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I'm never bored. If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm gardening or reading. Always up to something!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Around the Back Yard

Hanging Geranium

Young & In Love


St. Francis
                                                                        

Coleus & Fan Flower

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sweatin' with the Sweat Bees!

Just taking photo's around my garden in the evening after supper. I planted dill a few years ago so I'll never have to again. I really like gardening to be as easy as possible! I got in real close with my little point-and-shoot Nikon which made the tiny bees (about 1/4" in length) seem like average sized bees and made the dill look like modern art.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer Gardening & Fall Planning

I had to post a picture of my black tea cup. The purple fan flower has been pretty but I really went crazy for the yellow daisy-like flower. It was the last one, sitting all by itself at the garden store. It was in full bloom (3 but the color made it seem like more) and the next day the blooms were gone. They close up at night and last a day or so longer and then gone. I've waited 3 weeks for another one to finally open. I have to find the tag because I don't remember the name. Kind of weird.
Anyway, everything that's going to come up is up. I'm waiting for the broccoli to flower so we can eat it. I'm picking beans and yellow pear tomatoes and also some red cherry tomatoes. I need to cover the blackberries before they really start to ripen. The strawberries are here and there. The spinach isn't doing much - it's too hot, I think. So now, I'm beginning to raise some seedlings - INSIDE - under lights. I mixed some seed-starting mix with some composed manure and planted brusselsprouts, miniature lettuce and kohlrabi and we'll see how it goes. I know they won't sprout in 90 degree heat so I'm trying the only alternative I can think of.

When I see something green happening, I'll take a picture!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Easy Summer Veggies

MS tires me out. I admit it. The idea of cooking a farm fresh vegetable every night is about as appealing as running a 6 K race. However, since the small quantity of produce I'm growing will not keep us going, I found a local farm and took myself up there. I did not buy a CSA. I wanted to see what I could do with what they had. I came back with 2 large kohlrabi's, 3 nice yellow squash, a large head of green leaf lettuce, two cucumbers (they deemed defects because they didn't look nice and symmetrical like store cukes) , a bag of wax beans. I peeled the kohlrabi's, diced them up like potatoes, tossed them with chopped garlic, salt and olive oil and roasted them on a baking sheet at 450 degrees while the frozen french fries (okay, get real) roasted for my husband and son. They can't eat a cheeseburger without fries and I'm trying not to eat the fries. We all got some kohlrabi on our plates. It was nicely browned, slightly crisp from the head but would never compare to a french fry. That said, I ate the veg and not the potato and ate my hamburger without a roll. I like vegetables but I still can't convince myself they're better than a french fry. Maybe the 3rd or 4th time they appear at the table they won't seem so foreign - to any of us...

Monday, July 4, 2011

What's Growing? Seascape Strawberries

So far, about 2 1/2 pounds of strawberries and really tall tomato plants.  Mortgage Lifter has only blossoms so far but the cherry and yellow pear look loaded with lots of green tomatoes.  The beets (which I got in a little late) need thinning again, the lettuce (old seed from 2 years ago) is coming slowly. It's the slow-to-bolt variety and it hasn't been that warm yet. The bush beans are up and I'll be planting another row this week. No blossoms yet. Spinach is coming and the blackberry bush is LOADED, finally.  That will get bird netting this week after our son's graduation party. The herbs look pretty good. I put a self-watering drip hose through the herb bed and down the hottest side of the house. By August everything is dead otherwise. It's just too hot for me to deal with the south side. The only problem is that, although the water does run all the way through this double hose set-up, most of the water hits the herb garden and guess who really doesn't need all that water? Right, the rosemary, oregano and sage, who all love the dry Mediterranean type of climate. Haven't worked out the kinks of that one yet. I did attempt to finally rip out an old rose on the south side of the house near the front of the house. Very pretty but needy and fussy long-stemmed old girl. She bloomed vigorously every year and then went directly to black-spotted leaves and dropped them, looking ugly and thorny for the rest of the summer. She is now gone, but not without a fight. I hacked her down until I couldn't get any more of her out of the ground and then covered her with mulch. She'll probably try to come up again next spring, sprouting from old gnarly roots that should have been put to rest 10 years ago. She's just that kind of girl.