I will finish answering these soon. Please ask more questions! I'll post a link on the sidebar.
1. What camera do I use?
I have a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. A fantastic camera that I highly recommend. Its relatively light and small for a digital SLR, a good size for my hands. I take it everywhere with me.
I have two lenses. A general purpose Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens (reviewed here). Also a wonderful Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens. This lens gives wonderful background blur.
2. How do I organize my photos?
I take 20-100 shots a day. I delete at least half right away. The I select a couple I like, edit if needed, and upload to Flickr. A subset of these go onto my blog. The folder of all the saved photos gets archived onto an external hard drive, organized by date. If I want to find a photo, I generally just search Flickr or my blog. The important thing on both Flickr and the blog is to title or tag the photo with a useful name that I and likely to find again my searching. I can download the original resolution image from Flickr. Based on the photo date, I could go back to my archived folder and find more photos, though I have rarely actually done this.
3. What software do I use to edit my photos?
I use Microsoft Office Picture Manager as a quick tool to view and crop. I use PhotoShop CS3 to do lots of other things. I especially like "auto levels" and "shadow/highlight". I use PowerPoint to make collages. To export, I use DocPrint PDF Driver and then convert the PDF to a jpg using PhotoShop.
4. How do I get high resolution photos into my blog?
I use Flickr. It allows you to use higher resolution than Blogger.
5. How do I make collages?
With PowerPoint. To export, I use DocPrint PDF Driver and then convert the PDF to a jpg using PhotoShop.
6. How do I take "aerial" photos of my garden?
From the 2nd floor window - right above the garden.
7. How do I format my blog?
8. What kind of dog is Skippy?
He's a Portuguese water dog. (It seems everyone's calling them "Obama dogs" now.)
9. I did a good job with succession planting, but no matter when they get planted, the lettuce, spinach, and radishes are finished by the first or second week in July. They all want to bloom, and then get bitter. When I plant for a fall crop in August, some years it grows, and others they don't. Do you have a way to extend the season?
Boy, what a great question!
10.How big is your garden?
I've been growing a kitchen vegetable garden for many years now in a space next to my house. As the years have gone by and the have trees grown, its gotten shady. In spring 2008, I got a local community garden plot, about a mile from my house. In the fall, we expanded it. Plus, this spring (2009), my husband expanded my home vegetable garden by removing lead contaminated soil adjacent to the house and adding a tall raised bed in a prime sunny spot.
Altogether now, I have 1100 square feet of vegetable gardening space!
My yard has 5 beds that are about 9 x 3.5 each and one big bed about 10 x 10. (About 250 sq ft.)
My community plot is about 30 x 30.
11. What are the dimensions of the posts and wire of your community garden fence? Where did you buy the metal posts and wire? And more importantly, how has it worked out for you?
The fence is 5 ft tall. The poles are driven in a ft or so, so I guess they are 6+ ft. They are the ones sold to go with the 5 ft fencing at Home Depot. My garden is about 25 ft square, so we have 25X4 total ft of fencing.
The 5 ft fencing material is hung to start at the ground. We then dug a 1 ft trench and lined the garden with 2 ft chicken wire, half underground and half above. This keeps the burrowers out, plus the small rabbits that can squeeze through the larger fencing holes. In areas we couldn't dig down the chicken wire angles outward underground. The chicken wire is secured to the 5 ft fence with small tie wraps.
After two seasons, I can report that this fence has worked great. The chipmunks come over, but that's all.
12. Is there anything I can plant this late in the season?
You can try out my on-line fall planting calendar. Here's the link. Enter your first frost date and it gives dates for planting. July and August are the months for fall planting. In August, I'm planting peas, kale, spinach, lettuce, and radish.
I just made this calendar this spring. Please drop me a comment if you have suggestions to add to it or if a date doesn't seem right to you.
13. What do you do with all your vegetables?
14. What won't you put in a martini?
Well, tomatoes, beans, greens, pumpkins, eggplants, kohlrabi, turnips, or rutabagas. I think just about anything else is fair game. And seasonal, fresh homegrown tastes best. My favorites: melons, apples, pears, strawberries, cucumbers, celery, radish, onions, carrots, spicy Peppadew peppers, raisins, dried cranberries, dried papayas, dried fruit of any type, maraschino cherries ... Oh, and olives are nice too. Especially the big green ones with the pit still in.
BTW, here's my martini recipe (serves 2)
Chill shaker, gin and glasses in freezer. (We store them there.)
Add to shaker:
about 1 cup crushed ice
4 shots gin (or vodka)
splash of dry vermouth (~5 drops)
Shake well. Pour into two glasses. We like to add the ice too. Add vegetables and/or fruits to taste. Ahhh...
15. Where did you get your paella grill?
www.buyspain.com (We have a 42 cm pan.)
16. What can I do with kohlrabi?
Compost it! (If you feel bad about that, put it in the bottom drawer of your fridge til its brown and then compost it.)