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Monday, April 21, 2014

Garden, Raspberries, Dehydrator, Yard Art & Fountain


I planted 12 cabbages.  Six early and six late!


My prayers were answered!!!  The peas I was suppose to soak and didn't have come up!!  Yippee!!


Planted my potatoes!  Hoping for a great harvest from them!


I just planted the one row of the sugar peas that I didn't soak and the rest of the bed was planted with regular peas and a row of radishes along the edge of the bed.


This is the barrel that Gracie dug a hole to hide the vitamin bottle when they were playing.  I didn't replant but just kinda smoothed it up and so far this is what is growing!


Look closely and you can see asparagus popping up!  One getting quite tall towards the left top and a couple smaller ones coming up nearer the bottom.  Happy to see these!


Pruned the red raspberries!


Had to dry more apple slices for my granola mix.  I do love my dehydrator!


Our old white fountain broke.  We loved it but now I love my new one more!!


I saved this from my old fountain.  "Wonderful Gardener" is going to clean it up for me and it will be used for yard art!!!!  I am so lucky to have a "Wonderful Gardener".  It is so exciting to me to see things sprouting up and growing but he just doesn't seem to share the same enthusiasm as I do!  Hmmmmmmm!

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Only Just Begun!


Finally!  The things in my cold frame have started to grow!!


My seedlings!  I wasn't going to plant any in the house this year!  Hahaha!  Guess I got that bug that goes around this time of year!  I bought the cabbage plants Saturday.  Six early cabbage and six late cabbage.


Notice the hole in the dirt in this big barrel.  The "littles" were over again and wanted to play "hide the vitamin bottle" with each other.  Their favorite spot to hide it is in the garden!!  Sitting in the house watching out the window it did not dawn on me soon enough to realize I had already planted in this barrel!  I do want the "littles" to grow up with fond memories of Nana's garden!  Coco on the other hand has too many fond memories in her tummy already!!!


I planted three of these light green pots ouside the fence in the driveway.  The onions are growing!!  Coco can't get them and so far the bunnies have not touched them.


This next video is for my music loving friends!!  These girls are fantastic!!    The next one is a trailer for "God's Not Dead".  It is a great movie if you are interested. 


Monday, April 7, 2014

Seedlings, Coco, Teapot & M&M's



This is my sorry attempt to plant some flower seeds in front of the french doors.  The seedlings on the left are cockscomb and the seed was old!  So I planted really thick and they all grew it seemed!  I have thinned out a lot and think I will have to thin out more.  The seedlings on the right are sunflower seeds.  I think I may have planted them too soon as they are already leggy and our last frost date is predicted May 17th.  Now the question is, do I try to cut the egg carton apart for each one and try to plant the whole thing deeper in a little larger pot of soil?  Other suggestion????



See that brown blob sticking up under that blue bench??  That is Coco's butt!  We moved our bird feeder out behind the garden fence because she was eating all the seeds on the ground.  Evidently a few bounced over by the fence.  I put this little bench there hoping it would stop her but as you can see..............



I thought I would cheer up my dinette table with my little tea pot again for spring.  It says "He Fills My Life with Good Things" from a Psalm.


This next video is for all my chocolate loving friends to grow their own M&M's!  If you haven't seen it I am sure you will want to go out and start planting your own M&M's to grow today!!!  Enjoy!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Work, Pictures, Fashion, Peas & Spray


I had to get her done so I put on my winter jacket and ear muffs and got to it!!


I had bought three large pots to put outside Coco's domain to plant onions and a squash so filled them up and planted the onions.  Will do the squash when it warms up.  Note the poor Elderberry bushes!  They sure look like they are dead!  "Wonderful Gardener" trimmed them way back last year.  He hopes they will die!  I hope not!! 


I had visitors!  Gracie brought me new artwork for my refrigerator!


Cali brought one she colored for Papa.  She doesn't like her picture taken most of the time!  On the other hand, Gracie loves to pose!


You will never guess what we are doing here!!  Playing Hide the Thimble outdoors only it is an empty vitamin bottle.  It provided lots of fun and fresh air!


After that we had to have a fashion show!  I snuck this picture of Cali!  Nana needs to find more dress up clothes to play with!


And here is Gracie posing!  No problem with taking pictures of her!  I had lots to choose from!!!!!!!


We finally got a couple days when I didn't have to wear my ear muffs although it is suppose to get back down into the 40's again.  I planted my sugar peas against my makeshift trellis.  I was so happy about that until I read at the bottom of the package after I had planted them that I was suppose to soak them!! Oh, no!!!  I hope and pray they come up anyway!  The ones that I planted last year I didn't have to soak but these are a different kind.  Woe is me!


I bought my spray for my fruit trees today so that I will be prepared!  I will have to wait awhile yet but the tree lady will send me an e-mail and tell me when!  I am hoping for lots of peaches, Asian pears and sweet cherries this year!  I am trying to go organic and she said this would be okay to use.  Dream on till harvest!!!




Monday, March 24, 2014

Carrots again, Honey Mustard Dressing, Cookies & Spring,


Dehydrated more carrots for soup!!  Love my dehydrator!


I made up a little Honey Mustard Dressing for my salad.  Now if I was ambitious like Daphne I would make my own mustard to go in it!!!


These are No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bars.  They have peanut butter, honey, coconut oil, oats, coconut, nuts and chocolate chips in them.  They are suppose to be healthier and "wonderful gardener" likes them so that is a good thing!!


Our daughter brought these flowers over and said she was bringing us a little bit of spring!  They sure are pretty but I don't think they have worked bringing us spring!  It is below colder than normal temperatures!  They do cheer the place up though! 


Coco is out in my garden box looking for vegetables.  She wishes Mom would hurry up and plant some.  Mom wishes she could too but not for Coco to pick!


Well, what is a furbaby to do when there are no veggies to snitch!




Monday, March 17, 2014


Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!!!


I was almost out of apple slices so got busy and we did up another dehydrator full!  Yum!  Hubby uses the apple peeler that peels and  slices the apples and I arrange them in the dehydrator.  Many hands or four hands I should say make light work!


How discouraging it was to see this one day last week!!!


Bought a new thermometer for my cold frame today.  It is smaller than what this picture shows it to be!


Also bought three new pots today to plant some onions and a butternut squash outside my back yard.  Is this what you call faith!?!?  Perhaps warmer weather will come soon!  I am afraid Coco might eat the onions back there and my husband does not like the squash running all over the grass he has to mow.  There is cement here so hopefully the squash will run all over the cement and produce me lots of squash!  How are your gardens doing?


Monday, March 10, 2014

Hope, Strawberries, Bread and Coco


I put on my boots and trudged out to my cold frame one day.  The top of the snow was soft but the bottom layer was hard enough for me to walk on.  I brushed the rest of the ice off the cold frame and looked inside..........


Lo and behold I found a little greenery!  The spinach made it, the kale made it, the red lettuce made it and a little of the endive.  There was a small back corner empty and I felt the soil.  It felt warm to my touch so I planted a few radishes!  Do you think they will grow?  I put the cold frame covers back down and went in the house hoping!!!!


Back of the house I have a few daffodils planted.  Do you see them?  More hope that this winter that never ends will end!!


More hope!  The Autumn Joy Sedum which I call Live Forever is peaking through! 


This temperature is very unusual for this time of year here and I doubt I see it again for awhile but it gives me more hope!  Gardening season will eventually get here after this winter that never ends!!


Found more FL strawberries for a good price.  Did a whole dehydrator full this time!


I made more bread.  Looks good and tastes good but could anyone tell me why when I slice the middle slices the top crust and a little of the bread separates from the rest of the slice????  Makes it hard to use in the toaster!


Coco loves peanut butter!  But then what doesn't Coco love!  I gave her the empty one to clean out.


This occupies her for quite awhile!  We both are anxious to get out and wander around the yard more!