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Around the Back Yard

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Young & In Love

St. Francis

Coleus & Fan Flower

Sweatin' with the Sweat Bees!

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Just taking photo's around my garden in the evening after supper. I planted dill a few years ago so I'll never have to again. I really like gardening to be as easy as possible! I got in real close with my little point-and-shoot Nikon which made the tiny bees (about 1/4" in length) seem like average sized bees and made the dill look like modern art.

Summer Gardening & Fall Planning

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I had to post a picture of my black tea cup. The purple fan flower has been pretty but I really went crazy for the yellow daisy-like flower. It was the last one, sitting all by itself at the garden store. It was in full bloom (3 but the color made it seem like more) and the next day the blooms were gone. They close up at night and last a day or so longer and then gone. I've waited 3 weeks for another one to finally open. I have to find the tag because I don't remember the name. Kind of weird.
Anyway, everything that's going to come up is up. I'm waiting for the broccoli to flower so we can eat it. I'm picking beans and yellow pear tomatoes and also some red cherry tomatoes. I need to cover the blackberries before they really start to ripen. The strawberries are here and there. The spinach isn't doing much - it's too hot, I think. So now, I'm beginning to raise some seedlings - INSIDE - under lights. I mixed some seed-starting mix with some composed manu…

Easy Summer Veggies

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MS tires me out. I admit it. The idea of cooking a farm fresh vegetable every night is about as appealing as running a 6 K race. However, since the small quantity of produce I'm growing will not keep us going, I found a local farm and took myself up there. I did not buy a CSA. I wanted to see what I could do with what they had. I came back with 2 large kohlrabi's, 3 nice yellow squash, a large head of green leaf lettuce, two cucumbers (they deemed defects because they didn't look nice and symmetrical like store cukes) , a bag of wax beans. I peeled the kohlrabi's, diced them up like potatoes, tossed them with chopped garlic, salt and olive oil and roasted them on a baking sheet at 450 degrees while the frozen french fries (okay, get real) roasted for my husband and son. They can't eat a cheeseburger without fries and I'm trying not to eat the fries. We all got some kohlrabi on our plates. It was nicely browned, slightly crisp from the head but would never compa…

What's Growing? Seascape Strawberries

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So far, about 2 1/2 pounds of strawberries and really tall tomato plants.  Mortgage Lifter has only blossoms so far but the cherry and yellow pear look loaded with lots of green tomatoes.  The beets (which I got in a little late) need thinning again, the lettuce (old seed from 2 years ago) is coming slowly. It's the slow-to-bolt variety and it hasn't been that warm yet. The bush beans are up and I'll be planting another row this week. No blossoms yet. Spinach is coming and the blackberry bush is LOADED, finally.  That will get bird netting this week after our son's graduation party. The herbs look pretty good. I put a self-watering drip hose through the herb bed and down the hottest side of the house. By August everything is dead otherwise. It's just too hot for me to deal with the south side. The only problem is that, although the water does run all the way through this double hose set-up, most of the water hits the herb garden and guess who really doesn't nee…