Heading out to the lake early in the day and hiking in before the heat set in to do a little flyfishing, the dark green nymph was the fly of the day. While I did catch a few panfish on a dark green woolly worm, the action wasn’t nearly as active, nor the strikes as hard, as it was in the dark green nymph. I tried a variety of other things, but the fish didn’t seem interested in much of anything else.
As I travel along the banks were, and waited in and out of the water, I tried to take some pictures of some of the critters I saw on the shore to get some ideas as to what might or might not work. Here are a few photos of the animals and insects I found onshore that had the potential to be fish food and give some inspiration as to what the fish might be eating in the local area.
As a matter of fact, the dark green nymph was so popular that I managed to catch a catfish on a very aggressive strike, which doesn’t happen to me very often. The fact that I was catching fish that one would not normally expect to catch on the fly, tends to indicate that I was using the right type of fly and that they were plentiful enough to attract other varieties of fish to feed.
Pumpkin pie spice is always a useful thing to have around the house, especially in the fall when pumpkin and winter squash are cheat and abundant. Or if you are like me and simply like to eat a pumpkin pie or pumpkin custard most any time of the year. However, I find making your Pumpkin spice is best because you can adjust your spice volume to meet your taste and dietary needs. Ginger something gives people trouble with heartburn and I find that orange zest gives the spice blend and nice citrus edge which appeals to many. Here is a basic Pumpkin spice recipe, but feel free to experiment with it to best accommodate your family’s tastes.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground clove
2 teaspoon ground ginger or ground dehydrated orange zest
2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie Spice Directions
Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl
whisk together thoroughly.
Pour the pumpkin pie spice into an airtight
store the sealed pumpkin pie spice container in
a cool dry place.
The pumpkin pie spice should be used within 6
months for best results.
I use my coffee bean grinder to make the ground orange zest, which works fine if you start with either purchased or home make dried orange zest. however, you do want to make sure that all the orange zest is finely ground without large bits, so, it will distru=bute evenly in your recipe.
Distinctive, blue-green circular leaves are held up on fleshy stems. These annuals come in a variety of types ranging from compact bushes to long-spreading vines. They make an eye-catching addition to any garden. In addition, they have large attractive blooms that range in color from palest yellows, pinks, and apricots to deep, rich yellows, oranges, and burgundy. The vining types are great in hanging planters, window boxes, or for use on trellises and fences.
Ease of care:
How to grow:
Plant in full sun to partial shade in average to poor, moist soil.
By seed in late spring. They’re large and can be planted individually where the plants are going to grow
Aphids love nasturtiums, so be on the lookout for them.
Fresh leaves and flowers-salads
Fresh flowers-floral arrangements
Unripe seeds and flower buds-pickled for salads
Pickle unripe seeds in vinegar and use them in salads.
Actually, runner beans are very
easy to grow. Summer is incomplete without the runner beans for many people.
Many people love to garden as a favorite pastime.
Runner beans are very nutritious
and healthy. Runner beans are good to eat and can be used and preserved in all
the ways you can use string beans. If you wish to use runner beans as green or
string beans the younger you pick them the more tender they will be.
The seeds from the older pods can
be harvested and eaten or dried stored for later use. This is an opportunity
most American gardeners miss, but will to the store and by Cannellini
beans. Cannellini beans, as it happens,
are variety runner beans.
I once had a friend (knowing that
I would not mind) who would come over and raid my runner beans when it looked
like I was too busy with the day job to keep up with the harvest. Both our families cook and use runner beans
like lima (Butter Beans).
It does not need a proper place to grow up. It
can grow among flowers and all. It can reduce the risk of heart disease. It can
also prevent the chance of colon cancer. It can control diabetes. It can boost
your immunity. For the good eye health, runner beans are very good. It can also
help you to improve the bone health of your body. This vegetable helps you to
keep your stomach working properly.
Runner beans can grow in a
container. The container can dry out easily. So, you need to water them
frequently. According to the size of the container, a very small amount of
runner beans can grow in a single container. Pots can also restrict the growth
of the plant.
Direct sowing is an easy process. It can be done at
any time of the whole year. This process means to plant the seeds directly into
the soil of the garden. There are actually three main parts of direct sowing
such as preparation, sowing the seeds and taking care of it.
It is important to set the bed for the seed. It should be done before a couple of weeks of sowing.
Amend the soil means to add valuable and vital nutrients to the soil. The soil analysis is very much needed in this stage.
After the amending part, you will have to wait for a few days for the weeds to sprout and after that remove them with the use of a small hoe.
Then layout your bed.
Sowing the seeds:
Before doing the direct sowing, you will have to
decide how the vegetables will grow and use for. You should have to give water
to the soil before the day of planting. After the sowing procedure, you will
have to provide the seeds with enough water to drink. Seeds basically need
three valuable things to germinate such as moisture, light, and temperature.
Caring for runner beans after sowing consists of weeding
the bed, re-sowing and weather protection for the crops and plants.
Seedlings need more micro-climate to grow than older
plants. If you are planning to grow seedlings of runner beans, then you will
have to take some special care.
To transplant seedlings, you will have to fill each
new container with the moist planting mix. You will have to loosen the soil
around the seedlings by using a kitchen fork. You will have to take special
care of handling the seedlings by their leaves to avoid the damage.
Succession planting is a very efficient way to grow
runner beans and other vegetables. The methods of succession planting increase
the availability of crops.
Insect and Pest Control: For any kinds of sowing, it
is essential to do insect and pest control. By controlling the pest, you can
ensure the growth of the crops. You can use many DIY methods to control the
pest and insects. You can also hire pest control to remove and kill them.
Controlling Diseases and Problems: By using proper
medicines, you can control diseases and other problems related to this. Fungi
used to take their energy from the growing plant. These fungi are mainly
responsible for the damage of the crops and plants. You will have to identify
the problem that causes hamper to your plant and solve it accordingly.
When are bush beans ready to harvest ripe?
Generally, bush beans should be ready in 50-55 days.
The maturity time depends on the variety of its growing.
Green beans: Green beans are tender and tasty. Your
plants provide a continual production all the seasons.
These beans are ready for harvest in 70-120 days. Dry
beans are actually growing to full maturity.
Weeding, watering, and mulching are essential until
the runner beans are harvested. You will have to apply an occasional liquid to
fertilizer feed them. This procedure will begin in the mid-summer and continue
to the first frosts. Runner beans actually crop just after the French beans. It
is a very productive, beautiful and delicious vegetable to grow. You will have
to pick the beans regularly to encourage future production.
Storing Runner Beans:
Runner beans are actually prolific. You can store it for a long time depending on the method used.
Blanching, then freezing the runner beans as green beans is an easy option. Once frozen runner beans can be safely stored up to nine months in an ordinary freezer, and fourteen months in a deep freeze in a vacuum-packed bag.
You can keep fresh runner beans in the salad drawer of the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. You will have to use the oldest beans at first.
It takes a week actually to dry runner bean seeds at home, but once dry and stored the dry beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot, runner beans can be safely kept for up to five years, then cook much like dry lima beans.
Young Runner beans can also be dried as leather breeches beans (dry green beans) a heritage method, which is nearly forgotten, then rehydrated and eaten for up to two years.
Sometimes birds have a hard time getting fresh
and clean water. A birdbath could come in handy in such instances. It could
also be great if you love watching birds. Water has been proven to attract more
bird species than feeders. However, getting a birdbath is the first step. You
need to place the birdbath properly to ensure it serves its purpose perfectly.
Here are some quick bird bath placement tips to consider.
How to place a
near a window or where you can see/watch birds easily
Although you may be getting a birdbath solely for providing birds with clean, fresh, water, you’ll definitely enjoy watching the birds. So, place the birdbath near your field of sight, preferably, somewhere you can see from indoors. This will, of course, depend on the design of your house as well as your tastes and preferences. For instance, if you have outdoor space in your home that you frequent when relaxing, consider placing your birdbath in front of such an area.
2. Place on a pedestal away from predators/danger
Birdbaths should be away
from areas where cats, among other predators, can hide and pounce on the birds.
Ideally, the birdbath should be out in the open and placed on a pedestal where
birds can see predators approaching. A pedestal is also a safe distance away
from the ground where children can’t reach, and you can see the birdbath
3. Have an
Since it’s impossible to
eliminate predators, among other things that can scare birds away, you should
think about an escape route. The birdbath should be placed where there is a
clear line of escape into the sky or nearby branches since wet birds have a shorter
4. Locate near a
clean and fresh source of water
Birdbaths should be near a garden hose. Since one of the reasons for having a birdbath is providing clean and fresh water to birds, a location that is far from your house or a water source isn’t ideal. It should be easy for you to change the water after a few days, even daily during hot weather. A nearby water source also makes cleaning easy.
5. Consider climate
Last, but not least, you
need to consider the climate in your area. If you live in northern regions
which are generally cold, choose a sunny spot so that the sun can keep the
water warm during chilly days. Such a location will also ensure the water
doesn’t freeze during winter. If you live in southern regions which are usually
hot, consider a spot with some shade to keep the water cool during hot days.