I immediately headed over to the Marsh Creek Reservoir where I knew the reflection in the water would be good. I wasn’t alone as many other photographers knew it would be as well.
More on the Diablo fire here.
It reminded me of a volcano with flowing lava!
It’s that time when all the Summer fruit is in abundance. Now what the heck do you do with it all? There are only so many ways to stuff a pepper before they all start to taste the same.
When trying to figure out what to do with my peppers I happened across the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market web database of recipes and found you could look up by seasonal ingredient, type of dish or type of cuisine. No ads and easy printing as opposed to other recipe sites.
I opted for the grilled bell peppers since I had garlic chives, rosemary and peppers. The only thing I didn’t grow was the olive oil. There is something so satisfying about using everything you grew yourself for a recipe even if it’s a simple one (something that rarely happens for me)!
Doesn’t it kinda look like Christmasy?
Have to share this cool little browser button that identifies what fonts are being used on a web page. Not only does it show the name of the font but also the size and weight of the font.
Get it from the website fount.artequalswork
I was sooo excited about my big swan neck gourds that were developing only to be let down by the sudden appearance of fluffy ugly white patches on the bottom leaves of my plant. It’s right now in the heart of a hot August in dry California – it’s just a given that my plants are going to get it.
I instantly cut the leaves off only to find many more the next day. At that rate I wasn’t going to have a plant left!
From what I read powdery mildew thrives in hot windy dry conditions. From my reading this is one of those times that overhead watering is ok. This will slow the spread of the white patches. Before this I had only been soaking the soil with soaker hoses below and no water was getting on the leaves.
Ants in addition to wind spread the powdery mildew and when the ground is dry it’s more susceptible to an ant invasion – which I also had. If ants are on the soil after you water cover the soil with cinnamon. This acts as a repellent and they will go elsewhere. Which still left me with dealing with the powdery mildew that already took hold.
Here is my solution
Every day soak the leaves under and above in the following solution. It will NOT get rid of the white mildew that is already there so you may want to cut many of the badly infested leaves. It does however seem to stop the spread and cause the existing white patches to be less noticeable on my gourds.
- In one gallon of water boil 4 bags of chamomile tea (anti fungal properties)
- add 2 teaspoons of baking soda (magic ingredient but no more than that or it will burn the plant)
- Add 4 aspirin (for the salicylic acid)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (helps keep the mixture on the leaves)
- 2 teaspoons of dish soap (make sure it has sulfur in it – preferably an organic orange oil soap – this will repel insects and evenly break up and disperse the oil)
- 1.25 cups of garlic powder (I didn’t have this so I put a whole head of garlic in the boiling water and then mushed and strained the mixture. I am not sure why this works but many say it does so I am trying it.)
I entered into the Russian Standard Vodka Incredible pursuit for a chance to win $10,000 and several mentor sessions on my project. Along with my mother and I we have developed a way of gardening that requires very little work when set up and done in such a way that disabled or elderly people will still be able to garden. We call it “easy gardens” for now.
Someone with a wheel chair would be able to garden with this system. It requires little soil. Protects the plants from bugs and rodents and is completely organic. Once planted all someone would really need to do is harvest. There is no reason you have to be in tip top shape with a good back to garden. There is no reason the elderly need to be shut away in little boxes in front of a blaring TV talk shows when they could be enjoying the sunshine and enjoying ripe tomatoes fresh off the vine.
Click the button below to go the Russian Standards Vodka page and enter your birthday to make sure you’re of legal age and please show your support. I am happy for the votes I have so far and am energized that I might be able to make this a reality in an assisted living facility or a place like this where people are of limited mobility but still want to get out and enjoy life.
My usual sunflowers with black centers grow above my head making a wonderful privacy and wind screen. I don’t always want that though so this time in a little corner spot of my garden I planted some little dwarf Elf Sunflowers. They are only 16 inches tall with yellow centers.
Shot with my iphone using painteresque and filter storm.
This time a couple of my feathered friends got accepted to Shutterstock
Just finished putting up a site for Quantum Wine Cellars who uses grapes from Napa California. I had the pleasure of attending their release reception this last weekend and to sample their wonderful wines. John Schall of John Schall Design designed the logo and the overall look of this website.
Please browse their site to learn more about Quantum’s wines and their process.
This isn’t really a tutorial of how to create an interactive map as this blog post would be way too long and too complex. It’s more about the process of taking various resources and putting them together to create something. As I write this post this map is a work in progress. View Demo
The first step was to create the map. This was mostly done taking a screen grab from a satellite view of our campus off of Google maps. Then the buildings were traced using the pen too for each panel and curve. Shading was applied to give the buildings a 3D look.
For masthead where the text looks like chalkboard type I used the rough texture of paper overlay into white type. I then outlined the type and the arrow that I drew with a rough brush.
The map below is using several different technologies.
- Image maps to make hot regions using Adobe Dreamweaver to define the coordinates on mouse hover.
- A jQuery trigger was applied to the text to light up the various buildings in the image map. Using jQuery maphilight.
- Then I added used the spry tooltips to create a bubble that appears on the hover over the text or the building giving information as to the location of the building and a link for more details. I styled the bubble using CSS.
Then when you click on either the words or the building there is a window that dims the map and pops up with more information about the program and a closeup detail of the map. For this I used the greybox popup window script “that doesn’t suck”
Getting everything to link up and trigger all the other elements across these various scripts was a challenge but in the end I know what to modify to make it work. At least I hope so when I put this down for a couple months!
I love it when my garden starts to reward me with little presents