Thursday, September 22, 2016

Tia's first glass {of her first batch} of Kombucha.

 
This is my cousin Tia's first glass of Kombucha, out of the first batch she's ever made. She is incredibly talented isn't she!! She is a natural food girl who makes almost everything from scratch.

Monday, September 19, 2016

We have a Citrus House!!!!


 
How cute is this!? Tree planted, fed, pruned and watered.
 
Today is a red letter day. I am so happy. After dreaming of my citrus trees being planted in the soil inside a greenhouse, the first tree is planted...in the soil...in the greenhouse. Thank you Allan and Noel. I drew the circle where the hole had to be dug and they did the rest. {tennis elbow} I put Gaia Green under the root ball and they snugged manure and soil around it. It is still in clay though, so I will work at adding to the organic matter content.
 

The Meyer Lemon Tree with our hole measuring stick.

The hole partially dug. It took a shovel and a pry bar.

Meyer Lemon planted and being watered.

A different angle. Before it was pruned so it looks a bit lopsided.

Beamer the Garden Cat is always near by.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Transplanting Christmas cactuses.

I am very limited what I can do because of tennis elbow, so I do little jobs. Today I decided to transplant my little Christmas Cactuses and one succulent into my English terracotta pots. They just look so much cuter. So this is before...
 
 
And this is after:
 

 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Early Pink Lady. The most beautiful apple ever!!

 
Early Pink Lady!!! Is this the most beautiful apple you have ever seen!! It is as delicious as it is beautiful. It was gone within a minute of this photo being taken.
 
I will definitely be making fruit plates using this apple.
 

And this is what the apple blossoms looked like.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I love the autumn garden. Especially the squash's.

 
I have about a dozen Butternut Squash's this year. This one is about a foot long and looks just perfect. I need to get out my 16 quart stock pot and make a huge batch of Butternut Squash soup. It is so perfect for winter.
 

In this picture you can see the huge zucchini plant, the still developing Lavender Hedge and three of my apple trees. We had an amazing number of apples on the trees I planted last spring. But they were all wormy. Codling Moth is my guess. I will figure out a plan of attack for next spring.

 
This is the Chilean Guava that is still inside the Citrus House. I will be moving it out, but I will let the fruit ripen first.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Amanda's blueberry walk has been overtaken. Time for action.

Look at this poor row of blueberry plants. You can hardly see them because of the HUGE Tulameen Raspberry patch. The blueberry plants have dropped most of their leaves and have substantial dieback.

 
 
We decided today to take the very worst one and move it. We chose our new location and here is the first one in its new home. The dieback has been removed and the plant pruned back. We seriously hacked at the poor root ball. I think we got all of the raspberry roots out of the blueberry roots, but we shall see. Here you go little plant. Good luck.