Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Are you tired of seeing my garden yet?

This is the cherry cobbler I made yesterday evening. Next time I'll use more cornstarch; the filling wasn't quite as thick as I would have liked.

I got the cherries from this cherry tree (yes, it's mine). I spent over two hours picking and seeding ten cups of cherries. The cobbler required six cups; I froze the other quart. I don't enjoy seeding tiny cherries one at a time, and Cliff has often suggested I buy a cherry pitter. That would be fine, except that I don't spray my trees; so about one out of every twenty-five cherries has a little white worm inside. I'd rather get my protein some other way, thank you very much. The up side of pitting cherries is that I can sit in a comfortable lawn chair in the shade of my Kentucky Coffee tree while doing it. The downside is that my hands get disgustingly sticky and red from the cherry juice, and whatever clothing I am wearing gets permanently stained with little red spots.

I haven't taken time to show you the garden Cliff and his sister tend. They've planted more beets (Rena wants to pickle lots of beets for her brother and sister when they visit), and several plantings of peaches-and-cream sweet corn. They also have zucchini that's giving us something to eat. There are two reasons for our having seperate gardens: First, I can't handle a huge garden with the arthritis in my knees. Second, as I've mentioned before, Cliff and I don't garden well together.

My old Ariens tiller bit the dust yesterday. Above you see a tiller Rena brought with her from Wisconsin that needs some minor repair. It appears it would cost over $300 to buy an engine for my Ariens, so we'll either fix Rena's little tiller or perhaps watch for a used one on Craigslist. There's one listed there now that isn't far from us, but the owner is in Georgia. visiting relatives.

Back to my own garden, that little bumpy, fuzzy thing there is an infant cucumber.

My pole beans look as though they could have used something taller to climb on!

Midlife Mom asked why I would want to trap sparrows: They are not only dirty and undesirable birds, but they take over martin houses and bluebird houses, even to the point of killing the baby birds to do so. The lady at the Wild Bird Center said sparrows are the main reason it's difficult to get bluebirds and martins to come to a yard.

For the "person" who asked if the pictures in this blog are of my garden... of course! Why would I show pictures of somebody else's garden?

13 comments:

Lindie said...

Never tired of your garden! I tried a cobbler recipe a few weeks ago that used 2 hard boiled egg yolks in the cobbler. Loved it! My garden is struggling due to the hail storm we had but seems to be recovering.

Danny said...

I have been calling the sparrows that show up in our yard 'pig birds'. They hog most of the bird feed we put out and eat it extremely fast. It hasn't kept the blue jays and cardinals away though. I did see one sparrow go after a squirrel that tried to get on the feeder.

Nice looking garden too.

What's wrong with the tiller engine? Are you sure it can't be rebuilt?

DesLily said...

love the garden pics no matter how often you put up pics.. that cherry cobbler looks darn good to me! lol..love cherries!!!!

Hollie said...

That cobbler looks divine! My mouth is watering! No, I don't get tired of seeing your garden. I enjoy it very much. Sorry about your tiller. LOL about you & Cliff not gardening well together.

Tara said...

I don't think I could ever get tired of looking at your garden. :)

Hyperblogal said...

I garden vicariously through you... don't you dare stop showing us. You might want to double check and see if the "cucumber" is moving though.... looks suspicious.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I will never tire of your garden. I don't have one of my own so I'll enjoy yours to look at. My mom always took such pride in her garden and always took us to look at it 1st thing when we would visit. They had one til they were in their late 70's and then had to give it up. I do love cherry cobble and I think I have the makings in the cupboard at home so maybe I'll have to make one. It won't be the same using canned cherry pie filling, but it will make do. 'On Ya'-ma

patsy said...

when I was a girl we ate our pie with real cream I wish I had pint right now.

Fawteen said...

That tiller of Rena's is a Troybilt. I have the exact same model. It's been sitting in the back of the barn for 5 or 6 years, and when I decided to return to gardening this year, I pulled it out, changed the oil, gasses it up and it started on the third pull.

You can't beat them little Troybilts IMHO.

Midlife Mom said...

I never get tired of pictures of your garden, they are beautiful! Thanks for the info on the sparrows. I guess it's the same way we think of pigeons, I don't know why they come way out here, I thought they were a city bird but I guess they like all the birdfeeders that people have out here.

Talk..to..Grams said...

I loved looking at your garen! How beautiful!! Your cobbler looks so good!!! Yum!! hugs Grams

madcobug said...

That pie looks delicious. Your gardens are looking great. We have a ton of sparrows around here. Yes they do get other baby birds. Mean things they are. Helen

Anonymous said...

Donna, I love looking at your garden. Those are cute little cukes! I have tiny green peppers and roma's a good size. Our ground is a little soggy -too much of a good thing- but the sun's out now! Cobbler looks yummy. A lot of work, but worth it. Karen