alpine flowers at Grey Rock

Monday, April 25, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter cards

Had fun making Easter cards for kiddos with help from cat.  Rabbit has basket holding eggs that have slits, two pieces glued together with open middle.  The eggs have chicks, bugs, trucks, and even a vague rendition of a helicopter coming out of them. Hopefully the cards are strong enough to be somewhat interactive.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Cucumber Beetle

This is a picture of my first cucumber beetle for 2011.  They are voracious eaters and if YOU want any produce, you will have to deal with them harshly.  They are not to be confused with ladybugs which are red and eat bugs and bug larva.  Instead, these guys can eat all the flowers of your cucumbers and squashes while you wait patiently for fruit to form.  No flower, no fruit.  I hand pick them for awhile and then use Neem to keep them away.  If they get out of control, I use Pyganic, a flower based insecticide.  They are not a bug you can "live with".

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Basket making

I have to take a break from basket making as we are having a get together next weekend.  If you know us, you know you are welcome.  So, until I get some clean-up done around here, I will take a break.  One last harvest basket for me.  Watch out next winter, I am hooked! Also almost finished with second draft of great novel.  I know there will be a third draft and then who knows, maybe I will submit it to someone.  Until then it is a diamond in the rough, but good brain exercise for me. As garden chores increase, my free time of winter disappears.  Boo-hoo.