Urgh, it’s sooo muggy! We want our “dry heat” back!
The garden is growing and growing, keeping everyone busy. New crops going in, old ones going out. and harvesting of summer crops. New crops are ripening each week — apples and limas are the latest to come into production. The kitchen counter is overflowing with produce – life is good!
Unfortunately, there is a massive spider mite invasion on the tomatoes. Every day there’s another casualty. We are going to have order some predatory mites from Rincon Insectaries pronto!
Speaking of spiders, there seem to be spider webs and spiders everywhere! I wonder if their increased presence has anything to do with all the rains we had over the winter and spring?
The past few days, we’ve been working on getting the PTF open source portal up. Pretty soon you readers will be able to contribute articles and links to this new online resource directory. We are excited about this new service and look forward to your contributions.
Last week, there was an incident with one of our animals that really concerned us greatly.
Moonshadow, one of our dwarf rabbits (aka “lil chipper”) wasn’t feeling too well. You could tell something was wrong; she was just sitting there and didn’t want to eat the tasty greens that are picked for the bunnies every morning. She was, however, excessively thirsty. We hadn’t a clue what could be wrong. After doing some research, it was determined that it was possible that she had a hair ball caught in her gut. Jordanne then ordered some natural herbal treatment for this sort of condition in rabbits. We also put colloidal silver and grapeseed extract in her water to help with her immune system. We tried coaxing her with all types of her favorite greens and she still wouldn’t eat. Finally we hit on something that she liked – blackberry leaves. What better treatment than blackberry leaves which are extremely tonic and anti-inflammatory. She definitely knew what her body needed. Moonshadow has already improved, though now I think she’s spoiled. She likes all the attention she’s been getting, wanting food brought to her, etc. Silly bun!
Every morning Justin is firing up the oven and we are steaming veggies for lunch and dinner. Yesterday evening the oven reached temps of 550 degrees! Once the oven is completely “cured” I can’t wait to bake these tasty, golden loaves (great “down under” blog, btw – with lots of pics on building a mud oven)!
We gals went thrifting on Monday with a friend. Instead of it being a pleasant shopping experience, it turned out quite the opposite. It seems that because there are only a few thrift stores left in Pasadena, the selection of clothing is pretty limited. We really miss the huge Veterans thrift store that was nearby. We always seem to come out with bags of clothes with great finds. These days you’ll find us walking out of Salvation Army empty handed (sniff) and frustrated.