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Friday likes to Share

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Hey everyone!

So I want show you what I have done so far with my first year of working with a garden in the ground. 

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Shamrock!

Everything I have ever grown have been in pots or containers like this lovely shamrock that I have had for over a year.  I’ve had a wonderful amount of plants over the years but I’ve not have a garden till this year. 

 

 

 

 

Moxie always loves it when I go out to weed and check on my garden that I have planted. Image              Image

 

 

She loves to hide in the among the onions hunting bugs while I dig around. Here is where I planted the peas a month ago along with the carrots and beets.

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This was my planting of Carrots … they didn’t all come up but they are doing okay the ones that survived.  

My beets I started as well in my own make shift starter cardboard tray.  

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Anyway I am going to post some more photos of the cucumbers, bok choy, turnips, beets, and whatever else I am forgetting. Honestly I am thinking of going back to school to study horticulture because of how naturally it comes to me.  It would allow me to study and work on things I have a talent for. I have to consider several things like the cost of it and where I would qualify to attend but I think that this is something that I need to look into.  The cost is really something I am worried about because of how much college seems like it has diminishing returns like buying a new car.  But after working several years in simple office grinding environments I feel like I am not getting healthy and after suffering 2 different cancers, obesity, arthritis, pre-diabetic, anemia, so something has to give.  My skills at research, calculation, my love of watching and studying growth around me and the ability to communicate well needs a new avenue.  Being without work currently is giving me the opportunity to work on things that will be best for me and how I can better effect the world around me in a better way.  I hope everyone can spend time to know themselves and enjoy life. 

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Tuesday came back on line

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Hey everyone I am fighting some allergies but I was able to put in some more seeds in the ground and transplanted way too many onions in the garden.  I love working in the garden but it really works me over when I am out there digging and clear out rocks and then making sure plants get transfered around.  Anyway I am tired but it’s a good tired and here are some fun words I found online today that I wanted to share.

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Thursday is full of thought

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Good morning,

I haven’t posted in a while because things have been difficult getting online access but I’ve saved up a bunch of good ideas.  Things I have been working on have been making a model for a tiny home that I hope to build in a few years.  The garden has been taunting me with ideas about what to plant and I keep thinking of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello with all of the experimental gardening and testing and growing of hybrids and such.  Jefferson was an amazing driven man that couldn’t stop being a scientist and experimenting or finding new modern things.  Cleaning has been my focus this past few weeks and so I have been sorting through my stuff and making plans to sell, donate, toss, or find a new use for.  It may sound strange but I am planning on getting rid of some books I have in my collection and this is because I’ve read them and they are not just space savers for new books!  

Moxie my kitty is doing wonderful and when I adopted her she was underweight and her back legs were lacking muscle so I am happy to report she has been gaining weight and her back legs are strong now.  She will sometimes play fetch with me and because I let her outside to play she has started asking to go outside when she needs to potty.  Leash training has been well enough but we haven’t been on a walk in a while.  She had decided that 5am is the best time to wake me up.. yeah 5AM.  But I am a morning person so this is not so bad and I get to watch her be crazy as she plays and plays and plays.  

Anyway thanks so much for reading and enjoying a cup of coffee with me.  I will write again really soon… oh have you heard about the crazy story about study on Autism this past week?   Here is a neat picture of the patches in the brain they have found with that study.

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Garden Dreams

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Yup it’s the last week in January and all I can think about having a real garden to plant in this year.  We are going to have drought conditions in most places and strange wildfires in California and Oregon currently.  There are other things trying to distract me like the Syrian conflict, shootings in the U.S., the Winter Olympics but with all of the problems out there I just want to grow something.  

I was asking my friend about her gardening plans and she let me know about another friend who was looking to split some seeds and order through the same company.  She also said that another person was wanting to do a Start exchange.  So of course I went crazy and created a spreadsheet in about an hour and copied and pasted planting and seeds for the right month and dreaming up this great network.

After taking a few bits to the grinding stone with the input of some folks my spreadsheet was done.  I think my crazy was a bit too much but I am just so excited about having a garden this year and not just pots.  My hope is that I can just get a few things to grow and that I can harvest a 3rd of what I can put in the ground.  

Good luck everyone and never let anyone tamp down your excited feelings about gardening if you do it will never grow. 

Cucamelon what?

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I saw this today and I think this would be great in a nice crunchy salsa.  

Cucamelon is also known as the Mexican Sour Gherkin, mouse melon or “Sandiita” or little watermelon in Spanish.

Tiny, 1 x 1/2 in. light-green fruits with darker mottling look like watermelons for a doll house. The flesh is white, crisp, crunchy with a slight lemony tartness. The flavor is closer to a cucumber than a melon.

Sown in April, they take two to three months to mature. Despite their exotic origins, they are easier to grow than regular cucumbers. They are ignored by pests, resistant to drought and perfectly happy to grow outdoors. They can be cultivated in tubs, pots, or growbags and take around two to three months to mature.

The sour fruits grow on a thin vine and are surrounded by leaves that look similar to ivy and drop to the floor when ripe.

Hello Rainbow Snake

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Hello Rainbow Snake

I saw this and I had to share it’s beauty with everyone this morning. This amazingly colored animal just makes me smile from ear to ear. The fun thing about Garter snakes is that they are an easy and safe pet and great for a garden or home to keep pets down. This guy is just so cute and cuddly looking and reminds me of childhood days of finding these guys and playing with them.
Have a wonderful day everyone and enjoy something beautiful.

Hooray the death plant Bamboo can help

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  1. Bamboo Palm: It removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.
  2. Snake Plant: It absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.
  3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.
  4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.
  5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
  6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen overnight.

http://diycozyhome.com/

Reinventing Mrs Potts

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DIY Concrete Planter : Create a unique garden planter using concrete, cooking spray and your choice of forms.

Step 1

Gather your forms (we used 3- and 5-gallon buckets). Use cooking spray to coat the inside of the large bucket and the outside of the small bucket.

Step 2

Mix concrete in a tub (wear rubber gloves and a mask) following package directions.

Step 3

Pour the mixture into the large bucket to about the halfway mark. Slide the small bucket into the center of the large bucket and push down to within 2 inches of the bottom.

Step 4

Use bricks, stones, or sand to weight the small bucket. Secure the weighted small bucket with duct tape so it doesn’t rise.

Step 5

Remove the weights after 48 hours. Slit the inside of the small bucket and remove. Slit the outside of the large bucket and remove.

Step 6

Use a masonry bit to drill a hole in the side or bottom of the container for drainage.

Veggie life made better by cursing

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Great website here for everyone to enjoy and I am still trying to figure out how I can get my garden going.  I have some thoughts and plans but it is unknown how much time I will be staying at home to enjoy it and who might be able to help me.  The one thing I have learned is that I don’t have the ability to do everything but I can do some things.  Anyway please visit this site and enjoy some of the fun info found there. 

Also I had no idea that food tasted better when you cursed. 

Ground yourself

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Ground yourself

I am fan of doing stuff to make life fun and meaningful. But honestly all life has meaning and we are just a bit too dimwitted to understand. This gardening project looks like fun and if I can get the time and energy to put something like this together I will.