the robertson county fair began yesterday, monday, august 26th. this is the 146th annual fair in robertson county. i adore entering items and usually have a lot more entries than i did this year. I entered twenty of my photos. ten black and white, ten color. i normally have canned goods and walked to the booth, sadly, to see the beautiful jars. in the past i have entered vegetables, handmade items, photos, baked goods and canned items. i would love to enter flowers but have to work when those entires are accepted on monday.
thursday night is the street class truck pulls in which shaun is planning on pulling the sled with his '86 chevy. he pulled in his dodge the first year we dated but hasn't pulled since. it aught to be a blast.
my time spent canning to me is sacred. that i have the ability to grow, nurture and put up produce is fantastic and feeds my soul. if you have been reading, our garden was a huge failure this year because of too much rain. so i have felt a void this summer. as if i should be doing something or am forgetting a chore. the tomatoes used in this one batch of salsa that I canned were from our neighbors' garden. they only put out five or six tomato plants and luckily they had extras.
i noticed this insect emerging from one of those crunchy empty shells that you find lying on the ground during late summer. this one was attached to the underpinning at the day care. the first pictures were taken around eleven in the morning, the next around one. by midday... this thing was almost ready to fly. goose bump worthy yet amazing.
i wonder if this is one of those who has been in the ground for seven years. i think he will turn black before he takes off flying. crazy how we all exist huh?!
Hi folks. During this August Break I'm taking, I felt it necessary to send out a friendly reminder.
As you may know, I live in Tennessee and have tried growing garlic many times of the year. The only times, however, I have successfully grown garlic was when I listened to an Old Wives Tale.
Plant garlic on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest day of the year.
Meaning, plant garlic in late fall and harvest in June. Works like a charm. We wound up with 41 really good heads of garlic this year to my delight.
If you live in this area of the US, My two suggestions are these.
One. Buy garlic early. If you wait, it will be gone.
Two. Buy the Softneck variety. They braid well and they grow well in this warmer climate.
You can find garlic on many different websites. I buy mine from Burpee.com. Have for the past few years. And even they run out quickly. But they are reliable. I also snuck in a lettuce mix of seeds for Fall. And I plan on planting the largest bulb from each head of garlic that I grew this year and see how they do. Happy Garlicking!