Saturday, August 13, 2011

Water, water, everywhere...and same with vermins

I saw the best quote the other day from Trent Hamm of The Simple Dollar:
"We all make mistakes in life. The thing that separates successful people from others is how we handle those mistakes."  It's the one lesson I hope the kids come away with if they remember nothing else I teach them.

Speaking of lessons for my kids, one of the ones I keep reminding ds#1 of is to not waste water:
Home Water Conservation Infographic

Clean water is something that we should never take for granted.

We've enjoyed several meals of yummy sweet corn...
until the evil raccoons somehow got into our fenced garden (something they'd never done before) and destroyed the rest of that one bed. Luckily, we still have another bed, or two. One of those is surrounded by an electric fence, so they should fare better.

Raccoons, or some other pest, also swooped in on our Asian pears. One day our 2 trees were loaded with fruits, nearly ready for picking, and the next day, not a single fruit was left on either tree. Nada. If we catch the culprit, it is stew meat! Grrrr. The tree branch in this photo was so loaded with fruit that it had snapped off.
Luckily, there are other things we are able to harvest and process - more basil, for instance:
And here's hubby making the pesto, after I washed all the basil and the jars and lids, and the kids stripped the leaves.
A good friend, Tia, brought over two pullets that they didn't want anymore after her girls were done with their 4-H project. Meet Vader (guess what that was named after?) and Tawny (as in Sigourney Weaver's character from Galaxy Quest). Ds#1 gets the credit for these names. Do they look like they're doing a Rockettes' dance or what?
Our old hens had pretty much stopped laying due to the heat and their being broody, so we look forward to finally having some homegrown eggs again. Thanks, Tia!

In other exciting news, we'll be getting a new tractor soon - a lovely red Kubota! Hubby had looked at John Deere, but the dealer in town was surprisingly unresponsive, with the manager acting like he didn't really want to make the sale. The Kubota dealer in the town south of us, on the other hand, was so helpful and eager that hubby decided to go for it. Plus, the size and features that he wanted were cheaper with the Kubota. Can't wait!

Do you have any exciting gardening purchases?

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams


Stace said...

Congratulations on the Kubota! We love ours...when its not spewing hydraulic fluid all over the place (some issue with the o ring...they could have told us the FIRST time they fixed it....ugh) or has flat tires (something about the new tire not wanting to bead...)...but seriously...Talulahbelle is the work horse of this're going to love yours :)
Wow about the critter getting into you garden...I can't believe they stripped your tree that quickly! We have a raccoon here...he eats the dog food...he's far too fat to climb anything or chase anything for that matter...which is fine with me. :)

TeresaR said...

We'll have to name our Kubota too! ;D And, I think you're on to something there: maybe if we fed the raccoon dog food, it'll leave our corn the heck alone! LOL!

MyKidsEatSquid said...

Wow! I'm so impressed with the basil. I've been able to keep my basil plant alive now for 3 weeks. That's a record for me. I can't remember if it was you or not who said that basil doesn't like being inside. I've got it in a pot on my porch and I actually have enough leaves to make a little bowl of pesto tomorrow.

Robin said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your corn and pears. Blasted coons! Is it time to get another dog?

We've been eating pesto so fast, I haven't had any to freeze. Next year I'm planting an extra row of basil.

I would love to have a tractor - with a bush hog. Some day....

TeresaR said...

MKES, wasn't me who said that because I'm always trying to persuade my sister (who doesn't really have a yard) to grow herbs indoors. :)

Robin, we almost got another dog, but ended up not for a few reasons. Isn't pesto the best? A tractor was on our "some day" list too, but the time has come!

Suds to Love said...

Hey T - exciting about the Kubota tractor... hubby is still deciding what model he wants, plus we still have a bit of time before we really need it. We had the same problem with the John Deere dealer in our ares. But a few months ago we got a Kubota RTV for work around our property and it is wonderful (even easy enough that I can operate it!).

TeresaR said...

Tricia, nice to "see" you! Glad to hear another endorsement for Kubota; now I have to learn how to drive a tractor. =)

Maureen said...

I recently had a raccoon chase me while I was jogging! In the middle of the day too! They can be nasty creatures. Fortunately, this one wasn't one of those overgrown ones that you often find near houses. Those can get to be the size of small bears!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love sweet corn.

I'm just happy I haven't killed anything yet.

Epicure68 said...

Firstly, how the heck did I miss this post? If you want to grow my basil for me, I'd be thrilled to have some indoors. We're managing to slowly kill off an iron plant it seems, you know, the un-killable plant, so what do you think I'm going to do with basil?

You either get a dog like Robin suggested, or train the kids to take turns sitting out there with a shotgun in hand. That's my suggestion.

TeresaR said...

Maureen, oh man! That raccoon could have had rabies! Scary beasts, they are.

Duckie, LOL!

Epi, I like your shotgun idea! ;D

Anne-Marie said...

Homemade pesto with homegrown basil sounds yummers! =)

TeresaR said...

Some days, A-M, it's the only thing that keeps us going. ;>