Mowing Winter Rye Cover Crop

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Here's a close-up of the winter rye. We planted this crop in Nov 2011 and cut it in May 2012. It was over 3 feet at the time of cutting.

Garden Journal 2012

4/30: Started Seeds

click to enlarge3/25: Fertilized Blueberries with Holly-Tone Organic Fertilizer (for acid loving plants), Applied about 3-4 oz. per plant.

3/17: Pruned Fruit Trees.

7/26/12: A few pictures from the garden.

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The beans came in very strong this year. We'll have more than enough for the year.

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We planted some wild flowers too.

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The peaches are doing really well. Unfortunately, we have very few apples this year.

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A young watermelon.



4 pounds ground beef
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 16-ounce can tomato sauce
1 6-ounce can of tomato paste
4 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground oregano
2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed


Roast the garlic and add the ground beef into a large pot. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess oil, and then add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together, cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer.

Simmer for about 60 minutes. If the mixture becomes too dry, add water as needed.

After an hour, taste and adjust the seasonings. Add the beans and simmer for 15 minutes.