Sunday, October 23, 2011

Harvesting Has Begun ;-)

Harvest Shelly Beans, Lettuce Mix, Mixed Baby beets
{Edit: I have no idea how I manage to put this post here, it was supposed to have gone to The Edible Garden blog! My apologies if I have confused you! Stay tuned for more art!} This was my harvest Friday, Oct 21: Hopi Purple Pod beans in their pods weighed 2 pounds, 6 ounces. (the shelled beans weighed 8 ounces), mixed baby lettuces, 3 ounces, mixed beets and greens  were 1 pound and 12 ounces, the roots alone weighed 10 ounces.

Hopi Purple Pod beans as green shellies

Some folks have never heard the term 'shelly' beans. These are simply those sorts of beans that you usually eat as dried beans, shelled out fresh and eaten before they have dried. With frost a possibility any time the next couple of weeks I probably won't get too many pickings but it's nice to have them while I can.  Next year I'll start them much earlier and pick beans in the late summer through fall. When I have them then I also usually have tomatoes and peppers and make garden chili when ever things are ready.

On another note I have discovered another gardening blogger and just love her blog. I have probably spent most of the afternoon reading it! The Empress of Dirt, a woman after my own heart!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


A Flock of Ladybug Rocks
After a couple of weeks with no time to paint I managed to paint a flock of ladybugs. I also took pictures and typed up step by step instructions and published a free tutorial: How To Paint Ladybug Rocks. I'm thinking about doing more tutorials, just not sure what to do next, after all, ladybugs are pretty simple. But then maybe some people would like more complex projects to work on?

So this is my entry for Paint Party Friday: I hope you will stop by and marvel at the amount of beautiful art that is all around us and the wonderful artists that share their visions with us.

Now one of the reasons I haven't gotten to a lot of painting lately is because I have been quite fixated on getting as much wall building done as possible before it starts freezing at night and I have to stop the concrete work. Also I've been working in my garden and last week got my first harvest of baby lettuce. Have loads of work to do out there before frost too. I will probably get back to painting more regularly when the weather cools off a bit more.

PS: I just discovered Marsha's Spot with a blog hop for Squidoo writers. Sounds like fun so I've jumped right in and listed this post for the first time.