A Flower Garden and a Tornado All Mixed Together

My daughter-in-law planted a very large wildflower garden in the very red clay soil of their little Oklahoma ranch in Moore, Oklahoma. Yes, you read that right, Moore is famous now, because of the  devastating tornado that went through a couple of weeks ago. Her wildflowers failed to thrive with all the Bermuda grass that is choking them out, so I thought that for her birthday we could plant a flower bed for her. Looking forward to a day of planting beautiful flowers with my daughters, playing with my grandchildren, and a hamburger cook-out with a delectable chocolate layer birthday cake made by my gourmet cook daughter, I headed to the flower store and bought lots and lots of flowers. And these gorgeous lilies were half price…

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This was on a Friday and we were going to Moore on Sunday afternoon. My car was stuffed with flowers and I also dug up some Stella de Oro daylilies, Sedum Autumn Joy, Bearded Iris, Monkey Grass, and an ornamental grass from my own flower gardens.

I had written a post on my other blog about the tornado that ripped apart Moore where my son and his family live – Oklahoma Tornado. They were spared from that one, as their land is situated  about a mile north of the devastation. But Saturday night another tornado, the largest one ever recorded as it was going through El Reno, 2.6 miles wide, swept through their yard and tore off half the roof of their barn.

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Amazingly, it did not touch the house. This was their pergola, deck and hot tub. Behind this wreckage you can see their storm shelter.

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Notice the glass table top left of the storm shelter door. It did not get broken… and remember this broken pot…

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We all are so thankful that the house is in tact and no one was hurt. We got the go ahead from our son to stick with our original plans for Sunday, but they now included putting up a tarp over the barn and cleaning up all the debris.

We not only had the back of the car full, but we brought our little trailer too, with bags of soil and mulch…

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My son added a couple of tractor buckets of composted horse manure to the red clay soil and tilled it in…

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Then he went to work with the guys fixing the tarp over the roof, while we placed the flowers out…

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All done…

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Remember the broken pot?

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It sits nicely by the lilies, a remembrance of God’s mercy on our little family and oh, and the cake was fabulous!!!

Tomatoes and Potatoes

Went to the nearest family owned greenhouse and bought 30+ tomato plants to replace the ones that froze…

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While replacing them in our new tomato bed, I noticed some bermuda grass coming up through all the newspaper and compost and mulch we had generously piled up to suffocate any weeds or grass from growing.  We hadn’t planted the peppers yet, so while Anna was digging she realized the bermuda was thriving under the mulch. After raking back the mulch this is what we saw…

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This method wasn’t working! We decided to put some landscape cloth down and cover it up again with mulch…

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I hope this will work much better!

The most beautiful thing in my garden right now are the potatoes in the big black pots

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There is no question in my mind that this is the way to grow potatoes. Check out the ones I grew outside in the same soil that I put in the pots…

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They are just beginning to come up and some of them had a little freeze damage. It must be the warmth in the greenhouse that makes the difference.

Hoping for a Plentiful Harvest

 

I want to show you what an amazing gardener daughter I have…

After turning over the grass she is placing paper and topsoil over the new strawberry bed…

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Then she got the mulch that she and her dad and brother had shoveled and hauled back to our place and dumped it on the bed…

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And she raked it all out and this is the finished bed…Way to go, Anna! 🙂

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Now we are ready for planting…This is a pretty big bed… I bought 3 flats of Ever-bearing strawberries from our local family run greenhouse, but this wasn’t enough.

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Here they are planted…I think I need to buy two more flats.

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I really hope and pray that all our labors and your labors this year will bear sweet fruit…a very plentiful harvest! 🙂

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. 🙂

Back to Eden Film

My gardener daughter Anna and I are both sick with a cold today, soooo we are sneezing and watching the movie Back to Eden together. 🙂

734422_473897765980478_994174007_nIf you haven’t seen it, you can stream it at their website Back to Eden. There’s lots of sage advice on mulching, watering, composting, etc.,etc. …incredible film!

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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… : )