For some reason my fig trees are not growing like they should. I do not want to put commercial fertilizer around them, so I mixed up some organic fertilizer:
- Cut the top off of a one gallon milk jug.
- Fill 3/4 with water.
- One handful aged chicken manure.
- One handful ash from my smoker. This is a mix of oak, pecan and wild cherry.
- Handful bone meal.
- Mix together with a stick.
- Pour around base of fig tree.
The season of plenty is upon us. On Saturday June 14, 2014 the grandkids, my wife and I dug 4 1/2 bushels of potatoes, beans are doing good, fig trees have figs on them.
Here in southeast Texas we had an unusually cold and wet winter. We got snow 4 times this year. One of the storms blanketed the farm with 3 inches of snow.
Around 1964 there was a storm that dumped 2 feet of snow in southeast Texas. My dad remembered having to get the chickens out of the snow and put them in the chicken house for the night. Nobody I talked to remembers a winter like what we experienced here in Southeast Texas in 2013 – 2014.
Because of the cold wet weather I postponed planting potatoes for a couple of weeks. Instead of planting in mid-February we planted in early March. This meant the potatoes would be ready to dig later. Instead of mid-late May, the potatoes were ready in early-mid June.
¼ lb suet
½ lb chopped figs
1 cup sour apple (cored, pared and chopped)
1 cup milk
½ cup molasses
½ cup corn syrup
1 cup breadcrumbs
⅓ cup flour
Cream suet; add figs, apple and corn syrup. Pour milk over bread. Add yolks, beaten. Combine. Add flour and egg whites. Steam 4 hours.