This time of year the skies are clear at sunrise, but the warm water over the lake makes for foggy mornings until the air warms up.
Got this particular sage from a local herb grower. As the name "bog sage" implies, it likes it's feet a little damper than most sages. The bright blue flowers are remarkable this time of year.
I'm pretty sure "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" has something to do with goats. I fed them not 5 minutes before (see the alfalfa?) and they're already back to see if I have something new.
Late August and the sky doesn't get any bluer. Soon the sun will be lower and the bright blue will fade. Then soon after a blue-gray and fall will be here. I'm enjoying this right now.
Truth is you can only each so much pesto and fresh basil before you turn into a cabrese salad. Fortunately, if the basil bolts and goes to seed, there's an army of goldfinches more than happy to jump in and eat.
Not a bad harvest today. Basil, cauliflower, broccoli, onions. a whole bunch of different tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos and fresh figs. We'll be eating fresh for a while.
I didn't know the other night was a supermoon, because I was off vacationing in the mountains of Idaho. What I did notice in the morning, however, was a moon large enough to be the sun over 1,000 foot peak. Wow.
Years ago I planted a six inch fig seedling next to the chicken coop. I didn't water it or really do anything other than ignore it. In return the tree rewards us (and about 300 birds) with around 100 lbs of delicious figs each August. The birds and us can't eat them all fresh so we like to pick a bunch and dry them for cooking later. My wife uses them in pies and a variety of dishes all winter [keep reading...]
"You've got to try these!" a friend of mine who works at a nursery said. "They're San Diego Tomatoes and they saved San Diego!" From what they saved San Diego I have no idea (and neither did my friend), but they're a tasty mid-sized slicer and boy do they like growing in San Diego. This photos shows the haul from just two tomato plants.
A delicious pole bean either eaten fresh or dried, the vines always put out way more than we can eat, so we wind up with lots dried and used in soups and chili during the winter. Not sure why they're called "rattlesnake beans though. They don't look or sound like rattlesnakes.