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    Posted on January 30th, 2013 Pam No comments

    I am trying to post garden pictures Wednesday of every week. When Wednesday comes, I am reminded to take pictures of my garden.

    I do this for three reasons:
    1. It helps me keep a photo record of my garden.
    2. I can see the progress of my garden.
    3. It’s fun to look back on the gardening year.

    Here are a few pictures I took today.

    These are Hyacinths, I have forced them inside, in water. They smell so good and it is nice to have something blooming during the winter. If you enlarge this picture, you can see the white roots growing down from the bulb.

    This one is white. For some strange reason, the white Hyacinths have fewer roots and larger roots.

    This is a purple Hyacinth, I forced all of these bulbs on January 5, 2013.


    Posted on January 26th, 2013 Pam No comments

    I know we all have been reminded of most of these driving tips, but here they are again.
    Please read them and tell a friend about them.

    1. Keep extra food, (snacks, candybars) in your car.
    2. Keep extra blankets and extra coats in your car.
    3. Keep extra gloves, hats and scarves in your car.
    4. Keep a snow shovel in your car.
    5. Keep rock salt in a plastic milk container in your car.
    6. Keep a flashlight with new batteries in your car.
    7. Keep some kind of flare or orange cones in your car.

    1. Clear off ALL snow and ice from the windshield, back window, side mirrors and windows.
    2. Clear off snow and ice from the windshield fluid sprayers, so you can clean your windshield if necessary.
    3. Use washer fluid that has an antifreeze, then your windshield will stay clear.
    4. Reduce your speed, because it takes longer to stop, and the faster you go the less control you have.
    5. Leave enough room between you and others.
    6. Be aware of black ice.
    7. Steer your car into the skid.
    8. Invest in good snow tires with plenty of tread.

    1. Never use cruise control on slick or snowy roads.
    2. Remember to clean headlights often when driving on slushy or salty roads.
    3. More crashes happen in winter than any other time, so please SLOW DOWN.

    Please comment if you have others.


    Posted on January 25th, 2013 Pam No comments

    1. The most important reason for keeping a journal is to help remember things that worked and things that didn’t, especially information about new varieties.
    2. Almost as important; a journal helps keep us on schedule.
    3. It helps with planting dates from year to year.
    4. Reviewing past journals is fun and helps us improve our gardening skills.
    5. It helps to organize ideas and keeps garden information in one place.
    6. It helps keep all of the family members involved, by taking photographs or making notes in the garden journal.
    7. It is a great place to make notes of inspiration, keep ideas, wishes and dreams.

    1. Big Box – everything goes inside, but it can be somewhat unorganized.
    2. Diary style – more structured and very organized, but usually has a small area to write in.
    3. Notebook – keeps all information in one place, but cannot add sheets later.
    4. Binder – can add sheets later or transfer to a larger size, but kind of BIG.
    5. Photo journal – taking pictures of the garden is great, but sometimes things need to be written down too.
    I have tried all types and I like the diary style the best, it helps keep me on schedule.

    A finished copy of the garden plan, (week 6).
    Photographs, seed packets.
    A list of catalogs that have the best seeds and best prices.

    Notes from books, clippings from catalogs or magazines.
    Information about best and worst varieties.
    Informative books, blogs, magazines or websites.

    List any experiments to test or try.
    Keep track of the varieties planted.
    Planting guides, germinating and transplanting dates, first pickings, harvest dates, harvest amounts.
    List project plans and dates.

    1. Keep the journal open on a table or desk and try to write something in it every week, if not every day.
    2. Use photo album sheets to put seed packets inside, (they can be read from both sides).
    3. Encourage everyone to take pictures or write in the journal.

    Things change quickly in the garden. If photographs are taken each week, a great record of the entire year will be documented. I try to take pictures of my plants or garden every Wednesday. When Wednesday comes around, I usually remember it is picture day. Pictures are easy to use to document my garden. Most digital cameras record the date and other information with each picture. Check the camera’s date to make sure it is correct, then each picture will have an accurate date record. To find the picture date on your computer, right click on the thumbnail and then click properties. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words… only if the picture is taken!

    Here are a few pictures that might help with journal ideas. These pictures are priceless to me.

    This picture is of potatoes and corn. The picture was taken on July 11, 2012, (a Wednesday).

    This is my favorite peony, it is a tree peony, I planted it around five years ago and it has only bloomed twice. The picture of this delicate blossom was taken on June 4, 2012.

    These are potatoes planted June 4, 2012, BTW I planted them on May 7th, so they are about 30 days old.

    This is a row of lilies, taken July 11, 2012

    These are very pretty tulips taken June 08, 2007.


    Posted on January 24th, 2013 Pam No comments

    Did you know…
    1. Disneyland does not sell chewing gum.
    2. Squirrels forget about 50% of the nuts they hide.
    3. It only takes about 7 minutes to fall asleep.
    4. 315 entries in Webster’s dictionary are misspelled.
    5. Giraffes can go longer without water than camels.
    6. In the state of Kentucky it is against the law to carry ice cream in your back pocket.
    7. 12 newborns are give to the wrong parents each day.

  • Spring in January

    Posted on January 23rd, 2013 Pam No comments

    I like to force bulbs in the winter. It feels more like spring when I have flowers blooming all winter long.

    Here are some paperwhites in bloom. I forced them on January 5th, so they have been growing a little less than three weeks.

    THis is a picture of the paperwhites too. You can see the jars they are forced in.

    This is a batch of Hyacinths I am forcing, more pictures when they get closer to blooming.

    This is my cat Shaker, he is getting BIG!


    Posted on January 19th, 2013 Pam No comments

    I saw this poem over 30 years ago. It is one of my favorite poems. I hope you enjoy it.

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and turns,
    As every one of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about,
    When he might have won had he stuck it out;
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
    You may succeed with another blow.

    Often the goal is nearer than,
    It seems to a faint and faltering man,
    Often the struggler has given up,
    When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
    And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
    How close he was to the golden crown.

    Success is failure turned inside out–
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far,
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
    It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

    – Author unknown


    Posted on January 18th, 2013 Pam No comments

    This week let’s take a family survey. For example, a family of five may have two adults and three children, but only one person may be the gardener. Try to make gardening more of a family activity by involving everyone. Include the children no matter the age. It is surprising what positive additions youth lends to the garden. It is a good idea to let them choose a few vegetables or flowers to plant.

    Make up a survey by asking questions like:
    What vegetables do you like to eat?
    What flowers do you enjoy?
    Would you like to plant or maintain your own area of the garden or yard?
    Would you like to try something new?

    Asking questions like these will enlighten you as to the interests, wants and needs of your entire family. Maybe trying something new will excite a family member into being more of a part of the garden activities.
    The reason most people garden is that it’s fun, but sometimes you have to make it fun. It’s fun to look at the new garden catalogs (you should be getting them by now if you ordered them during week 1) and let everyone choose a few things to plant.

    Include in the survey things like what improvement projects would you like to see in your yard. One large project and three small projects per year are good goals to work toward. So let everyone be a part of the choices that are made. Someone may come up with an exciting project that may not have been thought of before.

    Take time to organize the survey and let everyone have a few days to complete it. Keep the survey short, 10 to 15 questions. Help small children by using pictures to aid in their choices. After gathering information from the survey, you will have lots of choices in your garden this year.