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Saturday, May 29, 2010

The empty plate....

I harvested the seeds from this delicious butternut squash that I got from our co-op.  I washed them up and let them dry on a plate out on the porch.

I was thinking about planting them when I noticed that the plate was EMPTY!
Hmmm... yes.. seeds gone!

My dear sweet puppy ATE THEM!  Here's a photo of Missy (our puppy) and her buddy Charlie (our flame point siamese kitten) playing.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Caught my kitten in...

You know that nice 4x4 box of carrots that I planted recently?

Well, tonight I caught my flame point siamese kitten using my precious carrot box as a LITTER BOX!  Grhhh....

I'm thinking... 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Oh my goodness!  We're supposed to have rain showers on and off for the next WEEK!

My driveway's becoming a muddy mess!  On the upside... my garden is LOVING IT!

Monday, May 24, 2010

It's raining and I'm so glad...

Yeah... it's raining!  A nice gentle rain!

I'm so glad that I got one of my boxes planted with carrot seed mats.  My onions, shallots, radishes, peas, and spinach are loving the rain too!

Growing wild... Prickly Pear Cactus near our home.  Photo taken by my 12 year old son recently.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

We had a light frost...

A grand welcome to Zazu Ta!  Thanks for following my blog!

Video: A Tour of my Garden... click here...

When I let the dog out this morning at about 6:30am, I noticed that there was a thin layer of ice in the bird bath.

The warm sun was quickly melting the frost though...

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Planted my Danvers Half-long Carrots...

Finally finished making my Danvers Half-long Carrot seed mats this morning.  I found that I liked using paper towel the best.  Thanks again Granny!

Planted a 4x4 bed with 16 Danvers Half-long Carrot seed mats!

Wow... was that the easy way to plant carrot seeds!

Last year I had wonderful success with this variety of Carrots!  They tasted and looked wonderful!

Tonight I started making some Purple Haze Carrot seed mats.   Thank you Home Town Seeds for your free sample!

And now... good night!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Transforming the Garden...

Greetings gardening friends!

Garden transformation...
Had gravel delivered this morning... then spent the entire rest of the day spreading it between my raised bed boxes.  It looks awesome... and now... no more mud... no more weeds in the aisles!  A BIG thank you to my hubby who provided most of the labor!

My garden looks so neat and organized now!

After a delicious unexpected dinner of homemade Enchiladas at my MIL's (oh so yum!)... a second wind over took me... and I found myself back out in the garden planting a brand new Strawberry bed!  Yeah!!!!

I've got 2 4x4 beds picked out for carrots this year.  Carrot seeds are SO small and blow away in the slightest wind... so... I employed Granny's awesome homemade SEED MAT method... and went to work tonight making Carrot Seed Mats!  Until.. I ran out of oomph...

Good night...
So... as soon as my very favorite sheets come out of the dryer... it's bed time!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

And then there was green...

A soft gentle rain is falling now.  You can almost hear the ground drinking up the moisture... and watch the greening of the countryside as it changes before your eyes! The trees are suddenly leafing out and the grass is turning a deep rich green!  Oh, I noticed that lilacs are suddenly blooming!  And the air is filled with the sweet smell of tree pollen.

I live in high desert plains of northern Wyoming.  Absolutely beautiful country!  It's nice and dry here, a big change from living in Massachusetts!

I find it absolutely amazing that you can grow so much here... with just a little water!  A neighbor down the street has a small fruit orchid of apples, pears, and cherry trees.  My parents on the south side of town have pear and apple trees!  In a neighboring community, I heard of a family that is able to grow peaches!

Making Seed Mats!
I'm going to take some time today to make seed mats for carrots & lettuce using Granny's ingenious seed mat method!  To view Granny's excellent tutorial, complete with pictures and step by step directions.... click here.

Note: this photo was taken by my 12 year old son during our town's Spring Rodeo.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rains a coming!

Welcome Donna!  Thanks for following my blog!

We are supposed to have showers the next couple days!  Yeah for my garden!

Sprout peas... sprout beans...
Lettuce... spinach where are you?

I started some pole beans inside.  Sure hope they take!  Here's a photo of the poor things.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A glorious day to be outside... finally!

The past couple days have been sunny and just glorious!

I spent most of the day outside working in the garden! Planted peas, pole beans, royal burgundy bush beans, beets, cukes... didn't get to carrots... yet.

Many of my boxes need to have more soil added... so that will be my job for the upcoming week.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Small steps...

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Finally! The sun came out and brought us warmer temperatures... and NO wind! We may even hit 80 by next week!

I had covered up a few of my boxes last fall with cardboard, then with a pallet on top to keep it in place. Today took off the covers. Lesson learned: Cover all boxes in the fall! My boxes that DIDN'T get covered have way less soil left. I'm assuming that the wind blew it away.

In my 2 4x4 boxes that are planted, I have radishes, onions, shallots coming up.

Tonight I prepared another 4x4 box by adding some compost and giving it a good drink.... I'm still thinking about what'll go there....

Spring has come late to Wyoming... but as long as it stays... I'll be happy!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Here comes the warmer weather!

Happy Mother's Day to all my gardening friends!!!!

What a beautiful sunny day here today! We're heading into a warming trend this week with temps in the high 50s and into 60!

I will plant some more peas tomorrow.

Last weekend was our town's Spring Rodeo! I sent my 12 year old off with my camera. He took that cool photo of the cowboy boots with spurs! Thought I'd share that cool photo with you!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Why live in Wyoming?

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Ribbit asked WHY I would chose to live in Wyoming. She mentioned in jest that we have 2 months without snow a year! Sure seems like it! You should stop by her blog, btw... she has a baby tomato!

I'll tell you... these Spring snow storms and this cold weather is making me wonder...

No, honestly... It's so pretty here! And... usually... the weather is better! But come on now... SNOW IN MAY?

I love the mountains! We live in a beautiful basin surrounded by mountain ranges. And the Bighorn Canyon is less than 30 minutes away... and the Pryor mountains are just down the street. But most of all what I cherish (keeping in mind that I'm from the Boston area!) is the QUIET!

Winter Wonderland....

As I sit here all warm and toasty and gaze out the window at the winter wonderland, I can hardly believe that it is May!

The ground is covered with snow and it's windy and cold out there!

My garden beds are all covered in snow! When it melts, I'll plant some more peas!

I'm hoping that my radish sprouts survive the freezing weather. It's 27 degrees now with a projected high of 38!

OK... which one of you out there is hogging all the Spring warmth?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cool video about seeds

I was looking at a recipe for homemade Italian meatballs when I saw on the side bar of this site a video link about composting... which then turned into this cool video about seeds...

I'll post it here to share with you... and I'm hoping to come back to watch it again!

Spring snow brings...

Not much going on here... Hoping the warmer weather comes back! The coldest night time forecast says 31 degrees... that's not too bad.

The Spring blizzard on Thursday left us with much needed moisture and after the fluffy 3 inches melted... the grass turned green! Our trees even enjoyed the moisture... will have leaves soon!

I'm seeing some radish sprouts popping up in this bed! Yeah!!!

A gardening newsletter that I received suggested this book... looks interesting.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pole beans

I'm trying some pole beans this year. The seeds that I've planted inside are sprouting! Makes me so happy to see little sprouts!!!!

A couple years ago I had this awesome gazebo outside. We bought it at Lowes. I love being outside and it gave me the opportunity to have an outside office.

Well... then the wind came one early spring... and THAT was the END of my gazebo. We learned many lessons from this experience... most importantly... BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES!

If I ever get another one... we'll have to make a cement foundation for it to keep it in place during high winds... or maybe make one of wood.

So, down came my gazebo. I kept the corner supports!

Guess what? I've decided to attached them to the corner of a couple of my boxes and will use them to grow my Pole Beans!