Garden Update

I spent this past weekend making a big pot of soup, a bunch of quiche and some homemade bread to take to my grandmother who is under the weather…

This meant I didn’t have anything ready to post. So… since I got a nice “mini” harvest from my garden yesterda I thought I would share a picture.

Surprisingly enough, I am still getting veggies from my garden! Mother Nature must realize feel sorry for me this year lol!

And here it is…. drum roll please… my little harvest!

Sandie

Garden Update

I finally have a Green Thumb this year lol… although it’s only green from tying up some more of the cucumber vines to the trellis… but was still green until I washed my hands!!!

One of my “Stalkers/Visitors” was here the other morning. I think she needs some better camouflage if she wants to blend in lol! I love having the cows and horses come to visit!

I think Mother Nature must have taken pity on me and made my garden bloom for all it’s worth this year! I can’t believe the success I have had with most of my plants this year! I swear that my tomato plants are well over 6 feet tall! There are a ton of tomatoes on them but I think that I have to go in and cut out the excess leaves that seem to be blocking the actual tomatoes from getting enough sun to ripen. That is on my To Do list for one day this week. Check out the size of them!

This is my third “haul” of cucumbers this year and my first little green pepper. I have so many cucumbers right now that I actually took some down for Kim (and family) when I went down for Grandma duty!

Needless to say, Chris and Dillon have been eating a lot of cucumber salad, sliced cucumber with dinner, etc.!

Sandie

My Favourite Summer Recipes

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This week Kim and I are both doing versions of our favourite summer recipes.  You will have already seen Kim’s favourites earlier this week… this is mine, and I will admit that most of it revolves around homemade ice cream lol!

Sandie

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Gardening Update/Awesome Picture

Let me start by saying holy crapadoodle again lol! And that I give the weather full credit so far for how well my little vegetable garden is doing! I gave it one dose of fertilizer but I don’t dare do that again because I think the plants are already going to outgrow my little garden.

I am going to lead with my self-proclaimed “Awesome Picture.” It was pure luck and involved cooperation with a dragonfly. I love dragonflies… I collect them and even have one tattooed on one of my shoulders… so to have one cooperate long enough for me to snap a really good picture with my cell was a bonus. On a side note, I can remember growing up and being at the cottage summers and playing with dragonflies, frogs and the like. I swear we spent all day outside, either in the water, at the base of the “mountain,” (basically a big rock outcrop that we called a mountain) playing with the frogs in one of the cracks or just swimming…. from April to Thanksgiving. I still love the water and would choose swimming in the lake over a pool any day!

My Picture…..

I so enjoy seeing how everything is growing, and knowing that what is just plants right now will be vegetables I can feed my family, straight from the garden. We have already had a huge batch of lettuce come in. So much lettuce in fact that we are continuously eating salads AND I have sent some to work with Chris to share with his coworkers/kids from school (I call them the kids at school because that’s exactly how they act most of the time lol)!

Monday’s Harvest

My cucumbers have almost completely filled in the Hula Hoop Trellis I made for them. I have been tying the vines to the hoops since they first starting growing and I am amazed by how much they have covered it. I am starting to think I should have made an arbour instead lol!

My tomato plants are huge and are covered with flowers AND the start of little tomatoes.

Even my pepper plants have flowers, getting ready to form into green peppers.

My celery has taken off big time….

And finally… my broccoli is showing the start of actual broccoli lol. We love broccoli and can’t wait to eat it straight from the garden.

My cauliflower is doing well too but I didn’t notice anything other than leaves yet.

So, all in all, I think my garden is doing really well…. thank you Mother Nature lol!

Sandie

Natural/Organic Bug Spray for Plants

This is another one of those things that I either wrote down or took a picture of a while back thinking it might come in handy at some point. Apparently this year is that point.

With a very dumb hound who will eat or lick just about anything lol, and the fact we don’t want chemicals in the garden because our granddaughter plays there when they visit, this is a great alternative to over the counter bug/pest sprays for plants.

Chris used it for the first time the day after I made it and he said he could actually see things/little bugs of some kind leaving the plant straight away. Not only that… but it is quick and simple to make and only uses ingredients you probably have on hand right now!

The ingredients list for this spray is as follows:

  • 4 liters of filtered water
  • 4 tsp. minced garlic, or garlic cloves
  • 1/2 large onion, in large pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 bar hand soap, grated (I used Ivory because that’s what I had on hand)

To make the spray you start by adding the water, garlic, onion and cayenne to a large pot and bring it to a boil.

Once it is boiling, add the grated hand soap.

Allow the mixture to continue boiling for another 2 minutes, then remove from heat, cover and let stand about a half hour.

After the half hour, strain the mixture and pour into spray bottle(s). This makes 4 liters of spray so you will need something to store what isn’t in a spray bottle in something in a cool spot until you are ready to refill the bottle.

To use, spray directly onto plants about once a week.

Sandie

Garden/Trellis Update

With the humidity we have been having and actually remembering to water my garden lol…. everything has taken right off! I swear my tomato plants are now growing a foot a week the last two weeks and even have flowers on them. You can see how everything has just gone a bit crazy!

The cucumbers are starting to “vine” for lack of a better word so I thought it was time to start tying them to the Hula Hoop Trellis I made a while back. While they are only about a foot long at this point I still wanted to start training them to climb the trellis!

We have even been able to start making salads using the two kinds of Boston lettuce I planted!

If I can keep it up, it won’t be long until we are eating even more vegetables from the garden!!!

Sandie

Butterfly Waterer/Garden Update

My little vegetable garden is still alive… and even thriving! I can’t take much of the credit though, we’ve had a lot of rain the past few weeks. Still… it’s going well!

While I am still waiting to see if the Pop Bottle Mosquito Trap is working, I made a butterfly waterer with things I already had laying around the house! I hope they use it!

I had a couple of plant saucers, about 1 inches across, big glass beads, some river rocks, a sponge and some artificial flower leaves.

I figured that since it was going to have water in it I would use Gorilla glue to attach the leaves and sponge.

I took a black sharpie and marked where I thought the sponge should go and started to glue the leaves to the inside, placed on the edge of where I marked for the sponge.

I glued the sponge in place then scattered the river rocks and glass beads around it in the saucer.

I made some butterfly nectar, using a 10 – 1 ratio of water to sugar and then poured it into the saucer.

And now I have a couple of nice Butterfly Waterers around the yard that hopefully the butterflies will enjoy!

Sandie

Mosquitoes!!!!

Help lol!!!! I don’t know why, but this is the worst year for mosquitoes that I can recall! They are literally swarms… and they lay in wait outside all of the doors just waiting for a victim!

I swear we have tried every possible “remedy” we can find and nothing seems to have any impact whatsoever!

So…. I am looking for suggestions. Does anyone have a magic mosquito repellent remedy we can try?

I’ve tried planters with citronella and mint plants, lavender oil, garlic, Epsom salt/mouthwash, clove oil…. the only thing that’s working even a little is burning sage incense and that is only succeeding in keeping them off the screens. Once you get past the doors you are still under attack!

Considering the fact they tend to fly by everyone else to bite me, I am especially interested in any possible relief….

Sandie

Gardening – Hula Hoop Mini Arbor/Trellis

I spent pretty much all of Sunday outside “playing” in the gardens. It was such a beautiful day I just wanted to be outside. When Dillon and I went to town on Friday I picked up some more flowers for various pots, gardens and such and wanted to get them all planted.

The Hula Hoop Mini Arbor/Trellis was all made with items from the Dollar Store too which was awesome!

Today I can barely move lol… carrying all the bags of mulch and soil and such, pushing the wheel barrow around all day, I am feeling every muscle I have. Guess it’s part of getting older. The only thing I asked Dillon to do was to hook up my new hose because the faucet is under the back deck and I do not do spiders lol…. Yuck!

Now for the hula hoop arbor/trellis. I can’t remember if I saw this idea on Pinterest or Facebook but I thought it was a great idea. While I really wanted to get the pink glittery hula hoops for my projects, Dillon talked me out of it lol. He probably just didn’t want to carry them!

All I had to do was to cut the hula hoops, making two big open circles.

I made 4 stakes out of some bamboo I had laying around from another project and stuck them in the ground where I wanted each side of the hula hoops to end up.

I crisscrossed the hula hoops, putting the ends over the bamboo stakes, feeding them all the way to the soil and then just reinforced where the hula hoops met in the middle with some thin gauge wire.

Now I have a cool arch in my little vegetable garden that I will tie my cucumber plants to as they (hopefully grow)!

And just a few other pictures of some of the yard/flowers!

Sandie

I Have a New Vegetable Garden!!!!

As you may have guessed, I have a new vegetable garden…. albeit not a big one but I have one nonetheless lol! (It’s still a little bit messy because of digging and the soil that got on the grass around it but I still wanted to share the picture)

AND my lilacs are starting to bloom! They are my absolute favourite! What an awesome smell!

Yesterday Dillon helped me dig out a new garden for the vegetables I want to grow. Last year we tried to grow in some sort of felt raised garden bags. While it wasn’t too bad, they caused problems in the winter, holding snow up against the wall of the garage/shop and when it started to melt… guess where it went? Yep… in the garage.

This year I decided I wanted an actual garden instead of trying to find different ways to do raised gardens. Chris and I went out into the yard and decided where we wanted to put it and I called in the big guns… aka Dillon and his youthful strength lol… and we dug up the grass where the garden was going to be.

Here are a couple of pictures of the process. It took quite a few wheel barrow trips to get rid of the grass we dug up lol!

Once Dillon did the heavy work I mixed in some better soil and triple mix and was able to start planting!!!

This year we are growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, red onions and two kinds of lettuce! Hopefully I can keep them alive and thriving this summer so we can enjoy them. I think it will be so awesome to grow something my granddaughter can eat!!!

Sandie