Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas eve in the garden

 The Oranges over the wall are ready
I met the new neighbor who cut down the old fig tree and who will also be taking down the orange and a lemon tree. Good news of it is she said I could harvest the fruit.
 Dash gathered some for Christmas dinner
 Remembering to feed the wild birds is an act of kindness.
The wild foods are now parking lots and stores.
So They come to visit me and eat all the bad guys out of the garden as a thank you to me.
 The broccoli raab is flowering and Dash gave it a try.
The face  actually changed after he ate it and he likes it.
Better than the store bought for sure.
He also discovered kale and loved it too.
A radish harvest to serve at Christmas dinner.
As I sat in the rocker and trimmed the greens the dogs beg the imperfects and the trimming of the greens are a delight to the hens.
 This they just love
 At last a product to use for the powdery mildew.
Now perfume soap.

 The zucchini is suffering it.
 Carrots are thiving in their underground cave.
 The freezes are being kept away as I blanket it all every nigh.
It is like having babies again.
These are hung on the line to dry when the rains soak them or the dew refuses to dry.
I had a fun visitor in my garden with me we had a wonderful time of friendship.
I love having friends over who enjoy time in the garden with me.
My family gave me a family of gnomes for Christmas
Too fun!

Friday, December 25, 2009

good news on Eddie and Denise

Christ mas
Miracles are a part of the greatest story ever lived

Dear Ones
A very exhausted over joyed Denise called to tell us all...
Some how :)
Eddie has full conscientiousness.
He is with us cognitively.
His legs yet effected but the seizures did not take him.

He was sitting before her talking to her.

She with all and deepest gratitude thanks each and every one of you for your prayers.
Pray for her heart.
Her sister was unkind, Denise is wounded by the ill treatment that she was shown.

She is however rejoicing as I have instructed her to let her spirit and mind rejoice and worship but to let her body rest and be still.
She has not slept for several days and has also been ill.
I will keep you updated as I am.
Thank you all


Good Morning A Blessed Christmas
Eddie is alive this Morning your prayers were so embraced.


I just received a call from Denise.
The torment of the last few hours has been excruciating for her.
She discribes the events as the worst thing that she has ever seen.

Her sister arrived last night, she is also a diabetic.
Denise ended up in the ER her blood sugar spiked  and she was vomiting .
As soon as she would ease the same thing began with her sister.
Eddie was in a room and she could not get to him for the ER would not let her.
She convienced them not to admit her and to just let her see her husband and that that would ease her distress.
Eddies blood pressure spiked I mean really spiked!
At one point she got released from the ER and got back to him.
He was awake, unable to walk without a walker.
Dragging his legs.
She saw he was sweating so she got a cloth.
As she turned he said that he felt he was going to vomit and just at the very moment he fell back into her arms and began to seize they called in a trauma team and resesitated him.
She was ask to leave the room to a waiting room where her sister then fell ill to high blood sugar levels and DENISE had to car for her.

I have told Denise to ask a nurse to tell her sister to leave.
Eddies people are coming, I told Denise to have the nurse talk with them and tell them that your strength is limited and to not ask her all the details.
I told Denise that each time she repeats it it is like being punched in the heart.

She has not been able to stay with Eddie, only allowed to go in ever few hours.
He has been sleeping she has not seen him conscious sense before the seizures.

I am tempted to take up a fund and see if we can fly me out there and rent a car to be with her.
Steve has off till the 4th. I would have child care. The funding is an issue. I am in Arizona.
Please continue to pray.
I read several of your comments to her a few moments ago and it really strengthened her spirit.
Thank you all for your continued prayers.
Donetta at A Life Uncommon

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Urgent Prayer For Eddie (Love Bug)

I am typing this for Denise of Shortybears Place she is on the phone with me now

Eddie has had a stroke and is in hospital under observation. They were unable to get the stroke medication in time. So far they have done a CAT scan and a MRI and other test are being awaiting . His leg is effected. He is able to speak. This is written at 9:30 p.m. TN time

He is in Memorial Hospital Chattanooga TN. She is alone so if any friends are able please consider coming to her side. He is being moved to room momentarily.

This is written by Donetta of A Life Uncommon and she can be reached through me.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Harvested the Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes

Harvested the Brandywine Heirloom Tomatoes because we have another hard freeze tonight and they are splitting. Look at the size of those toms and they are a good 3 inches tall.
They will ripen on the counter.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Soft freeze tonight cover them plants up

By saving old fabric scraps and buying old sheets at a thrift shop your plants can get well tucked in for tne night.
My husband had the camera. It is so cute seeing the beds made for the crops.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Poem: Giving Thanks
For the hay and the corn and wheat that is reaped,
For the labor well done, and the barns that are heaped,
For the sun and the dew and the sweet honeycomb,
For the rose and the song, and the harvest brought home —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the trade and the skill and the wealth in our land,
for the cunning and strength of the workingman's hand,
For the good that our artists and poets have taught,
For the friendship that hope and affection have brought —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!
For the homes that with purest affection are blest,
For the season of plenty and well deserved rest,
for our country extending from sea to sea,
The land that is known as the "Land of the Free" —
Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Garden tour

 To the left hanging is spearmint, next to it is rosemary
below peas then beans to the right outer row.
Turnips to the left behind the peas
broccoli raab behind it then the pumpkin vine and the squash above it.
 zucchini and cucumber to the right
 the pan squash to the right.
Needs the tending for the powdery mildew is at issue

  Cucumber in the middle is not happy...must research what it is asking for.

 Pickling cucumber is happy.
Just like bumps on a pickle Marsha
 I turned around the carrot/radish/leek/parsnip bed is happy.
The kale at the end and a new batch of radish is started.
To the right the row of beans on the edge and the broccoli raab center, some rosemary for bees too.
farther right my first french marigold has smiled upon me.
the pumpkin vine given some Epsom salts today
 More beans to harvest.
 The winter onions are up, the radish here are called Easter egg for they are varied in color.

 I transplanted the other heirloom far back and the close tomato is a teardrop yellow that I got this week and transplanted into a larger pot. It is an heirloom and I found it at a Wal-mart of all places.
The broccoli here is slow it is in need of something?
I must do the research next week
the basil is happy

 I love the green!
far left cauliflower,Swiss card, shallots, spinach, flowers of narcissism and zinnia
far right green onions, black seed Simpson lettuce,  sage, borage,
back row left to right
dill, flowers above, beets,celery, bok choy, chives

 borage in cubes, romaine, cobb salad
scarlet runner beans
Heirloom brandy wine tomato, bell peppers green then orange
 green bell
 Check out the garden shed!
some store bough flowers that are stressed lobella  I think

well there you have it a few weeks in.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This moon phase Nov / Dec 09

new moon

Nov 24 first quarter

Dec 2 full

Dec 8 last  

Dec 16th new

New Moon To Full Moon: Sow, Transplant, bud and graft.
Full Moon To New Moon: Plow, Cultivate, weed and reap.
New Moon To First Quarter: Good for Planting above-ground crops with outside seeds,
flowering annuals.
First Quarter To Full Moon: Good for planting above ground crops with inside seeds.
Full Moon To Last Quarter: Good for planting root crops, bulbs, biennials, and perennials.
Last Quarter To New Moon: Do Not Plant

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Water spicket is now at proper height

Leave your garden with a sweet lovin husband who wants to give you the moon.
See what he did for me.
Now with the knee issues and the spinal stinosis I have a hard time bending down every day to the spicket. Additionally the water source was on the other side of the house and I have been dragging a hose.
He set up a bib on the side for the south extension and two one this side one for the soaked and another for the spray.
 My garden was designed along side the water main for the house.
Yes this was the dumbest way the builder set our main line but we made lemon aid out of that rotten fruit. Using the location to our advantage my husband tapped directly into the line and set up water to the garden. Now I no longer have that extra effort to extend and the ease that this will afford me will really make a daily difference. It will really save me a lot of time every morning too.
Look no bending and it is a perfectly easy reach with nothing blocking the access.

Oh this is just wonderful~

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

First fruits of 2009 fall garden

I came home from a trip to Florida yesterday to find a reward for all my hard work.
radish,cherry tomato, pan squash and basil

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Moon Phase for planting October/November 2009

New Moon To Full Moon:  10/18/09-11/2/09
Sow, Transplant, bud and graft.
Full Moon To New Moon: 11/2/09-
Plow, Cultivate, weed and reap.
New Moon To First Quarter:10/18-10/25
Good for Planting above-ground crops with outside seeds,
flowering annuals.
First Quarter To Full Moon:10/25-11/5
Good for planting above ground crops with inside seeds.
Full Moon To Last Quarter:11/5-11-9
Good for planting root crops, bulbs, biennials, and perennials.
Last Quarter To New Moon:11/9-11/16
Do Not Plant

Planting by moon phase...New Moon To First Quarter: Good for Planting above-ground crops with outside seeds, flowering annuals.

Good Sunday to you

follow your vision

With the coffee grounds to compost
the ground egg shell, oatmeal and bread heals to chicken set off to task am I.

WRONG...I thought it was time
to plant the bulbs, perennials and biannual and those plants that seed above ground this is correct.
boy did I get mixed up!
Oh well! :)
They are now in!
Onion and per/biannual well say a prayer and hope for the best.

The new plot dug out has been tri trenched...
Companion planting...

Chives for the peas...

This is the newest bed on the west side of the shed in the shade of the gazebo

 Sage and chive in the squares around the lettuces
This is the east facing bed

The sage in the squares...
The chive between the bok choy and the lettuce/onion rows
keep aphids away.

the pots were soaked in the dogs pool

the absorption is a better way to moisten the soil.

Lemon balm (tomato on the otherside of the rain barrel love it)
on one side planter.
The trailing rosemary to the left is favored by the brocolli in the raised bed
pollinators are drawn by it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Keeping records

The final (for today ha!) Master plan for 2009 fall
A mirroring bed has been added to the otherside of the shed with trellis for both shed walls.

Click to enlarge