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My Garden Harvest – “Only The Good” Friday

On this “Good Friday”… I want to share my veggie garden harvest.  This  harvest may not look like a lot to you… but I’m proud!   I’ve been harvesting tomatoes for several weeks now … but the cukes are new.  Wow! They were hiding under the leaves and I hadn’t noticed.  Not a bad yield  for 4 cucumber plants I planted in my flower bed.   My peppers are coming along too.

harvest

Now the strawberries are a sad lot.  I’m lucky to get these few… because the quail usually beat me to them.

Now… I don’t garden for great yield.   I go down to my friend, “Farmer Grant’s” garden store when I want an abundance of produce.  I garden for my “Soul.”  There is nothing like watching the plants grow and develop produce.  I’m out in my garden everyday… checking things out.

Garden Sanctuary
You who walk,
Maybe with troubled thoughts,
Come, enter here and rest;
And may the sweet serenity of growing things,
And the heavenly,peace
Be mirrored in they soul.
-Doxis M. Palmer

I enter my little garden… and love the sweet serenity of the flowers and veggies I grow… no matter how small.

I hope you have a hobby or some small thing that give you respite for your soul.

Have a “Good Friday.”

Till later,

Kathy

Insightful Nana

P.S.  Join Shelly if you want to be a part of “Good Friday” news.    My sister Sheila, participates too.

Unique Garden Decor: A Gazing Ball

A gazing ball can be part of your unique garden decor. Garden ornaments are growing in popularity every year and, I just saw one of the most clever garden gazing ball ideas… so I thought I’d pass it along to you. Perhaps you could add the idea it to your outdoor decor scheme.

Nestled up in a quiet little hamlet about twenty miles from my home is the country cottage of my sister Sheila, and her husband Dew. Their yard is definitely an attention getter…one of those “You just have to see it for yourself” kind of places.

I noticed she had placed a new gazing ball in a garden flower bed behind her home. Her idea definitely fits into the “affordable garden decor” categories… and I like that. Clever and Inexpensive!

On one of her many excursions to her local “Thrift Store,” she spotted an array of bowling balls for sell…some for as little as $1.00. Now that’s a deal.

She haul a couple of balls home… yes, bowling balls… found an old iron stand and placed one of her new finds in her garden. You could have fooled me…in fact she did. I thought it was a real gazing ball until she picked it up to show me it was a bowling ball.

Looks great huh!

I just need to keep my eyes open, my imagination alert and watch for some unique, affordable garden ornaments for my yard.

Till Later

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. I wonder if I put a gazing ball in my flower garden… gazed into it… and made a wish that all the Morning Glory would disappear… Do you think it would work? You just never know!

Container Gardening: Growing Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes in a container is a great way to have fresh tomatoes even if you live in a condo, an apartment, or just like having them on your patio for show. Frankly… I just love tomatoes no matter how or where there grown. Mmmmm! A red, ripe, juicy tomato… picked right off the vine and warmed by the sun. Nothing like it. And… of course…lots of salt. And…fresh tomato slices with cheese, basil, and vinegar is just the very best… my mouth is watering already… And… stuffed tomatoes… And… on and on.

Get busy and grow your own… they sure beat the one’s you buy in the store. Notice I have couple of tomatoes on my vine already… and I just planted it a week ago!

There are a few tomato growing tips for your container garden:

1. Find a nice size tomato plant! Down with those dinky little things…. start it out big. I found one that already had a tomato in the making. You can find container tomatoes… but I just found a regular tomato called “Celebrity”… nice flavor and it produces well.

2. Find a container with good drainage. You’ll need at least a 12 qt. size.

3. Pick up a bag of Miracle Grow Garden Soil (fertilizer included)…. Not Potting Soil. Because the vine bears heavy fruit… you’ll need the soil to be a little more firm than the potting soil can provide.

4. Mix a bit of perlite to the soil. This holds the moisture. (About 1 qt. perlite to 12 qts. of soil.)

5. Plant the tomato covering the bottom set of leaves. I know this seems strange but any stem below the soil line will root…. giving the vine a sturdy base.

6. Prune off sucker leaves… the small cluster of leaves in the crotch of the stems.

7. Water. Tomatoes like to be watered when the soil is dry. Important to be consistent.

8. You can stake your tomato with a rod..or a stick. (I just cut up an old nylon and tie the plant to the stake.) Oh by the way… if you want to pollinate the plant yourself… just tap the stake a few times and the pollen will fall.

9. Your tomato will need at least 8 hours of sun a day. No problem! Set your container on a rolling plant coaster and move it to the sun.

Hope you find the video helpful. Have a good time growing your tomato garden in a container. Happy harvest!

Planting A Container Herb Garden

Planting a container herb garden is simple and fun. Having an herb garden is not only useful in your cooking, but the fragrance of your lush green plants are a delightful addition to your patio or porch. For you who don’t have a porch or patio… I’ve seen a container of herbs placed in flower beds among the daisies and geraniums, soaking up all that good sunshine.

Go to your local garden nursery and select a nice variety of herbs that you will use in your cooking. I’m big on basil, chives, and oregano because I do a lot of cooking with tomatoes. However, I do pick up herbs I don’t frequently use… just because they’re colorful or they lend a nice texture to my container.

Locate a container that is suitable for your collection. There are all kinds of garden container options out there… a basket, an old wash tub, a slatted wood box… use your imagination. Last year I picked up a great metal container at an import store… drilled holes in the bottom… and was good to go.

Next, pick up some good potting soil. I use Miracle Grow potting soil because it’s convenient and the fertilizer is already in the mix.

Oh… one other little secret… pick yourself up a bag of “packing peanuts.” You know… those little white things you put in your packages so your valuables won’t get broken. You will need enough to fill the bottom of your herb container at least 1/4.

Once you’re planted… place your herb container in the sun. Herbs like plenty of sunshine and… water them only when dry.

I can hardly wait until I can slice fresh tomatoes on a plate, top them with slices of mozzerella cheese and sprinkle them with fresh chopped basil from my own herb garden. Sprinkle them with rich Balsamic Vinegar and watch them vanish by the quick hands of my children and grandkids. Hey… save one for me!

Hope you enjoyed the video!

Till Later,

Kathy Griffiths

Insightful Nana

P.S. Now don’t for get to pinch back your herbs all through the growing season so they will stay nice and full and continue to produce.