Posted 7 months ago

My kiddo had a science project that is due after the Christmas and New Year holiday, so we spent a few days working on it.  I helped him build the solar system using paper mache.  We used flour to make the paste.  Newspapers were free.  I cut the base with scrapes from the shop.  I used the Cameo to cut the words.  I added Pluto as a dwarf planet.  According to his teacher, it was the best looking one she has ever seen and that it should be displayed somewhere :) 

Posted 7 months ago

And the house is Christmas ready :)

Last year after the holiday when all the ornaments were on clearance, I bought a ton of wreaths for $1.88 each.  The bows were 25 each and the pine cones were free.  All in all, I think the Christmas decor looks really nice.

Posted 7 months ago

Ok, it is almost natural for Asians to plant LOTS of chili peppers.  Enough to last at least two years.  LOL!

Posted 7 months ago

We also planted eggplants.  You an never go wrong with eggplants.  They are delicious!

Posted 7 months ago

On the side yard, we planted lots of okra.  So much that I had to freeze most of them for use during the winter.

Posted 7 months ago

The vegetable garden full of vines (cucumber, bitter melon, and string bean).  I love raised beds.  They are much easier to till, plant, maintain, and clean up.

Posted 7 months ago

This picture was taken a few months ago and just now that I’m posting it.  The front yard is getting fuller.  I think in a few years I will have to start splitting some of the plants.

Posted 7 months ago

An update picture of the apple espalier trees.  I added the stakes to help train the branches.  I think it looks more formal, and I like it.

Posted 7 months ago

When we moved into our current house three years ago, I brought along a few cut culms from a yellow groove bamboo.  I planted it straight into the ground, which is a really bad idea for bamboos with running roots.  Fortunately, for the last few years, it hasn’t spread much as it was still strengthening it’s root system.  However, I think this year it will really shoot up.  I will have to lift them come spring and put them in containers before I regret ever having them.

Posted 7 months ago

Asian pears!  There were so many fruits on the tree that the branches were too heavy to hold up by itself.  I placed stakes around the tree and tied all the branches up.  It’s not pretty, but it works.

Posted 7 months ago

I didn’t have enough room to plant pumpkins in the garden, so for Halloween we bought them at a local grocery store.  They were 6 cents a pound.  Well worth it!

Posted 7 months ago

I’m very late in posting these pics of potatoes I planted in pots and bags.  This my first try in planting potatoes and I think it was a success.  I couldn’t believe how easy it was to plant them in bags.  I harvested about 50 lbs.  My favorites are the deep purple and pink ones.  Come spring I plan to plant the purple one exclusively.

Posted 7 months ago

The seeds from these gourds have been in our family for at least 20 years.  We plant them every year and they never fail.  They are delicious and refreshing.  We used them in soup and stir-fry.

Posted 1 year ago

Update on the white peach tree.  They are ready to be eaten.  Almost ripe…just perfect!

Posted 1 year ago

Update on the jujube tree (Chinese dates).  This tree was planted last year, so I don’t expect a lot of fruits.  There’s only a few dozen fruits.  It’s ready to eat when the fruit turn brown in the fall.