It's always nice to take a few friends with you when you move!
You knew the time was coming. Your spouse had been looking for a new job for some time. You’d really, really hoped that it would be in the same town, but they just called you and been offered a fantastic job in another state. You’re wildly excited, except, your gardens! You’re going to have to leave your gardens behind!
Now that you’re going to have a change of [...]
Tiny arugula seedling emerged in just five days!
My fall veggies that is. In only 5 days the mizuna and arugula were up. A couple days later chard, tatsoi, and pak choy joined in. Kale arrived a couple days later. The only thing that hasn’t sprouted, that I thought would by now, is the collards. The carrots won’t be up for at least another week. They take a long time to germinate.
One of the most surprising things is that some [...]
It’s a little early to actually clean your tools, as there is still a lot of time left to garden, but it’s a good time to schedule your tool cleaning. Since tools are often exposed to the elements of rain and sun, regular care and maintenance will make them last much longer.
Before putting your tools away for the winter, it’s a good idea to clean them thoroughly. If you have metal spades, trowels, shovels, etc. they may have developed some [...]
As the cooler weather is just around the corner, I’m ready to start putting in a new perennial garden. As I mentioned earlier, fall is a great time to plant perennials, trees, and shrubs.
I’ve always wanted a picket fence around the front of my house. Not just this house, any house I lived in. Until now I’ve never had one, and I’m not going to have one quite yet, but I’m going to start putting in the gardens in preparation [...]
Thanks to Roman May
Movies have always been my thing and never more so than when I moved out here to the country where there wasn’t all that much to do. I love the idea of being able to hole up inside my house and watch an old Western or a modern-day romantic comedy and I know I’m getting to escape for a few hours at a time from my relatively boring life! I recently found a link at work that [...]
I have to admit this was not one of my more stellar summer gardens. Oh, it’s still going, but so much of it has been hit by the long, hot, humid weather that there’s not much going on. Lots of diseases and pests this year, too, ugh.
I ended up with early blight on my tomatoes. Their still alive, but look horrible, with dead black leaves hanging all over them. I’ve treated them several times, to no avail. The summer squash [...]
Here's my current mystery plant. Look at the lovely big leaves!
Seems I’m always finding new and interesting things in my garden, that I didn’t plant. The first year we lived in this house, broccoli and bird’s nest gourds came up. I recognized both as something other than weeds, so we enjoyed the broccoli and I have a box full of gourds to decorate, someday, when I have time.
Next, I have this very pretty “weed” that is growing next to [...]
No one wants to see this sign at the head of the stairs to their basement.
What awful words to have together, but sometimes it happens. Tragedy can really ruin all the unwinding, time away from home has created. Coming home to find that your house has been broken into, or that a thunderstorm crashed the 100-year-old oak tree into your roof and no-one bothered to contact you. Maybe the neighbor you had checking on your automatic drip irrigation system [...]
If you are lucky enough to live in an area of the country that doesn’t get its first frost until mid-October, you can start a second vegetable garden. Starting from the beginning of August in some areas and ending at the end of August for other area, depending on their first frost date, you can plant all kinds of vegetables for fall and winter harvest.
Many of your spring crops will produce a great fall crop. Some of them [...]
Whatever the occasion, I don’t know a single woman who isn’t delighted to receive flowers. Flowers always bring a smile to their face. When saying, “I love you” with flowers, most people immediately think of red roses. Roses are the flower that symbolizes passion, but let me give you a tip here, nothing says, “I love you” more than a bouquet of her favorite flowers in her favorite color. Anyone can send roses, but someone who sends a bouquet of [...]