ECW Documentary

If you get a chance try and help these guys out. The culture behind ECW was absolutely amazing.

Tomato Harvest

The first harvest is looking really good so far! On to making pasta sauce! 🙂

The tomato plants are still completely covered in tomatoes, in the coming weeks I should be getting a lot more. 🙂

Upcoming Weather

The weather forecast for the next week or so is looking REALLY nice!! I’m stoked because by garden could really use a nice long heat wave. Everything is growing but that sun will make things go crazy 🙂



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Garden Status

Following the aphid infection, my cucumbers didn’t recover as well as I would like. I trimmed a lot of leaves off to prevent the disease from spreading, that appears to have stunted the plant. I have two cucumbers that aren’t growing much. Maybe next year.. My corn and tomatoes are doing amazing though! The corn stopped growing at about 6 foot (some are smaller), which was attributed to the bush blocking the sun during the first few stages of growth. I have about 25 ears of corn :-). My tomatoes are going insane! My early girl tomato plant is covered in tomatoes! I am not really sure why my big beef doesn’t have any yet. The hot weather just broke loose around here so i’m hoping the bees get to all the flowers on the plant.

I have two lemon cucumber plants, the first one I planted a while back but was attacked by a squirrel, and somehow is STILL growing. It literally looks dead  at the base but is producing cukes. Because of my uncertainty as to the health of the plant, I went and bought another plant which is already producing cukes.

I have started a project that will make the garden larger and allow for up to 5 – 6 hours of sun in the late afternoon to evening. It gets another 2 hours of sun in the morning. We have two large pine trees that block a lot of sun mid day. So far with just the evening sun, the garden is already doing well. My hope with this project is to give more space and remove a crap load of roots and black berry plants, In the next month I will have a stump grinder out here to get the stump and most of the roots around it removed and make mulch out of them. Then comes the fun part of building a stone retaining wall and tilling in some healthy soil.

Right now the soil is in pretty bad shape. I’ve had to add miracle grow and calcium to keep things going, the soil is so tough and dry. Put water on it and the water just rolls away, my plan is to remove an inch or two of the bad soil and replace it with healthy garden soil and fertilizer. Then I will till it in and hopefully have better soil for next year. This year is more of a trial run for the garden. Next year I will have more stuff growing and a lot more space.

Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to check out my garden cam. I hope to add another camera to that next year so I can have lower and higher vantage points.


Garden Cam Gallery Project

For awhile now, I’ve had my Garden Cam up and running but I wanted a photo gallery that wasn’t a pain to maintain or setup. I also needed it to auto detect directories and photos. I stumbled across SFPG (Single File Photo Gallery) which does just that!

My only problem was, the webcam only uploads a single image every 5 minutes. My fix? a simple bash script to copy that file into a directory 1 minute after the new image uploads. The image starts at cam_1.jpg but gets transferred with date and time stamps on it for easier sorting with another bash script. Once it’s in the new directory and renamed, it gets sorted:

DATE=$(date +%m%d)
Dir=$(date +%m-%d)

# Move the files
for file in cam-“$DATE”*.jpg; do
mkdir -p “$Dir”
mv $file “$Dir”

I have the sort script run one minute after the file gets moved, this way I don’t have any issues with the sort script running before the image is moved.

So check it out Gallery

Something you may have caught onto if you read any of my posts, I do things in a round about way. Mainly because I don’t want to have to pay for software to do something if I can make it happen my own way. (prime example: My back up and restore script)

If you want to talk to me about my scripts or want to use them, feel free to contact me! (the ways to contact me are over to the right)