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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 
It is Finally Fall and Biscotti Recipe We know it is fall when our Heirloom Chrysanthemums start to bud out. Somehow we have managed to keep these historic Chrysanthemums alive. Many years ago when I was young there was this very old wooden post office in the small town where we lived. Next door to the post office was a large wooden house and the Post Mistress lived in that house. We all knew her as Mrs. Houston. She had these Chrysanthemums growing around areas in her yard. Then before we knew it time passed, Mrs. Houston grew old and went to a nursing home. A new modern post office had been built and they moved the old post off ......
Gardening 2012 This year could be quite a gardening challenge since winter decided to not show up this year and where we live tornadoes and hail storms seem to be the new rage. I will post pictures with the most recent garden news here at the top. The beans are growing up the arbors now and the cucumbers are reaching up the wire. Mid april We have our first baby zucchini squash. Mid april The peppers are putting out a lot of blooms, the spinach is ready to harvest and starting to bolt. Mid April We have baby tomatoes now mid april Early March and we are harvesting fall planted cabbage from our backyard containers T ......
I just love coneflowers, we have them all over our yard. We have a small yard and just about all of the space has something growing. Along the back path I dug all of the grass out of our backyard and put in paths, flowers, vegetable beds and planted fruit trees. I think Daisies are so elegant. This is called a Twelve Apostles or a walking iris. A neighbor shared a few plants with me and those plants have made many other plants. The wrens are constantly building nests all over our yard. One year they built a nest just above the window airconditioner to my husbands small work shop and he could not use the airconditioner until the ba ......
We live inside a medium size city and have a limited amout of space to have a garden but we still try to grow vegetables and fruits and grow them as natural as possible When we grow our own food we know what has or has not been put on that plant while it has been growing and I prefer to know. Gardening is hard work and I am constantly learning. The picture above was taken close to my back porch. At first I thought they were spiders but I contacted our county extension and they forwarded my pictures to a university and I found that these are Assassin bugs and they are beneficial to our yard and garden. They eat other bugs. I don't put pesticides o ......
I don't always do things the correct way but sometimes you can still get to the same place anyway. These are my bobbins for bobbin lace. My new book and the wrong size crochet thread because I cannot find anything even close to size 70 Here I am pointing out the worker set, the green thread And since my thread was way too large I ended up with a canvas instead of a lace bookmark. But I enjoyed the practice and interesting design. I kind of like the canvas bookmark. Since bobbin lace takes up way too much time during the day I will have to save that hobby for those times when I cannot sleep. Clothes hung out before the temperatures ar ......
We live inside the city limits and have a small backyard. Our yard is odd as it has a triangle shape and we have a street in the back of our house and the front of our house. The point of the triangle is an intersection. We have a lot of trees, shade, poor soil and often drought conditions. But we have a determination to grow as many vegetables as we can in containers. We have planted as many fruit bearing trees that our limited space will allow. We have two pear trees, one fig, two and a half plum and despite the fact that we are not in the right zone we have one grapefruit, one struggling satsuma, one keylime and one very sparse meyer lemon tree.&n ......
Cold weather has arrived and we have two spot lights in the greenhouse. It is keeping it about 10 degrees warmer than the outside temperatures. We have a small camping heater to use when it gets very cold. The daytime temperatures on sunny days are not a problem because when the sun hits the plastic the temperature rises. This is the cold frame built around the keyhole garden that sits on our patio. I will post more pictures on this. This is our little potting shed, I took this just before dawn. The inside walls of the potting shed. The Grandchildren helped me to paint the inside and they had a blast. This is the very end of December ......
OUR RAIN BARRELS Collecting rainwater This has taken a bit of work. We did everything wrong before we could get it right and it takes a lot of tweaking as we go. Rain barrels require maintenance and you must keep screens on all parts to prevent mosquito's. The screens need to be cleaned often during rain/storms. The filter system was difficult because we live under trees so we had to do more with our first flush and add a second flush. The main thing is that it works and stores rainwater to use during our dry spells. A very important thing to remember, no matter how clear your water looks, do not drink Rain water, it must be purified ......
Composting We have been composting for several years now. Due to trees in our yard we have had the problem of tree roots getting into our compost pile. We recent moved one of the compost piles and I wanted to show you what we did to solve our problem with tree roots. These tree roots can really mess up a good compost pile The roots turn into a fine web of roots After getting the soil fairly level we placed newspaper over the soil just to cover the roots to encourage them to go elsewhere. Then we put down thick plastic We placed stepping stones down to use as a semi solid bottom. This is just a temporary holding spot until we make a better place ......
The story of our evolving Worm Bin Our failures and Success! I am fast becoming an expert on how NOT to do things. My gut has been tugging at me that our family should do better with conservation since our environment seems to be suffering from something that is causing changes to our weather and ability to grow food due to too much heat, too much water, not enough water etc. My husband and I first made a solar oven which is another story, then made a bin for worm composting to recycle food scraps and give back to the earth. I read constantly about both of these issues and thought that it would be simple but…… Day 1 The worm composting b ......
SQUASH BLOOMS If you are growing squash leaves and many squash blooms but no squash, your problem could be, No Bees............... I am not sure but this is my own backyard study. This is a female squash bloom. At the back side of this bloom there is a tiny squash, this bloom is attached to the small squash. This is a male squash bloom. You probably have a lot of these because usually there are many more male blooms and at first and few female blooms. At least this is my experience. This close up of the female bloom shows where the squash must be pollinated. The bee needs to first visit the male, gather the pollen and c ......
WHAT IS GROWING AT OUR HOUSE? We are adding the most recent photo's first, some of the beginning of these projects may be further down. I will be updating new 2010 photos very soon. Now that it is winter the garden is resting. We have added some new winter items though, we just planted three citrus trees close to the house so we can hopefully keep them from freezing. We do have carrots growing in our keyhole garden. I planted them in November, The long freeze that we had did not harm them. I did spread a light layer of straw over them during that freeze. Posted Feb 3 2010 End of May 2009 Tomatoes, seeds were planted end of January insi ......
When Monkey Grass Dies Out is is very dry! This summer has been a garden disaster. DROUGHT! Ugh………. Heat, s w e a t! MOSQUITO”S! I thought at least the mosquito’s would die from the drought! This was our strawberry bed but with drought and water restrictions the strawberries may not make it. Even when we do water it does not seem to get to the plants due to our trees. Their need is much greater and the trees soak up every drop of moisture. Even though it has been really bad we still learned a lot about gardening. As I have mentioned in articles from the past. My husband and I learn from trial and error. Mostly error. This is our tenth year to garden in our ......
WHAT IS GROWING AT OUR HOUSE? PAGE ONE OUR GARDEN IS DOING WELL, DESPITE THE THREE DIGIT NUMBERS AND LACK OF RAIN. WE HAVE A BABY WATERMELON! Late June 2009 Our Blackeyed susans are attracting many honey bees June 2009 Up close blackeyed susan Notice the ants on the okra? Well they are eating the aphids off the okra. Okra Bloom Late June 2009 The Sunflower is starting to make seed! Late June 2009 Katie in the watermellon patch No, we are not growing eggs............ I wish.......... That is a white eggplant June 2009 Amish salad tomatoes, I ordered the seed this past winter. Now June 2009 More toma ......
What are we planning? I am re-posting this page because we learn from our gardening mistakes and looking back can show how far we have come from earlier days. It is now 2010. We will be taking many photos this year 2009 as we work on being more sustainable. We started much earlier than we usually do to grow vegetables (possibly too early). We already have our potatoes planted and they are already coming up. We have lettuce growing, horseradish is coming up, beets are starting to emerge, we have onions planted and already getting tall, we have garlic that is growing well and turnip and mustard greens that are sprouting. I have included on th ......
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