Transplanting Yacon

In November I dug up all the yacon  .. or I thought I dug it all up. The crowns were divided and saved in pin shavings to replant this year but they all shriveled up, rotted and smelled horrible so we dumped them. You can read about the parts I harvested and the parts I saved to eat in this blog post. There’s a link in that blog post where you can learn more about yacon. It’s a very interesting plant.

They’re hard to find and they’re expensive so I figured my yacon growing days were over. The other day I noticed . . they’re coming up from where I thought I had dug them all up! A couple of days later Vince had been out tilling up where I’m going to plant my okra. He said “I cut some of the grass in the garden.” I asked him to come let me show him where the yacon were coming back up so he wouldn’t cut that area. Too late, Ethel! He had already cut it. He has a real talent for cutting down the things I want to save but I hadn’t told him about it so I couldn’t complain. So now my yacon growing days were really over.

Til I went out there to see about planting something else and there were the yacon up again. I decided to dig them up and transplant them to the empty raised bed. Well, it’s empty except for a few things that are coming up that I think are going to be sunflowers! I left those and planted the yacon around them.

Yacon

Yacon

There are probably six clumps of yacon in the garden. In the picture, you see half of one clump! From two clumps, I got enough tubers to plant the entire 8′ x 8′ raised bed and planted about 20 more plants around two sides of the bed. I left the other yacon growing where it was and will clean out around the plants, mulch them and hopefully they will not get mowed down again.

Raised Bed Full of Yacon

Raised Bed Full of Yacon

This morning I got four – 30′ rows of okra planted, and some jack-o-lantern pumpkins planted. I think the only thing I have to do in the garden still is to plant more squash, transplant the tomatoes that are in buckets that were in the greenhouse, and transplant the artichoke seedlings after they grow a bit stronger.

Vnce is going to dig up along one fence line, inside the fence, and I’ll plant 4 elder berries, 4 goji berries, 2 Hanson bush cherries and 1 gooseberry. I don’t have a lot of hope for the gooseberry. I don’t think it will like our Texas heat and while I understand that it probably will never produce, I at least wanted to try.

We probably planted about 2/3rds of the 100′ x 100′ fenced in area. Not bad!

A Sad Little Dog

Two things to remember as you read this post:

  1. Leaving home is torture for me. I have to work to make myself do it.
  2. I live 20 minutes from most anything .. farther from most things.

I had a dentist appointment for Monday to get the prep work done on getting two crowns replaced. That’s enough right there to ruin my week, right? The dentist had a funeral to attend and my appointment had to be changed to today. I thought Speck had a followup vet visit yesterday. Thank goodness I called first because it was today . . same time as my dentist appointment. The vet moved Speck’s visit up to 8:30 and my dentist appointment was at 10. I was calculating . . If I’m out of the vet’s office by 8:50, I can get Speck home and I can get back to town to the dentist. I asked Vince to please check his voice mail because I might have to leave Speck at the vet and Vince might have to go get him on his way home from lunch.

The vet found that Speck had a heart murmur and wanted to keep him and run some tests. They scheduled me to meet back with the vet at 3:30. Great . . that freed me up from having to race home and back to town. Left the vet and ran by Dollar General to see about some pans I needed for growing fodder and got to the dentist in plenty of time.

I was in the dentist chair over 2 hours! Rough way to spend 2 hours. Left the dentist, ran by the pharmacy to pick up meds, ran home, went straight to the garden. Picked peas. Left and went straight to friend’s house way out by the lake to exchange peas for milk. Rushed home to put the milk in the fridge. Rushed back to the vet for 3:30 appointment!

Speck

Speck

I had told them at the vet to be careful .. he’s gotten really snippy in his old age. He tried to bite them. They put a muzzle on him. He was fighting trying to get that off and ripped a toe nail completely out (bandage on his foot!). They ended up sedating him to get x-rays.

He does have a heart murmur but his heart is not in bad condition. He still has his sinus issues so he’s on two antibiotics. Right now he’s still kinda out of it from the sedation but hopefully, the meds will make him better.

When I walked in with Speck, Rita was so excited to see him. It’s kinda sad how much she misses him and knowing . . it isn’t going to be long before he’s not around. I’m not sure we’ll get another dog when Speck is gone. It’s pretty costly with vet bills and I’m just not up to housebreaking a new dog. I wouldn’t bet the farm that Rita is housebroken yet!

Anyway . . I’m back home after making what seems like a dozen trips to town today. If Vince even mentions leaving the house this weekend, I’m not going to be happy!

Snow Peas in the Freezer

Peas and Tomatoes

Peas and Tomatoes

Those are the peas off 3 plants! There are over 100 plants out there.  

Blanched Peas

Blanched Peas

I don’t mind freezing in small batches but I don’t like running the canner when it’s half full. This ended up giving me 5 – 8 oz. bags of peas and one meal’s worth of shelled peas. The ones that had gotten too big were the ones I shelled.

Peas

Peas

I’m going to pick more snow peas this afternoon and trade them to a friend for some raw milk. 

The tomatoes were picked over the last couple of days. They did have a good head start in the greenhouse but there are a whole lot of places where it’s still too cold to plant tomatoes. Then, there are places where it will be over 100 degrees in just a few weeks. I’d hate to live in those places! Oh . . wait . . .