1st Lettuce 1st Squash

I’m happy that I finally got a small harvest of romaine lettuce. I have different ages of the lettuce growing. I had to replant them because of two lovely doves eating the seeds. That worked out well because I don’t have to worry about harvesting and storing the lettuce. So I guess I owe the doves a thank you. ūüôā¬†I harvested my first squash. I’m looking forward to cooking them up in a stir fry with this fresh mess of green onions.We haven’t had enough rain to make our garden flourish. If the rain would come for more than a passing shower, we’d be covered in squash.

I hope all your gardens
whether vegetable and/or flower
produce a bounty of goodness for you.

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Gardening on the wings of a dove

I’ve decided to keep my gardening news down to a minimal. I realize that my gardening post can get monotonous year-after-year.¬† I plan to hit the highlights or whenever I’m particularly feeling the gardening-posting spirit.


Here is the USA, for a good part of this year, there’s been a health warning out about Romaine lettuce.
I understand that label reading to make sure of the vegetables origin hopefully helps make a safer choice.

However, We’ve decided not to chance our mis-reading a label and have decided to grow our own lettuce.
I planted the lettuce seeds in my herb bed since it’s full of bought garden soil that grows stuff alot better. I lightly broadcasted the seeds in the back half of my herb bed. I planned to thin them as they grow.

There’s been a sprinkle rain or two since I planted them. My husband has watered the area a time or two. I’ve been waiting for the first show of little greens.

I looked out the window and saw a couple doves bathing in the birdbaths in my herb bed. I grabbed my camera and got a few photos of one of the doves. Not perfect, but nice enough. 

Then the dove flew….¬†The dove flew down to my herb bed, joining a second dove…
And together they had a field day in my lettuce patch…Ah yes… such is the circle-of-life… where even well meaning healthy choices help to make for a food source for the fauna.

Our vegetable garden has become a buffet for the deer. It’s not been but a couple weeks since we planted the garden. The chard is gone and most of the tomato plants. We’re planning on replanting soon.We try-not too don’t get upset with the fauna that takes advantage of our gardening. We’ll probably put up some deterents, but that’s about it. I don’t see that this year’s gardening is going to be very successful and then again it might. It’s still early in the season.

Thankfully, we really enjoy seeing the wildlife.

Wishing you all enjoyment in gardening and
watching the wildlife that enjoys your gardening too.

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Herb bed, Rose Cutting, a Chrysalis and stormy weather

We cleaned up the herb bed Sunday.
We cut back the Stevia and pulled up and bagged the dead herbs and flowers.
It looks better, but still sad after the lush year it had.
I discovered that my accidental rose cutting is trying to bud.
I’m so surprised. I doubt the weather stays warm long enough for it to bloom, but I’ll keep an eye on it and see how far along it gets.
My husband came in from working outside and told me to come and look at something. He said it was something I needed to see.
I followed him to the shed with my camera in hand.
He pointed to a space in the shed door and said, “Look at that.”
I was so tickled to see a black swallowtail butterfly chrysalis in the space. It’s overwintering there. How cool is that?
It’s been storming all night here and it’s still going on. It’s the whole show complete with lightning and sound effects along with curtains of wind and rain. Shelibean is not happy at all. He’s snuggled down under a blanket beside me feeling quite protected from the weather-at-large.

Here’s wishing you all gentle weather this Tuesday.

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My Basil was being bugged

As it turns out, my mesh cover keeps out most of the insects, however¬†there is one¬†kind of¬†insect¬†that evidently was able to get through… the fruit fly or what we call a fruit fly.
I didn’t know that they were in the basil.¬†Each evening when I’d bring the basil inside and set it on the window sill, unbeknownst to us, fruit flies would get out and fly around the house. We’d chase them down and kill them and wonder where they heck they came from. It wasn’t until I saw one¬†inside the mesh of the basil container that I figured out where the little buggers was coming from and it all made sense. I figure they must’ve got on the soil and laid eggs. Yuck!
Since I didn’t want to toss my basil, I decided to use a little natural control on them.
I got out my bag of ‘Diamaceous Earth – Food Grade’¬†also called¬†‘DE’ and covered the soil heavily. As long as it stays dry, it’s effective against insects.
I’ve always watered the basil from the bottom tray. It helps keep the roots deeper in the soil. So, I’m good there.So far so good on keeping the fruit flies controlled.

‘Diamaceous Earth – Food Grade’ is a natural pest control. The way DE works is it scratches the spiders/insects/bugs exoskeleton and causes them to dehydrate and die.

If you plan to try ‘Diamaceous Earth’, make sure you use ‘Food Grade’.¬† And also, do¬†the research and read all you can about it. There’s safety measures that need to be followed if it’s used on a larger scale than I have used it¬†here in my basil container.

I hope you all have a pest-free rest of the week!

 

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Impatiens, Basil, Marigolds and a Dandelion

The cool nights are starting to¬†cause my impatiens leaves¬†to turn yellow. Just a note here, if you ever wonder what variety of flowers do well growing in the shade or in a pot in the shade, impatiens are the way to go. I discovered their shade loving this year. I originally planted these two plants in the flower bed, but they about melted away in the sunshine. I hadn’t realized that the sunshine would do that much harm¬†to them. I¬†transplanted them in to pots and set them on our table on the back porch. They have grown and flourished. I plan to buy¬†a few of them¬†next year. We enjoy having flowers blooming on the porch and these impatiens have¬†lasted the entire season.~*~
My basil is looking well. I transplanted it to a larger pot.
I set it outside when the weather allows and bring it in at night.
I’m happy with it’s progress so far.~*~
Earlier this Summer I tossed some of the dead-marigold-blooms in the end of one of our small flowerbeds. I thought nothing of it until some little plants started growing. Wow, they look better and are thriving better than the original ones we bought from the nursery. I think that’s pretty neat.~*~
I thought of the first ‘Ice Age’ movie when I
saw this lovely dandelion bloom.
I smiled, took a photo and wondered if
“it is the last dandelion of the season.”
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If it’s Autumn in your region,
are the flowers still blooming
or has it been too cold?

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Rooting an Accidental Rose Cutting

Around the first week of July some critter broke a little stem a few inches long off my red rose bush. I brought the stem in the house and put it in a 3 oz. Dixie cup of water. I figured it would sit there and probably die, but I didn’t have the heart to throw it away.

I checked the water everyday and added water when it was needed. I was surprised, after a week that it looked like the stem had tiny root buds. The leaves were still healthy, but I clipped them off to hopefuly help it expend it’s energy on rooting.

I didn’t know roses would root in water. I read up on roses rooting in water and apparently it does happen but the survival rate is quite low. The roots grown in water aren‚Äôt like the roots grown in soil. I added potting soil to the cup and kept it watered almost muddy.

A week later I noticed some buds trying to grow. After another week I transplanted it to a small flower pot. I’ve kept it outside on the backporch in the shade and set it in the sun a few hours everyday when the weather allows.

The rose cutting has rewarded me with some healthy new leaves.
It’s doing so well. Before too long, I’ll need to transplant it in the ground, but I worry about it surviving the winter. Anyway, for now, I’ll enjoy it’s progress.

This rose cutting is my best success at rooting a rose and it was an accident. A happy accident.

Have you had any happy accident with growing flowers?

Wishing you all a happy week.

 

 

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