Lemon Juice in the Morning…

We are so blessed to have these gorgeous fruits available full of Vitamin C…

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Thelma in her fabulous West Coast Garden is growing lemons and limes. I haven’t been brave enough to do that yet, but maybe this year I’ll give it a try. ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you know that there are tons of health benefits from drinking lemon juice first thing in the morning.

Our blogger friend puppiesinparadise wrote a post recently giving 20 reasons to drink the juice of half a lemon in a cup of water in the morning.

Here’s another great article on Food Matters about the benefits of drinking warm lemon water.

Off and on for the last 30 years I have taken half a lemon in water in the morning, but with some recent health issues with my teeth and gums, I’ve been getting more serious about making sure I do this every morning.

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And don’t forget to include some yummy oranges and grapefruits and limes in your day. ๐Ÿ™‚

We had some ice and snow last night…first time since November… The cardinals are enjoying their breakfast this morning, while I’m eating mine…

 

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I’ve already ordered my seeds from The Natural Gardening Company. Remember I won a $100 gift certificate from them for growing the first ripe Oxheart Tomato last year. So I have a good head start on my garden this year, already been planting in the greenhouse and preparing the garden beds. Are you all ready for spring???

Making Bouquets with the Ancient One…

Summer is here…and where I have been?ย  Spending a lot of time with my mom who we just moved into a little sweet house next door to us. Life is different here, but already I see the beauty and blessing of looking at nature through the eyes of one who perceives everything in the moment…

Everything is new every day…every hour…every flower is seen for the first time in all its wonder.

My mom picks wildflowers and makes gorgeous new bouquets every day.ย  And I make bouquets from the flowers I have growing in my yard…

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Loving my new hydrangea…

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I haven’t posted anything about my chickens for awhile, but they all are fine, and Darcy has turn out to be a very fine rooster who takes good care of theย  8 laying hens… 6 black Marans and 2 Ameraucanas…

The tomatoes have grown quite a bit and seem extremely healthy…

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As far as the Oxheart Tomato Experiment goes, we’ve got a tomato that just needs to ripen and perhaps it will be a winner???

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Hope you all are having a wonderful summer…I know I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

Starting from Scratch…

That’s what it feels like this year. Everything died in the hoop house during the frigid December freezes, and I’ve had a cold/flu for a month, so I haven’t felt like doing anything, but I’m better and things are getting rolling around here…thanks to my gardener daughter Anna. ๐Ÿ™‚

She roto-tilled in the clover cover crop on this new plot near the hoop house…

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And planted these seeds from the Natural Gardening Company

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Lettuces, spinach, chard, bok choi, beets… can’t wait!!!ย  I thought the seed prices were very reasonable. We’ll see how they perform.

I soaked the beet seeds overnight. Something that was suggested on the seed packet that I’ve never done before, but according to them it will boost the germination.

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While Anna did all the hard work, I busied myself starting seeds in flats…

3I have several different heirloom tomato varieties that I bought at a Farmer’s Market in Holland, Michigan, and saved the seeds, and I have my special Down to Earth Digs seeds bought from Stacey on Etsy

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Last year we began to convert our large back yard into something productive, a large strawberry bed with 2 fruit trees.ย  We had a pretty good harvest of strawberries, and an overwhelming abundance ofย  cucumbers that I planted under the baby trees. Now we’ve added a new garden space in our back yard. You can see itย  in the distance…

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It really feels a lot like starting all over again from scratch, and everything looks so brown and drab and dreary.

Thank you to Tera, who bought me the beautiful Freesia featured at the top of the post. ๐Ÿ™‚ How bright and beautiful, a reminder that soon, very soon there will be color in our gardens again.

Oh…and I did keep the rooster, and I’m calling him Darcy. Thanks to vuchickens for the great suggestion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thinking a Little…

My gardening daughter Anna reminded me that it was time to think about the garden. Time goes by quickly and before you know it we will be planting again. Another year…I wonder what it will bring?

Looking through the latest addition of the Country Gardens magazine, Anna was inspired by this gorgeous lay out…

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She might even try to make those climbing towers out of palettes. Go Anna… ๐Ÿ™‚

So here is what our garden plan is for next spring…

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It’s fun to dream, isn’t it? One dream come true though, and thatย  is my copper colored eggs and my blue/green eggs…

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Almost every day I get 2 blue/green Ameraucana eggs and 2 copper Marans eggs, despite all the problems we have had with predators. So cool!

I’ll be back with some new ideas for the garden … like fennel. Has anyone tried growing fennel? It has some wonderful nutrients that we would all benefit from. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Instant Fall Garden

Last year I started this blog to journal my experience with a fall garden. This year after all my fall seedlings were eaten up with “little i don’t know whats”, I pretty much gave up…not just pretty much, I totally gave up, and let my hoop house die out…stopped watering…stopped weeding…stopped caring…

So the other day I had a little revival and finally went over and cleaned up the hoop house, and to my surprise there were a few scraggly half dried up tomato plants and one pepper plant still hanging on…

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I watered all the beds deeply, and if anyone has ever mixed up totally dry dirt with water, you know that you have to mix and mix and mix, and the water has a hard time penetrating. I let it all sit over night and get well absorbed…

My girls picked up some cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, chard, mustard, bok choy and Brussels sprouts plants at the nursery and VOILA! …

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Instant Fall Garden…For some reason I feel like I’m cheating…

So twice this year I resorted to the nursery for all ready grown plants after my seedlings were eaten up and in the spring when a very late unusual freeze killed all my tomato plants.

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Now I’m going to dust everything with DE… ๐Ÿ™‚

Wildflowers

I know I’ve said over and over again here on this blog what a beautiful summer we are having here in Oklahoma, but today I was just in awe of the most incredible wildflowers growing everywhere. Never have I seen these growing here, and I don’t even know what they are called. I took my trusty bike and rode out to gather wildflowers for a bouquet…

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Let me tell you the story about this bike. It used to be my mother’s, but about 10 years ago when she was 84, she decided she was too old to ride the bike, plus where she lives the roads are all gravel. So we inherited the bike, and it sat behind the shop for years.ย  I have a nice mountain bike of my own, but just this spring we were thinking of getting rid of this little gem, and I decided to keep it. I ride it down to check on the chickens…I ride across our large pasture to pick tomatoes from our tomato patch. And, best of all I have to ride it uphill to get back toย  my house and it’s quite a workout. In the basket I can carry eggs…or produce from the garden…or flowers. I have fallen in love with this little bike!

Speaking of tomatoes…we are getting lots of them…

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I have been watching the Sedum Autumn Joy start it’s blossoming out. I love the way it starts out green, then white and then darkens to a rusted mauve color…

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I took this picture with my new camera… love the way the butterfly came out so clear…

So here is the finished bouquet of all wildflowers…

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Does anyone know the names for these?

I took a photo of my lavender too…I love lavender!

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