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My Mom’s Garden

August 7th, 2009

This year we planted some popcorn at my mom’s house in her garden. She gets a lot more sun than we do, so she offered to expand her garden so we could have some space over there. We planted popcorn quite a while ago. While over for a visit on Wednesday, I took a photo of our lovely corn.
We’re keeping our eye on it, as soon as ears start to form we’re going to put an electric fence around it. My parents have always had trouble with coons in the corn. If you notice the pumpkin vines growing through the corn, this is a ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ Cinderella pumpkin from my saved seeds. There are a few pumpkins set on the vines, I can’t wait to see them this fall (unless the deer get them like they did last year).
My mom’s garden is looking quite nice this time of year. This is what it looked like 2 months ago? As you can tell by the brownish color of everything, it’s been a little dry for the past couple weeks.
It’s always nice to have photos so you can see how well the garden is doing.

How do you monitor your gardens growth?

What’s in Your Pantry?

May 24th, 2009

Yesterday my pantry was featured on Perfect Pantry. Head on over there and take a peek into my pantry.
I’d love to start a weekly series like this here, only I’d feature gardens each week, what do you think? Would you like to take a peek into other people’s gardens?

Visiting the Working Gardens in Massillon, OH

May 16th, 2009

Yesterday I visited Scott and Andee at the Working Gardens in Massillon, OH. Working Gardens is a small greenhouse that specialized in native, woodland and shade loving plants. They also offer herbs and veggies, and this year they’re running a CSA. (If you live in the Massillon area, check their website for dates & hours of the plant sale).
I managed to score a few plants that I’ve been looking for. Scott also gave me a few interesting things to try; among them an heirloom Italian Cayenne pepper. He got the seeds from a friends grandfather. I’m really excited to see how it tastes, I’m a big fan of Cayenne pepper.
Scott gave me the tour of all of the gardens including the veggie beds that are part of his CSA program.
Diva the dog helped with the tour.
The veggie beds are filled with lettuce and garlic along with peas and potatoes. There are also a lot of peppers and tomatoes under row covers since we’re supposed to get a cold night tonight (forecasted in the 30’s BRRR that’s cold).
They have a lovely shaded property of 3 acres with a wonderful spring which feeds this great stream bed. They also use the spring to irrigate the crops, how great is that!
Speaking of tree peonies, I spotted this one in his garden as we were leaving, what a beauty!
It’s always nice to meet people that have similar interests. Brian and I had a great time visiting and getting to know Andee and Scott. I met Scott on Freedom Gardens, if you aren’t a member you should check it out, it’s a great place to meet like-minded folks.

What are some ways you’ve met other gardeners?

Spotted in Orrville

August 9th, 2008

While in Orrville last week watching my nieces at the swimming class, I spotted this HUGE Sum & Substance Hosta. I noticed this hosta last summer and always wanted to take a photo but never had my camera. Now that I have this blog, I am always armed & ready.

This gardener is serious about this hosta. Why do you ask? It is an almost perfect specimen of a Sum & Substance Hosta (about 5 feet in diameter & perfectly greenish yellow). Why is it so perfect? They are providing it with ample shade via a patio umbrella to keep it looking it’s best.

Since hosta’s love shady areas and tend to get a bit crispy if they get too much sun, this one is perfectly protected with this umbrella. Notice the size of the hosta in relation to that umbrella!

Oh yeah, here are my nieces at swimming lessons (look closely and you’ll see little Orin walking around in the background with grandma)

Little Orin (our nephew) was happy running around the pool hanging out with grandma while the girls were swimming.

My Mom’s Garden

July 23rd, 2008

I think I caught the gardening bug from my mom. She’s always been an avid gardener, both ornamental & edible. When I was young we had a HUGE vegetable garden at my grandparents house out in the country. We worked in the garden all summer and then canned and preserved all the produce we grew. About 15 years ago my parents moved to a new house with a nice-sized city lot. There was a ton of room for gardens. They have an orchard, a small garden and many ornamental beds. I think this bed was the first one put it – it’s called “The Garden of Eden”. It’s in a small fairly wet area of their yard. It looks great throughout the summer with things blooming all the time. This photo was taken on July 11.

A few more of my mom’s flowers.

Mr. Chiots loves these plants. I’m going to get a start from my mom.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.