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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 
This winter we started putting in a secret garden around our camper called the Shabby Cabby. We had issues with our little 16 foot argosy camper, a leak, floor problem and the fact it had been gutted from all electrical and wheel wells removed when we bought it. It turned out to be more than we could do so we just turned it into a guest room for the Grands.Then the idea came to make a secret garden and turn the shabby cabby into a garden house. So we went to work.We planted some ground cover (Red Clover) in the garden for the winter and some onions and garlic and let it sit. Then it started warming up.We have an arbor going up the side of the garden and this arbor is ......
For about a week things we awry. First The devil squirrel came in our yard and ripped up two chair covers. This is our first year to plant artichokes and the devil squirrel or gang member ate the largest artichoke plant which was rather large here but you cannot see it because it is gone. and ate most of the others.After I found out that Artichokes are perennials I was excited about adding these to the garden plots.So I gathered what was left of them with parts missing off each plant and replanted them in one of the wire cages.This weekend we discovered one of our clothesline posts was rotting so we removed all of the clothesline posts and lines and rebuilt that area (which is a good th ......
Last Fall I posted about our little victory garden and that we were growing a winter cover crop of clover. Here is a recent photo now February. So it is time to harvest the clover.We have been reading about growing cover crops for green manure. Basically what that means is we can either till this in the soil and wait 30 days or more or pull it up and put it in the compost bin and compost it and then add finished compost to this area.So this is our cover crop before...And after we pulled it up....So we dug out some finished compost that has been composting all last year and we added it to our little plot.We are tired of buying soil so this is what we are trying to do now.Thi ......
For many years now we have worked toward having whimsical Permaculture backyard as well as a extension in our front yard. Our goal is to be beneficial to us as well as for the wildlife that visits our small place on this earth.We started with a typical city front and back yard with green grass and a few trees. We decided that it was time to have a more sustainable and natural yard. We realized that it is important and we had to do a lot of work to achieve this goal. Our yard grows, peaches, pears, plums, figs, blueberries, pecans, grapes, raspberries, herbs and vegetables.We are learning things each year and one is iron is better than wood since wood rots quickly. So little by li ......
I mentioned in a few posts about the Cardinals that are nesting in the Meyer Lemon tree just outside our back porch. If you look close into the center of this picture you will see the nest and the orange beak of the Mama bird.I named the Mama bird Lemonette since she chose a lemon tree. Here she sits on the fence wood.This is her stunning mate bringing her food.I am taking these photos from my dining room window.Sadly this is the last time to see her mate. Something happened to him and he never came back.Lemonette laid her eggs and she called for him each day but he never came.There were three eggs, something happened to one of the eggs.Lemonette has done an amazing job being a s ......
The entire backyard is full of flowers, vegetables and herbs. Also we have a new visitor this year.Mrs Cardinal has decided to build her a nest in the Meyer Lemon Tree. You can see the nest to the right side of this photo.Mr Cardinal has brought her something to eat. He is feeding her while she is building the nest. Wouldn't it be nice if humans would do this :)Her nest is coming along nicely. She will fly off and bring back the things she is using including a nice leaf down in the bottom that you cannot see in this picture.I can watch her from my dinning room window and where I took this photo from. She picked a very pretty place as she is next to the wrought iron arbor and among coneflower ......
Sprouting sweet potato slips. To grow sweet potatoes you first have to sprout slips from the sweet potato. Then remove the slips....And put them in water to root. Once they have good strong roots they can be planted in soil.It is very early spring here and our turnip greens are producing roots which is one of my favorite vegetables.Our tomato plants are now producing baby tomatoes. It won't be long. My husband planted potatoes this year. Around valentines day was when we planted these. He has several pots and raised beds with potatoes. As they grow he mounds dirt around them until he runs out of room to put anymore soil.Just about everywhere we look there is something growing in a ......
We have grown vegetables in our small backyard for many years now but each year we learn something more about what to do and what not to do.Each year the same problem occurs and that is getting enough water to the plants so this year we consolidated our plants into frames and added drip irrigation to the pots.When we garden in pots we seem to have a better harvest because in our yard there are too many tree roots that compete with our vegetables and the need for water.We purchased irrigation tubing from our building and supply called Lowes. We can buy all the parts we need to put a irrigation spout anywhere we need it to be such as in our pots.This tubing can be cut with scissors and we put ......
We have been doing a lot of work outdoors since it is getting warmer now. A thought came to me yesterday to take lunch outdoors as we did often when I was younger.Years ago we spent more time outdoors than we do now. In the summer it was hot inside and people often went out and sat in the shade to catch a breeze. Often the house was hot and many people had outdoor picnic tables. I used my beaded lace covers to keep the bugs away.And we had a simple meal of roast beef sandwiches, cheese, pickles and potato chips. We had sparkling water over a bit of raspberry cordial.The onions are now up and growing well in the right of the picture. I have other pots filled with onions as well. Eac ......
I cannot believe so much is going on outside since it is only early March. We are at the end of winter now and just a little less than two weeks until spring.I thought I would give you a daily dose of Awwwwwww........My daughter took these pictures of some young squirrels that have been coming out of their nest and venturing out into the yard.Our backyard is narrow and long and it seems bigger than it is because of the odd shape and the way I put down paths all over the yard. The paths wind and twist and we have beds all throughout the yard. The trees are just starting to put out leaves and some of the vines and bushes remain green throughout all the seasons. Our walkway and patio ......
On August 3rd I posted this picture on our victory garden. I had just planted a fall garden and I planted some summer seeds too just to see what would happen.We have been eating green beans, peppers and cucumbers that were planted in the picture above this one.I would have planted a lot more summer veggies if I had thought they would actually make another summer crop. So next year I will know.The green beans have been making just enough to have some as a small side dish off and on.The cucumbers are not bitter and have done very well.We had two bell pepper plants from spring that started blooming again so now they are producing peppers.Here is another one....Some more beans on the oppos ......
We have tried many ways to grow food in our backyard. There have been successful years and many blunders. We have had bugs and animals eating our vegetables, drought and for sure more than our share of weeds.Our backyard changes like the wind. We have built cold boxes fencing for trailing vegetables and used shade cover to shelter the plants from the heat. All the while keeping some kind of vegetable growing.Over time many of our good intentions turn into not such a good idea project because we did not think ahead and wasted money due to wood quickly rotting and weeds taking over in hard to reach areas.I am doing this post to help you to save money if you are trying out bac ......
Since I started my website I post pictures of our garden and things we grow. But I pretty much leave out the hard parts of how we got it this way and just show the results. Last year was a very hard year for me. I had surgery in the spring and did not rebound all year. I would go out for only a few minutes then head back to the house for air conditioning. I was really down and I had to give up on gardening and the yard and just let it go. The entire yard turned into a disaster. One storm after the next, high winds downed limbs, hail.This was summer beans year before last.So here it is 2014 and the weather has been just wacko. We live ......
It is time to get our vegetables planted because spring is showing up everywhere! We added two peach trees to our yard last spring and we did not know if they would pull through due to drought. After a stroll in the yard this is what I see and I am very pleased! Pondering about where I am going to put the vegetables this year. Starting with cucumbers and I will need to separate these three that have sprouted and grown together. If I planted them together like they are now they will all do poorly because each plant will need it's own space to grow strong. This is what I do....... I submerged them in water and I gently swish it back and forth.&nb ......
SPRING / SUMMER 2010 Welcome to around our house 2010, browse around our photos and help yourself to take a look around our past entries posted in left hand side of this website page. Our vegetables are coming in slowly but just enough for us to eat something fresh daily. We are growing some vegetables vertical using arbors. Eggplant Cucumber on Arbor Eggplant blooms Our tomatoes are late this year we have a few cherry tomatoes Small squash patch, we have been getting just enough squash to eat some every couple of days. Guara plants also called swirrling butterflies Blueberries Every couple of days we can exp ......
It is Finally Fall and Biscotti Recipe We know it is fall when our Heirloom Chrysanthemums start to bud out. Somehow we have managed to keep these historic Chrysanthemums alive. Many years ago when I was young there was this very old wooden post office in the small town where we lived. Next door to the post office was a large wooden house and the Post Mistress lived in that house. We all knew her as Mrs. Houston. She had these Chrysanthemums growing around areas in her yard. Then before we knew it time passed, Mrs. Houston grew old and went to a nursing home. A new modern post office had been built and they moved the old post off ......
Gardening 2012 This year could be quite a gardening challenge since winter decided to not show up this year and where we live tornadoes and hail storms seem to be the new rage. I will post pictures with the most recent garden news here at the top. The beans are growing up the arbors now and the cucumbers are reaching up the wire. Mid april We have our first baby zucchini squash. Mid april The peppers are putting out a lot of blooms, the spinach is ready to harvest and starting to bolt. Mid April We have baby tomatoes now mid april Early March and we are harvesting fall planted cabbage from our backyard containers T ......
I just love coneflowers, we have them all over our yard. We have a small yard and just about all of the space has something growing. Along the back path I dug all of the grass out of our backyard and put in paths, flowers, vegetable beds and planted fruit trees. I think Daisies are so elegant. This is called a Twelve Apostles or a walking iris. A neighbor shared a few plants with me and those plants have made many other plants. The wrens are constantly building nests all over our yard. One year they built a nest just above the window airconditioner to my husbands small work shop and he could not use the airconditioner until the ba ......
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