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Let’s Do It!

Last couple of months have been busy since I returned from Texas. Our garden has grown, produced and keeping me stocked with goodies. You just can’t beat fresh food. I was able to freeze homemade marinara sauce and tomatoes. I am not a flower person, but I added a rose bush and a couple hibiscus plants to my collection. Now we are ready to sit down and plan out our fall planting. We will be moving our garden and planning some landscaping we need to do as well.

We just finished going through all the family history boxes and are starting the reorganization. It took some time to get started. But we did it! Now I can concentrate on proper storage and organizing it for future generations. Let’s just say I will be glued to the scanner for a while. We are finally going to step into doing our family genealogy. Added that to our list of projects this year.

We are still working on my glass storage and organizing the garage. Unfortunately, that is where all the storage containers from the family history went. Now I need to get them in the attic so that I can get more room in the garage. I am excited about having an organized area to do my work. A new work bench is needed and hoping for a few new toys this year to add to my arsenal. There are so many things I wanna do!

I spent the weekend working on stripping electrical wiring for the copper. Marie so graciously let me have it from the little ranch house renovations they have going on. It ain’t easy but worth it. I use so much copper in my projects and you can’t beat ‘free’ supplies. A little elbow grease and I now have a nice supply of copper wiring. A little advice on copper wiring, it will tarnish. I only stripped the outer casing on the wiring. I will strip the inner casing when I know I will need it. Saves me from having to clean the wiring again before I use it.

Today I am finally sitting down and make a list of projects I want to do. I am a list person. I even have a list of lists on my phone with a reminder for me to check them. You laugh, but it helps. Oh, and I love reminders. I just must remember not to cancel them until I get things done. But back to my list making today. I am starting on my project list. Some are things people have asked me to do, some will be things I want to do for myself, and some will be for Christmas. So, I will do a little research, get the plans ready, check my supplies and start planning my schedule to get things done. Are you ready to see what I will be doing? Me too! Now the fun begins!

country life · flowers · Gardening

How Does Your Garden Grow

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I was worried about how my potted garden was going to make out. I have tried to grow things in the ground here before to no luck. I had roses bushes that were over 6 feet tall that had very little branching and maybe one or two flowers a year. My rosemary I planted a few years ago never took root and died. I had potted Indonesian peppers from my sister-in-law that did great for a while and then got a bug that just demolished them. My yard is primarily Bahia grass because of the heat and sandy soil.

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To my surprise my tomato plants are about 5 feet high with lots of incredible blooms on them. I have a beef steak tomato and I forgot the other one that I planted. Can’t wait to see how they produce. My okra has done amazingly well. I will be cutting a few of those tasty treats today to put on the grill for my dinner tonight. How exciting is that!

 


My lemon trees are growing well, and I have 2 lemons on each tree already. One tree came with a lemon but to see new ones growing already is surprising.

 


I have been clipping my herbs and using them for cooking. They did great and I have new basil already growing after it has gone to seed. My lavender and mint got a little beaten up the past few storms we have had but they are hanging in there.

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It is a sauna here most days and with the fierce rain storms we have been having I am just happy everything is still alive. While my sister struggles with lack of rain for weeks at a time, I am here hoping not to drown the roots of my little garden. We are expecting very little rain for the next few days, so I will be having to water. All in all, just the few months I have had my garden we are doing pretty good. I will be prepping for fall planting in a few weeks. I am excited to see if we can keep this thing going.

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Part of me would like to have a green house so that I can protect my garden. My sister is going to have one built since they freeze for long periods of time. She has A LOT of plants in pots too! I can’t wait to see when she gets that built. Oh and the changes to the ranch, I will take lots of pictures for you when I visit so you can see what she has been up to. She is so busy she hasn’t had a chance to share anything. Don’t worry, she will be back soon to show you what is happening!

We ate the pineapple already!!!!