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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Herb Labels

Just had to share these beautiful  labels for Herbs from World Label

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And there are more… even shopping lists and recipe cards that you can print off.

I saw these over at Rachel’s blog   Happily Occupied Homebodies where she shared her very clever idea using these cute labels. You should go have a look. 🙂

And take a look at the labels too…  Labels for your Herb Jars

It’s April

Time is flying by… It’s April already and here’s my garden update…

Added more border to the strawberry bed…

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Planted cilantro, carrot and beet seeds…

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Found some garlic growing in a big clump, so I transplanted it next to the garlic that was already in the bed…

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Peas are coming right along…

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Red lettuce and parsley in the greenhouse…

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And kale…

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Tomatoes and peppers under the gro lights…

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I don’t really know what went wrong with the tomatoes, but I ended up thinning them out and throwing out half of them that seemed unhealthy and some that had white leaves. Perhaps they were too close to the lights, or maybe it got too cold. I’m really not sure…

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Looking kind of bare…but we still have about 40 tomato plants. I also started some sunflowers and fennel.

My son found some hanging tomato planters at a garage sale for 3 for $10.00. We bought 6 of them.

You can also grow strawberries and cucumbers in these Topsy Turvy planters.

Now the most exciting thing that happened here this week is the pergola that my son built…He measured everything so carefully…

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And here it is almost done…

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So proud of my son. He did a great job!  LOVE IT!

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Until next time…

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…

Fresh Salad in November

I have so neglected my garden journal being busy with all the chicken stuff. Tonight, though, I have to share with you the salad from the greenhouse that we are having for dinner…

Fresh red and green lettuces…kale and spinach…

A little parsley sprinkled on top with the edible pansies…

Looks scrumptious…doesn’t it?

So, what else is happening out in the garden…

The bok choy is getting bigger all the time and variegated nasturtiums which are not flowering yet…I can’t remember if you can eat the leaves???

The tomatoes have tiny yellow flowers on them… they survived the freeze…I put another layer of plastic around them and they did fine…

Outside the greenhouse the cabbages are beginning to look like they are starting to head…

Unfortunately the cauliflower died in the freeze. I didn’t realize they were not as hardy as the cabbage, so next year I’ll have to be sure and cover them.

And here is what the chickens got for their dinner salad… ; )

Breakfast from the Garden

There is nothing quite as wonderful for the gardener than picking fresh produce from your own garden and eating it right away. This breakfast salad contains baby kale, baby bok choy, parsley, peppers and radishes, all fresh from the garden…

And hopefully someday soon the eggs will be from our own chickens… : )

Picture from Southern Living