More stuff outside the house

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)August 19, 2014

Several weeks ago I found some seeds that were dated to be used in 2011. Oops!

I did a buncha weeding in a couple of spots and planted the seeds as one of Jim's Experiments (this is where the missus rolls her eyes!). A little late in the season, but these butternut squash should be close to being ready before first frost. I am pleased that not much soil prep and old seeds can still create food for our winter enjoyment.

Some day I might consider picking those blossoms and preparing them for a meal. That is a BIG might!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
anneliese_32(6)

The squash looks good already.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:03AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

I have some fire blight in my apple trees. I have been attempting to control it by climbing the ladder and cutting back the bad branches. I have to bleach the saw or pruners after each cut to keep from spreading the problem.

So...this morning I was up there and saw this. Wow! Just hanging out. I have not heard any noises recently, so I don't know if this one is a loner or not.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Same tree.
You can see the new leaves that have grown since I pruned this several weeks ago. I have never, ever seen an apple tree send out blossoms in August. Could it be as a result of our cool weather? It has been a strange year in the garden.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

I continued to work in the yard this morning, trying to beat the heat. The humidity was already present. I could tell it was bad, for when I took the camera outside, the lens fogged up immediately.

This is an iris that I dug up, as I saw some evidence of a problem. Unfortunately, I have this on/in several of my iris. The iris borer is ugly and will create havoc in more than one plant. I had moved this particular plant when I discovered iris borers near its original location. Nuts!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Last one from this Tuesday morning.

I saw this butterfly as I was putting away my tools. I thought that being on the sunflower would show off colors nicely. This butterfly has been through a lot. The wings are faded and have several missing pieces! Yet it still was working this flower diligently.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 11:51AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gmatx zone 6

Great pictures - nasty iris borer (go away forever), and probably a really tired butterfly. You just find such neat stuff to photograph.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 12:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
anneliese_32(6)

We had a few cicadas serenading at night, luckily not as much as 5 years ago when I had to protect my just planted Chinese Dogwood with window screening. Your Swallowtail looks like he/she had a hard short life, Your sunflowers are good hosts.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 4:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mawheel

Jim, it is very enjoyable and educational, too, to see your pictures and read your posts. You have a 'sharp' eye for spotting things most people wouldn't notice--me, especially. Please keep on helping me learn new things! Thank you.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 5:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
west_gardener

Jim, you've captured the Beauty and the Beast all in one thread.
Congrats

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 6:05PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

I took this photo on 8/4. I don't know if this is the same butterfly, but there is striking difference from then to now!

    Bookmark   August 19, 2014 at 9:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lilosophie

Good photos. I love it when something turns up or turns out unexpectedly well, the butternut squash looks good.
I don't think we have iris borers out West, I have never experienced them and I have some iris that naturalized on the pace.
Butterflies life is so short, but they bring much joy to the world.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 9:18AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
west_gardener

The blossoms are delicious. However, the critters like them as much as we do,. Don't serve the flowers whole, there may be some critter in there.
So before you put them in a salad, inspect the flowers down to the core. Tear the petals apart and rinse and blot them dry.
The only time I'll eat flowers is when I grow them and prepare them myself.

    Bookmark   August 20, 2014 at 7:48PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Here's an update on the 2 butternut squash (from the top).

I did not touch the blossoms.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 10:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gmatx zone 6

Looking good. Send out a note when they are ready to eat and we will all show up for dinner....

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

We have picked some already. I planted them early. I tried to convince the missus that we should cook them and puree them and freeze several batches. Great for making cookies or breads or soups in the middle of winter. She said no way!

These I planted not too long ago sorta as an experiment. I wanted to see how well they would do by planting them away from the rest of the veggies. These are on the edge of one of the peony beds.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Another one of Jim's experiments. I started some Brussels Sprout seeds about and month ago. I transplanted them last week and they are growing quickly.

However, I have cabbage moths in the garden and I don't spray. In an effort to keep those insects from laying their eggs on the plants, I rigged up this. As the plants grow, I have to keep adding taller supports at the ends. Ultimately, the plants will get too big to shelter. Then I will go out and try to nab those yucky caterpillars before they chew the plants to death.

With a bit of luck, I'll have fresh sprouts toward the end of October.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 6:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Today's picture of the last planting of blue lake green beans. The wood between the rows provides something firm to stand on while picking the beans.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 6:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Last photo for this extremely humid Sunday afternoon...dragonflies spend a lot of time on the top of the sticks that I use as row markers in the garden. I don't know why, I cannot think of anything there that they would find nutritious. But, what do I know, I am just the guy who does the work.

Jim

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 6:08PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
west_gardener

We have picked some already. I planted them early. I tried to
convince the missus that we should cook them and puree them and freeze several batches. Great for making cookies or breads or soups in the middle of winter. She said no way!
I agree with your missus in this case, Been there, done that experiment. A watery mush does not work very well.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 7:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
anneliese_32(6)

A garden chore I hated as kid - squish the yellow egg mass of the Cabbage White on the underside of the leaves. It was always my job, since I was the closest to the ground, LOL..

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 7:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Oh my! Picture at the top. And then farther down. This is what they look like today. What happened? Who knows.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 5:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
west_gardener

What happened? I don't know. Just having fun on the net.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 6:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
west_gardener

What happened? I don't know. Just having fun on the net.
Gremlins happened?

This post was edited by west_gardener on Thu, Aug 28, 14 at 18:36

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 6:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
west_gardener

Jim, luv your garden.Very productive .
Re your "As the plants grow, I have to keep adding taller supports at the ends",
Your protective cloth looks good. We use pvc pipes to make hoops to hold the protecting cloth. pvc is bendable and it seems to last forever. Once you put it place it stays there, no need to replace.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2014 at 7:00PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Quotes 3 - 27 - 15
We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come...
don_socal
Quotes 3 - 26 - 15
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is...
don_socal
When is Spring?
A count down to spring.http://days.to/spring/2015
west_gardener2
Quotes 3 - 20 - 15
Do you realize that if you fall into a black hole,...
don_socal
The advantage of snow.
My forthysia hedges have a low border of blooms, about...
anneliese32
Sponsored Products
Outdoor Lighting. 2-Light 17 in. Black Finish Clear Beveled Glass Outdoor Post H
Home Depot
WallsNeedLove Vintage Ornamental Self-Adhesive Wallpaper - WP51-8FT
$66.00 | Hayneedle
Savoy House Maremma Transitional Chandelier
1800Lighting
Safavieh Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Safavieh Rugs Courtyard Natural/Brown 4 ft. x
$62.38 | Home Depot
Whistlers Fishing Village IV Wall Art
$199.00 | FRONTGATE
Dazzle Rug 3' Round - BROWN
$189.00 | Horchow
Tech Lighting | Mini Crescendo Chandelier
YLighting
Colonial Mills Boat House Chair Pad - 15 x 15 in. - BT49A015X015S
$29.99 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™