• "Gardening"

    Apple Cedar Rust

    I didn’t even know this was an actual thing before planting an apple tree.  I thought trees were simple.  You plant them and let them do their thing. But, like with every other plant, there is something that can attack it.  In my case it’s the apple cedar rust. If you remember from this post, I planted my apples from seeds.  I simply gathered the seeds from my organic apple that I had eaten.  I let the seeds sit in the fridge for about three weeks to make them think they went through winter.  After letting them sprout I planted them into small cups.  I’ve since transplanted them into pots. …

  • "Gardening"

    Gardening Goals

    Much will be happening with my garden this season and I have compiled a little list of goals for the new year.  First, I need to finish the fencing.  I tore down the fence a couple weeks ago in order to expand the perimeter.  Yesterday Bubba set the fence up as much as could before running out of the wire fencing.  It’s a start!  So that mess is at the top of gardening goal list.  Next up will be the compost.  I failed at my mine for the most part, so this year I am going to try composting in a tumbler.  I think I’m going to buy it premade…

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    Gardening

    Every year of gardening brings failures, successes, and lessons to be remembered.  Last year, for example, we experienced an abundance of rain.  During the month of July, it rained every day.  Sometimes all day and other times it was just for a few hours.  The lesson I learned very quickly is that there is such a thing as over watering.  Over watering will either kill your plants or inhibit their growth.  That month of heavy rain rotted half my garden and the rest of it grew small & tasteless vegetables. This year, I have learned that planting my seeds in a raised bed filled with good dirt really does make…

  • "DIY",  "Gardening"

    DIY Seed Starter

    Last year I posted my toilet paper diy seed starter and although it works, I have found that the paper method works much better.  I either use paper bags like I did here or like the one I’m showing you today.  I don’t suggest using this particular method if you’re starting forty different seeds inside because it can be time consuming, but if you are planting just a few flowers or herbs, then this method will work great.    And just to show you that it does work, I included a picture above that shows my little bean has sprouted. 🙂 What you need: leftover newspaper twine scissors small glass jar…

  • "Gardening",  "life",  "weekend"

    …Weekend…

    …Gardening.  It happens every year around this time; I become antsy with planting my vegetable garden.  I’ve started my herbs again , using the paper bag method.  It was successful last year with all my herbs and tomatoes!  I’m also using another DIY seed starter that I’ll post about later.  I still need to purchase some of the seed starters from the store though.  I want to jump start most of my seeds indoors this year in order to extend my harvest period.  … Donuts.  We had a rare, sweet treat this weekend!  I say rare, not because we are sugar prudes, no no, we are quite the opposite.  I…