Beer does grow on trees

Andrea’s brother, Gordon, planted some empty Corona beer bottles nose down in our garden. We did not see them until after he left. Andrea asked him why he did that and he replied, ’cause I thought some beer trees might grow, I’ve been trying for years. Well this week he came down for a visit with his wife Colleen. The went for a walk out to the garden and this is what they saw.

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He enjoyed the harvest and the feeling he’d finally succeeded.

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Potatoes producing 15 pounds plus per plant

We have been working the soil in our garden for the last four years. It was heavy clay when we moved here but every year we have improved it with tilling in soil and components to improve it. We planted potatoes this year for the first time. Wow, they must love the soil since they are producing 15 pounds or more per plant. Lots of potatoes since we have about 20+ plants.

Over 15 pounds of red potatoes from one plant
Over 15 pounds of red potatoes from one plant

We now have a large amount of compost which will be added. Lets see what happens next year. We are ready now to plant some fall crops.

Clipping from a 100 year old rose

This rose was given by a great grandfather on my mom’s side of the family (Christensen) to his wife over 100 years ago. Through the years the rose was clipped and new ones grown and then once again clipped and grown. I took some clippings when I was at the Bateman family reunion this summer at Jan Christensen’s home. One looks pretty good for surviving with new growth. Two others have no growth yet but the stems are green and they are rooting.

On Christensen side of family, mom's family. This was a rose given by a great father to his 100 years ago. This is a clipping I took this year.
On Christensen side of family, mom’s family. This was a rose given by a great father to his 100 years ago. This is a clipping I took this year.