Category: Adventures in Gardening

Garden Update

Each evening, after supper has been eaten, we stroll out to the garden to see what new things are happening.  I am so proud of our garden.  Most all the seeds and transplants are growing like crazy.  If everything we planted makes a good crop, we will be begging our kids to come and get some !!

This first photo is of a tomato plant with its tiny blossom, ready to make a tomato very soon.

The next photo is a tomato plant right next to the above one.  This tomato plant is Ms. Over Achiever with TWO blossoms

Next is a red bell pepper plant with a dainty white blossom.  Isn’t it without a doubt, a miracle and a blessing to be able to watch how plants grow, make blossoms that turn into fruit, and then eat the vegetables at our tables?

Last but not least, is a teeny tiny strawberry hiding under the leaves of the plant.  After I took the photo, I picked the little baby strawberry and ate it.  It was so good.

I hope you enjoyed the update.  I will be sure to post more photos as I am able to take them and get them here on the blog.

Thankful Thursday

I had the pleasure of having lunch and then visiting with my son and sweet daughter-in-law.  She and I get along soooooo good.  We are both Mother Nature type women.  I just love going to visit their home.  Misty (DIL) has such a knack for decorating.  She can take a vase or curtain or old piece of furniture and make it a feature in a room.  They live in an old frame home and in constant renovation mode.

This day she took me on a tour of her gardens.  She has plants tucked here and there all around her house.  They have an enormous stand of bamboo behind their house.  Occassionally I go and cut some to take home for free posts to use for projects around my house (and gardens).

She showed me their version of a keyhole garden. You can read about the concept here Garden Variety News  I had read about keyhole gardening years ago and thought it was a fabulous design.  I have never implemented one, but she did and here are pictures of it.

Here Misty is explaining how the compost “bin” in the center works.  As you can see from this picture, the structure was made from almost free materials.  They got the wood pallets for free, the cardboard for free, the bamboo posts for free, some of the soil for free from an edge of their property.  There is about a 6″ layer of compost that they purchase for a very low price at an area compost facility.  She said worms naturally come up from the soil into the cardboard which lines the bottom and sides, and then the worms migrate to the compost area.  It is a self fertilizing operation once it gets going !!

This is from a different angle.  She has tiny tomato plants that she grew from seed scattered around.  At the bottom right corner of the photo, that is a lavender plant, and my oh my, the leaves are so fragrant.  She also has marigold planted as a companion to the tomatos.  She told me that they just throw vegetable and fruit scraps into the compost area.  Since it is surrounded by soil, the worms can migrate to the lower section and feed on the scraps.  I think the whole thing is just fantastic. I get a little excited about gardening.  Can you tell?  Big smile.

These next two pictures are of a Chenille plant.  You can read about them here Chenille Plant and here is a post done by another WordPress garden enthusiast at Flutter & Hun Double Whammy Bloom Day, but here is Misty’s plant

 

Just one more picture and I have to go, but here is an old bench they have on their front porch that they renovated.  It is soooooooooo nice, I told her if she ever decided to sell it, please let me know first.

 

Our Garden is Flourishing

Here are some pictures from around our place that I took yesterday.  We started getting torrential rains last night that didn’t stop until this morning.  I only hope it didn’t wash away our pinto bean seeds that we planted Sunday.

These first two pictures are sunflowers that are growing below the bird feeder.  We put a mixture of black oil sunflower seeds and then tiny seed too.  The birds knock the seed out and it falls in my flower pots and on the ground.  It grows !! The third picture down is wheat (?) that is growing from knocked out birdseed too.

The next picture is one of our strawberry plants with a blossom.  Hopefully a strawberry will be ready for picking soon.  We only planted 3 plants.  We really don’t expect more than a few strawberries per plant.  I will save them as they as harvested, put in a ziplock back in the freezer then have them with some whipped cream one night.

Watermelon is next in the photo gallery.  Watermelons are supposed to grow really well in sandy soil, so they should make a bumper crop here !

Next is a zucchini plant and we all know that they will make so many you have to force people to take some.  Big smile.  We DO love zucchini here at our house.

One last picture of one of our tomato plants.  We bought a few different varieties such as Beefsteak, Big Boy and then cherry tomatoes.  I will use my dehydrator to dry and store excess tomatoes in the freezer.

That’s it for today.  Hope you enjoyed.

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Introducing our Gardens

I’m going to show you some pictures today of our vegetable garden and my version of a fairie garden.  I always wanted a fairie garden!  This is my first attempt at having one.  First, I’ll show you my Texas Fairie Garden

This is Mr. Cowboy Rain Guage.  My husband and I bought him several years ago in Queen City, TX at the annual Cullen Baker Festival.  This is Mr. Cowboy when he was almost brand new.  This next picture was taken just the other day.  He is hanging out with Ms. Lovely Rose.  He needs a new neck handkerchief.

Next, are photos of the Texas Fairie Garden as a whole.

  I have more photos I will share in another post.

Now on to the veggie garden.  This is our first year putting in what we call, a large garden.  We have 5 100-ft rows of peas and beans.  We have two rows of purple hull peas, one row of speckled butter beans, one row of pinto beans and one row of Kentucky Wonder green beans.  We have SEVERAL tomato plants, zucchini and yellow squash.  A few bell pepper plants, strawberry, cabbage and cantaloupe.  We have VERY sandy soil.  We will definitely be planting cover crops this fall to till under and build up the soil. Plus I am searching for someone local that has a few cows that I can obtain manure.

 Oscar tilling up the soil !

 This is a purple hull pea just sprouting out of the ground about 4 days or so after planting.

 A photo from yesterday.  They are growing good !  If I can keep the dogs out of the garden.  Trixie, our 8 month old Border Collie mix, loves to walk aroumd in the soft dirt of the garden.  Gah, she doesn’t understand why she can’t play out there.  Big smile.

 Trixie with Miss Betty, our not quite so miniature Dachshund.  She is a sweetheart.  And last, but not least, our Pomeranian mix, Peanut Butter.  Can you believe that he was dumped out on the roadside of a country dirt road?  Luckily one of our sons found him and brought him home.

 Isn’t he handsome (and adorable)?

That’s it for today.  I am off to the post office to officially send our IRS returns in, certified mail of course, and mail my Avon VIP customers some samples and goodies.  I love to pamper my Avon customers.

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