A Sink Full of Tasty Tidbits

 

After a two-week break from fishing, to recover from the 4 days in a row fishing and feeling out of sorts from an infected tooth that he had pulled, David headed off to the ponds to do some fishing yesterday. Yes, I gave him his kiss for luck and it is continuing to work.

He brought home another nice bucket of fish. He dumped it into the sink before I had a chance to take a picture of the bucket o’ fish, so it became a sink full of fish.

 

 

I then separated them by species and took photos of them. He caught this lone crappie. This is the first crappie he has caught in all the years fishing at these ponds. He usually gets over excited and misses them. Their mouth is thin-skinned, so I think he pulls the hook right through the mouth when he tries to set the hook. This time he was patient and did not jerk the pole to hard to set the hook.ย  It was a nice 11 inches long.

 

He caught a nice mess of perch, nine in total.

 

He caught the limit of 5 catfish a day.

 

He filleted all the fish out. Even the catfish this time, he usually leaves ones this size whole, removing head, tail, and fins then skins them. That is why this was a sink full of tasty tidbits. ๐Ÿ˜€

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I have finished the large granny square for upcycling the large canvas bag. I did add some pink and a some variegated pink, purple, white yarn. I am happy with the outcome. I placed it on the bag to see how it fit. It nearly covers the whole thing. Project Name: Large Grannyย [โ€ฆ]

via Square Yesterday, Rectangle Today โ€” Skrappy Skarves

Square Yesterday, Rectangle Today โ€” Skrappy Skarves

This Week’s Flower Photos

 

Here are the photos that were added to My Flowers page this week.

First up is the shot of the cosmos and petunias. They are going crazy. The one cosmos at the front had 4 blooms all on top so he couldn’t keep his head up. After this photo was taken we had some rain he is practically laying on the ground now.

 

I found a white impatien. The first pic ended up being a side view.

The second pic is a better front on view.

 

This is the third cane gladiolus to bloom. It was one of the cool pink trimmed, with a white center.

 

This is the first marigold to bloom. It is the volunteer plant in with the gladiolus’s corner.

 

Just another pretty pink petunia.

 

This pic shows how wonderfully Cleo is doing now. She has some very beautiful deep red leaves.

 

The evening after I took these photos we got a pretty good rain storm. I went out to check the flowers and found the first yellow cane of gladiolus were beaten down to the ground. It was ok just water-logged. So I cut it, the other yellow cane, and the pink cane. I put them in a vase with Miracle Grow water. Now I can enjoy them indoors while I am on the computer as they are on the table right in front of me. ๐Ÿ˜€

Wildflowers Are a Buddin’ and a Bloomin’!

 

These little white flowers are blooming all over the wildflower bed.

 

There are what I believe are bachelor buttons getting ready to bloom. I grew some bachelor buttons years ago. If I remember correctly, I am pretty sure this is what they looked like. They could also be carnations I grew those too. The two flowers look similar until they fully bloom.

 

David showed me that one of the gladiolus has a cane. I thought it was just a really tall leaf.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

I have 3 volunteer cosmos plants in the bed in front of the deck. This one has three buds getting ready to bloom. The front of the deck also has lots of volunteer petunias. I didn’t get a picture but some of them are starting to bud. So it won’t be long and they will be blooming too.

The Northern High Plains Bigfoot?

 

As my son and I were driving south on our way home from town the evening of June 28, I looked to my right( I was the passenger) and saw these shadowy figures. I hurriedly took out my camera and snapped this photo.

 

It was the best I could get as we were moving and they were moving.

 

I had heard stories and rumors of them ever since we moved to this part of Nebraska in the late 90’s. They usually kept to the forest in the area. In 2006 and 2012 the forests in the area suffered from two huge fires. So they have had less forested territory. That being the case there have been more sightings of them. I think this group is heading to the Black Hills. They may have not been relocating to the Black Hills, maybe it was just a family vacation to see Mount Rushmore.
They misjudged their timing for moving across this field when it was just still light enough to see them. They also may have not realized how populated this area was as the made their trek north.
I can her the wife telling the husband,” GRRr roar gggrrr grunt ugh ugh grunt GRRR.”
Which translates to “I told you to stop and ask for directions!”

Seriously though, a home owner with a large field just outside of town has a great sense of humor. He put out this family of bigfoot cut outs.

Rinse and Repeat

 

We have had a couple of days of good rain again followed by some warm days. So you can not even tell that I had weeded the junk pile flowerbed, cucumbers, yellow squash, or the peppers. It looked just like this again.

 

My plan for today was to water everything with some Miracle Grow but I had to do some weeding again just to find where the peppers were. I began in the junk pile marigold bed I wet it down with a bit of plain water. I don’t think I have mentioned before that of all the gladiolus bulbs I planted only the previous years came up. So out of over 100 bulbs only a little over 20 came up. I planted them, watered them, and then we had four days of rain. You are only supposed to water them when you first plant and not do it again until you see them break the soil. So the bulbs just got water-logged and rotted away. I also may have planted some of them too shallow so the rain washed the soil off the tops of them and then they got water-logged and rotted. I tried to blame the gophers at first but when none came up in any of the beds I changed my tune. Also I did find some squishy rotted bulbs when I was doing weeding. So that is why that is just the junk pile marigold bed. Oh, and the impatiens did not come up on the west end of the house either. I don’t know what their problem was. They are a shade liking flower and it is pretty shady there.

So anyway I watered the junk pile bed, weeded it and then watered it with coffee ground water. I have a bucket that I put the coffee grounds in, I rinsed it out and poured the water on the marigolds. I then weeded the cucumbers and the squash hills. I did the peppers next, you could hardly see my little guy in the corner, I planted him even though he didn’t have his 5 leaves yet. He is hanging in there though.

Now that everything was weeded. I got the rake and loosened up the soil around all the peppers so the Miracle Grow water would have a better chance of soaking down to the roots of the plants. I also loosened the soil on the hills. So with green watering can in hand everyone got a nice good drink.

The Long and Weeding Road

June 21, 2018

After 4 days of rain or heavy misty fog, starting on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend , today was blue skied and sun filled. So I grabbed my garden jacket and put Sully’s harness on so we could go enjoy it while it lasted. He had been begging to go out for the last two days but I had to tell him that it was too wet and rainy. Poor guy would waddle off with a sad pouty face.
I hooked Sully to his spot by the deck so he could eat grass and enjoy the catnip. I grabbed a couple of 5 gallon buckets one to put weeds in the other to lean on to assist me getting back up from kneeling on the ground. I headed around to the east end of the house to begin weeding. The rain had really enabled lots of weed growth. You couldn’t tell that I actually had weeded around the squash hills and the peppers when I planted them on the 9th of this month.

I started in around the two largest peppers then got up and moved my bucket to weed around the junk pile flower bed. While I was up I checked on Sully to see how he was doing. He was happily munching his grass.
I weeded and weeded and weeded some more making my way back to the peppers again. I discovered that out of the 10 peppers I planted only 6 were still standing. The other 4 had been beaten into the ground and washed away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I now had a full bucket of weeds, time to dump them out.

The full bucket of weeds and my leaning bucket with towel on top.

 

The neighbors recently got two cute little pygmy goats. I decided to give them this bucket to munch on. I took it over to them. I dumped the bucket on the ground for them. I then scratched their little heads between their horns. They thanked me with their cute little goaty chatter as I walked away.

When I got back over to the deck Sully was heading up the stairs. He was done enjoying the outdoors. I let him in the house and removed his harness. As I departed I said to him, “Now you can go and barf somewhere.” He minds very well, as he had done just that when I came in for the day an hour and a half later. lol ๐Ÿ˜›

I continued along the pepper bed and beside it to make a path, to the corner where I weeded the gladiolus and the irises. There I found a nice sized volunteer marigold. The turnips and carrot patch was next but it was not too bad. This is where I ended my weeding road.

Junk pile bed

 

 

I had filled my bucket to about 3/4 ths. I just put this bucket on the pile along the south fence, because it was mostly small weeds and the goats would be munching the first bucket for most of the day.

While I was doing this I looked across Mann’s field to see this deer munching away.

 

I decided to leave the south side of the deck bed with all the wildflower for another day.

 

The front of the deck bed was weeded on Saturday before all the rain so it was fine.

 

I will leave you with this update photo of the mini roses.

Still blooming close up.

More Rose Buds and a Bit of Transplanting

My mini rose-bush continues to bloom and put on new buds. I counted two more yesterday(Sunday May 20th).

I was able to get out and do some transplanting of three plants. First one was the yellow squash plant. It is still doing well. It did loose the large leaf due to some windy days. After all these windy days it clouded up and rained for 3 days. I have not had to water again yet as the ground is still trying to dry out. That probably won’t take too much longer as the temperatures are supposed to be in the 80s for the next week and a half. I was also able to get most of the front yard mowed before the rainstorms. I finished the last little bit late yesterday afternoon(May 20th).

I next transplanted the single moonflower seedling. It is still alive. I had troubles getting these to stay alive after I transplanted them last year. So I hope I have learned enough to keep this one going and get a bloom.

The other was Cleo. I brought this plant in last fall to be a house plant during the winter. I just loved the cool colored leaves and wanted to enjoy it longer. I am not sure it the whole thing is going to survive but the smaller parts seem to be doing ok for now. I can always go back out and trim off the dead branches. I took three pictures of the hole I dug, because of the shadows. I could not see which looked the best.

The turnips and carrots are coming up nicely. You can barely see the carrots in the left side of the picture below. The Sunflowers did not come up. The seeds were just too old, they were in a bowl from way back in 2007’s garden seeds.

 

More Digging and Raking Going On

And a Bit of Planting Too!

I was able to get out two days in a row this week.(May 4 and 5). So here are a couple of photo galleries of my work.

Oh, here are a few shots of my yardeningย  get up too. ๐Ÿ˜€

This is actually an old one of my scrub jackets from when I worked at the nursing home. I kept this one because it has nice big pockets. Which are ideal for my gloves, visor, and camera or whatever I might want on hand for the yardening project of the day. I always tuck my pants into the boots, so I don’t get unwanted bugs or ticks crawling up my legs.

Update of indoor gardening.

Now lets move on outside.

DAY ONE

I had to reposition the rocks under the drain I totally missed the first go. I had to dig up some of the gladioulus and replant them once the rocks were repositioned. I planted 42 new bulbs in this corner too. I also planted carrots and turnips by the shed steps. I also moved and raked out the area on the west side of the shed steps.

The rocks before repositioning.

I had just enough energy left to dig up the small area west of the BBQ.

DAY TWO

I did a lot of digging and raking, but no planting.

The before pic of the beds around the deck.

That about does it for this week. Next yard day will be for mowing and more flower planting.

 

How My Outdoor and Indoor Gardening Progresses

 

I was able to get outdoors a couple of times now to work on getting garden spots ready for planting. The first time I was able to get some squash hills built. They are east of the shed near the fence. I hope to plant yellow summer squash, acorn squash and cucumbers on them.

 

Yesterday(April 27) I was able to get out for the second time. I dug up the bed on the east side of the shed. This bed was made late last year by David and Nick, so it was not used. I turned the earth then raked it out some what level. I raked it toward the south end, I had extra soil so I went ahead and dug up the corner of the bed. I had to move the rocks that help disperse the rain from the gutter that comes of the shed roof. I raked out the soil and then replaced the rocks. It was a little low in the corner any way so that helped level it out too.

 

My plans for this bed are to plant giant sunflowers closest to the shed wall. I am going to plant the peppers in front of them. I think I will put some gladiolus in the corner to keep the irises company.

David bought a bunch of bulbs, twenty-seven bags with six bulbs each in four different mixtures, at Dollar General last fall at 90% off. He also got some boxed seeds, two boxes of impatiens, 2 boxes of marigolds, and a box of wildflower mix. I also saved last year’s bulbs with the help of my Garden Book.

 

2017 Gladiolus Bulbs

 

Boxed Flowers

I am not going out today(April 28) as the wind is blowing straight at about 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. I don’t need a dirt shower. Maybe tomorrow I can start planting the sunflowers and some gladiolus around the irises. If I have enough energy I might even start digging and raking the beds around the shed, continuing on to the ones around the deck.

The indoor gardening is going slow. I tried starting some Big Bertha peppers from seeds of last years peppers. They did not sprout. I think I kept immature seeds. So last Saturday (April 21) I started some green bell pepper seeds and the squashes and cucumbers. No sprouting yet, but they all take 10 to 14 days to germinate. I hope they all sprout so that by mid to late May I can put them outside.

 

*Note: I am typing these up in word pad at home. I am not sure when I will next get access to internet to post them. I am putting some dates in parentheses to show what day I am actually talking about.