Sunday, June 29, 2008

Apple Progress - Sunday 6/29/2008

These are the apples we're throwing away. Sadly, the worms found our little organic corner of the earth. Need to find out what to do about them without poisoning us or the fruit.

These are the small apples Hydra is going to attempt to eat without getting a stomach ache. Pacing is probably very important here.

Yeah, I counted them. We pulled more than 80 off the tree so that they wouldn't break the branches as the continue their march toward ripeness.

They should arrive around October, I think.

Basil growing tip: I finally figured out last year that in spite of the little directions that come with the basil, it's really happiest out of the kind of direct sunlight we get here in the high desert. It likes the relative safety of the shaded front porch, but it wants more moisture in the soil that is easy to maintain due to the high temperatures and almost constant breezes.

My mom told me about her trick of putting a strip of rag from a pan of water into a potted plant when she goes away for a few days. I thought I'd try this with my basil plant. Seems to be working!


Wynn Bexton said...

Hi Sally, lovely photos. I think that's an excellent idea with the wet rag and I'll try it myself.
My balcony garden is a sad mess and this week now I'm home from CA I have to figure out what to plant and how to make it beautiful.

They always have pots of basil on the porches or doorsills in Greece. It is supposed to keep the mosquitos away.

KathyR said...

I have been worrying about what to do about my potted plants when we go away in August and it will be 100-and-something-teen here. I bought some watering contraptions, but I don't have much faith in them. Maybe I will try the rag trick for the ones that are too heavy to move into the path of the automatic sprinklers. Thanks!

fingerstothebone said...

I love the rag idea. Ingenious! About the apples, maybe you can bake them, less chance of a stomachache for Hydra?