August Reflections

As I sit here and type reflecting on this August soon to be over, the fragrance of fresh picked basil fills the air around me… makes me think of pesto and fresh tomato mozzarella pizza with lots of basil leaves scattered on top…absolutely my favorite kind of pizza. : )

Rosemary and oregano in the bouquet on the table…love herbs…

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Who would have guessed that?  With a title like Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme…

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Love zinnias too… They are prolific right now…

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Sedum, hosta flowers, liriope, lamb’s ears…

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Oat grass in a favorite blue glazed ceramic pot…

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Love the colors…

I’m listening to a daughter chopping cucumbers and making bread and butter pickles…We have such an abundance of cukes this year…it’s crazy…

Painted a bouquet of gorgeous flowers from a photo blog…couldn’t help myself…so fun…so many incredible colors…

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The temps are more normal for August in Oklahoma…HOT, but for the first time since I’ve lived here, I’m actually going to miss summer…unbelievable!

I still wear my boots, long sleeves and trusty gloves to go pick tomatoes in the field to avoid chiggers and ticks, but this year incredibly I’ve only found one tick on me and that was last night and I’ve only had a mere 6 chigger bites… again unbelievable!

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Our charming neighbors stop by for a visit…a mama deer and her three fawns…

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They have been leaving my garden alone…I think the glittering of the shiny CDs really works to keep them at bay…

Seeds of kale and bok choy started in pots and lettuce, spinach, parsley started out in the garden…going to plant radishes, broccoli and cabbage a little later today. It’s soon to be fall…

A Little of the First Harvests

Here it is almost June…it is just starting to warm up and get muggy. The weather has really influenced the garden. We are just now harvesting the very first peas…

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Lettuce, parsley, cilantro, spinach, asparagus, peas and radishes…very disappointed in the radishes this year. They usually never fail me, but they are going to seed and not producing, I think it must be the weather….my dwarf Bok Choy did the same thing.

Ever seen red lettuce go to seed?

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I’m hoping these two will reseed themselves in the same bed. They look so fabulous together…the deep red and the bright green.

Basil seeds sprouting…

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Oh, and lavender…

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I’m really excited about this lavender bush…I’ve had it for 3 years…It survived 2 years of  drought and now it is full of spikes that will blossom.

Moved the potatoes outside the greenhouse…

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Still comparing them to the ones in the row outside…

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The final analysis will be the potatoes, of course.

Eggplant that was transplanted in the greenhouse is finally taking off…

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Love a hint of color amidst all that is green…

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Garden Update

When Anna and I were sick we worked up a garden plan. We based it on what we learned watching the Back to Eden Film.  So, our garden now has new rows and  into the rows went 3 different kinds of Sugar Snap peas…2 different kinds of lettuce…2 different kinds of radishes…bok choy and spinach.

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As you can see we are using a lot of mulch…The idea behind using a very thick layer of mulch is  keeping the moisture in the ground for the plants, and  breaking down into nutritious soil nutrients, as leaves and tree bark do naturally in nature.

Here is a view of our soon to be lettuce and pea patch…

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Kale from the greenhouse…

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Tomatoes are coming right along under the grow lights…

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And so are the peppers and other miscellaneous veggies…

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This last week we trapped a skunk and a very large raccoon down by the chicken coops.  So glad they didn’t get the chickens! If this happens again I will try and get a picture…

Out in the backyard we started the new bed for the blueberries and strawberries.

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I need to hurry up and buy a few more blueberry plants. The ones I have are blooming because they are sitting by the grow lights…

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And one last thing…look what I found under a piece of flagstone…

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Love that brilliant yellow color, but it is probably supposed to be green. I’m glad I moved the rock so it can grow into what it is supposed to be.  I forgot what I planted there, so it will be a surprise. 🙂

Winter Reds and Greens and Blues

Journal for the garden in December…

I have lots of baby  red lettuce to make beautiful winter salads with…

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Just picked this out of the green house along with a large bok choy and parsley…yes, there still is a lot of parsley, just unbelievable!

I sprinkled some sulfur in the beds, because there was a little mold or fungus forming on the base of some of the plants. Sulfur is a fungicide, a pesticide, and a nutrient. See What Is Sulfur Powder Used For?

I keep it around because it is supposed to kill chiggers, so I heard that if you sprinkle it on your shoes and pants before you go out into the grass in the summer you won’t have to worry about those awful chigger bites.

While I was looking up sulfur I found some interesting information…

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These are bright yellow sulfur piles in Vancouver Harbor, Canada. I’ve never been to Vancouver, so I had no idea these existed. Sulfur is a byproduct of petroleum production.

Here is an artist’s portrayal of the site…

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From Laura’s Art Gallery

Laura Zerebeski’s depiction of  familiar Vancouver landmarks is fascinating! Click on the link above to see more of her paintings and to read what she has to say about  her paintings.

Anna also rototilled a new bed above the asparagus for the pumpkin patch next year… but more on that later…

Radishes

It’s November 25 today and I found a surprise in the garden…

Yes, a gigantic radish!  The one that is next to it is a large one, maybe as big as a golf ball, so hopefully you can see how big it is. We ate it in our salad tonight along with a beautiful head of bok choy.

Today I completely thinned out the kale, and I might be having a bit of a problem with some kind of disease…fungus or mold…I’m not sure. Tomorrow I plan to clean up the bed by weeding it really well. I hope the kale will survive.

Sage gave me some grape tomatoes that a neighbor grows up in Arkansas with the instructions to throw them out into the garden and then stamp them down into the soil with my shoes. I did that today and I’m hoping that next year we’ll have an abundance of these thriving tomatoes.

And…there is a tiny tomato growing on the tomato plant in the hoop house…I’m amazed for there is no heat in there. When it is predicted to freeze I just wrap some plastic around the plant. It is still alive and well. Yay!

Found this cool site today for gardeners…Smart Gardeners

Check it out…you can make a garden plan for free and obtain lots of info about gardening.

Bug Free Beauty and Chicks

“Deep sigh”…At last… it seems as though the bugs are gone and the vegetables can grow in peace…

Journaling the garden today on October 20th…

Found these yellow crooked neck squash growing in the green house today…

Notice the pansies in the first picture? Pansies are actually edible. And nasturtiums (far right in the first picture)  are edible and they are really starting to grow…

This little video shows more flowers that are edible…

The kale and parsley are just amazing…

And the red and green lettuces are coming right along…

I even have a couple of bok choy plants that survived the cabbage worm attack…

The new tiny lettuces are surviving outside. They are kind of hard to see in this picture, but they are there…

The tomato plants are really getting big and I’m really hoping they will make it in the greenhouse…

Now the chicks…they are doing great in their box. I added a little Colloidal Silver to their water as a precaution.

And we put a temporary fence to let the hens out for a bit. They need to really feel at home in their coop so that when we finally let them free range they will come back to it.

And this photo is the Barred Rock basking in the sun…

That’s it for now… : )

October in the Garden

It’s October 1st and this is what is happening in the garden…

Pumpkins…

This pumpkin vine is trailing along the side of the greenhouse next to the asparagus ferns. I love the way this looks…

A little further a way you can even see what is growing inside the greenhouse.

Inside the kale is about 8-10 inches high. I’ve been thinning it and I think it needs more thinning and of course it is covered with DE to try and get rid of the cabbage worms.

A Brussels sprout plant …

A bok choy plant…

Inside the greenhouse from a distance…

We have some volunteer tomato plants that I put in a pot. Maybe they’ll make it maybe not???

Outside we planted cabbages and cauliflower…

We’ve had some good rain the past couple of days. Here is a picture of my yellow home-made sticky trap and those are some Spotted Cucumber Beetles.

The fact is though that they all didn’t just land there by themselves. Maybe 3 did. I took the stick and waved it around until they stuck on there.

This vine is taking off and has wrapped around the purple bean plant…I think these are some baby zucchini…

These gorgeous peaches are from Idaho and were bought at the farmer’s market…just had to share how beautiful they are and they taste wonderful too.

That’s my update for now…