Shed To Food Makeover-
Sorry I haven't posted anything for 2 weeks. Life has been crazy with a back issue I have been dealing with for 2 months :( Dave has been great picking up the slack, but it was mentally exhausting. The good news is now things are getting much better! Happy dance! So moving on....
This is our "bean garden" area we created last year when we down-sized our shed and decided to use the space for more food production. My beans pooped out last year, but did great this year! I planted Blue Lake Bush beans (I think) no trellis needed. We used a soaker hose and they've done really well! They're loaded and last night I picked enough for 2 big dinner portions-
I cooked 3 strips of bacon, with a diced small purple onion. I added the beans when that was cooked and added a little boiling water, excellent! The onion turned a bit sweet and combined with the bacon we wiped it out :) More on the plants to come!
Sorry for the blur
Note my huge lemon tomato! Weird!
We're also getting a goof harvest of lemon cukes, tomatoes, basil, peppers and squash.
My fave summer salad- cukes, tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and basil
We're also getting a steady, small supply of raspberries
Before shot, soil turned
Next New Garden Bed-
After Dave cleaned out our garden "junk drawer" corner, we decided to plant something on the L shaped section. On the right chicken wire side we will plant a nice Ouachita Thornless Blackberry we found locally for $8.99, with 2 big long branches. We held off planting this week, with temps pushing 100. We'll plant it in a few days, since it will be cooler. I'll plant a shrub in the fall that we need to relocate in front of the fence to finish it off. Maybe some annuals next spring? I asked Dave to add compost and move some extra river stones from our little pond area to create a border. It looks more finished and ready to plant-
I may plant another pollinator in front of the vines like this one-
Poesy the neighbor cat cooling off in the heat :)
Antique/Thrifting Annex Mall Find!
I received an email from Yelp with the title Thrifting Finds, and thought... what? Where? So I read it. It turns our what I thought was a small store is a 30,000 sq. foot warehouse, the Antique World Mall It has lots of different vendors, with large furniture to small items. While we didn't make it all the way through here are some shots of some of what I saw. Good prices and lots of variety!
Farmy fun stuff
Love the display!!!
I bought the vintage green spoon, $6.00 to go with my other green collection. I will go back again when we have more time, as it was a huge place!
Our apples are getting ripe so I made am lasagna-pan sized cobbler with blueberries. I'll be canning soon! We gave our kids bags of apples (organic Pippins) but there' are more on the tree. I took a extra day off over the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, so I'll have 4 days off. Looking forward to that, and processing all the apples. Pears are still not quite ripe but BIG!