Monday, June 27, 2011

Garlic scapes

In an earlier post from last fall I mentioned I was trying Garlic in the garden this year. After working in the garden yesterday I realized that the garlic was flowering . A little research told me to cut them off to ensure all the energy goes to the bulb. Further reading said that the stems better known as scapes were edible. Maybe last week,definitely not today.

Garlic flavored wood was served up today along with a beautiful salad from the garden

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Some Early Hydrangeas

I like them almost as much as my Rhodos.. Actually more. They last a whole lot longer.

Blackberries/ Raspberries

A few weeks for the blackberries .It will be months for the others


Finally got all but 2 trimmed and staked this morning. These were under a foot of water 4 days ago

Wash out

There are many pluses and minuses for growing vegetables in sandy soil. We had 4 inches of rain last week The water was up to the motor of my Troy -built.  A few rows disappeared .

  A little hoeing and raking and we are back on track .I saw a farmer this morning and she said that a few 90 plus days and we will bw watering before long .GO FIGURE.

Friday, June 24, 2011

On to the next job.

I think I am almost done . Just knobs


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shit Happens!!!!

We were painting the other day and realized the ceiling was wet. OOPS. I could blame about 5 people but ultimately its my job. Some one put a nail into the drain for the sink when we closed up the walls . Didn't find out until we started using the sink.

 Lesson learned .Even if the plumber says go ahead you can close everything up .Make sure the drains are pressure tested before. We would have found this leak months ago.That would have saved me a lot of aggravation and $$$$$.

Sunday, June 12, 2011


Where I misspent the later part of my youth.

Townes Van Zandt - Dead Flowers

Before ,During and Almost After

Just need to get the granite guy free on the same day I am.

Everything but the carcases is new. The footprint stayed the same because this room has 2, 5ft windows and 7 doors or entrances.

From Steve's Porch

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Its raining again.

Mid June Garden

Because of a wet cool spring ,AGAIN .The vegetables were planted late . It was 90 + for a few days this week. Now the wind is out of the East ( water) and we are barely into the 60's This is the first go round of vegetables.I planted squash ,4 kinds, and cukes this morning as well as a seed bed for late crops.

Have to stay ahead of the weeds.I also snuck in a picture of my berry patch .late raspberries and thorn less blackberries.I appears like two of the black berries have reverted to thorns or they died back to the roots.ARE THEY GRAFTED?

Practice makes perfect

I can't say I'm good at this but I am getting much better at it since I started to use my 2X magnifiers for tying on flies along with my glasses . With the kind of work I do these days its easier to grab a sharp hand saw the  plugging in the electric saws- all or the battery charger for those batteries that don't last as long as they should.
This one is a pruning saw .I still suffer though with a back saw or tenon saw.

Allow me a small rant

I am truly tired of people writing off the USA for all kinds of reasons. I would rather blog about what I am building, growing ,catching , seeing or reading .
This morning I repaired a few tools . Maybe its my fault for where I buy my replacement parts.I opened the new parts,one was made in Mexico and the other in China.  The original tool was made in Tennessee.I wonder if the people in Tennessee still have their jobs . Why don't they make the replacement parts in Tennessee. I know its a bit myopic but I expect to get American parts for American tools.

Instead of bailing out the folks who started all this mess. How about an incentive to keep jobs here. We need jobs here at home not overseas. Who is making all the replacement parts for Iraq or Afganistan. Before I was born there were local guys machining parts for the boats that were being built in the ship yards during the war effort. .
  My other pet peeve is the cost .I replaced a bearing in a random orbital sander a few weeks back.With S&H the bearing cost me half of what it cost me for a new sander.  Enough out of me .I have to go plant some more garden

Sunday, June 5, 2011