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Archive for October, 2005

Jack and the Beanstalk…

…here we come!

About half a dozen of the beans are sprouting visibly… I think the rain we had this morning disturbed the soil a little, washed it from on top of them. I hope that the rest of them are doing as well.

No signs from the butternut as yet, but this site says 7-14 days for germination—so I guess that means sometime this coming week. (My there are a lot of sites about growing pumpkins!

I planted three passionfruit (not that there’s really room for them, but I haven’t had much success in the past, and this way I’m hoping that one of them will survive). Sadly, at this point it appears that something (I’m guessing snails) have eaten the leaves on the Panama Gold. The Panama Red was the most vigorous looking to start with, and it appears to be continuing that way. The black (Nellie Kelly, the one you usually see) was the least happy looking, but it seems to be doing okay.

I haven’t watered today, but I did spend quite a while pulling out grass:-( It seems there were grass seeds in the soil and they have been sprouting. I need to head out again with a container so I can pick mulberries. They’re still only ripening at eating pace, but we should hit baking quantities soon.

And the thyme is dead. It was always fairly likely given the small number of leaves when we found and rescued it (I think I counted six or so, and thyme leaves are really small!). Something we’ll need to replace as thyme is quite useful.

I still need to separate the beetroot (should do it before they get too much bigger, I guess) and put the chocolate mint in a bigger pot. It seems to have survived Puggle’s efforts at killing it, so it deserves better:-)

Following on from the gardening posts…


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Gardening Update Photos


Here is a more recent photo. You can see that things have grown somewhat since the last ones.

Garden Update

Today I finally got my passionfruit! I’ve put in three to increase the likelihood that at least one survives. I couldn’t resist looking at the vegetable seedlings, and so I picked up some leeks.

I planted them all. And I also put in the Borlotti beans and the Butternut seeds. Hopefully the corn (the transplanted ones) continue to survive—given I’ve just put beans near them… they’ll need something to climb.

And I put blood and bone on everything (well, the ground around everything). When I was watering it in (I was going to leave it to the rain, but then I wasn’t sure it was going to continue) I noticed that the roma tomatoes have a couple of flowers! Tomorrow I will probably pick them off, the plants are a little small as yet. I will also separate the beetroot a little. There were a couple of spots in the punnets that had more than one seedling, and they’ve all done well, so I’d like to give them a little more room.

All in all, the garden’s looking good:-) (Forgot to get Pad to photograph it this weekend though:-( )

Homeschooling Blogs

This should make things easier for me!

I’ve just added the homeschooling blogs I read to the sidebar. Now it shouldn’t matter which computer I’m on, I should still be able to read them (well, the ones I found this trip through).

Bird watching

I have just been out on the patio eating lunch with the boy (it’s such a nice day). I am regularly amazed by the birds we see there—given Kabuki… But I guess he’s not much of a hunter:-)

The boy is fascinated by birds. I think I shall have to find out more about the different sorts we see. I think there were four types… definitely magpies, but I have not a clue about the rest.

Feeling creative?

Perhaps you’d like to try making your very own Bayeaux Tapestry?

You can, right here!

(I haven’t actually tried it… I came across one that had been done using it, and thought it looked cool:-) )

Forgotten Garden bits (stuff I didn’t do:-) )

Before I started working on the vegie garden, the mulberry tree in the front yard was already beginning to set its second lot of fruit this year. It’s now colouring nicely, and we should get a good crop—assuming we can keep Puggle from tasting them all before they’re ripe!

The plum tree in the backyard is also flowering. It’s so very cool to watch as it goes from bare leaves, to a few white flowers, to masses of them and then adds leaves. I would probably not have thought to plant a plum, but given it was here I figured I’d leave it… and it’s delightful. Now, I’d definitely include one anywhere I had the space. Although, I’d choose a european rather than japanese variety… we get so many at once we can’t eat them all, and it’s a right pain to de-stone them:-(

We are once again starting to collect grapefruit. Like the plum, I would never have thought to include a grapefruit. Unlike the plum, I probably still wouldn’t. I might _consider_ a pink one, as it does seem that some people use them, but we always struggle to use/dispose of the yellow ones.

And of course the lemon tree is going strong. The two months or so of no fruit are over, so we now have masses on the tree.

(I did plant the mulberry tree, but it’s activity is not as a direct result of me… I have now given it some food though, after seeing Liz’s. It’s the same age but looks _so_ much happier.)

Corn photos


Here are the first corn shooting.

Corn!

When watering this morning, I noticed five little corn seedlings! So they’re on their way:-) That’s about a week since they were planted. Some may take a little longer to come up (or not at all:-( ) as I think I planted the first one’s deeper, but so far so good:-)

Yankee Doodle

I’m not going to include a link to a midi file, I’m fairly sure everyone knows this tune!

Yankee doodle went to town
Riding on a pony
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it maceroni
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Father and I went down to camp
Along with Captain Goodwin
And there we saw the men and boys
As thick as hasty pudding.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

There was Captain Washington
Upon a slapping stallion
A-giving orders to his men
I guess there was a million.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

And then the feathers on his hat
They looked so’ tarnal fin-a
I wanted pockily to get
To give to my Jemima.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

And then we saw a swamping gun
Large as a log of maple
Upon a deuced little cart
A load for father’s cattle.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

And every time they shoot it off
It takes a horn of powder
It makes a noise like father’s gun
Only a nation louder.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

I went as nigh to one myself
As’ Siah’s underpinning
And father went as nigh agin
I thought the deuce was in him.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

We saw a little barrel, too
The heads were made of leather
They knocked upon it with little clubs
And called the folks together.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

And there they’d fife away like fun
And play on cornstalk fiddles
And some had ribbons red as blood
All bound around their middles.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

The troopers, too, would gallop up
And fire right in our faces
It scared me almost to death
To see them run such races.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Uncle Sam came there to change
Some pancakes and some onions
For’ lasses cake to carry home
To give his wife and young ones.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

But I can’t tell half I see
They kept up such a smother
So I took my hat off, made a bow
And scampered home to mother.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

Cousin Simon grew so bold
I thought he would have cocked it
It scared me so I streaked it off
And hung by father’s pocket.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.

And there I saw a pumpkin shell
As big as mother’s basin
And every time they touched it off
They scampered like the nation.
Yankee doodle, keep it up
Yankee doodle dandy
Mind the music and the step
And with the girls be handy.