A few years ago, I interviewed a gentleman from Dave Wilson nurseries and was fascinated with the “compact gardening” practice with fruit trees—keep them small so they fit in a smaller yard and so you can reach all the fruit without using a ladder. Well, this year (2016), I found another benefit! We have an infestation of Japanese beetles. Now, we get these every year but for the past couple of years, our neighbour put out a Japanese beetle trap and that solved our proble...
It’s the long weekend in May and I’m busy puttering around in the yard. It has been a slow spring, garden-wise, for me, as I’m babysitting my granddaughter (toddler) and I’d rather focus on her than try and watch her while gardening. First off, I have to say that my fruit trees have all avoided the frost!!! I might actually have some fruit this year (if I beat the squirrels and birds to them.) Having planted a number of nut trees over the years, the squirrels and ch...
Pretty much the only flower that can stand the TX heat…
Found these little guy in the yard this weekend
I received a message from Iris’ friend today: “Morning Debbie – I am Marjorie (Lurker) who came with Noreen Bradshaw-Roy to one of the Tenders gatherings.“Iris 43” passed away on June 19th in the early morning hours. Peacefully with her daughter Anne-Marie at her side. Thought you would like to know and pass on the information to any of the “Tenders” who will remember her and her many postings.” I am shocked, saddened and … well, sh...
Hi everyone… thought I’d stop in to give an update. Where to begin?Well, my last posting, I think, was about the cats—so: Tippy is doing well. He had a hard time over the winter because he wanted to spend his time outdoors, as usual, but it was way too cold. We had lots of -30C temperatures. Now, he is happy to be out and about most of time. The winter havoc- overall the trees etc survived the winter nicely and even the early spring! The grapes, cherries, and pears wer...
Summer is in full swing but my terrace garden is doing fairly well. Jasmins are in full swing. Lemons are doing well, Brinjals have started showing their presence, Mint is getting ready for the season and hibiscus of course are doing very well. Periwincle is also there. Following photos are the testimony for what I am saying. Jasmine Buds Lemons Brinjal Mint Hibiscus Periwinkle Sharad
Coconut shells are discarded or burnt as fuel after harvesting the cream and the water. I have used them in my wood working shop for making useful articles such as ladle, spoon and a tea cup. Please see my blog on coconut for more information on coconut. The shells are first dried in the sun, cleaned from inside and outside, cut to a proper shape and used for making articles of your choice. The shells are quite hard to work with and proper tools should be used. Any holes at the bottom are se...
Late last summer, I had an aphid infestation in my inside garden, so I ended up losing everything I had been trying to grow. I have trashed everything associated with the aphids and am hoping I am done with them for this year. The inside garden was turned off for the winter to save on electricity. I have started anew with some new seed. I am using jiffy pellets, 1 seed to a pellet, using the seed I had on hand, not buying new unless I have to.A closer look at the plants. Seeds were planted...
Well the greenhouse made it through the winter with just a few scratches.Later that day after the snow had melted some.I have survived the winter with an intact greenhouse, On the right end,of the GH, I had partially replaced the plastic with Suntuf panels. The other end is going to be rebuilt and I am planning on another 8 foot section to the greenhouse. I am going to overlap the Suntuf panels so there should be little or no leakage when it rains. The right end will be permanently closed as ...
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