|Josh's work is done! Bromeliads repotted|
|South side bean plants|
|West side bean plants|
I managed to thin out the bean seedlings down to a single seedling in each peat pot and moved each of the thinned bean seedling into permanent homes. We're trying multiple locations on the lanai. We're already seeing substantial differences among the different locations in the size of the plants. If I had been thinking ahead, I would have done a better job of taking daily measurements and taken a baseline and measured amount of water. You know, controlled the variables a bit better like a real scientist in a real experiment.
I've been making jam since... well, my jam book is from 1981. This year I used new pots. Nothing went right. The first batch was under-done. How do I know? It's not thick enough and will only be good to be used for cookies, crepes and pancakes. The second batch was being watched by my helpful hubby and it boiled over, and turned the stove black and we spent hours cleaning the mess as well as burning the jam eventually. The third batch, I cooked on lower heat (level 4) and still it has a slightly over-cooked scent to me. The fourth bath, I cooked on heating level 2 and it turned out PERFECT. My new pots and pans are really awesome, but .... they are really great heat conductors and I was so used to using the crappy heat conductors for so many years that it took me a while to adapt to good cookware. I learned a few lessons. Never double the recipe unless you use the recipe all the time and nothing is new. New cookware changes preparation substantially sometimes. Sometimes help that is offered, even from an adult, should graciously be tactfully be declined to keep marital bliss - especially when it makes your stove all dirty and you hate a dirty stove or makes the bottom of your new pots and pans black.
Every day I walk the dog, there is a wonderful scent that finds its way to my nose along the breeze. It comes up just as I come to the forest preserve area and I cannot find the source despite searching high and low. The last two things I wanted to bring up today are a book recommendation: "Passalong Plants" by Steve Bender and Felder Rushing. I purchased my copy used on Amazon.com and my copy was in great shape and worth every penny I paid and more. It gives information about the plants and why they are special and provide a bit of love and humor at the same time. Really a nice addition to your home library. Finally, a fun activity for kids and adult gardener alike to do. I found a cool link for creating seed bombs as a way to sharing seeds from your home garden. This young lady gives good instructions with photos and it's a nice, original idea.