Saturday, October 1, 2022

September Fall things: art, adventure, & listening

Last Saturday after work, Ash and I attended the evening showing of our local Storytelling Festival at the Lake. 

The storytellers were fabulous, the bloomin' onions was pretty tasty, and the sunset on the lake was entrancing.

I took a few pictures of the lake when it was cloudy and at sunset as the storytellers began telling ghoststories...








These last 2 weeks, I have spent my time listening and engaging...Engaging with people from all walks of life...at a conference and at a storytelling festival... engaged with nature....listened to a fire crackling by the creek...


...listened to the sound of the water parting against a riverboat that i got ride...






...going down the Ohio River...





...I stopped and admired some street art murals on the way to the river boat...








...and, stop to have a moment to live your life like you're walking the red carpet...



...stop to have a refreshing drink with the view of the river...


...and, make something beautiful, like an inviting Fall setting...




I cut my corn stalks after they dried in the garden and used them as fodder shocks for the fall scene...




I fully support time away from screens, and tune into your surroundings. When you do stuff like that- you get outside of yourself...

Fall is coming in fast. And as these nights are getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors, and falling to blanket the grass. I'm excited for our upcoming trekking trip to the Red river gorge with the colorful fall scenery in the mountains. 

It has been so cold, I brought in all my houseplants 2 days ago. 
With that, I know I need to begin covering my cold weather crops in my garden. They also need a good bit of rain and fertilize. I will check in on the garden this week and I hope to report back that there is some greens to harvest! 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

September Fall Garden starting

You can tell Fall is setting in. Certain plants, like iron weeds grow this time of year; there's a different sound that Fall sounds like- like a creeping sound at the end of the day...like, the bugs are tired but still buzzing around. 

As Fall approaches, I have been sowing seeds, fertilizing and protecting plants I have also started. 

On Thursday, I went up to my garden and checked on plants. My lettuces, spinach,  beets, and peas have sprouted and seem to be doing good. This is the space I have fenced in, and while I was up there- I fertilized those rows of plants. 

As the cooler nights set in, I will also install the PVC piping to make a hoop around the plants to cover over with cloth or plastic. 

Horn worm on tomato plants

Rows of peppers still growing

Pepper plants getting hit by evening sunlight

Fenced in garden of peas, lettuces and other greens

Broccoli plants transplanted 

Tomatoes

Sowed radish seeds 


Planted extra broccoli in containers

Peas and greens fertilized

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Potato Harvest & other nature things of August

This garden year has been quite...lacking. I feel that I haven't been able to harvest a single thing from Spring to Summer. But! I finally harvested my potatoes...
Golden potato harvest from the garden. We've been eating on potatoes- making fried potatoes, smashed-baked potatoes and mashed potatoes.


I'm still crossing my fingers on the peppers to fruit. They are healthy looking plants with very minuscule fruits growing. My corn is a bust- but not a waste- I normally end up using my corn stalk for fall scenes, anyway. I've never had luck with the crop.

Alas, I've got some seeds down in the ground. I cleaned and tilled a spot that I had thr potatoes growing- and sowed lettuces, spinach, and peas. On the other side of the fencing, I have to transplant some broccoli plants I bought from the store.



I fenced around the garden because my grandma's cats are wreaking havoc again- she has about 20 of them at this very moment, so it's been a challenge with the garden this year, among a million other challenges.


My garden has shrunk since a few years has passed; but new adventures are to come...Sometimes, I think to myself- "I'm going to start a new blog- of foraging and small or big adventures, and travel"- and just forget about the domesticated life...live more nomadically... 

When you go on adventures- you get to find rare orchids in the foothills of Appalachia near a boggy area...


Fringed Orchid growing at a nearby pond. Fringed orchids apparently like it boggy. 

The path of orchids lead up to this pond with an inviting little dock...

And, it's always a good time to see some people from your past and chug a beer...

Drinking some kind of pickle juice hot sauce beer.

I like an adventure, but I like some routine too...i go to my grandma's and grandpa's about every Sundsy- admiring flowers...I took pictures of my grandma's flower garden...Her hibisci are ravishing.