Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It is time to get your above ground inside seeds

November 2 is First Quarter Moon Time to plant above ground with inside seeds.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

It is time to get your annuals planted

Between now and November 2nd get those beautiful flowers in. Remember to pay attention to sun/shade needs. Sit out with a cup of tea and watch where the shine is. Shade lovers to the north of the house close up. Sun lovers farther out away from the shade line. Like wise to the south of your house Sun lovers close up and those that like shade way out by the fence line.

It is the way of the compose to watch for the best places to plant.
Have fun!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

South Western United States Fall Flowers at 1200 ft.

This was the site I built last year before it was planted.

In the garden in-spite of the limp.

Oh so sweet to feel sun upon my back. It has been a very long stint without soil under my nails. It is a delight to see moist soil ready and waiting. All the hard work in the flower bed out front paid off this fall. Having had a total knee transplant two months ago hard work is out of the equation at present. Know that a rake was my simple tool. Preparation on the earth was ease this morning and the seeds are all-but jumping into 'safe harbor' to flourish in the coming rains.
The hard work of creating/setting the site in the very beginning of gardening is what makes an estate a gardeners delight. Especially when the land has had a rest the elements have melded into each other. It now becomes the turn of the gardener to be more relaxed of task.
Oh the simple joy of tossing seed on well prepaired ground.
The flowers of spring are now ready to 'fall' into the earth to begin life a-new.

Plant above ground inside seed until     10/11/11
Plant per-annuals annuals and bulbs 10/1/11 thru  10/19/11

Does my heart such good to come home to garden

Thursday, June 30, 2011


the garden is still now only the rosemary remains
in the fall a new knee will bring the hope of ease
these next months to plan the crop
the garden is still
even the chickens prefer the lawn and the shade of the wall
summer here
the garden goes into a coma until fall

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


The plants before you are gifts from the soil. The soil was hauled in from a garden that shut down. The tomato was so happy here that they came of their own accord. Best way to grow a plant I think. 

 The tomato plants yielded the first pretty little red tomato yesterday. In fact there were just enough for each of us to have two on our supper plate. The round ones are deep within the foliage.
 These are little golden tear drops.
Very pretty in salads.

 Looking close at the leaves you can see the white has heat damage on leaves. We had high heat fluctuation over the last week or so. The yellow/dark green variegation of leaf is a soil deficiency that called for some Epsom Salt sprinkled on the soil. Avoid the leaves getting wet during heat wave.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

propagating a fern

 My sweet old fern was just busting at the root with rhizomes.
It could not even take a drink.
 Upturning the pot one can see why.
The roots were so tangled and full of little future ferns.
 Slowly and purposefully each root got untangled and stripped of its little jewels.

 Each and every root was carefully drawn through my fingers as the bulbs snapped off to the ground below.
 With dry roots the processes was accelerated.
At one point I thought to cut the root ball into two, no chance.
 Potential ferns.
 My reference gave little detail on the process of doing this.
Following instincts, trusting the process the roots were then transplanted into other pots.
Circling the pot and covering only and inch or two.
 The other old fellow will get the chance once my husband pulls the huge pot from the garden.

From the beige pot above to the huge old black garden pot.
The root ball filled it up!
My sweet lonely lab approved
He misses his Rena Girl (our Golden Retriever) she passed away earlier this month.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Home made bird food

Try this bird food recipe to attract your feathered friends!
  • 3 parts melted fat (suet preferred)
  • 1 part cornmeal or finely cracked corn
  • 1 part peanut butter or other nut butter
  • 1 part sunflower kernels or chopped nuts
  • 1 part brown sugar
  • 1 part chopped dried fruit (currants, raisins, prunes, etc.)
Combine all of the ingredients with enough water to get the consistency of cooked oatmeal. Cook in double boiler until well blended. Put into small containers like tuna fish cans that can be securely attached to feeders or  a tree

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Those weeds in the midst of beauty

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 Have you ever notice that when there is beauty weeds of life come to distract your eyes from it?
Best bet is to yank those weeds early for the longer they linger the more likely they will disturb the roots that hold fast the beauty around and within us.
 It may not look like much yet. 
The poppy's are coming up and soon the color will burst~
The large center bed is coming along. One end of it gets too much shade and is not growing very well. One the spring solstice comes the sun will come more upon it.
 The sweet peas and the bachelor buttons are one the trellis. It will be so pretty as the blue bed comes into color.

 they are so pretty
just into the entry walk the close up is sweet
this what company will see as they come to the door

 Now the back yard flowers are sorta sad. Asylum is bursting, two of the self sewn tomato plants are still alive after the frost. We are having a winter with many more frosts than normal. As is the whole continent
 The broccoli it gone to bolt into flower.
You should see the BEES!
Must of been 100 of them easy.
This gets pulled up daily for the hens.
The hens love it.
Just hens having fun, kids too. They watched them as they debugged the compost.
Some happy birds, and kids. The hens got hold of a VERY large larva of a hummingbird moth.
Oh they fought over it

Weeded the bed a little. So not what I had hoped for and worked too hard on. Remember this is the garden I alone dug down 6 inches of stones. Removed them and trucked in all the soil that fellow gave me. I think it was his tomato plants that came with the soil. It will be fun to see what they are. They look as a bush variety so far.

Remember to pull those weeds in your life and in the gardens early. Don't let them mess up all the beauty within and around you.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Getting ready for the spring garden

Today will be a rainy day
checking my lists for what goes in next
the compost is doing well and so I will need to dig in the treasure
broccoli is needing to be harvested today