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Bees, Woodpeckers and Figs in my garden!!

Well, this morning there is an addition to my fig picking friends!!  Up until today I have been enjoying my fig picking time being shared with the Woodpeckers.  This morning I learned I will have to get up really early to try and beat the bees, honey and bumble bees.  The figs are so sweet, they are covering those on the high part of the tree.  I am safe as long as I keep the lower part picked though.

I am always happy to see the bees though, with all of the talk about the wrong kind coming to Louisiana.  Here at Rocky Mount the Lord is still sending the Honey Bees to our gardens!!  It does make me pick more carefully, as the bees are really sharing with me.  It was interesting when I noticed there were none on a new smaller fig tree that is bearing for the first time this year.  There were not bees on it.  I tasted a couple of the ripe ones and found out why, they were not sweet, guess I am going to have to scrape some of the floor from the barn and put it around that tree too.

Since the Bees are sharing, I will be able to have plenty for the fig preserves this year!!  Working on many of them now.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...

 
 

Deer In My Garden

I have read about many deer repellent and tried a few, the most cost effective, until now, is the garlic and egg mixture.

 I say, until now, I had not heard of what a family in my church has come up with.  The father and son sleep in their garden to keep guard over it and keep the deer out.

Just imagine what a fun activity one could turn this into, actually camping out under the stars in your garden. 

This I know will work, and is the most cost effective, depending on the mosquito population, and how heavy one sleeps.

I can only imagine the conversations that a father and son could come up with, especially, if they're Faith is as strong as I know these two people are.  Looking at the stars and actually thinking and seeing what our creator has done for us!!  What a time for a father and son, could not be get any better.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is...

 
 

Tomatoes in our garden

We suddenly realized the May-haws are ready!!  Time to "get with it" for that wonderful fresh May-haw jelly......

It seems there are so many things going on this time of year, one tends to forget what was pending from a day or two ago......like the egg and garlic deer repellent that I mixed up two days ago and left in the greenhouse!!  I know it was supposed to set a couple of days, but with the heat, it should be good and ready.  Think I will "stand back" when I open the lid on the container.  It does not appear to be fermenting and bubbling, yet?? 

This should definitely repel something/someone, maybe me.

We have the Scare Eye motion activated sprinkler out, so, hopefully the deer have not been snacking on the gourd foliage or the squash, but to make sure, I am spraying, if I can stand it, the mixture!!  Time to get out the cheese cloth and strainer so I can spray!!

 Will keep you updated on how it works.

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is!

 
 

Tomatoes in our garden

While spreading more compost today on our various crops, I noticed the deer have been in the field again!! Time for drastic measures........I check the electric fence, and discovered it is not working. It took a little while for me to get up the courage to touch it, not knowing what to expect? I am not only getting out the Scare Eye Motion Activated Sprinkler, but mixing up that horrible combination of eggs and garlic to spray. That should do it,  with the addition of the terrible cologne and deodorant that someone gave my husband. Spraying it on strips of clothes and pinning them around our crop.

I have also learned these past few weeks to NOT be angry when we do not get any rain. We were spared the violent storms and tornadoes just north of us in Arkansas, Okla., Kansas, Texas and Tenn. I decided, after seeing the devastation,  that our Lord gave us a water hose for a reason. I just need to put out the drip system earlier this year!! "Thank you Lord for the water hose"!!

For now, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is!!

 
 

Tomatoes in our garden

I am so excited!! Our Seedless Tomato Plants have finally arrived. I have started seedlings in the greenhouse, but they are not growing as fast as I would like!! The Seedless Tomatoes will be such a blessing to my husband this year. When he over indulges, hopefully, he will not have the stomach problems as in the past. Will keep this updated on the progress of the new plants.
 
 

Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

This is a wonderful time of year. Here at Rocky Mount the pecans are covering the orchard and we are getting ready to create fresh New Orleans Style Pralines!!! All of the jellies and jams are finished, for now, and time to get back to the gourd crafting business too!! I just finished creating awards for the Dept of Culture and Tourism for the Cultural Awards for the year awarded annually by the State of Louisiana. It was such an honor to be asked to create awards for such distinguished honorees of Louisiana. Here at Rocky Mount we create jellies, jams, birdhouses, and farm gourds. Our gourds are used for a fine crafting which I enjoy creating many different designs and use the Louisiana Long Leaf Pine Needles in my basketry to create what I like to call a Gourdsket!! It is a combination of a gourd bowl and a basket. We are having the most wonderful Arts Market on the Red River at the Barnwell Garden and Arts Center in Shreveport, LA. Not too far for me to travel for my work to be displayed and sold. For today, I remain, Gourdially yours, Susan Breeland, The Gourd Lady of Rocky Mount, Louisiana, that is!!

 

 
 
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