Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Tomatoes withstand transplanting

20130501-185707.jpgFinally got the tomatoes transplanted, although I’ll admit, it was harder than I thought it would be. I guess it’s a good thing I had 27 plants to work with, because by the time I got done, I only really had about a dozen good ones left.

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I just can’t take store-bought tomatoes anymore!

I’ve decided to take the leap. I’m going to try to grow tomatoes in my basement.

I’ve been in the usual tomato funk that I’m guessing many others get into this time of year. Store-bought tomatoes just aren’t cutting it. I still like to take a salad for lunch to work most days of the week, but they just don’t compare to my salads of the summer, made from my own garden-grown lettuce, tomatoes and onions.

Cool greenhouse

Could this greenhouse be the answer to tomatoes that taste like soggy cardboard?

One week, the store-bought cherries will be passable, the next week it’s like I’m chewing soggy cardboard. And the frustrating part is that you can’t tell by looking at them how good — or bad — they’ll taste.

Truth is, I’ve been thinking about trying to grow tomatoes indoors for quite a few years. But a fellow blogger suggested it again recently and it got me to thinking. Why not give it a try? What have I got to lose? If they don’t grow or taste really bad, I’ve still got the store-bought ones to fall back on, right?

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Who has the perfect backyard? Me, me, me!

There haven’t been many days this summer when I’ve felt like just sitting on the grass, taking in the view of my backyard. The stifling heat forced a retreat to the air-conditioned house

Shadows on a late afternoon in August.

most days and the dry, prickly grass produced by the heat and lack of rain for much of the summer didn’t make it very conducive to sitting on anyway.

So I was pleasantly surprised this past week when I was treated to a day that reminds me why I fell in love with our home. It was late afternoon and I had the house to myself for a couple hours. It was a good time to check out the flower and vegetable gardens and the temperature was tolerable – in the low 80s. Continue reading

Raspberries have come a long way baby

I was looking through some old photos the other day when I saw one that made me realize just how far the garden has come in the four summers since we moved into our Lawrence home.

That was Labor Day weekend 2008, when it was 90 degrees outside and inside because the air-conditioning in our new-to-us house wasn’t working. At the time, the garden was the furthest thing from my mind. Oh sure, I knew I wanted one, but I had six or seven months before I had to even start thinking about what I wanted to plant. And at the time, cooler weather didn’t sound all that bad. Continue reading

Clothesline flower garden a success

I spent the better part of this week taking photos of my flower garden and trying to figure out which perennial flowers actually came up this summer. No easy task given that flowers are not my thing. I can identify everything that comes up in my vegetable garden, whether it’s peas, beans, lettuce, carrots. Once I plant, I have no problem telling the difference between a vegetable and a weed.

Flowers, however, are different. When I started plotting out the flower garden, I cut out photos and placed them on a dry-erase board to get an idea of what I needed to buy. I kept the board to use for the actual planting and at some point realized I probably should keep it around to help remind me what flowers were planted where in the garden.
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July 31: Saying goodbye to July

At the beginning of July, I made a promise to myself that I’d pay more attention to the garden. June had been a less-than-stellar month in terms of my caretaker responsibilities, and I knew that I needed to kick it into high gear if I was to get any “booyah” out of the garden.

Given the extreme heat we had all month and the lack of rain during the last half of June and first half of July, my garden needed all the help it could get. Early on in July, I enjoyed the heat and the way it helped the garden grow with the help of my sprinkler. By the second week of July, the heat got to be pretty overbearing on everyone and everything. Watering the garden helped, but it was clear it couldn’t replace the real thing.
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July 24-25: Tomatoes vs. my husband?

I try to spend a lot of time each summer with my tomatoes. They take up the most room in my garden for a reason. I absolutely love garden tomatoes. For me, that’s what summer is all about. Popping a cherry tomato in my mouth, biting into it, letting the seeds and juices explode in my mouth. I can just hear my taste buds saying “Thank you! Thank you!” In fact, if you asked me to choose between a summer without tomatoes or a summer without say, my husband, I might have to think twice. OK, I guess I’m exaggerating a bit, but not much.
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July 9: Jeepers, pumpkins sure are Creepers

I had a great pumpkin patch last year. We got 15 or so pumpkins of various sizes that Cassie had fun carving several of and I had fun making/baking delicious pumpkin seeds from. The only problem? They took over the garden. Big time.

I planted just a handful of seeds, but that was a couple more than was needed. I don’t remember them being that prolific in the garden growing up on the farm. Of course, our garden probably was at least a quarter-acre in size, so they had plenty room to grow without encroaching on other veggies!
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July 1: After a soaking

I know it’s only been a few hours since my last post, but I’m eager to get started on my New Year’s resolution (I have to come up with a better name for the resolution).

So, here are the July 1st photos of my garden looking east and west:

Looking east, after a good soaking

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Some quick garden pics

A little more than two weeks after the early veggies were planted and they’re showing signs of life. It took a little longer than I thought for the peas and lettuce to peek out of the ground, but they slowly are. The onions also look like they’re off to a good start.

The weeds do, too, unfortunately! And the rain, while much needed for the veggies, is helping the weeds plenty, too. Already the spring/summer tug of war between THEM and me begins. Who will win? It’s hard to say, but I’ll try my best to rid the garden of those evil things.

Here are a few photos of my garden’s early veggies. Look hard enough and you’ll see them between the weeds.

There really are two rows of onions among the weeds. I plan to plant a few more rows in a week or two, too.

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