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Monthly Archive for August, 2011

French Porcinis

porcini 1

porcini 2

My brother sent me these photos of  mushrooms he found in a forest near where he lives in France. He said it’s been cooler and wetter than normal there and the conditions are ripe for mushroom hunting. He and his wife are going  hunting for more bounty in their secret spot which is located in this region:

Happy Hunting!


Veggie Garden 2011 – Update #1

Here’s the latest news on this year’s garden.

All the plants have grown but there is very limited fruit production so far. I think the extreme heat we’ve been experiencing here has stunted the progress of most everything.

Some highlights (and lowlights):

The few near ripe tomatoes that were on the Black Krim plant were eaten by either a squirrel or an opossum. Can’t say that I blame them… those are extremely tasty tomatoes!!  The green zebra tomato plant is dying as it did last year. I trimmed the dead branches and sprayed it w/ organic pesticide/fungicide. Hopefully it will survive because I’ve been looking forward to trying this variety of tomato since last year. I also sprayed and fertilized all the other plants.  

My butternut plants were torn apart ( but fortunately not completely) – probably by a squirrel looking for moisture in the vines. They are such destructive critters!

There are a few jalapeno peppers and one habanero ripening.

Four of the six Swiss chard plants survive so this fall I’ll be enjoying these tasty greens!

For some reason my tarragon is not thriving but other herbs are doing well. I’ll probably transplant the tarragon to a different spot in the fall in hopes it will do better next year.

The zinnias and wildflower garden are going gangbusters!

The temperatures are forecast to be in the upper 80’s this week. Maybe this will help the plants to stabilize and start producing. Fingers crossed!!

Here are the latest photos taken on August 6th:

garden1 August 6 2011

garden2 August 6 2011

garden3 August 6 2011

garden4 August 6 2011

garden5 August 6 2011

garden6 August 6 2011

garden7 August 6 2011

garden8 August 6 2011


Better days ahead!