Monday, October 19, 2015

October 2 to October 19, 2015 (yet another catch up)

The weather here has been wonderful,  very fall-like.  The only thing is we need rain.  We are beginning to have some fall color but it isn't at peak yet.  I hope the dry doesn't hinder it.

My Sis and BIL came down  for a couple of days the first week of October.  We had a wonderful visit.  They brought us three of their young Red Star hens and enough tomatoes that I processed 36 pints of various things with them. I was delighted.  My garden tomatoes were a complete bust this year.  Many others in the area complained  also.

I forced a pumpkin on her.....she isn't quite the glutton for work  that I am.  I think her BIL (DH) shamed her into it.  I have harvested several  more and the vines are finally starting  to die.

The beast that lives under the propane tank is still getting his share though.  When we set the trap outside the hole on the back side,  he created a new entrance/exit  on the other side.   I discovered this when I waded into the patch looking for pumpkins.....there was one hanging right by the new hole half eaten.

It is a large hole and seems very deep.  We will move the trap around the tank tonight.

I certainly have enough pumpkins.

I dug the sweet potatoes and they were very disappointing but still  enough for the two of us.

I did my yard tour this morning in a jacket and took a few pictures.

This is the grass miscanthus by the cellar.  I love how the sunlight shows up the plumes.

This just shows I haven't been completely idle.  This poor gate was barely hanging together.  I screwed the corners, renailed the  wire and rehung it and it should last a while.

The spirea has turned to fall,

Another little job, I got rid of most of the tall weeds and hand cut the saplings growing behind the shop,

There is not much left of flowers but this little self-seeded vignette still looks nice.  It is a native aster and gomphrena,

I took one cow picture:  It is the two milk cows and Willow's calf....where did those horn buds come from?

Enough for now.  I hope to do better blogging.


  1. It's ok to not blog when you are busy. Life on a farm is busy and you blog when you can. I for one, always enjoy reading about what you've been up to and what's going on there.

    It's been gray, cooler and very breezy today. A nice change for us here in s.e. FL.

    Have a great week and happy fall ~ FlowerLady

    1. They are finally promising us some rain this Friday and Saturday. I hope so. I have several pots of things I want to plant and have been waiting for rain.

      I have time to blog (I could interrupt my reading)but somehow have got out of the habit.

  2. Glenda,

    Life keeps all of us busy, and we so understand why you haven't been blogging.

    I've been down in TX working on my parents estate. My sister, who resides in TX has a similar beast issue.
    We've learned it's an armadillo (big one) and have been told by wildlife people to put cod liver oil down the hole because they hate it. Well we've done that, and put a trap up against the hole. Hopefully, we will be able to catch the armadillo to relocate it. Because she lives in a development we can't shoot the darn thing.

    What's with tomatoes this year? I've only had a handful of them, and tons of blossoms. Not enough to can at all.

  3. Sandy, we found a dead armadillo in the back yard near the gas tank. It had been killed. We wondered if maybe the groundhog had done it. I guess where there is one armadillo, there could be two. I will see if Walmart has cod liver oil next trip out.

    Sweet corn did zip this year too. Only thing normal was pole beans, pumpkins, and peppers.

  4. Hope you don't take this the wrong way, but it's somehow heartening to hear that you folks down in a good gardening climate can have a few "failures" now and then. Here I thought it was just up crazies trying to garden up here near the tundra who had trouble growing all we wanted!

    Always enjoy your posts and pictures. Keep 'em coming . . . when you feel like putting up a post!

  5. Hmmm, wonder where my comment from yesterday went? Oh well. Here's the same: Hope the dead armadillo takes care of the trouble. I know you have to trap, no way are you taking a .22 near a propane tank! That gate looks smart. I enjoy tall grass waving in the sun/breeze like that, as long as it's in someone else yard. I keep trying them, but they always outgrow their welcome. Nice spirea. How tall is that? Always a treat to see your house cows.