Wednesday, February 19, 2014


I am trying to get a head start on compost material to use for this summer. Cardboard from toilet paper and paper towel rolls, dried banana and avacado peels and dried and smashed egg shells.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Garden Maintanance

http://eartheasy.com/grow_backyard_vegetable_garden_03.html

This link has some good imformation about what to use for organic fertilizing, raised beds and how to work the soil at different times of the year.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

canning,drying

My neighbors gave us some plums!
I've made plum jam, plum syrup and plum fruit leather. The fruit leather is quite easy to make. As I am getting older simplify is one of my favorite words.
Of course you can find any recipe of fruit jam on line our from your friends and family
 

Plum leather in the oven.
Just blend up your seeded plums (peel and all) add a bit of honey if needed. Line a cookie sheet with plastic wrap and pour plum mixture to a thin but solid layer. Bake at 200 degrees for an hour and check. Just keep cooking until it doesn't feel wet to the touch. Cool, peel of plastic and cut and wrap as you roll. It keeps well in a cool place.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

We decided to add a fairy garden as part of our outdoor fun and decor.
Our grandchildren love moving the fairies around and using their imagination.
Every once in a while, magically, new fairies appear!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Vegie garden 2013

I planted a few things inside this year, 2013. Tomatoes and green peppers. I used a heating pad and a growing lamp. It took them forever to get this size ( about two months)
This picture was taken May 8th 2013. I decided I  am going to buy larger mature  tomato plants from our local nursery in 2014. Maybe they will mature faster before the end of the summer.

 
 

Tomatoes July 21st. I have been breaking off the extra leaves to help speed up the maturity of the tomatoes. Hope it works.
 We got quite a few tomatoes before the frost.
However, we can always improve.
 
May 8th 2013-Here are our peppers growing inside.
Our pepper did poorly, just a few small ones before the frost.
I need to figure something out for 2014.
 
 Plants that always grow well each year in our garden is lettuce. It tastes so good fresh!

Here is planted onions, turnips, beets, carrots and green beans. July21 2013
I have decide not to plan turnips or many beets next year, as we don't use them well.
 
Today is Jan 10 2014. I can't wait until July of 2014 so I can compare growth.