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24 November 2015 @ 07:45 am
Originally posted by jilly_bear at It was an interesting weekend to be sure.
It started out warm enough but on Friday afternoon the furnace popped a breaker. So, Bill fixed it (and eventually put in a bigger breaker – more wattage). But by nightfall we knew something was up. The thermostat was set for 68, which it had stayed at during the day, but started to fall once the sun went down… and continued to fall to 55 overnight. We thought perhaps it was because of the strong winds and some gaps in the insulation so Saturday morning saw us installing more insulation especially on the North West side of the house. The temp came back up and so we thought we were good.



Off we went to some friend’s house to deliver a special order of flutes. Here is one of them.



When we got home we were expecting a nice cozy house….. it was 56 degrees. So we bundled up and trotted off to bed to wake to 50 in the morning. Brrrrr! Bill futzed all day with the furnace trying to figure out what the problem was. There is supposed to be a backup heat for when the temperature gets below 30 but it didn’t seem to be kicking on. He decided to go outside to the unit and check it out. When he opened the box he found a live wire that was not connected! The wind blew it against the side of the box and … well the main breaker was now tripped and the smell of electric fire permeated the house. He quickly shut off the main and capped the end of that wire so that he could turn the power back on. The unit continued to work as it had before but we still had no heat once the sun went down.

So Monday morning he called the HVAC Company to come out and look at it. Apparently we do not have a big enough element for the heat pump that we have. So, he is going to go talk with the folks that we bought it from to find out where the rest of your heat elements are. (We bought it direct from the factory – our neighbor works at the factory and got it with his discount.)
Meanwhile, back in town.... Apparently my kids were having some issues with my furnace as well. I had replaced the battery in the thermostat on Thursday evening and everything seemed to be working fine. But the kids ended up having to replace the battery again and relight the pilot light on the furnace. The microwave went out as well. So it was not a good weekend for electrical things or furnaces here.
 
 
14 November 2015 @ 11:12 am
Went to haul back the garbage can after it’d been emptied this AM and found my garden full of Monarch Butterflies. I guess my little garden has enough nectar producers to rate a stopover on their Migration;>….
Cheers,
Pat
 
 
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22 October 2015 @ 01:31 pm
Thirty-six quarts canned and put away. This morning's harvest was only 1/3 of the previous harvest. I wonder if this picking corresponds to a heat wave months ago. When it's really hot the tomato flowers don't set fruit.

No worries, as there are still lots of green tomatoes and probably 6 weeks before first frost.
 
 
15 October 2015 @ 10:14 am
Nights are getting Crisp but Days are still Hot. The Summer Veg except for one pot of Cukes is done. My ‘Ishikura’ Green Onions and Red Turnips haven’t sprouted but my ‘Ohura’ Daikons are doing well. The ‘Yuzu’ Lemon has a few Yellowing leaves so it may need some Iron supplementing. The Mohlukia’s doing well and has eclipsed the Chaya for Greens in Soups. I think the Cool Nights have slowed Growth in the latter.
I haven’t seen any Hummingbirds in almost a week so it may be that those locally Migrate about now. I’ll keep one of the small Feeders up all yr ‘cause I know from newspaper reports locally that some, BECAUSE of the Feeders don’t Migrate. A smaller sticky mess in the kitchen;>. Right now, for the cats’ entertainment the local tree frogs find our windows prefect; Warmer at Night and Cooler during the day. Living Stickers;>!
Cheers,
Pat
 
 
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24 September 2015 @ 04:51 am
Here on the Florida Panhandle we’re in a weird space in that the Astrological Seasons and Environmental ones are in sync(sorta;>). Spring Equinox means no danger of Frost and usually that the soil is above 70F so things that don’t like cold soil can be planted. And Fall Equinox means the nights drop into the 70’s and below.
This yr I’m trying Daikon in containers for both the limited beds space AND an attempt NOT to have “Nuclear Roots”. Our high Sulphur soils make Radishes and Onions quite “piquant”;>. I’m not planting the Welsh Onions again, no matter where I live. They’re not Perennial here and pretty mediocre as Green Onions. I’m sticking with my ‘Ishikura’ Green Onions and my fav Shimonita Negi(more like a Leek and takes a yr to Mature)….though I may not plant the latter till next Fall.
The Red and the White Japanese Turnips are in shallow containers; one is self watering to see if truly constant moisture makes that big of a difference. There’s just not enough space to get a decent crop of Kohlrabi so they’re out(which is too bad). Found two Loquat trees in the neighborhood and they’re blooming so I’m going to ask the owners if I could Harvest some later in the yr. Since most folks plant them as landscape trees, they usually don’t know what to do with the fruit(even know that they’re edible!) so I usually don’t have a problem getting permission.
Cheers,
Pat
 
 
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12 September 2015 @ 01:32 pm


A selection of some of our harvest fruits...
 
 
18 August 2015 @ 10:20 am
tomatoes

This year's crop of 16 Roma plants. Romas are a plum type of tomato that bear heavily and are suited to hot weather. They are also a good variety for canning. They reach a height of about 4 feet, and don't need a huge amount of support.
 
 
07 August 2015 @ 09:12 am
The Tomatoes are done and pretty much so are the Eggplants. Funny thing, digging through my seeds I found out that I didn’t plant ‘Berkeley Tie Dyed’ but ‘Cardasos Pink’. Oops;>!The best I’ve grown in the area and I get it wrong(and I’m sure the spelling as well;>). Since they’re from the same Breeder, I’ll try BTD’d or one of the Cherry Toms he has next yr.
The ‘Muncher’ Cukes are growing well. Fingers Crossed they do better late Summer/early Fall than they do Spring/Summer. I read in a Florida guide that this is when you start early-type Cukes in the NW of the state. Had the seeds, figured might as well try it!
Did the last Fertilizing of the Fruit trees this yr. Perfect timing ‘cause we had 3 days after of light Rains…perfect to water the stuff in.
Oh, and I saw the 1st Hummingbird in my yard here day before yesterday!
Cheers,
Pat(who also saw a moth the size of my hand as well but with less enthusiasm;>)
 
 
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27 July 2015 @ 09:37 am
Late July-early August is time to think about the Fall Garden and order what you don’t have(or might want;>).This yr begins a major change due to the lack of acreage here at Royal Oaks. The majority of Veg is to be produced in containers, which had =’s and minuses.
The BIG + esp for the Fall garden is that the region’s soil is high in Sulfur compounds which make Daikon and Onions “piquant”. Low S soils used in containers will probably mean less sinus-clearing produce;>. OTOH, they also mean that you have to think about production per square inch of surface. Cabbages, both European and Asian need not apply.
The Alliums probably will be even better, not just due to the low Sulfur. Plant in a container ½ full and as Long Onions and Leeks grow fill in. Much easier than in the ground! And with a rock-free soil, Daikons shouldn’t be deformed anymore.
My standby Alliums, Shimoneta Negi and Ishikura Long Onion, Caurentian Leek might be joined with another Leek,; probably Bleu De Solaise. ‘Oharu’ Daikon with ‘Malaga’, a Polish Radish that has Purple skin AND Flesh! Two Red and White respectively Japanese Turnips should be fine by themselves;>….
Cheers,
Pat
 
 
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18 July 2015 @ 04:00 pm
butternut

This years' Butternut squash just sprouted, on the fifth day. Here is a close-up of one of three "hills". Maturity is in 100 days, which will be late October. A little known fact is that most commercial "pumpkin pie" filling is really butternut squash. I keep the mature squash in the garage and make pies all fall, winter and spring. It hasn't been blisteringly hot this summer, which is good for everything in the vegetable garden.