June 19/13 After dropping off my grandson I came home to tackle some gardening – but those mosquitoes won out again. I did manage to cut some comfrey and drop it throughout the asparagus patch. And I had to pick those bright red strawberries that were begging to be eaten before the birds got to them. I whacked a few weeds but it just wasn’t worth the blood loss and I called it quits. Oh and I took a picture of this beautiful little flower from one of the plants I bought t...
Yesterday, after the little guy went home (my grandson), I spent some time in the garden, whacking weeds, swatting mosquitoes, and taking some photos. The whacking weeds was very rewarding – actually got something accomplished. The swatting mosquitoes was not quite so fun—but—- I had a thought. Putting sprigs of lemon balm behind my ear has helped ward off the little pests. Perhaps if I soak some leaves in some oil, the oil can be a natural repellent that i can put on my ...
It’s early Saturday morning and I think I have the opportunity for a full day of gardening (or as I do it: garden-break-garden-break). So to start the day off I thought I’d do a walkabout to identify priorities. The first priority showed itself right away—avoid the mosquitoes. So the walkabout is a half tour of the yard, and a very, very quick one—but productive. I have been thinking about joining two garden plots to eliminate a roundabout for the lawnmower. I ha...
My grandson and I went to Whistling Gardens again today… isn’t this beautiful???? !!! And there was an abundance of baby toads … time for some scientific exploration and sadly .. the demise of one little guy while grandmum had the camera out.
No rain this morning so my grandson and I spent some time outdoors and I got to do a wee walk-about in the areas that he and his wagon travelled. I’m sure my daughter won’t mind that I’m sharing these pictures with you. One of our first strawberries … “mmmm!!” was the appraisal. Smelling the wild phlox… strange lighting but cool effect, I think. Thanks camera. And here’s another look at the phlox as seen through the sumac bush.
What does a shed have to do with gardening? Well its where I keep my tiller and shovels and hoes and well you get the point. I’ve noticed online quite a few people wondering if you can raise or move a shed. Here’s living proof of how quick and easy it is. Normally I have one of my several gardens next to the shed as well but this year I had to put it off because the shed was sinking into the ground and being taken over by ground hogs. I had to raise it 4”. The shed is 10...
june 9/13 A sunshiny day took Rick and I out into the yard today to do some “this and that”. Rick took care of the lawn and I did some comfrey-fertilizing, transplanting some plants, trimming back some cedar trees, and making a little fence for one of my peony bushes. And, then it was making a decision about the colonade apple tree. Rick suggested moving it but it’s June and it’s been in the ground for over a year. ... I’m pretty sure that the problem is cl...
June 8/13 After a good day’s work I did a wee walk-about to check out my yard. Most things were looking good but a couple of my trees aren’t looking very healthy. My colonade apple tree which was looking so good earlier in the spring is looking sad. Not sure what the problem is and really not sure what to do to help it. I have added comfrey-mulch around the base of the tree. I’ve planted some baby comfrey plants as well. Hopefully the roots will work their way down thr...
June 8/13 With several dozens of eggs in the fridge it was time to do some cooking … Here is what I came up with: Asparagus With Garlic Sauce Bacon & Egg Pasta Salad Dad’s Pumpkin Pie Asparagus I was going to leave my asparagus for the season but there were a few tempting spears saying “eat me” so we did. drizzle olive oil and then some salt over asparagus and roast top with sauce (below) and finely chopped hard-boiled eggSauce 2 tabl...
June 8/13 Rick is golfing today, much to his GREAT pleasure, and I don’t have my grandson today, so that means I have the day to myself! What to do, what to do? I could have gone to the great plant sale at Whistling Gardens, but .. ((applaud my self-control)) I decided that I didn’t “need” more plants and I shouldn’t waste the precious time available to do some gardening. I wasn’t exactly alone, however. I had hordes of mosquitoes following me R...
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