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Three Sisters Garden Harmony

September 25th, 2009

So far my 3 sisters garden has been doing really well at my mom’s house. The beans started blooming a few weeks ago, so I snapped this photo because I thought it was quite lovely how they work together.
Since the corn is planted close together I can’t get into the middle of the patch to pick beans. So I decided to let the beans mature into shelling beans. When I harvest the corn it should be time to harvest the shelling beans as well. Since it’s our popcorn it will stay on the stalks until it’s dry.

Anyone else trying the 3 sisters garden, or another method of companion planting?

Volunteer Marigolds

September 24th, 2009

I have these volunteer marigolds that grew up in the same spot I had some planted last year. They’re just starting to bloom prolifically and they’re so nice. I’m not a huge fan of marigolds, but they’re so pretty this time of year, they really look nice with all the fall colors that are starting to appear.
As you can see these are growing in a raised bed that I have a makeshift fence around since I have my late beans planted in this bed. I know the deer and the groundhogs would love nothing more than tender bean plants, so I have some chicken wire panels leaned up around it to protect my bean harvest.
When it comes to colors of flowers, I’m much more of a pink/white/purple lover. I’m really happy that my ‘Endless Summer’ Hydrangea is blooming now, despite being mauled by deer this past winter. I was thinking I wouldn’t see any color from it at all.

What colors of flowers are your favorite?

A Little Under the Weather

September 23rd, 2009

I’ve been battling a cold since last week, so I’m feeling a little under the weather. I’m actually getting better, thanks to herbal/homeopathic treatments. I really like Chestal Honey Cough Syrup 8.45 fl oz Liquidno weird colors or ingredients, it’s all homeopathic and the #1 ingredient is honey! If you’re concerned about taking OTC medications this is a great non-toxic alternative! I always get a killer cough after I’ve been sick and I used to have a prescription cough syrup, not any more. This all-natural syrup works for me, I can’t say enough about it!
I made myself a big pot of chicken soup with a chicken from the local farm, farmer’s market onions, homegrown celery and lots of homegrown garlic and hot peppers. It’s soothing and really helped break up my congestion.
I haven’t been able to do any canning in the evenings so I’ve been reading. As a result my library book pile is slowly dwindling, but the fruits & veggies are piling up on the table just waiting for their trip into the canner. While reading, I’ve been drinking lots of Throat Coat teawith honey. It is the perfect tea when you’ve got that raw scratchy feeling in your throat from coughing, I can’t recommend this tea enough!
As a result of my illness, I will have some great book reviews for you guys in the coming weeks. You will love some of these books I’ve been reading.

What remedies do you use to fight a cold/flu?

NOTE: I was not paid to tell you about these products, I’m the kind of person that tells people about products I love and I always appreciate it when people do the same for me so I don’t have to try different ones to find one I like.

Some Rain, Finally

September 22nd, 2009

Yesterday we finally got some much needed rain. It’s been dry here all summer, particularly the last couple weeks. It’s so dry the native weeds are wilting and dying, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen happen.
I had to break down and drag out my sprinkler last week to water the flowerbeds and veggies beds. We didn’t get much rain, but it was some and I’m happy with the little we got, and I got a decent amount in the rain barrels to help cover the next dry spell.

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?

Brussels Sprouts

September 21st, 2009

I found these little lovelies at the farmer’s market. I’ve always heard that they’re not a bitter after the first frost, which is still a while a few weeks off here in Ohio. They were tiny and looked like they’d pair perfectly with some bacon I had in the fridge, so I snapped up 2 pints of them.
I steamed them for a few minutes, then sauteed them with some diced bacon, along with a few shallots and some garlic. They were fantastic! I have to admit, I wasn’t a brussels sprouts fan a few years ago, I didn’t like them at all. I think the problem was that I had never had fresh brussels sprouts. Like many vegetables they’re much better fresh from the garden!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy brussels sprouts, or is it not at all?

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