Gardening

This Year’s Vegetable Garden

Shall we talk about this summer’s vegetable garden?

photo from Facebook!

(sadly, not from my garden!)

Well, for me there was not one!

It has been years since I have not had a vegetable garden, and what a strange feeling it has been.  I tell ya, I was pretty desperate for some sun-ripened tomatoes about the middle of August, and was ready to beg for someone to have mercy on me!

Bless Maria’s heart!  She gladly shared with her deprived Mom!  Baskets of tomatoes, bags of squash and green beans. So, I was able to enjoy the wonderful, fresh taste of summer after all.

I had toyed with the idea of planting some tomatoes and squash in tubs on the driveway in our temporary home, but it was just not working out.  I would drive by beautiful vegetable gardens on our drives and be envious.

There WILL be vegetable gardens for me next year -tho not real sure how.  Am planning and working on it.  Plan to build some raised beds.  I am curious to see what and how much I can grow in town.  (I am still wondering how I got here!)

So, in the meantime, for this summer, I am gardening vicariously thru Maria’s garden. (She probably wishes I would help instead of just watching!)  She DOES grow a beautiful garden!

Buckets of beautiful green beans, from 1 picking.

 

Maria, busy snapping those buckets of beans…

with her faithful kitty, Smokey.

She canned a total of 96 quarts of green beans.

And ….39 pints of hot pepper jelly, 23 pints of salsa, 6 bags broccoli, 17 bags cauliflower, 47 bags corn, 60 quarts peaches, 42 bags blueberries, and 11 quarts venison.

(It exhausts me just thinking about all that work!)

That should take care of their family this winter!

And, if we get hungry this winter, we know where to go!

So, I am curious….

Did you grow a vegetable garden this year?

How did it do?

 

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Esther’s Roses

Esther’s Beautiful Roses

A couple of years ago, for Mother’s Day, I gave each of my daughters-in-law a miniature rose bush.  Esther has done such a wonderful job of caring for her rose.  It is growing, surviving the winters, and thriving…producing beautiful blooms.

She planted her rose right outside the back porch, by a porch post.

Because of the good care she gives it, it has produced flush after flush of beautiful flowers over the summer months.

You can see what she feeds the rose bush-bananas and peel, and egg shells.

The rose bush is very happy to share in her breakfast and reward her with such lovely flowers!

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Philippians 2:13

God is working in you,

giving you the desire to obey Him

and the power to do what pleases Him.

 

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New Spring Chicks

New Chicks

We have some new baby chicks here.  Five, to be exact.

Henrietta became broody early in the spring, and I set her off by herself in a quiet and dark place,

with about 12 eggs under her.

She faithfully sat on them.

(Notice the egg pushed to the front of the crate-she was able to tell this egg was no good, and pushed it away.)  Last year Henrietta successfully brooded 2 batches of chicks for me.  The first batch, she hatched 4, one died, and three grew to adulthood.  The second batch, 3 hatched, 1 died, so we got 2.  And this year there are 5.  Five hatched and all survived.  There are 4 buffy colored ones and 1 black.

They are now old enough and big enough to be let out,  they are roaming the yard every day.  Henrietta is busy teaching them to scratch and dust bath.  They are so enjoyable to watch.

I find this a much more enjoyable way to raise chicks-let the momma do it.

The shadows are lengthening and it is time to head back to the coop for the night….time to put those babies to bed!

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Deuteronomy 31:8

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;

He will never leave you nor forsake you.

 

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Friday’s Flower-Lilac

Lilac

Blue, not Purple

The lilacs illuminated

in the  morning sun

hard to describe the color

so soft, finely spun.

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Blue, not purple

like faded blue jeans

softer than the morning sky

of a pastel azure blue.

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Fragrant so soft

like power on the air

a treasure of the morn

wish we all could be there.

Raymond Foss

The month of May, the flower month, brings such wonderful blooms and fragrance in the garden.

One of the bloomers that is so anticipated is the lilac bush.

Lilacs carry memories for so many.

How fleeting and delightful they are.

About Lilacs

Type-Lilac-syringa vulgaris (the common lilac)  is a small tree or shrub.   Lilacs are related to the olive tree.

Zone-Lilacs grow from gardening zone 3-7.  They are very hardy and can survive temperatures as low as -60 degrees. Lilacs can live for hundreds of years.  Your grandmothers lilac is probably still growing!

Sun exposure-Lilacs grow best in full sun, and will bloom best with at least 6 hours of sun.  They can take some partial shade, but won’t bloom as well.

Soil-Most any soil will grow lilacs, but a good loamy soil is best.  They do not like a lot of fertilizer, and do not like wet feet.  Just an application of compost and mulch after pruning will do.

Color-Lilacs come in many colors-white, violet, blue, lilac, pink, purple, red, yellow and in bi-colored varieties.

Height-Lilacs can grow quite large, up to 25 feet tall, and this is one of the reasons to prune them back.

Width-Lilacs can also grow quite wide, and send out many suckers around their base.  It is best to keep them pruned back or they will make a messy looking shrub.  I propagate my lilac by digging up the suckers and potting them up.

Bloom Time-Lilac blooms in mid to late May for about 3 weeks.  The bloom time is fleeting, but, oh so beautiful and fragrant.  There are some re-blooming varieties.

Lilac is a good looking shrub with pretty, shiny leaves.  It is easy to grow, is low maintenance, and very hardy.

It attracts butterflies. And it is also edible, and the flowers can be used as a garnish.

Lilac makes a lovely cut flower and brings the wonderful fragrance inside.  To make the flowers last longer, the stems need to be smashed with a hammer so they can up take water.

Lilacs bloom on old wood, and should be pruned yearly, right after bloom time.  If you wait too long to prune, you will prune off many of next years blooms.  If your shrub is badly overgrown, it can be rejuvenated by cutting the whole thing back to the ground-it will not bloom the following year, but will have a nice, compact shape with many blooms in a few years.

My lilac bush was given to me by my mother many years ago, and I call it Grandma’s Lilac.  It has bloomed faithfully for me all these years.  I love it.  Now, if only it would bloom longer!

Do you have memories of lilac?

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Romans 5:1

Since we have been justified through faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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The Flower Moon

The Full Moon of May

Tonight is May’s Full Moon.  It is known by different names, but mainly as the Full Flower Moon.  This is the time of year that there are many spring flowers blooming. What a beautiful sight and fragrance to enjoy!

The May full moon is also known as the Mother’s moon and the Milk Moon-there are lots of babies been born in the woods and fields about now.

… And in the month of May we remember and celebrate all of the mothers.

And it is also called the Corn Planting Moon.  The local farm fields are being plowed and will soon be planted to corn.

(I think it should also be called the Egg Moon-the chickens are laying till eggs are coming out of my ears!)

The earth is warming, and the last frost of the year will soon arrive.  But don’t get too anxious to be planting out just yet.  In reading the Farmer’s Almanac, I read of a saying that I had not heard before-Do not plant until the Three Ice Men have passed.  The Three Ice Men were three ancient religious feasts that were celebrated in May. The feast of Saint Mamertus on May 11, Saint Pancras on May 12, and Saint Servatius, on May 13.  These three saints were also known as the Three Chilly Saints.

May 15 is the beginning of the warm weather planting season.  We can still have a frost (in my zone 5), until the end of May, but seeds planted in the ground around the 15th, will not be sprouted yet, and should be safe.  Having a frost cover is a good idea, just in case.

Full moon is the ideal time to accept a marriage proposal!  Or so says the Farmer’s Almanac…

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Proverbs 16:3

Depend on the Lord in whatever you do,

and your plans will succeed.

 

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Child of God, pastors wife, mother of five, grandmother of ten (and counting), gardener, quilter, homemaker, reader, homebody and dreamer…

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