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Friday, September 26, 2008

More Stuff From Our Backyard

We made a second raised bed for winter vegetables. All of the plants you see in this raised bed are ones that we bought this morning. Yes, we cheated. But I think it is justified cheating. We decided not to renew our CSA for the winter months, because we'd be getting these sorts of vegetables anyways, which have been fairly easy for us to grow so far.
Second raised bed

This section will be for cucurbits, which means cucumbers, watermelon, pumpkin, squash, zucchini. In order to get it ready for the next warm season, we planted some rye and red clover beyond the backyard fence. The purpose of these is to 1) break up the soil (the rye) and 2) fix some nitrogen (clover). I think we'll be tilling it all in when the next warm season comes around. This picture is from a few days ago, and we are happy to report that we are seeing lots of little sprouts.
Red Clover and Rye

Our stevia plant has taken off, and has bloomed many little flowers. The bumblebees LOVE stevia. Unfortunately, we never got around to picking the leaves off before the plant bloomed. So hopefully stevia can survive Georgia winters so we can do better next year.
Bumblebee and Stevia

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3 have poured out their souls in electronic text:

  • Ginny

    I am so proud of you guys! (Not that it matters...) But, I love to see people doing stuff like growing their own food and enjoying it. You are doing a great job! :-D

  • Jackie

    Hey~technical question...if you have time!

    I signed up for the sitemeter and I love it, but I was wondering...is there a way to tell who's on, by name? When I click on location, it gives me city, state, and internet provider. But is the upgraded version more specific? Or is that as close as it gets?

    Thanks!

  • JunkMale

    Ginny,

    Thanks. It's always nice to know someone is proud of us ;) I usually try not to use these sorts of "buzz" words, but we feel "empowered" by growing our own food. We don't like the idea of being enslaved by grocery stores, especially if we would ever be in a time of dire need (e.g. some sort of doomsday economic meltdown). So right now we're still a ways from breaking the chains of enslavement, but we are doing what we can.

    Jackie,
    If I read your comment correctly, you want to know something very specific, like which Blogger ID was on your site? As far as I can tell, you can't do that with free Sitemeter. I don't even know if you can do it with upgraded Sitemeter. On the Locations page, there are 4 columns: Detail, Country, Location, Distance. If you click on Detail, you will find out much more information about that visitor, such as IP address, time of visit, various information about their computer, etc. Through all that info on all the Sitemeter pages, I can sometimes figure exactly when so-and-so has visited the blog.

    My favorite Sitemeter page is the referral page, which lists which page the visitor was on before he came to your blog, if he clicked a link to get there.