Archive for August, 2010

Do Roses Have Seeds?

By wordpress - Last updated: Monday, August 30, 2010

In my new quest to grow beauty as well as vegetables, I’ve been clearing out flower beds in my yard. A few years back I planted some roses, but that area had become quite overgrown. Early this summer, I noticed one rosebush was till making an effort, so I decided to clean out the area [...]

Major Discovery: Eating Candy and Cookies Increases Your Weight

By wordpress - Last updated: Sunday, August 29, 2010

I haven’t done a good job of keeping up this blog but to bring you up to date, after weeks of staying a steady 280 pounds, I finally lost about eight more in a matter of days. Mostly working at clearing weeds (that’s hard work!) So there I am, a slim 272 pounds. (Hey, from [...]

Pulling Weeds by the Light of the Silvery Moon

By wordpress - Last updated: Friday, August 27, 2010

It’s five thirty in the morning, I’m awake, I’ve been eating a little too much, and this is a perfect way to punish myself. So I get up and decide I’m going to go pull some weeds. Ah, it’s a little dark. However, the moon is pretty full and, with a little squinting, I can [...]

It’s Time to Buy Azaleas?

By wordpress - Last updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My wife loves azaleas and, for thirty plus years, I’ve been wanting to get some for her. But when I go to the store I’m shocked at what they want for those plants. This year I decided to do it no matter what. I did a little research and found out that fall is actually [...]

Composting Is Easy With A Duck Pond

By wordpress - Last updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

When we moved into our house many years ago, there was a shallow concrete pond which I was told was a duck pond. How nice! So when I trimmed hedges, there was a convenient place to put the clippings. I was thinking more like, “There’s a nice place to put all this trash. Out of [...]

Composting is Easy with a Duck Pond

By wordpress - Last updated: Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I’ve always read that you’re supposed to have an enclosure, turn the compost over several times a year, water it regularly, blah, blah, blah. I’ve discovered that if you throw the stuff in a pile and walk away, you pretty much get the same result. There is some seriously black dirt under there! Still, I [...]

I Have Spinach

By wordpress - Last updated: Monday, August 16, 2010

As I blogged before, I meticulously planted spinach in very clearly defined rows. I went as far as to lay the seeds in the furrow so that they were in a perfect line. Lo and behold, the seeds germinated and I was able to tell by the line of seedlings which were spinach and which [...]

Rant: These Bugs Are Killing Me!

By wordpress - Last updated: Sunday, August 15, 2010

I see a glimpse of daylight; the garden awaits. First, I have to contend with the weeds. Things that I want to grow don’t, things that I don’t want to grow do. That’s a pain, but no real harm done. The bugs, that’s another story altogether. They EAT my plants! My healthiest tomato is suddenly [...]

Happy Birthday!

By wordpress - Last updated: Friday, August 13, 2010

The acorn squash has pretty much taken over the center of the garden and, like the pumpkin, there are lots of flowers, very little fruit. Actually, no fruit. Is it called fruit? Probably not, but “very little vegetable” sounds weird. By the way (or BTW for you android types), if you have suggestions on any [...]

Let’s take a day off!

By wordpress - Last updated: Friday, August 6, 2010

After nearly two months of gardening every day for two to three hours, I took a day off. They say the right exercise schedule is one day on and on day off, but I figure early humans could not do that, and animals can’t do that, so why would it be any different for me? [...]