Projects and Garden Update

J and I enjoyed a slightly slower pace this past week. J decided the next priority was to go over the summer fallow again. Due to mechanical problems it took him all week and three trips to town for parts. With J in the field or on the road, I decided to work on some projects.

July 27

These are calf nipple buckets that I found around the ranch. The top bucket I gave to a good friend as part of her birthday gift. Both buckets have drain holes in the bottom so they can be used as planters, if so desired.

I also painted three medium-sized galvanized buckets. Two ended up being a flop. I think it was too hot to spray paint as the paint buckled on me. Good thing for google as I discovered fingernail polish remover was the answer to cleaning up the buckets and starting over. After soaking the buckets the paint peeled right off. I shall try again when it cools off a little. The third bucket turned out good. I also painted a small galvanized bucket that I am happy with.

July 27

This is the ice cream chair Mom found for me on the Junk Jaunt last fall. I removed the seat, primed and painted her turquoise.

July 27

Here is a mixed media project I did last spring. I made it for my Aunt as a birthday gift; she loves it! Her birthday was last week and was the perfect excuse to have a good visit over the phone.

July 27

Miss Ashleigh (Cousin T’s daughter) is getting married in September and I am co-hosting a bridal shower for her. Between J having a meeting on Thursday and the hot weather I decided to start making decor for the shower. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon. I got 3/4th done and need to hunt up some more supplies to finish up.

July 27

As for the garden, it’s going pretty good! Earlier in the Summer I harvested a little lettuce. The rabbits found the greens and ate more than I did. The radishes were a success; I ate the last one a few days ago. J and I have been enjoying fresh picked cucumbers and onions too. I had forgotten how good a garden cucumber tasted.

My tomato plants are heavy with fruit. If they keep up like they currently look, I’m going to have a lot of tomatoes. I have two grape/cherry sized plants and two slicing type tomato plants. I found the first shades of red late last week.

The pepper plants are not doing too good. I’ve seen a couple blooms and 2-3 little peppers. The plants look okay, so we’ll see what happens.

Saturday I harvested the third cutting of rhubarb and oven canned Rhubarb-Strawberry Jam.

July 27

One of the local Master Gardener’s started a Farmer’s Market in town last year. Last week was the first market of the summer and I was there early. I brought home kale, snap peas, snow peas and two yellow squash. I’m looking forward to seeing what is harvested next week!

Have you been working on any fun projects? How is your garden looking?

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3 Responses to Projects and Garden Update

  1. Kim says:

    We have had more tomatoes than usual this summer, which is wonderful. I made panzanella again for dinner and I’ve made BLTs several times. I love garden fresh tomatoes!

    It looks like you accomplished a lot last week!

  2. Candy C. says:

    I love all your crafty projects, what a cute idea painting the buckets! My little container garden is doing well, especially the zucchini! LOL!! My tomatoes are a little slow coming on this year but I noticed the first blush on one of the slicing tomatoes yesterday. The silly curve-billed thrashers have been pecking at my cherry tomatoes so I have been picking them a little early and letting them ripen on the windowsill.

  3. Bonnie says:

    It is so fulfilling to create something from an object that no longer serves its purpose. I love the planters. The mice are munching my garden.

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