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…

bouquet

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

Rosemary

Love zinnias too… They are prolific right now…

zinnia

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

sedum

Oat grass in a favorite blue glazed ceramic pot…

oat

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!

gloves

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

deer

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…

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…

winter reds

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…

Mulch

Last night Anna and I weeded the rest of the Asparagus bed… Yay!!! : D

Last night I didn’t sleep very well, because my chigger bites were out of control… Boo-hoo!!! :’ (

This morning Anna and I had planned on putting a four inch layer of mulch on the bed. She did it all by herself, because I won’t go out of the house… Thank you a thousand times, Anna!!! ❤

Anna, you are going to love this little video… : )

 

 

Chiggers

They’re back!!! I don’t even want to put this nasty word up on my blog, but if anything can take the joy out of gardening it’s chiggers! You can’t see them…you can’t feel them, at first anyway…

Let me briefly just “sigh” and look at  something beautiful and refreshing…

Sage made this great header for me, but with this theme I think it becomes too busy, and I’m having fun with this layout just now…so I’m going to save it and use it later. I love it, Sage. It makes me happy!!!

My new prevention for chiggers and ticks is baking soda! They have not bothered me…NOT ONCE…when I sprinkled baking soda on my feet and legs. I think they must detest the salty soda taste or something, or maybe it’s the alkalinity they don’t like. So I highly recommend using this…

The one time I went over to the garden just to turn the sprinkler on and I did not shower right after, but I was dressed to go out…that is when they got me…

I have 24 bites all on the left side of my body…they are miserable…when I walk material rubs on them and I get chills all over. So, I’m not walking my 2-3 miles a day, not until they clear up. In the meantime though, there are two things that I have found that bring some relief…

Young Living’s Essential Oil ~ Thieves

And Benydryl Itch Stick

May your gardens be full of joy and love and may the chiggers and ticks stay far far away from you…