The Raspberries

Several times through married life Kramer and I tried to made a go of raising strawberries.  We were NEVER successful.  Weeds got us.  We didn’t remove old plants.  That got us.  They never took…we tried raised beds.  UGH.  Nothing worked and we gave up.  It really was a valiant try.

When we moved to the house in town I mentioned to Kramer that I’d like to try again.  Nope.  He was not on board.

So I went to the end of the year clearance sale at the nursery in 2016.  I bought horseradish and raspberries.  I decided maybe I couldn’t do right by strawberries but I might be able to manage raspberries.  Kramer was not thrilled.  He started in on where were we putting them he didn’t like raspberries.  Well I said on the west side of the garage and that’s where I planted four plants.  They grew quickly into this…

Mine are early berries so we’ve started picking them.


Some of my helpers LOVE them and love picking.  They eat most of what they pick and that’s okay.  That’s part of what gardeners truly love about gardening.


The other’s picked a few, tried them and were back off to play.  This little one loved them and stayed.

I’ll admit…raspberries are one of my favorites….very favorites.

This fall I’l trimming them back.  In the short couple years since we first planted, they are already growing everywhere.


For now, me and the kiddos are enjoying them!!

I wish I had more room….I’d have black raspberries too!!




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?????I LOVE IT.  I’m getting another for sure.  I actually think I am getting two more.  One short one for the back of the house and one long one to be in the garage when I need at extension for either the front or the back.

The hoses don’t tangle or kink.  It’s super light weight.  If you have someone in your life that loves gardening and needs hoses to water.  This is the perfect present.

Here’s how I’m using it.  See my outdoor faucet and buckets?


Under the watering can is the hose all in the pail.
I turn the water on…the hose fills.  I water my plants.
I’m done watering…I turn off the hose.
I open the end nozzle to release the remaining water from the hose.
The hose shrinks back to small…with one hand I can throw it in the bucket.  I put the watering can on top and I’m done!!


Oh my word!!  How easy!!  This completely changes the gardening game!!




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….
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At about 10 pm that night I remembered my fuchsia was still outside…and so were my sun patience.  I ended up running outside in my jammies to go rescue them.  I didn’t take starts from these or trim them back yet.  Hopefully in a week or two I’ll tackle that when I go back and check to see if my cutting are making roots.

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If Hubby gets a break I’m going to have him help me get the grow lights moved so they get a little extra boost to get some light.

Any advice from anyone?  I’m especially hoping for some advice on what to do with my fuchsia but will happily take any advice!!  I’d be so happy if this worked and I could cut down on the expense of plants in the spring.




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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I keep hoping that the orange colors will get a little darker.  Right now, none of the pumpkins are huge but that’s okay.  If they at least turn orange, they will work perfectly for displaying on the front steps.

I vaguely remember throwing the pumpkins that were at the front of the house in the compost pile….I’m guessing that’s the seed that this pumpkin plant started from.  The kids are having enough fun with it that I’m tempted to actually throw the pumpkins in pile again this fall with the hope that pumpkins will grow again!  (Let’s not tell Hubby I said that.)

Ever couple days I go out and turn the vines a bit so they don’t extend out into the road.  Who new my “zucchini” was actually a pumpkin plant.