This year the season is favorable to my flower and vegetable garden. Here is just a glimpse of my garden in October. Hibiscus Colorful Bougainvillea Overall Look Flower Red Okra Red Okra Bottle Gourd Smooth Gourd Colocasia Butterfly* Sharad
Everybody has heard the saying “you are what you eat” and it is one of the reasons I have a garden – to make sure I have lots of fresh wholesome fruits and vegetables for my family. In more recent years we have taken that a step further and learned (through first common sense and later proven by science) that simply choosing to eat carrots and peas and beans over processed foods is not the end of the story. Where and how these vegetables are grown and what is fed to the plants and sprayed on ...
It is around this time every year, as the current years garden becomes more barren with more rows tilled and empty than growing plants, that I begin my planning for next year. It is arguably as busy as the spring planting season, but instead of being bent over with my hands in the fresh dirt I am hunched over the counters peeling and blanching vegetables for canning and or freezing. Just as in the spring I pass the hours of work daydreaming of the harvest to come and the taste of the fres...
I remember the first time we were sitting on the deck talking and relaxing after dinner when the two tiny spotted fawns suddenly appeared in the back corner of the garden. After the squinting and pointing and exclamations of how cute we watched them get bolder each evening as they hopped and played taking an occasional nibble here and there on the young plants. They seemed most fond of the beans and young pepper plants but spent more time jumping and playing than eating so we were satisfied t...
I have over the years developed a large collection of gardening tools. Rakes and spades, hoes and cultivators, hoses and sprayer heads enough to fill a garage, a shed, and a good portion of the basement to name a few of the more typical tools. Every trip to the garden center you see another gadget promising to make your garden grow better while simultaneously reducing time and effort needed to make it produce. Sometimes I try them, though most often these days I pick them up and laugh and kee...
A few months ago while sitting on the deck one evening, my wife and I had discussed the possibility of changing the deck into a sunroom (that post is here). While typically this sort of project is done to increase the square footage of the house, our consideration was to increase the space we had to grow fresh vegetables and herbs, particularly during our overly long winter months. Though not quite October, the days are getting shorter at an alarming rate and the coolness of the evening ai...
Somehow the garden finds a way of getting bigger nearly every year but this year is really taking a new approach. The strip of property that adjoins ours came up for sale. It is an old lot that has not actually been used for many years, with an old farm that was left behind in the mid 80’s was broken up and sold off after going out of business. This lot has never really been used being nothing but a rectangular lot about an acre in size with the old milk parlor on it. What us the use for an o...
Chickens are an integral part of my garden. They help keep the bugs under control, as well as eat the tops of the weeds off. They also provide me with some great fertilizer and much like the zucchini plants, they provide a never ending supply of food. Enough so that between my neighbors and I, we can’t seem to eat enough eggs and zucchinis to keep up. However to my kids the chickens are their pets, so when a fox came into the yard looking for dinner, it was quite a traumatic experience....
This is how my terrace garden has taken shape this season. The rainy season is about to end and timely pruning, partial replenishing of soil, addition of fertilizers and control of harmful insects has resulted in a healthy plant growth, good looking flowers and vegetables. Some of vegetables are yet to bear fruit and I will post their pictures in the near future. As an additional activity I have started breeding Guppy fish. The aquarium tanks were constructed by me on my terrace and it was a ...
I have been meaning to post this since last summer, but as always, life is busy. For mother’s day, my kids wanted to build my wife a water garden, complete with a fountain and water plants. We found a plastic pot, filled it with water and went down to our local garden center to pick out some water plants and a fountain. We found a little turtle fountain for the pot, sadly that 1st winter I forgot to bring it indoors. When everything froze the left over water in the turtle expanded a...
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