Garden Happenings {2}

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Welcome to the second edition of Garden Happenings. This is a photo post of little bits happening in our backyard garden.

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I’ve got plenty of helpers to pick produce. Ripe or Not.

The top tomato is the only one of the big ones that made it, and even then it was a little soft. Tasted amazing though!!!

Cherry tomatoes have produced a fair amount. Not huge numbers, usually enough to have a quick snack if you stand right by the bush 🙂

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Our brussel sprouts were mostly taken over by aphid 😦 There does seem to be one stalk (of six) that looks like it may produce, but we’ll see.

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hot peppers!

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baby bell peppers, so cute

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Our cotton plant. Not sure what to do with it. We bought it at the local plant sale earlier in the year, just to see if it would grow. Well, it has, but I’m clueless as to what can be done with it.

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(Picture says it all)

Ok. So this box didn’t have much planted in it recently. (We didn’t plan our garden very well this year… but next year, just wait! I have plans for next year!!). Anyhows, it was overgrown with grass and weed-flowers, and I decided it was getting too overgrown, so I cleaned it out while the kids played.

As a bonus I found a Roma tomato plant, with tomatoes! Guess it pays to clean up once in a while 🙂

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This is the newly planted garlic patch. (It was in the area that was cleaned out in the photo above.)

Photo on the left: My vermiculite (1) and compost (2)

Photo top right: Planted garlic

Photo bottom right: with cayenne pepper (3)

(1) – Vermiculite is to help the soil to not be so compact. We think that part of the reason we didn’t get a great crop of our radishes and carrots amongst other things was our soil was too compact.

(2) – we finally got a compost box… {bummer, it’s dark out now and I don’t have a picture of it… must get it at some point}… Anyway, Jared built it and it’s been really nice having. I grew up having a compost box, and having to throw away food that could go in it never felt quite right. So, I enjoy having it.

Right, back to the point. I used compost (from our new box) in the recently planted garlic to hopefully help nourish the soil.

(3) – Cayenne Pepper to keep cats away. I’m also hoping it will deter the squirrels, since they are a bigger problem than the cats.

That’s enough for now. Good night all!
~Ruth Anne

 

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August Reads 2013

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Well, it’s that time of month again. Time to share the books I managed to finish reading last month.

Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse – Jennifer Worth. This is Book 2 in the Call the Midwife series. I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first one, maybe because it wasn’t quite so “birth related” (which I just happened to LOVE about the first one). But it was still very fascinating. As I mentioned in a previous “monthly reads” post, I think this is about the only way I can read history, if it’s written in story format, and personalized to one or two people.

Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown – Maud Hart Lovelace. This is actually Book 4 of the Betsy-Tacy Series (a children’s book). I picked it up on the library’s free table, recognizing the series, but not knowing the order. Sweet story of 12-year-old friends and their adventures in growing up. I will definitely keep this one around for when the kids get a little older. And I’ll also keep a lookout for others in the series.

I thought I had read more this month, but I think what happened is I had planned to finish a book before I got the Thomas Merton book from the library, but that didn’t actually happen. So, off to more reading for now.