Monthly Archives: July 2014


Baby Fig on Reborn Fig Tree/Bush
the Reborn Fig Tree comes back as a Fig Bush
the Reborn Fig Tree comes back as a Fig Bush. Deadwood remaining makes a nice song bird perch.
Dead Fig Tree with Garden background
Dead Fig Tree with Garden background

This past winter global warming killed the Fig Tree planted at the beginning of the garden.

The Fig came back as a bush, but you read about that back in Bad News, Good News back in June. A couple weeks ago, I pruned the Fig Bush to force growth to the figs instead of growing the branches. This seems to have worked, don't expect a bountiful harvest, but some will be nice.

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a Wormy Cauliflower
a Wormy Cauliflower

Who would believe I would put garbage on the Internet? A week+ ago Fran said I should pick the cauliflower. I was greedy and lazy. Greedy because I wanted the cauliflower to get bigger, and lazy because I put off the picking.  Well I got around to picking the cauliflower and cursed at my waiting too long, threw it in the yard waste and posted this picture, the garbage, on the internet.


the Winter Squash from a ladder on the deck
the Winter Squash from a ladder on the deck
the Winter Squash from outside the fence


This is our first year for Winter Squash, a fun to grow plant for the Victory Garden. It grows aggressively and produces a lot. It would like a garden much larger than Fran's Victory Garden. It is not easy to tell from the pics, but, the plant has grown about five feet or more in every direction from the spot it was planted. On the paths, I turn the runners back toward the plot.  Where it stays on the plot, it has overrun the Cabbages, Cauliflower and is threatening the peppers.

We haven't cooked with them yet, but I hear that they make a better pie than pumpkin.  Here are some other Butternut Squash Recipes.


a Sunny Cornucopia and a gift Lavender plant
a Sunny Cornucopia and a gift Lavender plant

New harvests in this last week or so have been plum tomatoes (squirrels like them), pole beans are just starting, cucumbers slowing down, and the firsts of the winter squash.

The last few weeks have been busy, Dental Surgery, recovery, Battle with the Baby Bunnies, weed whacking the garden paths, and a family reunion have come before blogging about Fran's Victory Garden. Just now the garden is bountifully producing, We have fresh garden veggies in many dishes, healthy for us.  We are also giving produce to family when they visit.  Come to our house and leave the car unlocked and you will find a zucchini in it when you leave. ...continue reading


Is this baby bunny a garden terrorist?
Is this baby bunny a garden terrorist?

This would be hilarious if it were happening to someone else's garden, but, it is my garden. Baby bunnies were living in the garden and I was trying to encourage them to leave. How do you trap bunnies in a garden, what can you use as bait? What is the movie that has a subplot where a gardener is trying to find how a rabbit is getting thru the fence and is going crazy because he cannot find what to fix only to find the rabbit now lives in the garden? ...continue reading


First Beans, Last Beets
First Beans, Last Beets

The first beans, and the last beets. There are two big trellises of beans, last year they did real good, this year looks to be even better.

The beets were a disappointment, planted about 20 square feet, but rabbits got in the garden, and rabbits like beets.  Rabbits also like cabbages, no cabbages for the humans this year.  In a separate post I will detail my battle against the bunnies.


The Secrets to Growing Tulips

38287568_627de6ca20_zTulips can be one of the easiest flowers to grow in your garden, yet still among the most beautiful.  They produce large extravagant flowers in early spring and then they spend the rest of the year expanding underground.  Tulips are some of the first flowers to appear during the spring, so they are often used to give your house a sudden splash of color.  ...continue reading


Orchids That Look Like Birds

Bird Head OrchidOrchids have the amazing ability to produce flowers that look like creatures in their habitat.  They use this technique to attract pollinators and to blend into the surroundings.  You can find Orchids that look like monkeys, donkeys, egrets, doves, bees, and flies.  With over 20,000 recognized Orchid species, you can find an Orchid that resembles just about anything.

Each one of these Orchids are native to different areas and are very specific to what they require.  There are Orchids living on every continent, in almost every climate you can think of.  They each have specific requirements from temperature and light, to humidity and elevation.

The following four unique Orchids are popular because they look like birds.  There are others like them, but these are the best examples.  ...continue reading


Fennel, Artichoke & Pineapple on the grill
Fennel, Artichoke & Pineapple on the grill

First Fennel & Artichoke this year shown on the grill in this pic with some pineapple. The first pepper last week went to the omelet too quick to get a pic.

I think a chipmunk has been eating the cabbage. The cabbage was big, but I got greedy and wanted to let it get bigger while we went away for a weekend at the Black Sheep Inn in the Finger Lakes to go to the Watkins Glen Wine Fest. We got home and the head of cabbage was destroyed and I saw a little fat rodent scurrying in the garden. Not a rat, too big for a mouse or vole, brown so not a baby rabbit. Damn! It has been eating the beets also, double Damn! Oh well, I'll leave the damaged cabbage for it to eat so it leaves the fennel alone, I hope.