Gardening is Not for Wimps!

March 16, 2008 at 2:48 am (Garden)

Today I did my first planting in my vegetable garden…in the snow!  

Nonetheless, it feels good to have a few things planted!

  • 36 onions
  • 9 broccoli
  • 6 cabbage
  • more green onions than I can count
  • 5 spinach
  • 70 sweet peas

I’m looking forward to enjoying them!


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Stopping to Smell the Flowers

September 12, 2007 at 6:45 pm (Garden)

This morning as I was out weeding the yard, I noticed that the color of my Blue Mist Spirea had really intensified. 


Until recently the color had been really pale, and I was a little disappointed.  Not anymore! 🙂

It will look really nice once the sunflowers I planted with it start blooming.  Here’s a shot of one I discovered this morning.


Ooohh! My favorite flowers and some unexpected color from a new plant!  That’s a great way to start the day!

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Could I Have Your Smallest Zucchini Please?

September 7, 2007 at 1:30 pm (Garden)

Yesterday, I needed some zucchini so I traded some of my garden veggies with a neighbor who has been positively overwhelmed with her zucchini plants.  She said, “Sure, which one would you like?”, and brought out three VERY LARGE zucchini.  I picked the smallest of the three.


I only needed half of it for my recipe, it was so big.!  🙂

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

August 30, 2007 at 2:30 am (food, Garden)

I was excited to see some tiny melons on my Sugar Baby melon plant.  They were so cute I just had to take some pictures!


My Mr. Stripey tomato plant was an experiment this year and one that I think will have been worth it.  I can already see the striping in the green tomatoes!


 I also made one of my favorite recipes today: Benito Bean Dip.. It’s from one of my favorite cookbooks, Lickety Split Meals. You can download some free recipes here.  They are usually good, simple and healthy.

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Love those Lemon Cucumbers

August 21, 2007 at 7:43 pm (family, Garden)


I picked two lemon cukes a couple of days ago and they taste so good!  This was my first year growing cucumbers and I must say I am impressed with these!  I think I will be having fresh cucumbers for awhile if the number of blossoms are any indication.

As far as other news… DD#2 lost her first front tooth! Here are a couple of pictures of her cute toothy grin! 

 That gap has given her a definite lisp.  It’s really cute!


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Fresh cucumbers

August 12, 2007 at 12:59 am (Garden)

lemoncuke2.jpgI tried a new cucumber in my garden this year and I definitely recommend it.  It grows like crazy and the cucumbers although small are nice and tasty.  It’s a lemon cucumber, named for the shape and color of the fruit.  It’s bug resistant because its skin isn’t bitter like other hybrids.  We did a taste test today with the first one and it was delicious!  lemoncuke1.jpg

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Thanks Everyone for a Great Visit!

August 10, 2007 at 1:25 pm (family, Garden)

veggies.jpgI’m back after a long visit with all my family.  Thanks everyone for you hospitality!  When I got home, I had some onions and potatoes waiting for harvest.  I can’t believe that things were still alive after I had been gone so long and it had been so hot and dry! 

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