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“To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves.” -Gandhi

Monday, June 27, 2011

Even MORE pictures from Farmers Market

For some reason, I can only upload one picture at a time (may be my netbook) and only so many on my blog; so here are some more goodies from the market....it may take this and another to get them all in:

Ok, sorry if I posted any more than once, it took forever to get these to download. ugh! :) have a great day!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

More from the Farmer's Market!

I'm just going to post and let the pictures speak for themselves! :) have a great day!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

ASU Farmers Market!

Got to the Farmers Market today (finally on a Saturday). It opened at 7am, I got there about five minutes after. Bought some goodies, took pictures, and was back home by 8:05am with hot coffee in hand. (had to have some coffee to go with my zucchini bread!)

So here is a virtual tour of most of the booths and all their yummies and goods:

The sign and entrance:

WELCOME! Need a bag? help yourself:

Some activities going on today:

One of my favorite booths where I get the yummy zucchini bread:

I will post the rest in the next post! (Blogger slow today)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Todays garden update

It is only 7am and already it is warm and humid! ugh! The only thing I like about humidity is gardens do better.

I did manage to get out there and take a few pictures. I wanted to go to the Farmers market today but I do not really need anything so could not justify the gas to go. I may try Tuesday and I will take pictures and introduce you to our farmers market.

I thought these guys were done for but I was too lazy to pull them. Now I am glad I didn't -new leaves are forming! go cauliflower!!!

Sweet basil doing good

and so are my squash plants .... finally!!!!

and about that herbicide; does pretty good. The plants are still dying but trying to put out new leaves. I gave them another dose :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I am in culinary HEAVEN!

I stopped at the local farmers market. TWO WORDS:


I had not had bread this good since childhood. It is still HOT from the oven. Thank God it is a small loaf cause I will be eating the ENTIRE THING!!!

That's all.

Botany Field Trip

I took my students out on a little botany field trip today to teach them how to use a Dichotomous tree key.

It was interesting. But I do think they learned at least ONE new thing. So here are a few of the things we looked at. (not all because I kept forgetting I had the camera!!!)

Some Buckeye!

Some Coneflowers: 2 species of Echinacea

And some butterfly weed:

And yes we did get around to some trees! LOL! They identified: Maple, Pine, two species of Magnolia, three species of Oak, Redbud, Ginkgo, and I managed to stump them with Japonica. Bad me, it is a cultivated tree and therefore was NOT on their key!

It was nice to get out of the lab for a bit and get some fresh air and exercise! I think they enjoyed it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Herbicide update

Silly me waiting a couple hours before I went out to take the pictures and WOW it had already started to work!!!

you can see some of the leaves already beginning to shrivel. The leaves may not look much shriveled but they have shrunk about four or five inches already.

this is what it use to look like. This is growing up on my Pecan tree and I hate it. I went ahead and sprayed all of it today :D

So now for what it all looks like 24 hours later:

So it looks like I give this simple home made herbicide a two thumbs up!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

tried an organic herbicide today

I found a simple recipe online awhile ago for an herbicide. very simple and easy. So today I decided to whip up a batch and try it out on this obnoxious vine that I seem to be allergic to. Not poison ivy ....or oak. Not sure what it is. I will snag a picture of it later and post it.

Here is the recipe.

1 gallon vinegar
1 cup of salt
a dash of dish soap.

warm vinegar and add salt until dissolved. Let cool, add dish soap.

Now I made a half batch:

1/2 gal vinegar (white)
1/2 C salt

I brought the vinegar to the point of almost simmering and poured the salt in (kinda slow, didn't just dump it in) and stirred until dissolved. I then let it cool and slowly drizzled the dish soap in as I stirred. I used Lavender ultra Dawn. smells SOOOOO good!!! I used about one tablespoon.

I then let it finish cooling, poured some into a spray bottle and sprayed that vine.

The warning is you have to just spray the leaves of the plants you want dead. DO NOT SPRAY until dripping. Just give it a nice covering and then WALK AWAY! lol! seriously you do not want it on your soil or other plants. That is the warning given to me.

I sprayed some of the nasty vine leaves and some weeds growing in the side walk. I will take before and after pictures. Not sure how long this takes.

ok...getting camera now! :) be back!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

some updates to the garden

We had some thunder yesterday but no rain, so I went out and watered today.

Looks like this mystery tomato will be a cherry variety. Not very big; about the size of a pea right now but already turning pink. I will let you know if it tastes good.

an odd shaped tomato, not sure this variety. Any suggestions on this mystery tomato?

I thinned out the beans; hopefully they will grow better now.

and thinned the peas...

tomatoes are now growing up and no longer upside down. the poppies in the top died. :(

One tomato hiding but almost ready to pick!

and two more!

suppose to be leaf lettuce but I'm thinkin' ...uh...no. Not sure what these are, should I taste them??? :D

and my dill is beginning to bloom! yay!