Category Archives: From the Garden

Starting Plants

I plan on having a garden this year. Karl said that he’d be interested in helping.  I’ve had a garden here ever since we moved here and I had a garden for several years when we lived on the farm.

I enjoy gardening.  I had really hoped to have raised beds built this year but alas.  I don’t think that is going to happen.  I was talking to Buck about it and he said that lumber price is crazy high so it might be better to wait a year with the hope that prices might come down.

So, I started making plans for this year’s garden.  I was talking with Karl and I said that getting plants at the nursery got so expensive and then last year everything was so picked over.  Karl said that he thought we should start our own plants.  Well I didn’t want to go through the whole grow light process as then I wondered at the price of electricity and the price of starter packs, do you really save anything?

So I decided to just start some seeds on my own.  I wanted to do it as inexpensively as possible.  I ended up relooking at food containers.  Karl gets these when he buys chicken tenders from the convenience store.  I started saving them.
I cut the two pieces apart.

I am putting dirt in the top clear part and then setting that inside the bottom part.  You can see the holes, they will let the excess water drain away.  There are no holes in the bottom black part so that will hold the excess water.

I bought the 20 cent pack of cabbage seeds from Walmart and started them in a similar container.  Look at them.  I’m going to have to replant these in different containers soon.  Oh my, I never dreamed that 20 cent pack of seeds would germinate so well.  That is WAY more cabbage than I can ever eat…or have space for.

I started Morning Glories from the 20 cent pack too.

In the past, I have bought morning glory seedlings.  They were $1.50 for a pack that had three plants in it.  Last year I made a trip to the nursery and they were out.  Darn.  I ended up telling Karl if he was out and about to pick up two plants.  OH MY WORD.  Karl had do idea they were annuals.  He had no idea how much they should cost.  It was $9.95 a plant.  Granted they were huge but I would not have purchased them.

I took that container and split it into four containers.  They are in my kitchen window now.  I’ll have to give them something to climb before long.  If it was last year’s morning glory price that would mean I have $39 worth of morning glory plants in my window.

I typically buy seedlings of Zucchini and Summer Squash.  This year, I’m not.  I started seedlings the same way.  I have a divided container this time.  I put yellow summer square in one, zucchini in another, and butternut squash in the large section.

This was all going so well that I started peas too.

I don’t have more window space so I set the two containers outdoors.  They will act as a greenhouse…or at least that is my thoughts.  I planted lettuce into the long container.  I will thin what comes up and plant it in the garden.  We need to till it first.

I’ll start some other in the next couple of days.

I have a neighbor just a few houses down that has the most amazing garden.  It always is perfectly manicured.  The garden always seems like it is three weeks earlier than mine.  I could never figure out what I was doing wrong.  Then two years ago the neighbor stopped by and had a bucket of seed started.  All of the plants in the bucket were about an inch high.  I asked what it was and he said, “Radishes.”  Well, I never knew anyone planted them early in a bucket, then transplanted them.  He said they do that all the time.

Well, that’s what got me wanting to start seeds that aren’t traditional early start seeds.  So this week I’ll start radishes, beets and swiss chard with the hope they will be up and ready to plant once the garden is tilled.

I’m super excited…maybe I’ll have a cheaper bill at the nursery this year and maybe, just maybe, my garden will look a little bit better….and if this all goes well, maybe I’ll get brave and start tomato plants and pepper plants next year.

I’ll let you know it all goes…

A Busy Saturday

I hosting an auction here on the blog.  If you missed it, you can find it HERE.  It ends today at noon central time.  If you’re looking for sewing machine attachments for your vintage machines, this is the sale you’ve been looking for.

When I woke up on Saturday I was bound and determined to accomplish something.  Do you ever go from day to day, busy the whole time, yet feel like you continually accomplish nothing?  My days have seemed like that.

I decided it was garden day.  I’ve been debating and debating over the last while if I should mask up and head out to the garden center or let Karl do it.  I’m really trying to limit leaving but there comes a time when some errands are a little hard.

You all who plant a garden know how it goes.  I like to plant Roma tomatoes for salsa making.  If they don’t have Roma’s I know to check for Amish Paste.  Karl doesn’t know that.

So, I decided that I would mask up and get the plants….I changed out of my home clothes and when I was in upstairs, I saw this….UGH.
It’s all the “stuff” from my sewing room that needs a home….a home with someone else than me.  Being I was going out, I decided I would drop off local things.

I had a friend who messaged me and said if I was sorting fabric and ran across some eye spy type novelty fabrics, she’s love for me share…so I shared some the fabric you all have sent me.  She has a little grandson that I think is going to be getting a new quilt.

A lady from my church works making quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  She also works with a group of her friends making quilts for benefits and charities.  She got lots of goodies dropped off at her house.  I sorted through my strip boxes and she got a lot!!

All of this went to the Cresco ladies…. Continue reading

Eating the Season

Oh my word…I love food at this time of year.  Cooking is easy.  Eating is delicious.  My garden is giving me all the fresh tomatoes I want and MORE…Yum.

Kelli was over one night and Karl was here too when I made a supper for them.  It was simple…cucumber salad, sweet corn and a sub sandwich.  The perfect summer supper in my world.  I don’t like fancy food…simple home cooked regular food is my favorite…and I love gorging on the foods that are in season.

I love BLTs but am too lazy to fry up the bacon so this time of year…this is my typical lunch….toast with mayo, lettuce, tomato and ham- Black Forest ham is my favorite.  I can eat it every day for two weeks.

I think this time of year is my favorite for eating are… Continue reading

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!!