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Fruits of My Labor II

Today I harvested stringbeans, onions, Juliet tomatoes and tiny red skinned potatoes.

The potatoes are small because they were in a container that was not big enough. These are the only ones picked so far because the were close to the top and coming out the soil. I carefully repotted the plant into a much larger container.

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Flower of the Day 7/6/19

Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.

Blooming Onion

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Fruits of My Labor

My hot peppers, juliet tomatoes and red skinned potatoes are all almost ready for the picking.

It is a good feeling when I can look at what my hands helped to create.

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What Now!?

Gardening is a great learning experience, exciting to watching as the seeds begin to grow and form identifible vegetables, and it has been a very relaxing time for me.

With all the YouTube videos I watched and reading I did, I did not pay to attention to the negative things that could happen in any garden.

You already know about the gopher/groundhog well now I have caterpillars that are eating up my cabbage.

I had a total of 11 caterpillars on my cabbage leaves. Another Sugar Honey Ice Tea moment. Needless to say I did some quick reading and bought some BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) fromAmazon that will be here tomorrow.

I will be pruning off all the leaves that have been eaten and hope the rest will be ok once I apply the BT.

Do any of you Gardners out there recommend any natural way of ridding the garden of these pesky pest?

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On a Good Note

Despite the rodent reeking havoc on parts of my garden, the vegetables are still flourishing.

My juliet tomatoes, stringbeans, and bell peppers are doing good.

Question if the leafy part of a carrot are gone will they still mature and produce carrots? Hopefully this is not a totally stupid question…

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S.ugar H.oney I.ce T.ea!!!

A polite way of saying SHIT!!!

A gopher (or ground hog) that I have named Mr. Gerald Goph-hog has been visiting my garden off and on for about a week. He has taken little nibbles out of my sunflowers, strawberries, carrots and peas.

It has been my intention to make a gate at the entryway since I made the garden but due to work schedules and other projects I never got around to it.

After seeing that Mr. Gerald Goph-hog is getting a bit more brazen I made a point to make the gate this week before Mr. Gerald Goph-hog had a chance to inform his family of the new open garden restaurant in the neighborhood.

When I went out to check the garden I see all of my peas down on the ground with no pea pods on them. I was TOO LATE!! He must have told the family this morning. Out of 12 plants only 2 remain. I was able to save 3, yes only 3, pea pods.

So today I took all of the left over wood I had and old door that my mother had and I finally made my gate. It still needs to be painted. I left the side post long so that I an put a hanging plant on it in the near future.

The lesson I learned….Don’t put off til tomorrow what you can do today.

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Sorry images are so large can’t get to resize properly, I miss the old editor

Gardening With the Grands

This year I decided to start a vegetable garden. My initial intention was only to try my luck with luffa gourds but that grew into birdhouse gourds other vegetables.

I have carrots (which some critters ate all the tops off), cabbage, tomatoes, onions, corn, red skinned potatoes, white potatoes & sweet potatoes, peas, string beans and watermelon.

I am finding that gardening is more work than I thought but I do enjoy it. Another time for some peace of mind.

Arai has been asking to help in the garden so I got him and my other grand-kids, his friends, (all the little kids call me mom-mom) to help plant some corn seedlings.

My peas have begun to bloom

First Bloom of the season

More images to follow in the coming days.

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