Sunday, August 26, 2012

Issac

With Issac due to pass us to the west we are just expecting heavy rains and STRONG winds, so things have been secured, then animals coops cleaned so they have a nice warm bed, extra food and water, and we will head off tomorrow morning during the awful weather to the west coast to take a cruise to the Bahamas for our honeymoon!! :)

Heres todays radar and its not even that close to us yet!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac

2 days before our big honeymoon trip I am running around like a chicken with its head cut off, scrambling to make sure there is bottled water, flashlights, a box with all our important papers, we are packed (for the trip), and everything loose outdoors is planted and/or brought inside and secured. People are starting to get nervous, grocery carts are filled with water, flashlights, and non-perishables, home depots checkouts are lined with carts of plywood and screws, and the city has started handing out sandbags.

People are nervous that this 1000 mile wide storm (thats 500 miles on each side folks) will become a large problem for us even if its 180 miles off shore like they currently have predicted. I am not scared or nervous just aware there is nothing I can change and I just want to be prepared! :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I was gone.... again

I have been in IL the past 4 days letting my garden tend itself, and the animals being checked on once for a re-up of food and water, but enjoying the cooler weather of the north.

Highs in the mid 70's greeted us and lows in the 50's. It was perfection! We were there to attend a memorial service for family, and it was lovely. After that I spent my time at Connected Roots Garden, lounging in the shade of big old trees, feeling the soft grass beneath my feet and feasting on garden goodies. Pulling out carrots I could not believe how dark and rich their dirt was, everything a Florida gardener can only dream they will ever have. We attended the local farmers market consisting on maybe around 15 tents, local farms hosting their goods, local bakers, soap makers, and ranchers. We picked up dip mix, local sweet corn, fresh baked bread, a bouquet of flowers, local meat for lunch, and a jar of local open sourced honey. We walked back to the house and gardens and grilled outside surrounded by birds busily eating, squirrels collecting black walnuts for winter, and newly born chipmunks chase each other round and round. I felt like I was in the movie Snow White and birds would help us clean our dishes. We saw deer prancing around as well and Mr. Sunny Spot (AKA: My dear hubby) was within 10 ft of one eating as he laid still near the garden.

Food was prepared fresh from the garden, and the local farmers market, and the booze flowed freely. It was the perfect getaway.

Now I am preparing to leave again but this time hopefully for the awaited honeymoon (as long as tropical storm Isaac doesn't do what they think he will)! This month has been a crazy one seeing as how 75% has not been spent at home and I cannot wait to get back to normal (or as much as we can be normal) come September! :)




Sunday, August 12, 2012

Pictures from around Sunny Spot Gardens (8-12-12)

Chickens fighting over the nest box

Baby Papayas:

Habanero peppers:

Big Banana Plants:

Chaya Plants:

Moringa Plant:

Zinna Flowers:

Part of our yard:

Lemon Hibiscus:

Marigolds:

Yard:

Sweet Potatoes:

Plant Walkway:

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Seed Binder Organizer

Since I ALWAYS have many packs of seeds (I like my variety's) I have to keep them organized or they would be all over the house.. So after about 6 months of having them in a basket I created my seed binder and have kept them this way ever since.. :)

Below is a look at my closed binder.. I got one with a clear sleeve on front so i could slip my seed order papers in front so I always have a record of what I have ordered and from where..

Below.. we have a open look at my seed binder

As you can see I took those nifty little sports card plastic binder holders and placed my folded seed packs into a slot.. each page holds 9 packs.. I organize mine this way.... warm season/ cold season/ herbs/ flowers/ perennials


I think this is a great way to organize and stay compact.. I slip my binder into the fridge door and it takes up almost no space..

Hope this helps! :)

**Originally Posted Back in January 2012**

Friday, August 10, 2012

Duck, Duck, Egg?

So as I said before we put the male duck into the freezer, the female duck bonded with the chickens and they became good buddies, scouting the bugs together, flapping wings, lounging in the shade, etc.

I love it but man is she noisy like a awful alarm clock every morning.. I was ready to get rid of her but got caught up in wedding details and finishing. After the wedding when we came back we went out to look at the ladies and make sure everything was ok. They were all happy and ran to see us as we refilled their food and water, then we emptied the nest box... 18 eggs awaited us in that nest box... my oh my lol.

As I am juggling the chickens eggs I go to open the fence gate a see a hole dug, worried I ran inside dumped out the eggs and rushed back out to see what was living in the hole... I squatted down next to the coop and looked right behind it where this little shallow hole was. 4 eggs awaited me!! Dang it I thought, to many eggs in the nest box one girl started laying out here, then I picked them up. They were kind of satiny to the touch, and white (besides the dirt). I dont have a chicken that lays white eggs, that means..... THE DUCK!!!! I was so happy I could leap for joy, it makes her 7am wake up calls much easier to put up with!!! I brought them inside and put them next to the chickens, wow the duck egg was about 1 & 1/2 the size of our largest chicken egg!!

A couple days later I went back outside to find a new hole was dug with another 2 eggs, that made 6 eggs in 8 days and today I found another! I am stoked! For what was supposed to be a poor layer (they are meat birds)this one is super productive so far!

Now to make pound cake with the duck eggs (I heard it makes the BEST) :)


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Im Back

I am back for a little bit (Honeymoon is at the end of the month)but for what seems like the first time in a while I took a deep breathe and ventured into my backyard.

I am saddened.. The yard has been over run with weeds... time to start weeding and de-grassing the front and back yard again.. I will lay out more hay for mulch, pull all the weeds then top the soil with compost, blood, bone, and fish emulsion.
The cool thing is our duck aflack started laying the day before our wedding and has since laid 6 eggs (thats in 8 days) so I think for a Peking which is a meat bird that's very good. I cannot wait to see how they taste compared to our chicken eggs.

The front gardens are ready to be filled and I finally get to start planting the fall crops (both the warm and cold season)

For our wedding we received a hammock, so we cleaned up the porch and stuck it out there, its most awesome. I love laying in it while its raining just listening to the patter of the rain on the metal roof. :)

What to plant in August (Zone 9)

Plant seeds of:
Okra
Southern Peas
Malabar Spinach
Pole Beans
Sweet Corn
Eggplant
Peppers
Pumpkin
Gourds
Squash
Watermelon
Broccoli
Celery
Collards
Bunching Onions
* Harvest Spring-planted garlic when the tops are yellow and withered. Dig the bulbs and allow to dry in a well ventilated area out of direct sun.

* You can start most of your cold season veggies now indoors to get a head start

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Love and Marriage

in 24 hours I will be dolled up and getting ready to walk down the aisle.. What a long strange trip its been! 5 and a half years of togetherness has lead us to this moment! I am soooo excited!!! :)