Again we have be doing some extensive traveling! It would take me the rest of the weekend to write about all of the places Mr. M and I have been to since last fall. In October, we did a Mediterranean cruise which I won’t write about since I have done that before here, here, here, and here.
Our latest travels were quite different . We started out in Florida, where we live, and basically went around the world. We spent about 10 weeks traveling through Southeast Asia, the Suez canal area, Scotland, and Canada, to finally arrive back home in time for a week Caribbean cruise with 14 other members of our family.
I am planning to write about some of the areas we visited and to post some our travel photos. In the meantime, I am very busy sewing and gardening. I had to leave our little raised garden beds fallow while we were gone but as soon as we returned I planted them.
Before planting, this year I put drip irrigation, in the form of an “ooze tube”. It seems to be a good addition. I have found that keeping raised beds irrigated in the Florida heat too much for hand watering! Now I just attach the hose to the tube, turn the water on just a tad, set a timer and, basically, forget about it for a set period of time, usually about 90 minutes to two hours. So much better!
Although I had to plant the gardens in late June, I chose heat loving plants and they seem to be pretty happy right now. I know they may look a little crowded, but I do that purposely, to help shade the soil. Also, I am hoping to “outfox” the wildlife here that regularly check out our homegrown produce. We actually lost a pineapple to some marauding raccoons!
Here is a photo of the ooze tube, most of it is buried about 2″ deep:
The tomatillo garden:
The green bean and zucchini garden: Note that the yellow arrow here indicates where some purported bush beans seem to have become pole beans! I was unprepared for this, hence the jury-rigged trellis!
And just for fun, our first bunch of bananas this year. They are Blue Java, also known as Custard Ice Cream bananas: (guess what they taste like!)
If you are curious about the brown spots on the two bananas on the right, it is from the latex-like sap of the banana tree. It stains everything it touches, especially clothing! Ask me how I know!
Until next time!
I f you have been reading my blog for long, you already know that I have taught a few of my family how to can food here, and here, and here. This particular assistant has been my helper on the fringes, tasting, commenting, and watching. He finally decided that it might actually be fun to try canning himself. Here he is doing his fist actual canning (with a lot of help from his mentor). What is he canning? Pinto beans.
Spatchcock! What a fun word! It almost sounds dirty doesn’t it? Its not! It just means to split a bird open and lay it flat for grilling, or smoking as I did for Thanksgiving. Here’s my story and I am sticking to it: Read the rest of this entry »