Sunday, September 2, 2012

It's Raining so I...

I've said it a million times... so let's just make it a million and one.

Do you know what happens when you go outside when it's raining?

You get wet.  Contrary to the way some people react to it, rain does not kill you.

Tarp covered chicken coop.
Source: Lanie Ricketts
I don't remember if I mentioned it here or not but there's a small design flaw on the the chicken coop that means it leaks at the top of the door when it rains.  I can correct it when I have time but unfortunately, I haven't had the time to address it yet.  So, when I heard about the gloom and doom of 6 inches of rain that we were supposed to get this weekend, I decided to tarp it to keep the aliens from drowning since I STILL don't have time to do what needs to be done to fix the top of the door.

There was another thing to consider though.  Just simply throwing a tarp over it wasn't going to work.  There's an eco roof up there with dirt and a couple of VERY nice pumpkin plants that are starting to bloom.  If I simply throw a tarp up there, the plants would have been crushed under the weight of the rain.  *sigh*  How the heck do you tarp something that needs it without killing something you want?

Plastic patio table to protect the pumpkins from the weight.
Source: Lanie Ricketts

I think I figured it out and so far it's working well.  I have a couple of those green plastic outdoor furniture side tables.  They are lightweight so there would be no issue with adding extra weight to the roof.  The height was perfect and if I set one in the middle of the eco roof, it added enough head room for the pumpkins and a great direction for water runoff from the rain.  I love to admit that it's working to help solve the problem perfectly and the pumpkins will be just fine, they just won't get the benefit of the rain water, yet.  They will get it by hand watering but hand watering an eco roof takes a lot less time than shoveling out the debris from the inside of a wet chicken coop and replacing it.

I don't think the chickens are fans of the subtle noise that is created by the rain hitting the tarp but I imagine if they were smart enough to put two and two together, they would be happy that the tarp is there.  Right now, they just run in and out like idiots.  When the rain falls quickly, they all want to run outside but then they discover it's raining and they want to go back in.  It's kinda funny to watch and they will figure it out... I hope anyway.

Rainy day backyard harvest.
Source: Lanie Ricketts
I like to walk around my plants when it's raining.  In fact, my favorite time to pull anything food wise is when there's a nice sprinkle going on.  Today I pulled green peppers, tomatoes, basil and sage along with the usually daily eggs that the girls gave me.  I decided to make a tomato sauce to go over stuffed green peppers.  That will be dinner for tomorrow night and I'll be able to freeze what is left over to eat at another time.  I LOVE stuffed peppers!

Any type of tomato sauce is really easy to make and is SO much tastier than the stuff you get at the store.  One of these days, I'll post how I make it.  It's never the same exact way twice but that's OK because after all, it's homemade and you use what you have at the moment.

Today's sauce is already done and is cooking down.  Here's what it looks like when you get everything in the pot.  There's no water added to this, that's all lovely tomato juice!

Homemade tomato sauce.
Source: Lanie Ricketts
There are 4 different varities of tomatoes in there along with onion, garlic, basil, peppers, garlic, salt and pepper.  I may can a few jars today too just for the heck of it since there is more than enough for stuffed green peppers.

It's very yummy around here today.  Rainy days are like that around here though.  I always say if you visit my house and you leave here hungry, it's your own darn fault because there is always something amazingly good and healthy here to eat!

Happy Rainy Sunday my friends!

*hugs*

~Lanie





       

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