Category Archives: gardening

FOG

     Yesterday morning the fog was so thick in our area that you could almost slice it with a knife.  Okay… okay I’m exaggerating, maybe… a little, but the fog was thick.  It was pretty to me.  Of course I didn’t have to drive in it.  I like almost all kinds of weather except bad storms and there is even beauty in that.  God has a purpose and reason for everything and He controls the weather.  Like anything else in our lives we can look for the good or expect the evil; I prefer the good.  No I would not like fog every day nor would I want rain every day.  I’m just thankful that I don’t control it one way or another.

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  I’m trying to decide what I want to plant in my spring garden.  It isn’t an easy choice since I have limited space.  I just always pray that God supplies me with enough to share.  And He does.  I guess I’m greedy because I want to try everything.  Some of the things I plant make it and some don’t.  In my opinion that is just part of being a gardener or farmer; taking chances.  This past fall was the first time I tried to grow cauliflower and it is coming along fine.  I’m sort of proud of it but I believe I will have to wait until next fall to plant it again since we have some very hot summer days which start early in Florida.

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     Wouldn’t it be nice to have five or ten acres to grow whatever you wanted?  Ahhhh… but it is only a dream.  At my age I probably would not be able to keep up with that much land.  I will just be thankful for what I have and that I am able to work it.  We are sort of planning to add two more 8×4 foot raised beds which will double my space so that’s good.  I’m thinking maybe I’ll give okra a try.

     Thank you for stopping by and until next time I will be pouring over seed catalogs and dreaming of a bountiful harvest.  God bless.

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW

I’ve been so proud of my garden this fall.  Our collards, mustard, Brussel sprouts and broccoli are all doing or did fine. We got more tomatoes than usual; they’re small but delicious.  So I really shouldn’t complain but my eggplants are a different story.

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     The plants themselves look good and they bloom but absolutely no fruit!  I tried pollinating them with a q-tip and small brush but that didn’t do one ounce of good.  What could I be doing wrong?  My sister said maybe I had two male plants but what do I know.  How would one tell?

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     Anyway… I told them if they didn’t do something soon I am going to pull them up, feed them to the chickens and try again in the spring.

     I’m really looking forward to a spring garden and I’ve been busy trying to decide what to plant.  I know I need to rotate and not plant the same thing in the same place.  I love looking through the seed catalogs.  Billy made me two raised beds last spring and I think we will add a couple more this year.  I need to start getting them ready so I can plant in February.

     Thank you for stopping by and until next time “Happy Gardening.”  God bless.

TWO OF MY TREES

I love nature which means, of course, trees included.  Cee’s post wants us to share photos of trees so here are two of mine.

No I have no words of wit to add to this post.  I guess I’m still recovering from vacation.  Yes, we had a wonderful time and will be back in our regular routine soon.

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Papaya

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Have a blessed week and please come back soon.

HONEYCOMB

hundreds     We went shopping Wednesday and had dinner out at my favorite Asian Restaurant. While we were out we were hit by a bad thunderstorm; lightning lite up the sky.
That is one thing I have never been able to catch with my camera (lightning) even though Tampa is the Lightning Capital of the World (so they say.)  Anyway we had a wonderful afternoon of shopping and eating; two of my favorite things to do.

When we got home this is what we found in out backyard.

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And from a different angle.

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It sort of crushed our picnic table but not completely.  Thank God my husband is a great carpenter and can absolutely make or repair anything made of wood.  We were not so lucky with some of my flowers but thankfully they were mostly annuals.  But what do they say about every cloud has a silver lining; and you should always look for the good in everything? Wellll… while the limb was dangling I found this.  Yeah…yeah I know I should never have gotten that close.

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Layers of honeycomb.  Of course there was no honey because the bees left weeks ago.  Thank God or there would have be hundreds swarming.  But I was excited to see this.

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My husband is working on clearing everything up today and he is trying to

save the part with the comb.  I can’t wait to show it to my grandson.

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But just in case it falls apart I was able to rescue these.

chunk of honeycomb

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I had to have one for my sister-in-law because she loves nature as much as I do (or more.)  I’m going to check at Lowe’s and see if I can find something to spray them with that will preserve them.  Any ideas?

Thank you for stopping by, please come back soon.  Have a blessed day and always look for God’s blessings they’re there if you only look.  God bless.

 

MONSTER TREE

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A while back I was doing yard work and noticed that a hollow hole in this tree looked like an open mouth.   Well… being me, I decided to paint this face.  I was hoping my grandson (five at the time) would get a kick out of it.  When he came over I took him out in the back yard to see my art work.  His reaction was certainly not what I expected.  He took one look then said “I don’t like it.”

“But I painted it for you.” I cried.

“Sorry, but I just don’t like it.” He replied.

Which just goes to show kids are so honest and if you don’t want the truth then don’t ask a child.

I never dreamed I’d get a chance to post it on the web but here it is.  The word this week is “Face” and of course right a way I thought of my monster tree. I hope you can see the spoof in my tree and enjoy it.  Yes, I know that art is not my talent so I better stick to writing.

Thank you for stopping by, please come back soon.  God bless.

Flower of the DAy

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A Double Purple Angel Trump.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

This is my first post for this site so I hope I am doing it right.  The word is “flower”  so I will share these.Flower of the day

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My ginger plant bloom.

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Close-up of Dutchman’s Pipe

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THE GARDEN WEEK THREE

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RISK     Yeah I know that I’ve been showing you my vegetable garden but every now and then I need to sneak in a flower or two.  I just plain love gardening whether it is vegetables or flowers.  Like I said before I’m a plant collector.  The photo above is my ginger blooming.  Those little beautiful pearls will soon open to gorgeous flowers.

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     I had to take the risk to show you because I so want you to see them.  Recently I watched a tv show that demonstrated how to get ginger started from a piece you buy at the grocery.  I purchased a small piece for seventy cents then I broke it into three pieces and planted those in pots (it was about a month ago.)  They sprouted and are about three inches high.  I can’t wait to see what their bloom looks like.  I’ll take pictures of them growing but I forgot to today.

     Okay; on to the vegetable garden.  Everything (except the onions) is growing well.  I planted sweet peas where the onions were supposed to be and several of them have sprouted.The squash are blooming.  We actually had fried squash blooms at supper.  They were absolutely delicious.

The pepper plants are loaded with small peppers.  They are too spicy for me so I’ll give them away but it is fun to see them grow. And the tomatoes are looking strong and healthy.

     As you can see I have been very busy outside and loving every minute.  Today we raked and bagged leaves and we’re only half way there.  I save some of them in the compost bin but there is just too many to keep them all because we have several oak trees and an equal amount of Laurel Leaf Cherry.  And on that note I will say good night because I am so tired. Please come back soon and let me know what you are growing and how it is going.  I forgot to show you my pumpkin plants but God willing and Jesus lingers I’ll show you later.  And of course my Dutchman’s Pipe vine; the blooms are so wonderfully beautiful.  One fell of the vine and I opened it and found seed sooo guess who is saving Dutchman’s Pipe seeds.

Good night.

How Does Your Garden Grow

 

I have no “Silver Bells , Cockle Shells nor Pretty Maids all in a Row” but I have a wonderful garden.  I absolutely love working in my garden whether it is with flowers or vegetables. I believe you might call me a plant collector instead of a gardener; though I don’t mind either handle.  I can’t seem to go to Lowe’s without coming home with some kind of plant or seed; I love their mark down plants (usually 75 percent off.)  Sure most of them look like they are at death’s door and some have no flower but that’s alright because with a little bit of love and care they bounce back. And I’ve been eyeing them for a couple of weeks so I know what the flowers will look like when it blooms again. But since this post is about “Future” we will start with a couple of weeks ago when my vegetable bed was bare.  Remember?

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I planted a few seed and small plants and before I knew it here we are at week two and I have squash (four kinds) radishes, beets, eggplants, tomatoes and peppers all growing beautifully.  Oh my, I forgot carrots.  I’ve never been able to get carrots to grow before but I have them now almost an inch high.  And pumpkins!  They too are almost an inch high.  Hopefully this Halloween my grandson can pick his pumpkin from our garden for his Jack-O-Lantern.  Yes!  You know I will record him making his decision.

But alas, no onions.  Everyone says you can grow onions when you can’t grow anything else but that is just not true for me.  My poor onion seed never germinated (the squirrels might have eaten them; pesky critters.)  But cheer up!  Tomorrow I will plant Sugar Peas in that spot.  I have them soaking in water tonight which, I’m told will make them sprout sooner.

And yes, I am still getting collards and green beans from fall’s garden.  There is something special about eating fresh vegetables from your own garden.

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I will keep you posted on the progress of my garden; both vegetables and flowers.  Just wait until you see my meadow this year!  I have my fingers crossed all the seeds I’ve sown there will grow.

Thanks for stopping by, please come back soon and mean while plant something.  I promise you will enjoy watching it grow.  God Bless.

 

 

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SPRING GARDEN

Not too Fearless to Plant a Garden

I swore up and down that I would not have a vegetable garden this spring.  They are wonderful and I enjoy the work but I promised myself that I would spend more time with my flowers.  Well… as spring approached I got the fever.  I’ve been composting and trying to build up the quality of soil in my yard but it isn’t quite there yet.  Oh in the fall I grew beautiful collards and mustard and we are still enjoying meals from them.  And I did have my small bean patch I made from my grandson’s wading pool that he has out grown.  I get about a mess of beans a week; most we have eaten but we’ve also been able to share. I was going to share a photo of it but can’t seem to find one.  Maybe I never took one…oh well I’ll make sure to include it in a later post.  Anyway, back to the story.  Yep, I got the gardening fever.  So I decided to start something small.   I commandeered the old recycling bins that have been replaced with nice big garbage cans.  I filled them with potting soil and planted carrots.  Then I placed an old screen from a window we replaced recently on top to save my precious seed from the squirrels.3-25-16 013

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You can see a tiny bit of the pool bean patch in the photo.

I was so happy thinking about my soon to eat sweet carrots but when you get the fever two small recycling bins just aren’t enough.  So….  I talked my sweet husband in to building me some raised beds.

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Raised bed with lining.

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And my sweet neighbor who manages a Supply Place for Landscapers brought me some great potting soil and filled my beds.  He is an angel of a person and is always helping us in any way he can.

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And last for this story but certainly not least, yesterday I was able to put out the first plants and seeds.

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I am so excited!  I can hardly wait for everything to start producing so I can share with others.  That is one of the wonderful things about having a garden, being able to give to neighbors and friends and even strangers.  I will definitely keep everyone posted on the progress, of course with pictures, and you might just stop by, have a nice cold glass of iced tea and leave loaded down with fresh vegetables.

Until then thanks for stopping by, and remember to keep enjoying every minute God has given you.  There are so many things to be thankful for.  And if you’ve never tried it give gardening a try even if it is in one small pot.  You will be surprised how rewarding it is.  I believe it adds years to you life; if not I know it adds life to your years.

God bless.