Posted on March 10, 2011 by therunninggarlic
I still consider myself to be in the learning stages with my Apple Mac and I am making it a habit to use it even for the simple searches or mail checks. If I don’t use it I will never learn all the fantastic features it contains. I did purchase the iWork when I first purchased the computer, so I have been dabbling around with iPhoto. I reasoned to myself though if I am in this learning mode at present, I may as well throw more into the equation, so I now also have Adobe Photoshop. I received the software yesterday along with the Missing Manual for it and am excited to dive in!
If you have been following along with the Post A Day challenge and my blog, you may have noticed my list of topics for each day is gone. What I found happening was that I was trying to follow the outline of topics exactly and I was feeling pressed to come up with a new craft or tech idea to write about and, quite honestly, it wasn’t fun. My topics were great and definitely part of what I do, but if you notice my posts have become more centered on photos, recipes and now with the gardening season upon us…much more gardening!
I still haven’t missed a day although there are gaps. These are filled by my other blog GardenDish with gardening recipes which will become more frequent. …and gosh, who knows where this new Photoshop will send me. So like an evolving diary … my blog keeps learning and moving on to new facets in life. The one underlying lesson I am taking away with this challenge is not to limit myself and to write about what I am passionate about – it is much more interesting. Since that changes (almost weekly) you will never know what to expect next. For now it’s ……. Gardening, Photos and some good ole’ healthy eating.
Thank you for your patience as I shift gears a bit. One more note – it seems using the air card brings me back to prehistoric time and my computing is slow and although I can check in … there is not a whole lot of browsing and commenting I am able to do. My trips and air card use will be on the increase and I can read most …. very slowly and very patiently.
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Posted on March 1, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Green beans are good for you, easy to grow in the garden and the bunnies will devour them before you have a chance to wink your eye. They don’t seem to care that you spent hours planting, weeding and watering your beans anticipating the day of harvest. They will even stare you in the eye as they munch away oblivious to the fact that this is YOUR garden and not theirs! There are quite a few greens bunnies love and green beans are on the top of their list!
I established a new garden out in the far part of the yard several years ago and although I had it fenced in …Mr. or Mrs. Bunny found a way in and enjoyed every single bean growing. I would see movement and run out waving and yelling only to arrive and see the bunny still munching and going no where quick – just looking at me like I was some half crazed human.
You would think scary Gargoyle would have the situation under control. Needless to say, that year I had no beans and actually removed the whole garden out that way, since it was too far to keep an eye on. The year before a squirrel climbed in and had a daily party with the Blue Corn growing.
Last year I planted TriColor Bush Beans from Renee’s Garden close by and had a nice assortment for freezing. I will be adding a post to GardenDish this week with some of the frozen beans I have packaged up. Beans are easy to grow – just keep the area fenced in if you happen to have a bunny or two around. Plant the seeds directly outdoors when the soil has warmed and the danger of frost has passed. Plant 1″ deep and 3-4″ apart in rows 1 1/2 – 2 ft. distance. Planting seeds several weeks apart until the end of June will assure a continuous harvest throughout the season. There are many different varieties and types of beans from bush to pole to snap beans and dried beans. Try some different types and you will discover some new and exciting dishes to serve.
TriColor Bush Beans with fresh Dill (watch for recipe later this week)
Grow some Beans … just watch for those Bunnies!
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