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Alexi Murdoch and Other Eclectic Musings

Alexi Murdoch and Other Eclectic Musings

My oldest son is a guitar player. He is, for the most part, self taught. He did have some lessons that we bartered for a few years ago, but it wasn’t long before the teacher said he had surpassed his skill level to teach.

Alexi Murdoch and Other Eclectic Musings

Ryan would like to be able to make a living with his music, but that is a tough business, especially in this climate. So, for the time being, he has two jobs and plays when and where he is able. All that to say recently he told me about a singer named Alexi Murdoch. I’ve always encouraged him to listen to and learn from a wide variety of music.

Alexi Murdoch

Alexi Murdoch…Broaden Your Horizons

We have our favorites, but we can appreciate a wide variety. It’s good to broaden our horizons.

That’s how I’m feeling about the garden right now. I want to stretch a bit but I’m not exactly sure in what direction. I am thinking about installing a coffee bed. I think it would be awesome to be able to roast and brew my own coffee.

Coffee Plant

Coffee Plant

I guess I’ll keep you posted about that.

I’m preparing a bed for carrots and parsnips. I think I’ll wait until the middle of August to plant though. It’s really hot here right now.

So what interesting, eclectic things are ya’ll planting this fall? I love to hear from you.

Oh, and if you like folksy, acoustic music, check out Alexi Murdoch.

In the meantime, have a paisley week.~KeriAnne

Are You Plugged In?

Are You Plugged In?

Today I had to update plugins. Not an unusual or exciting occasion. Certainly not worth writing about. However, it did cause me to look particularly long at the word plugin and realize, it’s not a word.

I mean, it is a word, spell check doesn’t even blink at it. But really, plugin, is not a word. It’s like the h in humble, we never voted to change it to umble, but somehow, that’s what it is. (Except at my house, where the h gets used each and every time it is meant to be used. I mean,  arry the enderson as a pulled amstring makes you sound like you’re doing a bad cockney impression. Dun’t it?)

All that to say this, today is shameless plug day! Here’s what I read, what I love, what I’m thinking about. I know you wanted to know. If you love them as well, tell them the Paisley Carrot sent you. I’m giving you four from each category because four is my favorite number. Read the rest of this entry

The Summer Is Here!

The Summer Is Here!

Today is the first day of summer! So happy summer! It’s the longest day of the year (or the shortest if you live on the other side of the world).

Summer is…

  • a time for home made and carted popsicles.
  • swimming pools or swimming holes.
  • firefly lanterns and sleep outs.
  • lemonade on the porch and watermelon in the fridge.
  • secrets with friends.
  • daisy chains and banana bikes.
  • pirates and princesses.
  • grandparents and cousins.

It’s the first day. What are you going to do with your summer?

Make it paisley!~KeriAnne

Are You Involved With A CSA?

Are You Involved With A CSA?

Country Gardens has a wonderful article about a young lady that runs her own small business as an organic gardener.

She started when she was very young, like 12, and now has a rather profitable, sustainable business. She sells garden “shares”. For nine weeks during the spring and summer, those that buy a “share” get a bag of organically grown produce, herbs and flowers. Those that get large “shares” get larger quantities. It’s a very interesting concept.

I’m wondering, do any of you participate in a CSA either as a producer or a consumer?

What is your experience with them?

Tell us your stories, good or not so good.

Have a paisley Friday!~KeriAnne

Stuff You Missed in Botany: Parasitic Wasps (and other beneficial insects)

Stuff You Missed in Botany: Parasitic Wasps (and other beneficial insects)

I’ve barely been in the garden this week, but today is cool and gorgeous; so this may be a short post.

A reader wrote me to ask what a parasitic wasp was and how, as I had suggested, they could make them their friends? What a great question to answer on Botany day!

These little guys are very small, sometimes 1/100th to 3/4’s of an inch long. That’s small. So small, in fact that they often go unnoticed, to humans.

Trichogramma Wasp, Not a Mosquito

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A Mystery on Monday

A Mystery on Monday

A dear friend from church gave me a plant I need a little help identifying. She told me it thrives in any soil but prefers morning sun, then a more shady afternoon. I’m thinking it’s a Caladium culitivar? Can you identify this plant? If so, please drop me a line!

Caladium?

Oh, and my neighbor across the way gave me some Four O’Clocks a couple of months ago, this morning I see they are beginning to bloom. They’re pretty. Ours is a symbiotic relationship, I give Billy fresh baked Rosemary bread, he gives me flower tubers. Win-win!

Four O'clocks in bloom! Thanks Billy

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A Few Reminders

A Few Reminders

I hope you have a really great, paisley weekend!

Please take a moment to look at a few past posts that are in need of some comments and advice.

First off, I need help with some canning concerns. If you have some experience with canning and preserving, I really need your help. Please take a moment to look over the article on Whimsical Wednesday and let me know what you think.

Second, I’m still in need of some ideas for my crazy science experiment with radish tops. Read the article about Myrosinase and give me some feedback.

Feedback welcome always! Oh, and don’t forget to tell your friends about the site = )

I’m out to the garden now. Again, have a great weekend. I hope it’s sooo paisley!~KeriAnne

Whimsical Wednesday

Whimsical Wednesday

I’m feeling the burn of planting 28 cucumber plants yesterday. Luckily, we have church tonight so gardening is reserved for watering and feeding only. I usually keep Wednesday as a “stay in” day so I’m fresh for church. I did go out and check everybody this morning. They’re all giddy since the good soaking rain we got yesterday evening.

It was kind of fun, I was on the last cucumber when it started sprinkling. I had just enough time to put my tools away, store the wheelbarrow and pop up on the porch before the skies let loose. I planted, God watered them in. = )

So, here’s what else is on my mind today (because I know you were wondering).

First off…canning and preserving.

Radishes are picked, pared, processed and pickled! Yay! So far I have 1 full quart and 4 half quarts of the French Breakfast.

Pickled French Breakfast, Bread and Butter style

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Stuff You Missed in Botany: Experiment With Organic Pest Control

Stuff You Missed in Botany: Experiment With Organic Pest Control

No, I’m not telling you what an experiment is as such. I’m telling you about a Botany experiment I’m going to be doing with my son, Jonathan.

Last week while searching for various and sundry things, I came across an interesting article about Myrosinase. This has sparked much curiosity, scientific probing,  and even a bit of the entrepreneur spirit around the Gunz household.

Myrosinase is an enzyme that is released when radish leaves are stressed. (It’s not only radish leaves, but most of the brassicas family, the largest quantity comes from rapeseed) The enzyme acts as a repellent to insects, and other foragers.

DNA of Myrosinase~it looks like confetti...so pretty and paisley!

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