a push mower. The metal parts of the lawn mower, including the handle, provide a nice conduit for the flow of electricity when the engine casing contacts the fence wire.
At least I provided a nice bit of entertainment for the two mares watching from a safe distance on the other side of the fence. It seems they know better ...
Again - not a typo! Any guesses?
As our squash plants wind down in summer production, I find that my personal favorite, grown for the first time last year, is the white bush or scallop variety. This is one of the oldest varieties of squash, labeled cymling by Thomas Jefferson in the early 1800s for its shape (look up the term symnel for more info). Grilled, sauteed, added to salads, mashed, or eaten raw, the mild flavor blends well with most any flavor. Pick young for tenderness.
'Tis the season to write about food, I suppose, as a good part of most every day is spent processing something from the garden. And no, I'm not complaining.
Cubanelle peppers made their first appearance in my garden this summer, and several plants are producing nicely and should continue to do so until our first frost.
These cubanelles were stuffed with a mixture of spanish rice, turkey, sauteed onions and garlic, cheese, and diced fresh tomatoes, then placed in a baking dish atop a spread of sweet spaghetti sauce (leftover from yesterday evening's pasta dish) before spending about forty minutes baking in the oven. Fresh green beans from the garden and cantaloupe (from our local farmers' market - our cantaloupe proved a sad disappointment this summer) completed the meal.
Although at the moment we only have two plants producing zucchini, we have plenty for baking quick breads - the most common use, I suppose, for this vegetable (outside of hibachi restaurants, maybe?).
I baked six loaves today, five of which are headed for the freezer as I write.
Here is Bandit. As a puppy, he has no clue that a garden bed is not a patch of woods to run through with glee or escape into for a cool nap or play chase with his best friends, the cats. And since he rarely leaves my side while I'm working, each day he spends time with me in the garden. Right beside me. Whether I want him there or not.
One possible solution? Over the past two days, I began building a wattle fence using materials found within our woods. After sawing lengths of cedar posts (from downed cedar trees) and driving them into the ground, I searched for saplings that are flexible and grow as straight as possible in order to weave the slender trees in and out of the cedar posts, thus creating a low barrier.
With one side complete, Bandit may be getting the message.
No typo in the blog heading - just a new vocabulary word I learned today. Oding. Any guesses?
From the Latin Odonata, oding refers to the act of watching dragonflies and damselflies, similar to bird-watching or butterfly-watching. Below are the results of this week's oding outing (which consisted of me laboring away while dragonflies buzzed nearby ...).
Above left rests the Prince Baskettail Dragonfly, while on the right, the Eastern Pondhawk perches. I also discovered today the difference between a dragonfly and damselfly (wing placement when resting - damselflies tend to tuck wings along the length of their bodies - and size).
Historically Europeans considered dragonflies as rather sinister in nature, used by the devil to weigh souls, snatch people's eyes, or stitch snakes back together.
On a more positive note, mosquitoes comprise one major component of a dragonfly's diet!
Peppers are my personal favorite garden offering, and this summer we have green (becoming red if we leave them to ripen), cayenne, cubanelle, chile, banana and jalapeno.
Making our own salsa or pico de gallo sauce is our most common use of this variety (in addition to eating them raw). See photo below. Chop roma tomatoes, a mix of mild and hot peppers, and onions. Add lime juice and salt and cilantro (currently growing as an herb in our garden). Let stand a few minutes or refrigerate before serving to mix flavors. Other additions could include corn, garlic, cucumbers, squash - whatever you have on hand.
This is our story, in real time and in photos. It is neither unique nor unusual nor extraordinary. But it is our story.