Tuesday, September 17, 2013
We certainly have a mix of weather here in Victoria! Yesterday started out overcast as I busily filled my car with just an amazing amount of recycling items and headed off to the local Bottle Depot!.
Despite all items having been carefully rinsed beforehand .. once I’d loaded them onto the wheeled cart at the Depot… I noticed several hornets buzzing around to investigate my bottles and tins. I tell you that I’ve never pushed a fully loaded cart up the cement ramp so fast! Just racing to get inside and once there, the hornets had decided to leave. Sheesh, anyway!
Back home, I decided to just go for a little walk to pick some blackberries … just enough to make a pie for my DH when he comes home from work. The big fat berries were way out of my reach and I had to avoid some busy hornets/wasps that were hungrily gorging on the fat juicy berries .. so I contented myself with gathering about 2 cups worth of berries … that’s enough .. I’ll mix them with apples for a one-crust pie.
Enjoying the antics of a little Red-Chested Nuthatch:
So spritely and teeny-tiny … there are a number of them in the yard, very busy munching on insects so the birdseed is a treat for them to enjoy.
The Hummingbird feeders have all been cleaned and refilled … and they pass inspection! The Anna’s are very particular and require clean feeders so I do my part at taking care of them.
I’ll definitely plant more of Renee’s seeds next year …. lovely beans …
One of my recent acquisitions from a consignment shop in Port Alberni .. a friend suggested a plant would look good in this .. a great idea and I’ll do this. The top hinges open for easy access.
Found this little gem at the SPCA thrift shop in Port Alberni … great for making applesauce!
Coincidentally enough, on the same shopping day, in another thrift shop .. I found this treasure, brand new and the receipt inside! I might try grinding up some dry seaweed in this one. The proprietor of this shop was the most amazing lady. She and hubby live on acreage in Port Alberni. They have masses of dogs and cats and chickens. Oh, the funny stories she told me .. .I was so happy that I went shopping there and look forward to returning!
My crop of Kentucky Wonder Beans … I’m waiting for the beans to rattle in the pods so I can harvest them for drying. Some for soup and some for next year’s crop!
Gentle sunflowers at the end of the day .. getting ready for a night full of sunflower dreams … sleep well….
My one little acorn squash is growing quite well …yum yum!!
And seeing that I was going to be saving my dried Kentucky Wonder Beans for next year’s crop …. I started looking for blog sites on seed saving. And there are quite a few .. thank goodness for all of them. I quite liked this one, as I wasn’t sure if I should just pluck some pods, shell them and dry them (which I’ve been doing). Then I thought, maybe the pods should be drier .. I like the information that this blogger shares: http://daughterofthesoil.blogspot.ca/2007/06/saving-peas-for-seed.html
I’m so glad that people share their garden lessons so we can all learn .. so very helpful.
Than I decided to go and search how to save strawberry seeds. Well .. I certainly learned a lot about that!! As my knowledge about growing healthy plants increases, so too does my awareness of the preciousness of heirloom fruits and veggies.
I discovered that the small, pretty, white strawberries (that I bought from the most amazing couple in Port Alberni!!) are actually heirloom strawberries. http://gardentherapy.ca/save-alpine-strawberry-seeds/
Afterwards, I went looking for information on potatoes. Oh, well .. that is quite another story for another day!
On y va!!! A new day commences and I need to go for a little walk!