoes before the shower so they got a real good soaking. I also broke my first bunch of corn yesterday. 30 ears for the first time, I sure hope to get more considering what I paid for the seed! I had to replant my corn 3 times too. My snap beans (green beans) are finished and I have pulled them up. My tomatoes are doing well and I have been picking a 2.5 gallon bucket every other day. We are going to make salsa with the tomatoes soon. The okra is starting to produce and so far we have put up one mess in the freezer and smothered some. Bell peppers, hot peppers and banana peppers are all producing. My cucumbers are still producing and we pick about 10 every other day. My watermelons are growing and I should have one ready sometime around the 4th of July if we are lucky. No pictures I keep forgetting to take some. Have a great day.
Well folks I just looked at my water bill for the last 30 days. It was 60 bucks. It normally runs around 25. We have not had any rain to speak of in several weeks. I need a good long soaker rain at my house, one that lasts 24 hours or so. In the mean time my tomatoes are doing well. I picked 10 or so today that were good and found only 2 that I had to throw away due to end rot. My snap beans are about done I am tired of picking them anyway so they need to stop producing. I sprayed my corn to keep the worms out and soon will be dealing with okra on a daily basis.
Our youngest son is going on a cruse with the 08 Senior Class. He will be gone a week. It's the first time away from mom and dad for that long of a time. He of course did not want his mother or I to come on the trip and help chaperone so we elected not to go. He will have two stops in Mexico on the trip. We have warned him about getting into trouble there. Last night my wife was in a panic about swimmers ear meds. He cannot swim without getting one or both of his ears messed up. She said oh my nobody is going to be there to take care of him like momma can if he gets sick. So she is making sure he has everything he could possibly need! Oh the growing pains.
Hope you are getting all the rain you need at your place. Have a good one.
My garden is really starting to produce now. I have been picking about 4 gallons of snapbeans every other day, breaking about 6 to 10 cucumbers every other day and so far have picked 4 good tomatoes. I had to throw 3 other tomatoes away that had blossom end rot. I was watering with a sprinkler but now have gotten soaker hoses. I hope this will stop any more from happening. I have alot of peppers that are soon to be of the picking size, both bell peppers and hot peppers. My watermelons are growing and I have several that are about 10 inches long or more. But because I had to replant I doubt they will be ready by the 4th of July.
My corn is doing well and I have ears on most stalks, I have also cut some okra but only a hand full.
So now that the potatoes are dug I have tilled that ground again....I have not decided what I will plant there. I may plant purple hull peas.
I chatted with an old co worker who is living in Washington State. He told me he is just now putting out his tomato plants. I had to rub it in......:)
I finally got this to work again. I ended up opening two windows one with the pictures and the other with the blog. I just right clicked and hit copy and then came over to the blog window and right click and hit paste to get these pictures in here. Take a look at some of "my Bounty".
Here are most of the red potatoes that I dug last week. Not bad for only planting 5 pounds of seed potatoes.
The next two pictures show how big some of the potatoes had gotten!
Here are the start of the cucumbers. Two are missing from the picture as we had to try them.
This is the 3rd picking of snap beans. I will have this much or more for the next couple of pickings.