|The Amazing Bubble Plant! |
Wouldn't it be nice if it was real? Marvelous photography borrowed
from scottyblue @ Ask.com/gardening
|After planting the peony's (9) we then added hay|
followed by the chicken wire. We fit in the rose
and the butterfly bush on the opposite end.
All the Dots are laying - 17 eggs today! We are both amazed because usually there are a few hens that just don't lay eggs. This means ALL our hens are laying, mostly brown eggs but also the 2 blue and 1 green eggs from the Easter Egg Chickens. I have to admit that it is a delight to see those colored eggs in the carton.
My sister Bonnie found our Mom's pickle recipe which I have made before but couldn't find when I was making my pickles this year. The pickles that I've tried so far are soft so the texture isn't great but the flavor is good. Ugh - pickles are supposed to be crisp! How disappointing after all that work. When I opened the first jar and the pickles were soft, I went to the bible for pickling, Ball's Blue Book, and found a notation in the trouble-shooting section that it is recommended to "prick the whole cucumbers" before placing them in the jar. Now, why didn't someone include that in the recipe? My Mom's recipe DOES include the direction to prick the cukes so the brine enters the cucumber and makes it crisp. Well, there is always next year.
|Check out the water flying while one of the |
bluebirds is taking a bath!
Project Feeder Watch through Cornell University will be starting up again in November. I'm excited to participate again this year. It was a fun experience, we learned about many birds that were unfamiliar to us and we are helping with a worthwhile North American scientific project.