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Quote of the Day: Janet Kilburn Phillips

July 27th, 2014

“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.”
-Janet Kilburn Phillips

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I was talking with someone recently who was mortified of planting perennials because “Once you put them somewhere they can’t be moved”. I am not that kind of gardener, I move perennials all the time. In fact I often purchase perennials and plant them in a holding area of the garden while I decide where to put them or move other perennials to make space for them. In my garden I move any plant, small trees, shrubs, annual and perennials. As long as you get a big enough root ball and water well for a month or so just about any plant can be moved. In fact, many perennials do much better when they’re dug up and divided every few years.  Gardening is the ultimate form of art because there really are no mistakes, it’s all part of the process.

Do you have any gardening fears?

Watering the Pigs

July 26th, 2014

I’ve been wanting to buy a button pig waterer for a while now and just got around to ordering it.  I was hoping to rig it up to a barrel attached to the pig house with a big of spouting collecting water from their roof.  We seem to get just enough rain that I could water the pigs without using electric to pump it of our well and without having to lug it up there in 3 gallon watering cans.
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My waterer came yesterday and it screws right into one of the bungs on the barrel I was going to use for the project.  This certainly makes my life easier and should hopefully make the project go much more quickly.  We shall see, we’re hoping to having this up & running sometime this week.

Do you have any time/money saving devices in the works for your gardens/animals? 

Friday Favorite: Old Friends

July 25th, 2014

It’s that time of the year to plan my yearly get together with my college girlfriends.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years now that we’ve known each other, we all met our freshman year of college way back in 1994. We get together each year, sometimes we meet at one of our homes, sometimes we rent a cabin somewhere, often we all meet up back Cincinnati, OH where we went to school. One of our friends lives in Cincy and we all stay at her home. It’s a weekend filled with laughter, tears and lots of catching up.
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I’m reading a book by Shauna Niequist right now and came across this quote yesterday – it’s so fitting for this occasion “When we’re together, we do what old friends do: we talk about the past we share and fill each other in on the daily present we no longer share. These women’s faces hold oceans of memories for me, stories no one else would ever believe. They’re like adolescent time capsules, lives lived long ago, and they’re also sounding boards and fellow travelers in similar phases of life.”
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We always enjoy lots of good food and do crazy things. We’ve rented surreys to ride on the riverbank, we went on a duck boat tour, we walk, we laugh, and we thoroughly enjoy our time together catching up.
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These ladies have been in my life for more than half of it, we have celebrated many weddings and births and cried at the loss of a husband and sickness of children. We have managed to reunite at least once each year for the past twenty years. Some years it’s all six of us, sometimes only four, but it’s always a wonderful weekend. In October I will be heading to Cincinnati to meet up with my friends, it’s good to have the date on the calendar for something to look forward to.

Do you have any old friends that you get together with on a regular basis?

Summer Broccoli Salad

July 24th, 2014

On Sunday my harvest basket was flush with broccoli. Since we have loads of bacon in the freezer to eat up, I settled on making broccoli salad for quick lunches this week. I pulled dried cranberries from a local farm from the pantry, along with pecans sent to me by a generous blog reader. I grabbed a large egg from the chicken coop and olive oil purchased from Chaffin Family Orchard from the pantry and whipped up a batch of mayonnaise for the dressing.
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For the dressing I mixed homemade mayo, local honey, and homemade yogurt. Then I added the broccoli, crumbled bacon, diced red onions from the garden along with pecans and cranberries. After seasoning with salt & pepper our lunches were ready for the week. Quick, healthy and delicious, a cold salad like this on a hot day is perfect.

What’s your favorite hot day meal?

Relaxing

July 23rd, 2014

Last week I ordered the DVD for Around The World In 80 Gardens. We watched this a few years ago and really enjoyed it.
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Lucky for us, even though this is a British DVD, our laptop allows you to select the region, so we can watch it easily. It’s nice to watch an episode in the evening after a long day of working in the garden. Sometimes I’m simply too tired to read and this is how I like to spend my TV viewing allotment.

What’s your favorite TV show?

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