Archive for June, 2008

Garden Chronicle Week 2 – Beans

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

OK, so this week, we transplanted the pole beans to the garden. We started then from seed inside several weeksPVC String Bean Poles ago. I am hoping they make it. The reason I say this is, they grew like crazy and I didn’t give them poles to climb before I moved them outside and the wind did a number on them. If has been a few days since I transplanted them to the garden, so look like they are going to be fine, and some of the others aren’t looking that good.

Now if you are wondering what the beans are using to support them, it’s PVC pipe. This is the first year we have grown beans of any kind. It just happened by chance that my wife picked up a book a few weeks ago Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance. The information in this book is great. I have learned a lot just flipping through it. In the garden section there is an entry about pole beans. It recommends using a tee pee or A-frame to support the bean plants. So that is what I did. I made mine using schedule 40 PVC.

Cool Kids and Wild Wings

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

GHO the Great Horned Owl from Wild WingsLast Friday evening we went to the Cool Kids event in Brockport. They were featuring Wild Wings, a non-profit organization specializing in birds of prey. They house and care for permanently injured raptors. They brought four of their friends, Quiver (American Kestrel), Wink (Eastern Screech Owl), GHO (Great Horned Owl), Amber (Red-Tailed Hawk).

I was hoping to get a chance to talk with them after the presentation but the weather didn’t cooperate. It did however hold out until the end of the presentation. Then the skies just opened up.

Aquarium of Niagara

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Lion Fish This is another picture from our weekend away.  The Aquarium of Niagara isn’t that big, but they do have a nice collection of animals.  This is a Lion fish.  From a photographers perspective, it poses some unique challenges. Anytime you try to take pictures through glass you can expect to get some good shots and some that don’t make the cut.  This one turned out OK.


Garden Chronicle Week 1

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Well, we started planing our garden a couple weekends ago. I have decided to keep a running log of our garden’s progress here on my blog. I am planning on posting at least once a week (about the garden), with pictures.

So far we have onions (red and yellow), bell peppers, Roma tomatoes and a couple beefsteak. We have some plants that we started from seed inside that I need to harden and then transplant them to the garden.

Lexi working in the garden

This a picture of my pride and joy, Alexsia. She loves to help in the garden. Every time I go out to work in the garden she is there to help. She even helped plant the beefsteak tomatoes.