Thursday, September 14, 2017
There's been a hatch! Painted ladies are flying around everywhere this past week. They are especially interested in my zinnia patch. It's wonderful to see. How many can you count in the zinnia patch?
I've been in the garden planting my garlic and a little bit of lettuce seed just in case we continue to have warm-ish fall weather. I'd love another crop of lettuce before winter days come along. If the lettuce doesn't germinate, the seed is there for next spring and I'll be watching for early lettuce. I'm also doing an experiment with some garlic seed. I let a couple garlic plants go to seed (like onions do) and then saved the seed to plant. I have no idea if they will produce since garlic is a bulb and produces from bulbs, but I figure if I don't try it, I won't find out if it works. I like experiments.
I dug up more potatoes today and I figure I have roughly 70 pounds or maybe more. I had to quit today because some of the potatoes are underneath the pumpkins. The pumpkin vines have sprawled out over the potato patch and there are some hefty pumpkins laying on top. I could move them, but I decided not to. They can just keep on growing and continue to bask in the sun until the vines are all withered or frozen. Then I'll resume the potato digging. The grandkids have already spied the biggest pumpkins and are anticipating pumpkin carving.
The onions are pulled up and drying on newspaper in the garage. There are some really nice, big Walla Wallas. I love onions and use a ton of them through the year. I really ought to grow more of those and less of cucumbers and zucchini.
Speaking of zucchini (which I always do), I plan to do a big baking tomorrow. We are expecting some nice rains for the the next couple days or so. Hurray!! I'm going to make zucchini-everything (breads, cupcakes, and who-knows-what). I also have some grapes that my dad harvested in the freezer so I might pull those out and make them into jelly.
It seems there is always so much to do when September rolls around. Soon we will be working cows and calves -- vaccinating and sorting and pregnancy testing. We turned the bucks into the ewes on September 11th which is our tradition for February lambing time. The young ewes will receive bucks on Christmas Eve which is our tradition for their May lambing time. Hubby bought 6 new bucks and my goodness! they are handsome fellows.
There was a prairie fire just 6 miles from our ranch and so the men were called out along with the other volunteer firefighter-ranchers. Someone had a trailer tire come off on the highway and they were driving on their rims with sparks flying. The prairie caught fire from the road sparks. We have a very old 1000 gallon tender truck here that was filled and ready to go so when Hubs called me, I jumped in and took it to our turn off at the highway. I didn't stay and fight fire, but JLynn and I did stomp out some fire next to the asphalt with our shoes and water bottles. I guess we did our part.
One of my Bloggy Friends, Pom Pom, is going to be keeping a fall nature journal. I'm thinking of joining in on the fun. Everywhere I look, I see things to record in a journal or at least, in my mind. If you'd like to join us, please do! The more, the merrier. I'm seeing white asters, goldenrod, maxamillion sunflowers, spiked gayfeather, and curlycup gumweed growing wild in the pastures just now. What kinds of fall flowers are growing where you live?