Friday, September 28, 2012
Breakfast In My Yard
My favorite apple tree is the golden delicious. I always pick those first and try to leave a few for those autumn mornings that are find me working on the grounds. The crows were in residence this year and pretty much topped all my apple trees. It is almost like the Killdeer put out the word that I am bird friendly.
But, this last lone apple has my name all over it. Nothing tastes so wonderful as ripe fruit straight from the tree. This apple did not disappoint.
Walk along with me. I have an old feeding trough for cattle with a cherry tomato plant thriving in it. I just hope it will stay warm long enough to harvest all the tomatoes.
The sister tough has Roma tomatoes. I have already harvested and frozen some for sauce. Looks like I will have at least a bushel from these plants if the weather holds just a bit longer. I confess that I popped a few cherry tomatoes that were ripe right into my mouth. Balancing my breakfast.
Admire my new garden plot with me as I wipe the apple juice from my chin. I had been wanting to define my side yard for awhile and the weather cooled enough for some hard work. I actually dug up most of the sod and took it to a site that needed grass and reused it. The dirt was a gift from he who was working with the front end loader in the back of the park. I was fully prepared to haul the dirt in the wheelbarrow. I was determined to get it done.
I can move anything on wheels!!
Another view of my new garden plot. It has rained for the past three days and all that is left to do is mulch it in. I planted some lilies and some mossy ground cover. If I encounter some interesting perennials on the clearance shelf in WalMart's garden center ( I call it the rescue center), I will add them later.
That is where the mums came from last year when I was building this garden. I think I paid 50 cents a piece for the 6 mums this mound represents. I think they like it there in Paul's garden.
I recently rescued this grass and stuck it right here at the edge of the plot next to the entrance drive. Paid $1.47 for it and it was all brown and ugly with some new growth barely visible at the base of the plant. I carefully snipped away at the dead stuff and revealed some purple spires about 6 inches long. It is over waist high now and I can't wait to see what it does next year.
Breakfast is over and the sun is peeking through the clouds. Now, if I can get that mulcher started I will feed all the bark and slivers of wood from the pile next to the log splitter to it and make my own mulch. Reduce, reuse ........recycle. Tossed my apple core in the compost bin. That's me, always setting a good example.