Time to put our plants to bed.
Tucking Our Plants In
Here in the mid-Atlantic it’s time to put our gardens to bed for the winter. The only gardens I keep going are a small greens garden, as it will give us fresh greens throughout the winter, and the front door bed, which is now planted with pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale, as well as regular cabbage and brussel sprouts.
Now is the time that all the clean up work kicks into [...]
Recently, when moving a storage building onto our property, our pole saw was indispensable.
I remember it vividly. The freezing rain started in the early afternoon and by dusk there was a thick coating on everything outside. It was beautiful, magical, like a fairyland. Amidst the beauty lay a killer, one that would strike during the middle of the night.
As I went to bed I was very concerned for the beautiful live oak in our front yard. It was quite [...]
We’ve Got Lights
Here’s the jacket, with just a few modifications, I started on this week.
This last week has been a busy one. Most of my effort was focused on helping my husband get the storage building ready to move everything into. This past week was electrical week and yesterday we finished running the line from the building to the main breaker. Yippee! We have electricity and no one got electrocuted. Our lights and outlets work and the ceiling fan [...]
A couple of the swallowtails that are visiting with us right now.
This year has been the year for critters in the garden. They’ve finally realized that the neighborhood dog society has disbanded with several moving out, one being stolen, and a couple adventuring over the rainbow bridge. For two years they left us alone, but this year they’ve been pestering us.
First the squirrels realized they could come and go as they liked and, since they like digging up [...]
Tomatoes & Peppers
Perilla, also called sisho, is one of my favorite new herbs.
The summer harvest is slowly starting to come in. Yesterday I harvested our first full sized tomatoes. They weren’t quite ripe, but the critters in our area have a way of tasting them when they reach perfection, so I take them in a few days ahead of time.
We’ve got peppers coming on, too, although none of them are ripe yet. I have an interesting paprika pepper this [...]
Last year I grew these. This year not one came up from the seed I had…
I just want to alert all my followers that I’m changing the focus of the blog somewhat. I’ve decided that I want this to be more of a journal of all the gardening, home decorating, remodeling, crafting, sewing, and other fun things I engage in.
Over that past few months my posts have been more in this format anyway, so I decided to make the [...]
For the past three weeks we’ve been harvesting berries galore. It started with a few strawberries early on, but not many due to a sudden cold spell and then records rains. Then summer berries started coming in, in earnest.
Raspberries were first, but we didn’t get many, because the birds found them before we did, then it was blueberrie’s turn, with marionberries following on their heals. Now that the marionberries have finished up we have thornless blackberries ripening.
Yum, blueberries galore [...]
Peas are my favorite early spring crop, except this year.
I’m an avid seed saver. I love to save seeds from any plant that happens to get the chance to make some. I’ve had tremendous luck with seeds from many flowers and some veggies. However, this year I ran into something interesting.
When I was planting my spring garden I found a bag of pea seeds marked “Unknown.” This means I saved them, but neglected to put which variety I had [...]
The first produce of the year is always a delight!
As the spring produce is slowly giving way to summer’s bounty, I want to take just a minute to share with you my favorites of this season. After many years of trying new seeds I’m finally finding some favorites that I think I’ll settle on for years to come. Oh, I’ll always try a few new varieties, but I’m starting to find varieties that do well in the climate here.
Or, should I say pine needling up. However, I don’t think you would have understood that like you do the title. I’ve been working hard in the yard this spring and finally got to cleaning out the blueberries and giving them a deep layer of pine needles.
What a mess…
As you can see from the first picture they were not a pretty sight. The winter winds had blown most of the grass clippings off of them and even some of [...]