Tuesday, May 31, 2005
I finally got to pick some fresh tomatoes. The birds and bugs got there first few but they are ripening quickly now and I brought these in before they got them. The green ones will end up in the skillet with a light batter for Fried Green Tomatoes...Yum
As is the case with most garden veggies, everything comes on at once. I'm posting two days of cucumber harvest. One was May 26th and the next was on May 31st. We have been sharing the wealth with friends...especially the ones that have been providing us with fresh eggs! What a trade..........
May 26 - 15 cukes
May 31 - two dozen cukes
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Now here are some birds I love. They show up between February and March and stay until late summer, all the while eating plenty of bugs. I like to hear their song - kind of a squawk mixed with a chirp. I got some pictures of a nest and of a baby on the nest.
This is a sparrow's nest. They are my second least-favorite bird after starlings.
My wife reminded me though that God knows when one of them falls from the sky.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father."
I love birds. I love to watch them, to listen to their song and I even love to feed them...Unless you're talking about my tomatoes. The Mockingbird is the state bird of Texas and they just love tomatoes. Each year I have to construct a cage to keep them out of the ripening tomatoes. They will peck them full of holes and destroy the crop if I'm not careful.
Needless to say, until today I haven't been careful and have lost my first two ripe tomatoes to the birds! That's it you varmits...I'm taking control now!
A days picking: Poblano Peppers, Banana Peppers, Bell Peppers, and Jalapenos -with a few cukes thrown in for good measure.
Friday, May 20, 2005
Cucumbers! I love them - especially the Kirby or pickling type. There is nothing as fresh and tasty as a cuke picked and eaten the same day. The peppers have also hit their stride.
Turks Cap is jumping
A chair full of veggies
Cucumbers on the Fence
Peas & Okra
One Day's Picking
Monday, May 02, 2005
First Weekend in May
The weather has been cool and fairly dry for Texas. This has allowed the plants to grow at a normal pace. I always hope for less rain than the usual flooding rains.
The Turks cap is coming on strong
and the Morning Glory has almost covered the arbor
The yellow squash and zucchini are almost ready to pick
These will make a great supper.
The first ones and its only May 2nd!
Cukes & tomatoes are next.
It won't be long now...