Sunday, July 17, 2016

Still on hiatus - but a spaRRows pic

I don't think I'll ever have such success in my container garden (spaRRows) as what I'm having this year.  Here is spaRRows in 2015 mid-July:

2015 mid-July
This year's growth is amazing, the bugs *knock wood* are few, and the lack of rain has helped keep mildew, mosaic and rust at bay.

I'm taking lots of pics to remind me what a container garden can do.  The Manny cukes started producing 6/26 and have given me nearly 40 8-9" fruits.  The Sweet Success started 2 weeks later with 14 cukes to date.  The vines have topped the trellis and are now sprawling over the pergola.  (Note: with early fruit, hardy growth, and doing so well in the pot, Manny may become my goto cuke in the future - takes full sun without wilting, cukes are fast and delicious.) 

(2016 mid-July)
Blue Lake bush beans will need to be picked in a couple days (note the climbing bean in the middle pot - it was mixed in with the pack, a sorting error; but has been fun to watch reach for the sky), the 3 Red Robin mini tomatoes are keeping me supplied with salad fruit. The peppers.  OMG the peppers!  I have not grown such good healthy peppers in years, ground OR pot.  I've picked a small bag of the hot bananas, the new Sweet Gourmet is setting well and already has ripened 3 nice sized fruit to bright orange already.  

The 3 non-determinate tomatoes under the bay window are heavy with toms while the Bush Goliaths are doing very well in the pots.

All in all -- deer, rabbits, moles, chipmunks and groundhogs aside -- this is THE BEST GARDEN (pot OR ground) I've had in years.  

How about you?  Best, worst or samo-samo this year?

P.S.  And would someone please tell Sue to stop banging that cup?  :-P

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Seems I've been on hiatus.  Seems it may last a while longer.  Just wanted to assure everyone (both of you) that I'm OK.  Just unmotivated right now.

I have tons of interesting posts in mind.  Hopefully they will be realized soon.

Happy summer.  Stay cool.  And if you have any extra rain -- SEND IT HERE!


Friday, June 17, 2016

Yay Yay YAY!!

After weeks and weeks of promised rain, two storms FINALLY delivered yesterday.

Early in the day we got .25" - not much, but it was the first rain in 2 weeks.

Then, while out shopping with Mom, another larger storm hit and it had a bigger punch!

I now have 5 full barrels of rainwater.  Could've been 6 if I'd gotten home sooner.

But this morning, outside, overcast, warm and MOIST air.  What a breath breath of fresh!

Total - 1.7" for the day.  Yowzah!

Happy happy joy joy.  What a lift to the spirit.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Still hanging in there...

Long time, no post.  I've been very busy between my garden, Mom's garden, Dr.'s appts, household repairs, etc.  I've done a lot - yet I have not been able to feel any sense of accomplishment.  Usually doing things gives me a boost, allowing me to do more.  Not this Spring.  I think my spring has sprung. 

And lately I've been dealing with some kind of 'spell' : dizziness, weakness, clumsy, easily angered, sometimes near tears.  Sometimes hard to catch a breath.  Sleeping doesn't seem to help. And what I have always called 'crying tired'. 

I'm feeling a little better today - some dizziness, but a little more 'in synch' with things, more adept.  You ever get spells when you are at all odds with the world?  You can't catch a break?  Can't focus and whatever you do at that time turns to crap?  I hate those spells.  And nothing seems to help except sit down, don't make any important decisions or take on anything new, and ride it out.

I hope the ride is coming to the end soon.  

To list my recent activity seems overwhelming right now, so I will post dribs and drabs as soon as I find motivation.  I don't feel depressed per se, but lethargic, unmotivated, uninterested.  I do what needs be done, but with no joy.  

I have an annual appt with my cardio next week.  If I'm not better, I'll mention this fatigue to him.

Meanwhile, I'm still here, still plugging away - in spite of the attitude.  Stay tuned for (hopefully more uplifting) future posts...

New blog header - that's a Great Blue Heron in the bottom center.  Saw it wandering around the back lawn yesterday.

Meanwhile - here's how the container veg garden (spaRRows) is coming along.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Too pooped to post

Sorry for the silence, but I've been too busy and too tired at the end of the day to even make a coherent sentence.

I'm beginning to forget all the things I've done lately.  Luckily, I take my trusty camera with me so I can remember why I'm so knackered these days.

More posts to come -- when we get a rainy day.  (Who knows how long that will be.)

Hang in there.  I'm sure you're all to busy to read anyway... ;-D

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A nice rain

Plants in the rain - seedlings under screen
I was up early and sat in the sunroom with a steamy mug of tea, a fragrant candle burning on the table and enjoyed the rain on the roof. Such a calming sound.

A nice rain.  No wind. No storm.  No drama.  Just nice and steady.  It's stopped now with about 3/4" in the rain gauge.

Looks like a good 'down/inside' day for me after going hell-bent all week outside.

Yesterday Mom and I went to fitness, then a Chinese lunch followed by loading up on plants for her at 2 nurseries.  She was pretty pooped by late afternoon and I'm sure she, too, is going to relax and rest up today.

I'll be putting up info on the sidebar blogs over the weekend.  Lots got done, lots needs to be posted so I'll remember what DID get done. LOL

Have a nice weekend. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The domino effect

Dang it's cold this morning!  Right at the freeze - and yesterday's rain on the deck froze last night on the edges.  There are SNOW FLURRIES northwest of here this morning and the wind is bitter.  Only mid-40s today and tonight probably into 20s.  What a pain.  

At least I got some stuff done this past week while the temps were more moderate and in between rainy times.

I needed to remove several established plants (pic 1) from underneath the sunroom bay window if I were to grow tomato plants there this year.  Thing is - what to do with the plants?  Pitch? or Plant?  If Plant, then Where?  I dithered on this all spring and finally decided to grow the tall hardy pink hibiscus & the white (Milkmaid) milkweed in front of the extension of the privacy fence (midway between the white crabapple and the Gray dogwood).

I hacked off the sod and planted 25% of the hibiscus (the rest got pitched) and the whole clump of milkweed.  Fertilized and mulched with pine needles.  There ya go.  Should look nice from the deck.

Now I have space for 2-3 large tomato plants under the bay window.  Done!

Hmmmm.  Maybe not.  Look how awkward it's going to be to mow around those new plants against the fence.  And I hate using the string trimmer - it's kinda heavy.  

*sigh*  I had totally discounted doing anything along this section of fence before and it was easy enough to mow with nothing there.  But now.... DANG!  There was only one solution.  

Another lasagna bed. 

So I hauled out all the ingredients for lasagna: newspapers, water can, grass clippings.  Less than 2 hours later: a brand new bed. Yay?  It's 40" wide and 22' long.

Now it doesn't mean I have to PLANT this bed.  I can keep it mulched, maybe have a nice display of big pots/plants on top of the mulch.  Put up a trellis for flowering vines against the fence.  A lot of options.  

Luckily none of them need be implemented at this time.  All the hard work is done.  Yay!

Then - irony of ironies, just a day after making the bed, I was at the discount store and found some lovely Diablo Ninebark plants @ $3.99.  I brought home 5.  Why?  Because they were only $3.99 and the big box stores have the same size @ $19.99!  I LOVE the purple/bronze foliage. That it would get 6-8' tall.  That it will arch and be covered with creamy flowers.  That it was a fast grower. Did I have a plan for them?  No.  (Gardeners, however, work with a different type of logic: see it, love it, buy it... figure it out later. LOL)

And where does the irony come in?  A tall, wide, bronzy, showy shrub sure would look nice in front of that empty space of fence.  You know - right where I planted the hibiscus.  *sigh*  Stay tuned....

At least I'm done for a while and I can get on with .... wait.  Hold up Nellie.   Back under the bay window.  I want to plant 2 cuke vines right in the ground (not pots this year).  Those white daffs need to come out.  And go where?  

And so it goes.  I understand there is actually a game called dominos.  I wonder if THAT game goes on for days and weeks like the garden domino game does.


12:30 pm - it's snowing...

Next day update: 

It's been a wild 24 hrs.  

Yesterday's light freeze, then a day of snow, then hail and a solid freeze last night.   

Glad I covered some of the tenders out there. 

Hopefully this is the last of this kind of cold crap. 

Fingers crossed.