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august

I cannot believe it is August already. Actually, I guess I can - it has been so dry and hot it has been like a typical August 'dog days' since, well, for awhile now.

I am really glad we didn't plant a large vegetable garden this year. Our water bill would be huge! We planted late - corn, beans and melon, and I also planted a few kale, chard and Brussels sprouts. Robert recently cleaned out our rain barrels - they were clogged at the bottom.  He was able to siphon the water out so we got two days of  'free' water for the garden.

We have one baby melon so far!

august

Here's a sweet photo of Sephora. As you can see, we still haven't put up that fence. You can also see Robert's corn growing in the enclosed little garden bed.

august

With regard to pottery, I am still making my sgraffito things - tumblers and tea cups this time around. They go into the kiln for their first firing tomorrow.  Then I'll glaze them. I'm also teaching a few private lessons. My next class offering is in a few weeks, and then more in late September.

august

This was breakfast this morning (I posted this bowl a long while ago, I think).  The tumblers above will be glazed with this celadon glaze:

august

The part-time job at the non-profit is going very well. We have a wonderful student garden manager this year, so I do not have to be at the community garden all the time, and can focus more on reports/grant writing/fundraising, etc.  Plus the office is air-conditioned ;)

I think that is about it for now. Hope everyone is having a great summer (or winter, for you down-unders!).  I'm looking forward to the county fair in a few weeks!! Whooot!!!

what has happened...

What has happened since my last post?  Two big things happened to England* recently, and with regard to one of those things I say - go Iceland!

what has happened...

And what has happened around here since my last post, you may ask?

Well, Chalk Walk happened. I wasn't chalking this year, just enjoying!

what has happened...

And beans are growing (on a discarded futon frame):

what has happened...

And Sephora went to the vet - she has a little bump on her eyelid that we're keeping an eye on (no pun intended) to see if it is an infection or something else.

what has happened...

We had dinner with P and M (the artists) at their place (you may have seen their place before, here) Friday night. Ahhhhhhh!

what has happened...

It's summer and it has been a beautiful one so far! We have a three-day weekend here in the US as Monday is the Fourth of July.  I'm kind of happy that it might rain on Monday - the fireworks scare Sephora so a more subdued Fourth is okay with us.

*Yes, I know that Brexit affected the entire UK, not just England - and it affected much more than that, too.

collard chips

The other day, the husband used the dehydrator to make kale chips. Today, he made a ton of collard chips.

collard chips

At the grocery store today, son and I saw some dried green beans and okra.  He bought some of the okra and they were very good.  I'm going to try drying some green beans tomorrow. I have a lot of green beans, and I have enough dilly beans to last for awhile.  I was going to freeze them, but I think I'll try drying them. And we have a lot of apples to do, too.  Maybe I'll use some to try making apple sauce.  I have never made apple sauce, just apple butter.

That dehydrator was one of the best purchases ever.

back at the nursery

I started back at the nursery yesterday!  We raked tons of leaves from around the nursery stock and dumped them in the compost pile, but we only completed a small part of what needs to be done. This morning it was too rainy to do any raking, so I started cleaning up the store and the greenhouse. I love this job, and so glad to be back again this season.

back at the nursery
cleaning up the greenhouse
Even though yesterday wasn't super physical work, my body was screaming last night!  Today so far, it is only whimpering, and I was glad for the rain.

Let's see, what else? Oh - another shout out - this time to Beth, who after I posted this (about burning beans all the time), she called me up and suggested that I use a crock pot/slow cooker.  I have used this method twice now as the husband likes to have cooked beans on hand, especially for rice and beans.  And I heartily recommend this method. (You don't even need to soak the beans. Rinse them, put them in the crock pot, cover with water - I make sure there is at least an inch on top - and let it cook on low for about six hours or so.  Midway through, check the water level and add more water if necessary.) Thank you, Beth!!  You have saved me countless burnt pots.

back at the nursery
thank goodness for friends and crock pots
Hmm, maybe I'll have some rice and beans for lunch!

After lunch, I'm off to the pottery room, then to check on my friends' seedlings and garden.

Happy Friday, everyone!

refrigerator dilly (dilled green) beans


refrigerator dilly (dilled green) beans

A bunch of string beans needed to be processed as soon as possible. I took the easy way out and on Thursday made some refrigerator dilly beans, using a Mrs. Wages packet of seasonings. Usually I like to follow a recipe out of a book or a website and add my own seasonings, but I had this packet (probably bought on sale at some point - it's the old packaging so I hope the seasonings hold up) so I gave it a whirl.

refrigerator dilly (dilled green) beans

So today I cracked open a jar, and tasted them.  I have never made these before.  You know that three-bean salad you can buy at the deli counter, or in a can?  Yep, that's what they taste like.  They'll be great alone, or on top of a green salad.

Today I have already worked a few hours at the non-profit.  Then started my application for the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare (yeah I know, the deadline is in a few days).  Was going to go to the pottery room today but I cut my finger yesterday making more dehydrated sweet potato snacks for the dog and I don't want to re-open the cut. Now I have time to vacuum. Oh, hurrah. 

epic fail

I attempted this recipe:  "Slow Cooked Boston Baked Beans" on the SimplyRecipes website.  I bought a brand new bag of navy beans from the store, and soaked them overnight, too!

epic fail

After 18 hours in the slow cooker, the beans still weren't cooked thoroughly, and I did not like the taste at all - too much molasses.

So next time (if I am brave enough for a next time?) I will cook the beans first, and then make them in the oven.  Using a different recipe.  Anyone have a good recipe I can use?

epic fail


is it canning time yet?

is it canning time yet?
(Our raised bed at the community garden- peppers, then cucumbers, then burgundy beans; I took this photo before I weeded the bed!)

Although my cucumber plants are not even flowering yet, I asked one of the vendors at the farmers market (which I am co-managing this summer) to set aside a peck of pickling cukes for me once theirs come in.

Yep, I pulled out my canning books!

is it canning time yet?


too busy, no icads, but the community garden raised bed is planted

The community garden raised bed aka 'the allotment' has been planted with pepper plants (AJI Dulce, Red Chili, Medium Hot Block, Hungarian Hot, Banana, and Pablano.)

I also direct seeded Lemon cucumbers, Parisian Pickling cucumbers, and Royal Burgundy beans.

Didn't have my camera with me, so here's a stock photo of Royal Burgundy beans.

too busy, no icads, but the community garden raised bed is planted

I haven't even started the ICAD challenge yet.  Wondering if I'll ever catch up.  

such a bad gardener

Here's a photo my husband took of me yesterday, while I was working at the local Farmers' Market.  See I'm wearing one of my knitted cotton headbands!!

such a bad gardener

I'm soo behind on my own garden - and yesterday, after the Market and then after work at the garden nursery, my husband and I set to work on the trellis bean/pea bed.

D'oh!  I know I planted the sugar-snap peas too late, but I also planted bush lima beans (instead of pole ones).  Oh well! I'll think of this as an experiment.  And that's one of our four hens, Bucket the Buckeye hen, in the background.

such a bad gardener

Just got home from work (at the nursery) - have to plant some seedlings in another bed!  No rest for the wicked, I tell you!

community cooperative

Back in January, four of us decided to start a community agricultural cooperative.   We have been busy with many different community projects, such as the community garden, kitchen incubator/community kitchen, food hub, and growing food on parcels of land around our community for our own benefit, for produce sale, and for donation to the local food bank.

community cooperative
planting fava beans

Another of our projects is to work on a mobile farm stand.

Sunday, two of us went to check out a 100 year old grain wagon, with the thought of retrofitting it for our mobile farm stand purposes.

community cooperative


Along with all the cooperative projects, I'm also helping manage our community's Farmers Market this summer, which opens the first Saturday in May and ends the last Saturday in October.

And I'm working part-time at a local garden nursery! 

Now, I need to plant peas and beans in our yard - it's a lovely sunny day today.

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