Monday, July 25, 2016

2014 garden Fun

                  Well here is some pictures of all the fun I had in 2014 working in my garden.

This is my spot before I got started. My spot is in the top left hand corner along the top left to just past where you see my grape arbor is  how deep my spot is 70 feet deep by 40 feet long coming this way to where you see the rusty pole just where the shade tree starts  in the center left front of the picture.  So 40 x70 ft space.

This is my other garden spot my 20 x30 ft berry patch. right now it is just three rows of strawberries and flowers planted around the tree.

This is the new spot for my black raspberries.  That is them on the fence I put up for them

This is the red raspberries that I put in on the other side of the strawberries and the fence that I put up for them.
SURPRISE!  Look what I found just below the ground while I was smoothing out the dirt.  This is a huge rock.  I call it my Dino egg.  That is my hat beside it to help show the size.  It is huge.  Maintenance said they did not have the equipment to move it so I decided to work with it.  Here is what I  have decided to do with it.

As my friends know I like to collect cows in my house so now I am starting to add them to my garden.  I call this my zoo animals.  You can just make out my rock in the middle.  It had just rained and I had not cleared out much of the dirt around it.

This is my garden after it was planted.

My little side garden resting area.  The chair in the front with the umbrella attached is the chair I set on and weed the garden because of the pain in my back I set on the chair to weed. I sure does help keep the heat down.

A friend who decided to spend some time with me one morning while I was weeding. He was just a foot away from me and just sat their for the longest time.  I was told the are called ground squirrels. there were two of them and I nicknamed them chip and dale.  They made a bunch of tunnels in the garden but did not do too much damage.  Ate a few green beans and a tomato here and there but oh so cute to watch.

                            Could not resist the beautiful shot.  That is a moth on the zinnia.

                  This is a new flower miniature glad that I got from my bingo friend Doris.
I planted sunflowers on two sides of my garden this year and they grew so tall.  They were aver 7 foot tall at least everyone enjoyed them.

My end of the season garden discount gem.  I call her my garden lady.  Isn't she pretty? Her green jewel beads shine in the sun.  She is about four feet hight.  I just love her.

I planted gourds in the garden this year but they did not turn out right.  But I bought these unfinished at the fruit market and painted them. I ended up having birds build nests in them later.

Well I told you I liked cows.  My friend Jan got me this at a garage sale.  It is a bird feeder on the top and bird house on the bottom.  I did not get any nests this year.

                                         This is the acorn squash patch.  It did pretty good.

Finally!  I waited three years for these lilies to bloom.  they kept growing but would not bud and bloom.  I was just about to pull them up.  I am so glad I did not are they not beautiful.  I just love the color.

Along the left side and top are the sunflowers. Center right are sugar snap peas.  They are the kind that you use for stir fry.  They are so sweet and good.

My zoo animals in the fall of the season. And adding to the zoo my newest addition my cow angel in the front. Well that is my year in the garden I hope you enjoyed my year as much as I did let me know what you think.

`Finally ready to start posting again

Finally after being away for several years I have my computer fixed and am ready to start posting again. I had a very good friend of mine by the name of Rebecah fix my machine and she did a very good job of it.  She had to just about rebuild the hole system but it works like a dream now.  Thanks ever so much Rebecah your a charm.  Boy do I have a lot of catching up to do.  So I will start off with where I left off and catch you up on the last few years of my garden work.  Here are some pictures of my garden  from 2014

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Summer Garden 2013

This is what kept me busy all summer long on my 30X70 foot main garden and 20X30 strawberry patch.

Notice the hawk in the sky. My spot is in the center of this picture where all the stakes are.

Left side of garden. Front row across green sweet pepper plants. One plant started out with over 20 peppers in the spring and then before frost it still had over 25 new peppers growing.  It was a very good year for peppers. Next going back row of onions, row of garlic, row of dill.  My onions did OK but not that good but the garlic did not produce at all so will not grow them again.  But had a super crop of dill. Next set of rows starting on the left regular peas, basil, snap peas, behind them more regular peas, radishes, and another row of radishes.  Back row zucchini and zinnia flowers.  In the far back along the fence is my herb garden. On the right of this picture is cherry tomatoes, regular tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash and in the far back my grape arbor and rhubarb.

Regular Peas, Basil, and Snap Peas, Zucchini top right

These were the best tomatoes even though I got them by mistake.  They were labeled grape cherry tomatoes but this is what they grew to be.  Later I found a tag-Champagne Tomatoes. They were the most perfect tomato with no blemishes.  I will be trying these next year for sure good quantity also just wish I did not have to put up with the black spot fungus this year.  That was something else hope it does not come back next year.

Zucchini/Summer plant new hybrid. It was funny half of the plant the squash grew like this and on the other side it grew just as summer squash.  But I think it all tasted like summer squash.  It was good and hardy until the bugs killed the plants.  Try dish soap and water to keep the bugs away in a spray bottle and spray on the leaves and stems early and keep it up.  I started in the beginning then lacked off then got hit with the bugs and they killed my plants.

Wind chime and stepping stone my garden friend Jan got for me. Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes in background the best ever cherry tomatoes will never buy anything else, ever so so sweet and good.

Stepping Stone

 My $70 grape arbor and yes I did it all myself.  Well I did have some help pounding in the stakes. As you can see I did not get them very straight.  I used chicken wire for the sided and top so hopefully I will have a nice arbor before long.  Housing would not let us use their fence so I had to build my own arbor.  That is their fence along the back.  It runs the entire outside of the garden and us who garden have keys to get in.  I have red seedless grapes in the back and the label said just red for the front ones. Behind the arbor at top of picture are my rhubarb plants.  In front left of picture where stones are is part of my herb garden.  Oh yea all the stones you see here are stones I collected while I was hoeing this summer can't beat free landscaping.

Front view of arbor. Summer Squash/Zucchini bottom of picture.


Metal Humming Bird Garden Ordainment got at Ladies Night Out made with silverware, nuts and bolts, nail and washer. Totally Awesome

One of my three rose bushes.  If you enlarge the picture you can see the black spots on the leaves.  That is the fungus that hit the garden big time this year.  It hit the tomatoes, strawberries and roses.  I treated the tomatoes but just took the infected leaves off the strawberries and and roses.  We are hoping it does not come back next year. It cost me $8 a bottle for five different treatments. so was kind of costly this year.

Oregano and chives

 Oregano and chives close up view

Herb garden. Back left of tree oregano and chives. Right of tree asparagus, along fence top of row of rocks sage, going down row English Thyme and up front Rosemary.  Left row of rocks I started a new patch of chives. This was a new kind called garlic/onion. since it was new I did not pick any but tasted a few and it was delicious cannot wait till next year. In the middle of rocks on left lemon balm and on right lemon thyme.  I like my spices!

New flower bed. Not sure what flowers called but think maybe corn flowers.

Some of 70 foot of flower bed outside fence. Marigolds and zinnias planted with seeds saved from last year.

Flower bed outside fence.Rose bush, Lilies, Lilies of the Valley, Peony Bush, and Sweet William.

New flower bed by gate mini glads inside garden .  Marigolds on outside fence from seed from last year.

Another new flower bed along inside garden this is some kind of ground cover with a little purple flower. Top right corner rose bush plus later planted some hens and chicks. 

Lastly my strawberry patch.  I started this last year with 600 plants.  I got about 20-30 strawberries or so every few days during June this year.  A little trouble with black spot toward the end of the season but think I did pretty good for the first year.  It was so nice to go out every morning and start the day off with some fresh fruit every day before I got started.  Along the fence between the two center rows I planted my blackberry plants.  They did not produce this year but hopefully next year.  The open plowed area is where I enlarged my area this fall to get it ready for next spring to plant some raspberries.

Raspberry spot on other side of strawberries.  Mint growing around tree.

Baby Robins in the tree by my herb garden

So that was my summer.  What do you think? Give me some feedback and let me know what you think of it.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Quilt: The Fuzzy Duckling

I have been busy working on this quilt since the beginning of this year.  Our library in Ionia was asking for quilters to donate quilts using blocks telling the story of "The Fuzzy Duckling". The pages from the book were transferred to cloth and this is what we started with.  Then we were left to our own imagination as to how we wanted to design the quilt.  Here is a picture of the finished quilt.

Of course Henry just had to get in the picture also! 

It fits the top of my queen size bed with just a little overhang on three sides.  They had over 50 quilts donated and next spring they are going to raffle them off to support their children's reading program.  They give a free book to a child every month and the money from the quilts supports this.  I created the quilt squares and then machine sewed them together.  I added embroidery stitches and hand quilted the layers together.

This is before I quilted and put it together.

This is the first page of the book.  All the pages in the book are bordered in bright yellow.

This square shows three of the different embroidery stitches I used.

This square was used throughout the quilt using a portion of the Dresden Plate template.  I think it reminds me of the tail feathers on the duck.  I also embroidered the edges using the blanket stitch.

Another square showing more embroidery.

Center row using embroidery chain stitch

Row around edges

Overhang at the foot of the bed

So I hope you forgive me for not posting for the year but have been very busy with this.  Next time I will show you pictures of my garden that I planted this summer.  That is a second reason why I have been so busy.  So add some comments and let me know what you think.  It was very very hard to give this up once I got this done especially since I just had a new granddaughter born on 100613.  Emma Rachel Turek, more about her later also.