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Summer Highlights

Summer Highlights

Bye bye summer! I blinked my eyes and you were gone. Time is moving fast! What’s going on?

Oh well, here are three of my summer highlights:

First, my tidy garage is in order and I can now re-purpose and refinish to my hearts content.

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A big improvement from this before pic, don’t you think?

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I donated, had a garage sale and donated the rest.

 

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Although, my DIY and creative abilities allow me to rescue and save just about anything, I am going to be very selective and careful to prevent garage overload from reoccurring.

 

Next, there was Moonwalk NYC 2014. I participated last year as well. Our team of two became a team of four. Our fourth teammate took this pic.

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We named ourselves Bosom Buddies United. Here we are at the starting line up.

 

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I didn’t train as hard as I did the last year, yet the half marathon walk seemed so much easier.

 

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The weather couldn’t have been more perfect too. All smiles at the finish line yeah!!!!!

 

And then my seedlings matured and grew beautifully.

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Not bad for my first try starting with seeds. One thing though, everything comes at one time; talk about tomato overload!

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I guess canning or freezing is in order, but I much rather use it fresh from the vine. I’ve been giving a lot away.

 

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It’s been a joy watching them grow organically.

Although the plants might be withering away, there is still  more to be harvested..

 

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To think these beauties

 

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started from these tiny  seedlings

 

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and thrived in this dysfunctional mess. LOL

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How gratifying!

Hope your summer was a good one as well! have any highlights to share?

 

 

 

My Seedlings Are All Grown Up!

My Seedlings Are All Grown Up!

Remember these tiny seedlings?

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I am finally starting to see the fruits of my labor. My seedlings have matured and are now flowering. The tomatoes are growing nicely.

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The peppers are starting to appear as well

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Just a few days prior, I had mostly lush green growth with very few blooms . So I took the advice of  Elisabeth over at  Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth  and treated them with  Epson Salt. So I did just that before going away for a few days. When I returned little flowers had emerged everywhere and a few tomatoes as well.

The seedlings matured faster in these City Picker Garden Bed kits than they did in the ground. It was a rough start at first. One of the wheels didn’t stay in the socket and later collapsed. That was a big deal since portability is one of the key features.

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The plastic cover acting as mulch secured by a over sized rubber band popped by day 3. I was annoyed but when I called the company and they offered to send me a replacement container and more bands I was satisfied. Although, the rubber band popped again the foliage holds the plastic  layer in place.

As for the ones I planted in the ground. although I staked it early on, it grew it so fast  and unruly while I was away that it was difficult to untangle the new growth in an orderly fashion.

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I did the best I could using gardening tape, but it remains a hot mess.  That’s okay, though,  aesthetics  isn’t the goal; the produce it yields is all that matters . Stay tuned……

What”s going on in your garden?

Eggplant and Peppers

Eggplant and Peppers

Eggplant and peppers, hmmmm, that sounds like it can be a tasty combination.

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Fortunately, my eggplant and pepper seedlings are catching up to their tomato neighbors.

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A few days makes a world of difference. I love watching them grow little by little each day. It’s the simple things that make you sit up and take notice.

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Spring has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung!

I think Spring has finally sprung and so have my seedlings. Yeah!!

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I know I’m a long way from success but I choose to focus on the possibilities rather then the end result.

 

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Whether or not these young tender plants establish themselves and hold their own outdoors awaits to be seen.

 

 

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I planted everything at the same time yet the tomatoes are ahead of the game. The eggplant and peppers are taking their sweet time.

 

 

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Can you see the little guy there trying to pop up?

I’m waiting patiently.

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I resist the urge to be a helicopter gardener:)

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So I placed this pretty peachy Begonia next to my young seedlings for gentile encouragement.

 

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Again, win or lose, I focus on the possibilities.  I will be cheering them on all the way.

Have you planted your garden already? What’s growing in your garden? Have any tips to share?

Is it Spring Yet?

Is it Spring Yet?

The calendar says it’s spring but the outdoor elements tell me otherwise. It snowed a couple of days ago! I am so ready for spring and to get my mind off the cold weather, I have directed my thoughts toward exercising my green thumb.

I couldn’t resist and bought some seed packets the other day. This will be my first attempt growing veggies from seeds.
 
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I just wish I would have thought of this a few weeks ago as I should have started them weeks ago. As you might already know, I am the perpetual late gardener. Planting schedules and protocol overwhelm me so I just wing it and go with my gut.  Am I always successful? Nope. But I do have fun pushing the limits and experimenting. Here’s my theory though – Late start to spring = late end to summer, giving me enough time to catch up.

And my last visit to Home Depot, I saw some flowers I’ve never seen before. I don’t know their name. The sign just said perennials.

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They looked like a colorful cross between a mushroom (shape) and a marigolds (texture), if that makes any sense.

No label for this one either but they sure are pretty.

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Do you recognize either of them?

This one was labeled, Vigoro and it’s an annual.

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I’m ready to make a change as I usually gravitate toward Begonias or Impatiens. But seeing that the chill in the air is lingering, I have a little more time to decide.

Also exploring vertical gardening options since my back yard has limited in ground planting space. I do mostly container gardening. I have big plans for this growing season. The trick is turning these plans into reality.

Have any green thumb plans of your own?

Gardening Woes

Gardening Woes

You know those “…… all I got was this lousy shirt” T-shirts? That’s what came to mind as I surveyed the produce from my garden.

Yards and yards of greenery trailing endlessly

and all I have to show for it is this little guy. Can you see him? I think he’s camera shy.

Here’s that’s better

I guess this is his older brother.

Yards and yards of greenery and 2 watermelons! What’s that about?

And that’s not all

My tomato plants grew almost as tall as me (5’8″) and didn’t produce nearly enough to justify all of this.

I know this looks like a hot mess. I waited to long to stake them and they just went craaaaaaazy.

I got about 10 Roma tomatoes

And a small lot of their Beefstakes cousins, some in very wierd shapes.

The peppers followed suit. Lots and lots of greenery

with a few jalapenos here and there. In fairness, though, they produced a good amount.

It’s partly my fault though, after buying all these plants from the garden store, I took my time planting them. When I saw they weren’t blooming I used Miracle Grow Bloom Booster; it helped but not nearly as well as it did last year. Can you see a pattern here? Oh, well, I’m learning! One day I just know I will earn my green thumb:)

How did you make out this summer? Have any tips to share?