Sunday, June 20, 2010

New camera, new pictures

For my birthday this year, Morgan surprised me with a Canon digital SLR camera.   Do I love it?  It's amazing.  I can get so close to things.

That caterpillar devoured half of one of our volunteer tomatoes in what seemed like one day. 

I've been playing with my new camera, keeping plants hydrated, and repairing/painting found birdhouses (gotta' love bulky garbage pick up) and bird feeders.  I hung a couple in the dead tree in our front yard and have just about decided that I want to turn the dead tree into some kind of "art tree."  I think it's going to be full of bird houses and bird feeders, a long-term project.  

The garden is thriving.

I've made two batches of pesto in the last couple of weeks.  I love pesto: pesto on pasta, pesto pizza, pesto on crostini, topped with a homegrown Sweet 100 tomato slice!   Basil and melon are two of my favorite summer crops.   And this is the happiest basil I've had in a few years.  I think the drip water system Morgan installed has made all the difference, and we've actually gotten a decent amount of rain this spring.  Keep your fingers crossed for more of that all summer long!


The volunteer cantaloup.  That's what comes of using compost made from your kitchen scraps!   There are about 7 more on the vine right now.  I just picked this one a couple of days ago.  We may sample it tonight.  

It's about time for me to head outside to work on the chicken coop.  I'll post some pictures of its progress tonight or tomorrow.  So far this has been a fantastic June.  


  1. Your basil wants me to rip out my sad basil from its sad pot and never grow basil again. I am so jealous!

  2. No! No ripping up basil. All basil is worthy, good, and delicious basil! Give it a little fish emulsion.

  3. Fish emulsion! Okay, I'll give it a try. But can you bring basil back after it's bloomed? Go ahead and tell me, I can take it.

  4. I try to pinch the blooms off. After it has already fully bloomed, I don't think there's much you can do, but don't take my word for it. Call Natural Gardener and ask them!