2017 Vegetable Garden

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It’s July and Summer is in full swing, so let me tell you about my vegetable garden this year.  So far, it is really looking good.  I used a new fertilizer this year and the results are outstanding.

 

I found this at my local Home Depot store.  I sprinkled it into the soil first, then mixed it around.  Then I put a little more underneath each plant as I planted the vegetables.  The plants all took off immediately.  Every day I see lots of new growth on everything.  It’s great!!

Here’s a look at the some of the vegetables I planted this year.

 

3 Different types of Lettuce

Zucchini

Green Peppers

Green Beans

I also planted green beans and peas which I harvested and froze.  I did that because we are getting ready to go on vacation and I didn’t want them to go bad before I got back.

I will keep everyone updated with the vegetable garden progress. 

 

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June

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June has arrived.  For the past few months, I have been working on another project, that took me away from this site.  But, now I am back to give you updates and great recipes for the summer.  

Earlier this month, I planted all my vegetables.  I started with the usual assortment of peppers, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant, but increased the amount of each one.  Last year, I planted peas and green beans and really had a good harvest so I planted them again.  I can’t wait to make Italian Potato Salad and use the fresh beans or fresh peas in Pasta with Peas.  There is nothing like the taste of fresh picked vegetables.  

I doubled the amount of tomatoes this year because I wanted to be able to make tomato sauce and jar it for the winter.  I will keep you updated to see how that is going.  

Doesn’t this look like a beautiful, green, tranquil area of the yard.  There are birds that make there home in these arborvitae. They are tall and luscious.  When you come out into my back yard, this is the first thing you see.  They’re beautiful!!   I went out to do a final clean up before Memorial Day and I weeded under these tall beauties.  I saw some weed looking things and started pulling.  They were attached with vines along the ground.  I thought it was odd, because I never saw these ‘weeds’ there before.  

On Memorial Day, I woke up and saw that I had a small red mark on the inside of my arm near my elbow.  It must have been an irritation from the yard work that I did the day before.  As the day progressed, I saw the ‘irritation’ develop into a large rash.  What could it be?  I was never allergic to anything outside before.  Then someone said it looked like POISON IVY.  Poison ivy???  Where did I get that?  When I looked it up, it sounded exactly like the fines that I pulled, bundled together and held while I pulled more.   By the next morning, my arms were covered in red dots, blisters and enormous red blotches that were itchy and swollen.  So, off to the doctor I went with my ‘severe’ reaction to poison ivy as she stated.  A week later and a course of Prednisone and steroid cream and I am almost back to normal. 

As you can see, I haven’t been back there to plant flowers in the five pots.  I’ll get the courage up soon.

No matter what, Summer is still my favorite season.  Even with all the insects and heat, I love being outside in the pool or at the beach in the Summer.  I love going out each day and seeing another flower bloom.  Baseball games and badminton, I love it all. The sound of water moving is so relaxing.  Waves at the beach, swimming pool or a water feature, they all affect me the same way.  So, pull up a lounge chair and enjoy the Summer. 

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Fall Gardening

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Fall Front Door

The Fall is definitely upon us.  The temperatures have dropped and everywhere you look, there are advertisements for anything and everything pumpkin flavored.  One of my favorite things this time of year is a good pumpkin latte.  I’ve tried them from Starbucks, 7-11, Dunkin Donuts even McDonalds and they are all fabulous.  Hot, rich pumpkin flavor, sweet and satisfying.  Yum!!  

Mums

 

I went the the nursery this week to buy my Fall decorations.  I choose some mums open and others that are completely closed.  I like having the mums bloom at different times.  It’s great looking outside and see the new colors in the garden.  Hopefully, they will all still be blooming on Thanksgiving.

 

My raised gardens are all cleaned out and just resting until next year.  I didn’t plant any Fall vegetables this year.  Somehow the time got away from me and I before I knew it, it was to late to plant.

Fall Empty Gardens

My knock-out roses are still in bloom.  These things are amazing.  They really do bloom Spring, Summer and Fall.  I don’t have to do much to them and they keep blooming and growing.  When I planted these roses, two years ago, they were no more than 12 inches tall.  With minimal feeding and pruning, they are now 4 feet. I love them!!!

Fall Pink Roses

Fall Table & Chairs

Fall Pool Cover

Fall Welcome

In my back yard, I’m still holding on to the Summer plants.  I’m so glad to see some of the flowers still in bloom.  The begonias look good and in the back there are hydrangea flowers that are beautiful.   The ‘Welcome’ mum is in on the walkway leading to my front door.  You can see all the leaves that have fallen from my rhododendron nearby.  But let’s not get into raking leaves now, that can wait.  Oh yes, the pool cover.  It is all covered for the winter.  We usually open it up by Memorial Day and close it right after Labor Day.  We have a short swimming season here in the northeast, but we tend to take full advantage of it while it’s here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gardening

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Three red roses

  
I love to garden.  Flowers or vegetables in all seasons.  My garden is evolving daily.  I find watching my flowers and vegetables grow to be inspiring.  I will keep you updated on the progress.

I’ve been planting in my flower gardens for years, but I just recently started in the vegetable arena.  During the summer, one of the first things I do each morning is go to the garden to see what we can harvest and cook each day.  It’s so rewarding to cook meals from vegetables that you harvest.  

In the garden section, I will take you along the seasonal journey of all my plants.  Any tips you have, please send them my way.  I am always looking for great ideas and hopefully, you can take some from me.

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The Garden Pole

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The Garden Pole

This was one of those really enjoyable projects. It did take me almost a month to complete, but it was well worth it.
When I first thought to make a garden pole, I looked on Pinterest and searched the internet for different poles and how they were used.  What I saw was that basically,  anything goes.  Some had wrap around designs while others had simple stripes and polka dots.  I also saw some with lots of different bird houses attached all over the pole.  I immediately fell in love with the garden pole.  I found the idea of painting freehand very intimidating at first, but once I got started, and I realized that it didn’t have to be perfect, the creativity started to flow.  What I quickly learned is that, if I painted something that I really hated, I could wipe it off or just paint over it.  The paint over did happen several times, but I ended up with something I really love and looks great in the garden.      I have bird feeders on it now, but I do alternate between hanging plants and lanterns.                         


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