I hope summer is treating you well, friends. I'm happy to be joining in with Frugal Accomplishments today. Last week, I colored my hair at home. I harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, basil for pesto, blueberries, a few raspberries, & kale. Picked up 2 pots of caladiums for the shade garden. I was able to divide them into 6 plants when planting. We've had some very hot and humid days, but on days when it cools down enough at night, we open the house up for fresh air and save on electricity. I took the water collected in the dehumidifier and watered plants. Grated a few of the smallest carrots & a couple that something had chewed on for the pups dinner. Papers that had a blank back side were saved for scrap paper. Greens and japanese beetles were picked and fed to the chickens.
At the show I did a few weeks ago, another vendor spoke to me about chalk paint. The thought of a durable finish with little to no prep work intrigued me, so I took a class this week. I painted a table that we got from Joseph's storage shed a few weeks ago, in Old White paint, which I then distressed. For my first time painting a piece of furniture, I'm pretty pleased. There are two larger tables we got from storage at the same time, which I want to paint for the porch, & possibly a rocker. Then there is a large wardrobe that will be used for storage in the new room. I was a little intimidated by this piece, but after getting my feet wet with this class, I'm feeling more confidant than I can do it justice. I'll try to take a photo of the table this week.
|mountain mint is a good pollinator plant|
We're growing our first Armenian cucumbers, which apparently are not a cucumber at all, but a melon. The pros are they're prolific, early bearing, have small seeds & withstand high temperatures. The cons are they're quite susceptible to cucumber mosaic virus and powdery mildew, & will pass it on to other cucumbers. I wish we'd known that before planting them next to our other varieties of cucumbers :o(. We're enjoying them so far, and are hoping they remain healthy. I expect I'll soon be canning pickles. I thinned the plum trees. It's always hard to thin fruit, especially in a year when there is not a lot to begin with. I made tzatziki sauce to go with falafel.
|darn June bugs|