Archive for July, 2013

Garden 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Normally this would be a Wednesday Work-in-Progress day, but in lieu of showing you my knitting (which has progressed) I want to document this years garden. Once again this year we amended the soil with plenty of semi-composted horse manure. I say “semi-composted” because the manure pile was only turned a couple of times and could have used some added water to pass the water damage restoration report; this was far from perfect black gold compost.

I believe it was Memorial Day weekend that I put the starter plants in the ground and planted seeds for the rest. Some of the starts I grew myself and things like the peas were only sprouted on damp paper towels. I fully intended to get things in the ground earlier this year, but it just didn’t happen.

My garden is long and skinny. This is the squash end.

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Then comes the peas. They really need to be planted earlier. Usually I do alright planting them late, however the deer decimated my Sugar Snaps this year. If you recall past garden years, my peas usually do MUCH better than this.

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One of the monster Zucchini plants. The secret to Zucchini is black plastic and composted horse manure. We also have a few lavender plants that attract loads of bees for pollination.

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And a little guy. I love the shape of them.

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Cilantro. I gave up and let it form flowers. Every salad I make (for myself) has cilantro in it. Maybe I should cut it all off relatively short, it should bush out, right?

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Red neck bean pole structure made with whatever I could find laying around. These are bush beans. Last year they climbed up the pasture fence so I figured this year I’d give them something to climb on. It is only 1 or 2 vines of each bush that want to climb, the rest do as they are supposed to and form a bush.

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Crazy Romaine lettuce. I’ve never had success with it before. It must be a weird variety though because it has a texture similar to Kale. Very flat.

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From left to right: Rainbow Swiss Chard, a bit of spinach planted where the carrots didn’t come up, carrots, Spring lettuce mix.

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Sweet Basil and Thai Basil. Desperately needs to be harvested and preserved.

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Not pictured – I have 2 long rows of Kale behind the peas and a few Broccoli’s. This is my first year for growing Broccoli. I did find out that the deer love it.

Finally, yesterday’s harvest. We have been picking Zucchini for the last 2.5 weeks. Snow peas for almost that long. The 2 Spaghetti Squash shown here are the first 2 that I’ve harvested.

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Some things I need to do better:

  • Weed control. Maybe try newsprint between rows or more black plastic than I use now.
  • A sprinkler. Some nights I really don’t want to take 20 minutes to water by hand.
  • Plant my cool season crops earlier.
  • Unsinkable

    Friday, July 19th, 2013

    Unsinkable

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    Pattern: Unsinkable by Kirsten Kapur, Through the Loops
    Yarn:
    Wooly Wonka Fibers Arianrhod Sock in colorway Iceberg.
    Needles: US 8 (5 mm)
    Notes: This yarn/pattern combo are absolutely stunning. The pattern, though a small shawl, is quite intense to knit in the beginning since it is cast on from the long edge and then most of the patterned section is knit/purl/knit/purl.

    Finished size (while pinned on blocking board) = 80 inches long by 13.5 inches at the center point. 6 inches tall at the ends.

    Only had THREE yards remaining. Yikes. My gauge was odd though, 17 sts & 27 rows in 4 inches. The pattern called for 15 sts & 27 rows.

    Unsinkable

    WIP Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

    Unsinkable is off the needles and ready to be blocked. No pictures until it is finished.

    Day 12 of Tour de Fleece. I have continued to spin each day. The purple mixed fiber is finished. It amounted to about 200 yards and may be worsted weight at 11 WPI. This is the first time I’ve tried to measure gauge using WPI so it’s really anyone’s guess. For sure I’ll need to knit a swatch to get a better idea.

    Purple Fiber

    Next up is Wooly Wonka Fibers Polwarth in colorway Provence. This is spinning up so quickly! After just a couple days of spinning here and there I’m almost halfway done with the 4 ounces.

    Provence

    My goal now (besides to keep spinning each day of Tour de Fleece) is to pick a pattern and knit something with one of my handspun yarns.

    WIP Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

    This week I am working on Unsinkable. One more row and I’ll be into the stockinette portion of this shawlette. Yay for that! The patterned portion is intensely ribbed, constant back and forth with the yarn. I’m ready for some plain knitting.

    Unsinkable

    It’s also day 5 of Tour de Fleece. I have been able to spin at least a little bit each day, even if all I can fit in is 5 mins at lunch and 10 mins in the evening. Tonight I am ready to ply.

    Tour de Fleece Day 4