Sunday, October 20, 2013

Today's Harvest and an Update

Yeah, I know, I don't post nearly enough anymore. I really don't have any excuses. I just plain am not doing anything self sufficient and interesting lately. I have been working on getting my credit score up and I actually got some credit cards. Now I know what you are thinking, the absolute most horrible thing a self sufficient person could do was go into debt...and I haven't. Yes, I have the cards and I use them but I pay them off every month and my credit score is looking good. If finally realized that if we ever really want to have our own place we have to have that credit score to back it up. Frankly I feel more secure having them as well.
Anyway, that is not what this post is about. It is about harvesting what little my tiny garden gives me and today it was basil .....AND surprise, surprise a real PEPPER!

 I am not sure why I get peppers now and not when it is hot since peppers are supposed to like heat but I am getting a few peppers now. It won't last as even we have to get cold eventually.
Not sure about the rest of the garden. We will have a decent amount of greens, like always, but the turnips and beets look like they will be all tops. I experimented with their new beds by buying all the soil for them and they are apparently too good (yeah, who would have thought?). Anyway, I love greens and don't get enough so I'll take what I get. The basil was made into pesto and we will have pesto pasta tonight with our chicken.
The pond is looking nicer every day. The grass is growing around it and I have planted all sorts of bulbs that I am hoping come up next spring. I did lose about half the fish, a few at a time. Apparently the pond did not cycle with the filter from the fish tank but it is good now with 11 or 12 fish in it. The grass around it is still growing, some looks good, some not so good but I am beginning to think it will survive. I still have to water it every day as we have had a few sprinkles lately but no real rain.
We did have a possum visiting us on the back porch every night but he was hiding on a corner of the porch that I couldn't see the other night when I let Romeo and Echo out and Romeo killed it with one shake of his head. Then he dropped it like he had no idea of what had happened (of course, I was screaming at him and Echo to come back as I was afraid they would get bit). They did not get bit, it was just that quick.
I was hoping that the possum was the reason that I wasn't getting any eggs from the chickens and that now I would get eggs but it has been two days and I still haven't gotten any eggs. I set the trap in case there as another one. I haven't seen any snakes, though it isn't nearly cold enough yet for the snakes to be slowing down this year, so it could still be a snake.
I am still playing my Irish tin whistle and my violin. I am fairly good at the tin whistle but was having problems with my violin playing. I could play lots of good tunes but I never felt that I played them really well and after months and months of practice I should have been playing them well. So I started again. I went back to the beginning and started with the Suzuki violin books this week. I don't have a teacher but have looked up lots of videos online and I am really seeing some improvement. Oh, I am still a long was from playing well but I think it was a step in the right direction.
As for the children: My oldest son is doing well with his new wife at Ft. Campbell, my younger son is still in Afghanistan. I try to send him something every few weeks. My daughter Michelle is still at Augusta Technical College and one of her instructors has nominated her for the GOAL award. He also recommended her for an internship and job but she has not gotten either one of those yet.
I will try to get on here and post a guest post tomorrow but no promises. I might just get on here and try to catch up with everyone else's posts and never get to it. :)

16 comments:

  1. Something that so interesting always come on our own garden. Now... you get it

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  2. Glad to see your post...pictures of the pond please. :) I plan on redoing mine in the next couple of months...ideas are welcome.

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    1. I'll get pictures of the pond up soon :) Right now there isn't much growing around it though because most of what I planted were bulbs but I'll take pictures anyway and maybe if the bulbs come up in the spring we'll have something to compare -then and now.

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  3. There's a lot of good news in that post, Becky. I'm glad for you. And especially impressed to see that fine pepper! If your turnips and beets are producing only leaves, why not eat the leaves? If you avoid the really big ones they can be quite nice. Baby beet leaves are a great salad ingredient.

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    1. Oh yes, we are definitely going to eat the greens :)

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  4. Hi Becky, I'm in good company, I haven't been posting regular myself. I really enjoy yours. Nice pepper. Take care

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    1. I need to get on here more. I really did enjoy it when I was on here all the time but my time just seems to be short here lately.

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  5. When I grew peppers I always found fall a good time for chilies. I don't know if they liked the cooler weather, but they sure gave me fruit then.

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    1. I may try more in the fall next year.

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  6. Hi Becky! Good to hear from you! Been wondering how things were. Glad you are getting you credit score up. Credit cards are good for some things! I know what you mean about the peppers! The only thing growing in my garden are jalapenos and basil, which I don't even care for! But the basil smells nice when I walk by. I'm not getting that many eggs as well, since the season has changed. I think some hens stop laying for a few months then start again in January or February.
    Sounds like your kids are doing well. Hopefully your daughter will get the job and internship soon. Keep posting, even if you don't think it's about sufficiency! Blessings from Bama!

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    1. I saw my neighbors are growing their summer squash and peppers now so next year they might be part of my...almost fall garden.

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  7. I struggle to grow sweet peppers over here.but have no problem with hot chillies. Started making my own yogurt yesterday because of you!

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    1. Yup, I can grow jalapenos just fine but not the larger sweet peppers.

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  8. Becky,
    I'm not that far from where you are and my hens had been laying really well, then abruptly stopped. My husband searched high and low for snakes, and we pretty much knew it wasn't a fox, possum or anything because the hen house/run is in an enclosed barnyard with goats and our Great Pyrenees. I finally figured it out, it's because they are molting right now. I had never had it happen before, but if there are lots of feathers all over the place, yours are probably molting too. I hear it usually lasts 3-6 weeks and then they'll start back laying.

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    1. Finally got one egg again yesterday. A green one. That Ameraucana hen lays better than my brown hens.

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