Category Archives: From the Garden

The Hose Dilemma

About three years ago I was at a garage sale and found this awesome big hose reel.  I think I got it for $10 complete with all the hoses.  Kramer was SO IMPRESSED with my find.

At the time we had been doing a big debate…How do we store our hoses?  We had planted new trees here at the house and watering them was a chore with dealing with the hoses.  Kramer loved the reel and it solved the problem…but it hurt my shoulder to reel the hose.  We ended up making a deal that he would roll up the hose.

Fast forward to this spring.  UGH.  The place on the reel where the water connects broke.  We didn’t need that much hose anymore…did we want another reel?  Did we want to try something different out?  Was a 25 foot hose enough?

We looked online at different options.  We thought about buying a 25 foot hose with a decorative stand and then keeping an extra hose in the garage if needed.

This was something we left undecided…so now the decision was mine alone.  I ended up seeing these flexible hoses.

The concept sounded awesome to me.  So, I bought one.

I needed something that wasn’t heavy…something that won’t bother my shoulder at clean up time.  Ah…this just might be the thing.

So I brought it home and tried it….the verdict????? Continue reading

Frost…and my outdoor plants

We had such a late first frost this year.  Much later than is typical for us.  That didn’t mean that I had the garden or the plants taken care of.  You know me, I was more interested in quilting.  Well the frost warnings were put out so finally I had to tackle the garden leftovers and the plants.

Every year I vow that I am going to try to hold my plants over in the house during the winter and typically I manage to save one or two.  This year, I am actually going to try to start a few plants.  If this doesn’t work, I think I am going to give up the idea.  Plants in the spring are so expensive and if I could start them, it would save a little money….so here I go trying.

I mostly had begonias and geraniums that I’m trying to save.  My red geraniums were amazing this year.  They were big and great bloomers too…I think the best I’ve ever had!  I definitely wanted to try to save them.  My island and kitchen counter was loaded.  What a mess!!

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I ended up having Hubby help by cutting milk jugs and a vinegar jug so they only a few inches high.  Then I put in water and started clippings putting the bottom ends in the water.

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I did that for the geraniums too….then I hauled it all downstairs.  We have an unfinished basement with an egresss window.  Hubby set up the table in front of the window and I filled the table with plant offerings.  Here they are…. Continue reading

The Mystery Plant

Hubby and I have a compost spot on the back side of the extra garage.  The main thing we use it for is garden compost.  Early this spring I noticed that there were lettuce plants growing there.  I had a chuckle out of that and happily harvested several meals of fresh lettuce from the plants growing in the compost bin.

After the lettuce was petering out I saw other plants starting….Hmmm.  Maybe zucchini I thought.  I figured I was wrong once I saw the plant growing like CRAZY and extending out into the lawn.  Hubby wanted to get rid of it but me, I wanted to keep it and this time, I won.  We left the plant to grow.

Over the summer we would look and check and try to figure out what the plant might be.  About a month ago we decided it had to be pumpkins.

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The childcare kids have had lots of fun watching them grow.  They know the exact spots where the pumpkins are and will move the leaves to get a peek at the hiding pumpkins.  They’ve had the most fun watching them change colors.  Right now we have several that part orange and part green.

Check out and see how far they have grown!!!
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It’s Not all Created Equal

I love that my kids are creative and thoughtful too.  This spring Buck made me some planters for the front of the house.  I was so surprised and super excited about them….Hubby was too.  He made the planters with the purpose of being on my front porch.  My front porch faces east and there is some shade too so impatiens flowers were the perfect pick to put in the planters.

Well Hubby’s mom loved impatiens flower just like we do.  We are a little sentimental sometimes and this was something we were happy to be sentimental about.  She had them at her front door and now we do too.

I was really bothered with how the plants were growing though.  We got all of the flower starts at the same nursery but somehow some were doing so much better than the others.  It’s even noticeable from the street.  Look at the planter to the left….look at the right front.  Those flowers are so much higher and better looking.

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Here’s a close up picture.  You can see it better.  Notice the right front of the planter is noticeably larger and more filled out, see? Continue reading