I Had To Borrow My Son’s Camera Again

Because I needed to show you progress on the garden and flowers.


I needed to get pictures of the gladiolus canes that were almost finished blooming. Last night while water the flowers I noticed two more canes would be blooming soon and they were going to be PURPLE! I was correct this morning I was able to get this nice shot of one of the purple canes. The other one should be blooming by tonight or tomorrow morning. These make canes 4 and 5. I found a sixth one just coming on the other day. I don’t think all of them will cane before the weather gets to cold, hopefully I will have a better turn out next year.


The butternut and butter bush squash are doing well. So far they have not gone too crazy producing, we hope with the cooler nights they will say, “Hey, it’s getting cold we better get some more fruit on here!” It just doesn’t seem like we have as many as last year even though we have more plants.

The acorn squash are the same way not a lot of fruit yet, but we don’t have as many plants as last year.

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We have this one plant we thought was sick or not getting enough of the proper nutrients. So David went to Googling and discovered that it is actually a different variety. It is a Golden Acorn, not your typical Queen Table Acorn which is what the green ones are. David thinks its seed accidentally got in to this package of Queen Table acorn.  There is also a variety called the Snow White Acorn, but we didn’t get a stray seed of that one. 🙂




The peppers and tomatoes have been producing well. We have been using both in stir – frys and meat loaf.

The green peppers and a few of the sweet pepper plants have grown quite large.

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I was able to pick 12 green bell peppers that day. The sweet pepper plants are loaded too. I won’t pick those until they turn their red, yellow, and orange colors.

I wanted to save some the green bells some how. So I dug out the food dehydrator that I have not used since buying it 8 or 9 years ago. I dried 6 of the 12 just to see how it would turn out. It filled the house with the smell of peppers for about 6 hours. Mmmmm! I think they turned out ok. I put them in a freezer bag then placed that in a glass jar in the pantry as the instructions with the dehydrator said to do.

I think the next bunch I pick I will try freezing. My daughter suggested I slice them place them on a cookie sheet that is covered with freezer paper and place that in the freezer. Then when they are good and frozen then place them in a freezer bag. I want to try this way instead of chopping them into chunks and freezing them straight into the bags. They are all mushy when you use them at a later date when done this way, in my experience.

A couple of weeks ago I decided to put a bed around the wild Johnny Jump – Ups. I found these rocks and thought they did the job nicely. I hope there will be more of them next year. I might even plant some of the helichrysums against the siding.

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David and I went fishing a week ago. Where we wanted to fish there was a lot of small trees /bushes so David took the pruning shears to them to make a spot for me to set up my chair and fish. When I was carrying the branches away I noticed this. I know it did not grow this way on its own. I still thought it was neat and brought the branch home to show the kids.

I guess you could say it is the circle of life. 😀


Fruits, Flowers, Flutterbies, and a Toad

Well all our hard work is starting to bare fruits.

The strawberries are June barers so they have been producing flowers and fruits for sometime now.

The next plant that is starting to bare fruit is the butter bush squash.

This variety is similar to the butternut squash, but the plant is staying more bush like rather then vining out. The squash are going to be a bit smaller too from what David read about them.

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                                                      The start of a butter bush squash.


This is where a good-sized toad has taken up residence in the hill hole of one of the plants. It moves around to different spots and buries itself. It has been there for over a week now. I am wondering if it is a female burying her eggs there because we are keeping the soil there fairly moist. This is ok with us all bad bug eaters are welcome in the garden. If it is a she laying eggs we will have an army of toads for pest control. 🙂

The tomatoes have begun to produce also. These were just a little bigger than peas.2016 Garden128

The original Johnny Jump Up is still alive but he is no longer making flowers.

The little Johnny Jump Ups are doing well.

One is right up against the house skirting.

The other is out among the grasses.

The marigolds out by the yellow summer squash are beginning to flower. They are a bit stubby. They get direct sun most of the day and the soil may not be the best for them, but they are still growing.

On the 23 rd I removed all the radishes as all they did was go to seed.

I turned the soil again, raked it out, and planted the last of my gladiolus bulbs there.

I also weeded and turned the soil in the carrot patch.

I then planted more carrots in rows and covered them with wet pine shavings litter.

The marigolds in this area are growing big and bushy, but have not started to put on flowers yet.

The helichrysum are starting to bud, no full open flowers yet.

There are many different flutterbies in the garden.

I have not been able to get photos of all of them.

They just don’t sit still long enough.

I got some nice shots of this orange one the other day.

These  photos are from the past but these types are still coming to the garden.

We also have some little white ones, which David calls cabbage butterflies, because the were around the cabbage we grew many years ago.

There are some little yellow ones too. I saw about six of them today sucking up water after I watered the yellow summer squash.

These and the white ones are the ones that won’t sit still for a photo shoot.

Thar Be Things A Growin’ Here! Arrgh!

I am a pirate gardener today! 😀

First up, I would like to report that Johnny Jump – up will pull through his ordeal. We had a small natural gas leak in the hose that brings the gas into the house which is right above his head. I don’t think the leak was hurting him. When the repairman came to check for the leak he pulled the tall grass around Johnny. I think this took away some of his shade and he got sun burnt. I have been giving him extra water to keep him moist and cool. He seems to be coming around.

David has been continuing his excavation of the east shed wall.

He has been back filling the south hole and digging more of the compost/dirt pile from the east side.

He has been piling the excess in various places.

He is making a new bedding space, that is what the wooden logs will be marking off.

There was a healthy patch of grass where he wants the new bed.

He dug a hole and transplanted it over to the hole out-of-the-way of the bed.

Growing at the edge of the compost/dirt pile is this lovely iris.

I removed them from what is now my carrot/ flower bed a couple of years ago. I didn’t want to deal with them. I gave my daughter some of them, the rest I just threw on the pile. They did grow last year but didn’t flower.

They sure are some tough old bulbs!

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The peppers are doing well. I planted the last of my seedlings, that I had started inside, yesterday.  They all looked good this morning when I went out to water them. I have lost 3 so far though, as of this morning I have 41 pepper plants. David got the tomatoes planted just to the east of my pepper patch and they are doing well. The far eastern end of the garden is also coming along. David got one hill formed up and I planted yellow summer squash on it. That is it in the foreground, running north to south, of the 3 rd photo . I transplanted 10 marigold seedlings along the northern edge yesterday. The all were alive and doing well this morning when I watered them.

David has squash sprouting in many of the hills he planted with seeds, after the wind and cold spell killed his early planted seedlings. He finally decided it was safe to put out the last of the seedlings he still had growing inside.

These are Butternut Squash.

                      These are Butternut Squash.

The beds around the front deck are starting to sprout and grow too.

I now have four gladiolus sprouting.

My little radish patch is flourishing too!

Last but not least is my little flower/ carrot bed. The flowers are doing well, but the carrots I am not sure. I know that their sprouts are tiny and look a bit like grass. I am not seeing to many. I don’t want to weed either, just in case. The helichrysum seedlings are doing well. The marigold seeds have sprouted and are growing well. A couple of seeds found their way beyond the decorative branch barrier into the carrot area though. I will let them stay as they fought so hard to get there. 🙂

Gardening, Yard Work and Fishing!


When I left you yesterday, I was going to do a “quick” check of

Facebook then get started on gardening/yard work.

That quick check was about an hour. So I got outside around 9:30 am. I also took Sully out with me so he could eat grass and smell the catnip.

I started off by raking the area around the back steps.

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I then moved on to placing a coffee can in the holes, packed dirt around the cans so there would be a space to transplant the acorn squash. Well I thought I was doing pretty well. David came out and said those look nice, but you need to build a mound in the hole around the coffee can,not flat even with the ground. Dang, I had to do them over.

We only had enough baby acorns to do two of the hill holes. We have some more planted in the house but they have not sprouted yet.

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David then dug a hole for the butter bush squash behind the close line near the fence.

I again made the mound around the coffee can. David did the transplanting.

We only had enough babies for one hill hole.

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We then moved over to the east end of the yard to plant the six hill holes there with butternut squash.

Yep, you guessed it I did the mounding and David did the transplanting.

Why change a good system. 😀

After all this transplanting we took a break for some lunch.

David went out back I thought he was just going to clean the fish tank out.

THe metal fish tank.

The metal fish tank.

He just kept on going. He dug out the soil from a spot where a compost pile was. He put that in the wheel barrow. He then dug out the grass at the end of the strawberry patch and transplanted it where he just dug the soil from the old compost pile. He then put the compost soil where he dug out the grass. This is where he plans to put the tomatoes this year. He also placed and buried the boards to keep the grass from spreading back into the tomato spot.

David surveys his work for the day.

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He also mowed the west end of the yard and back filled around the shed stairs retaining wall.

Well David was busy with that I found a few more little projects to do.

I went ahead and transplanted the Helichysum sprouts into the carrot spot.

After those were planted I scattered some marigold seeds between each helichrysum plant.

Then covered with pine shavings litter and watered.

I also picked up a pile of leaves in the backyard. I raked up sticks on the west end of the yard.

I then called it quits for the day!

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After all that work yesterday, David said it was time to take our fist fishing jaunt to the ponds.

So today just before noon we went fishing !

David caught the first fish of the season!

I, again this season, am the best at catching bait fish.

I caught 7 bluegill, five will be used as bait.

I released the other two.

Even though we used our umbrellas we both got a bit burnt.

It was probably because the high for today was 90 degrees!

My face is just a bit pink, but my arms are really pink.

We came home around 6:30pm.

David says we will stay home tomorrow and take a break from both gardening and fishing.

We are just cooked.

Of The 2015 Growing Season!


Wednesday night we had a light frost even though the recorded low for the night was 40 degrees. David checked all the plants. He said the butternut, acorn, and yellow summer  squash had all been nipped pretty good. The cherry tomatoes were just slightly nipped. He checked the weather reports for tonight we are under a freeze warning with temperatures falling between 25 and 30 degrees.  So he spent the afternoon bringing in the last harvest of the season.



The tomatoes spread out on newspaper on the floor of the spare room so they can continue to ripen.

The tomatoes spread out on newspaper on the floor of the spare room so they can continue to ripen.