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container tomato growing

Last summer's container garden

Last week I started my container vegetable garden— well, just the tomatoes. I am conducting an experiment: comparing the Tomato Program from Classic Gardens in Centerpoint, AL and Easy Container Combos: Vegetables & Flowers (Pamela Crawford’s Contianer Gardening) (will be planting a container today).

Well, one of my tomato plants has given up and I am to blame. I used a root stimulator (according to the instructions) and some of the formula got on the leaves of my plants. I used a watering can that had a shower head which dispersed the mixture over the pot. It was difficult to keep the water from getting on the leaves because of “the way one should plant the tomatoes” (that is a link to a “tomato growing tips” article I wrote) –deep, with just the top leaves above the dirt.

The next morning I noticed dark spots on the leaves. The only thing that could have caused this was the root stimulator. I immediately showered the plants with clean water from the tap–hoping that any stimulator on the leaves would be washed off. That appeared to work because no more spots or leaf damage appeared.

Well, one week later, my brandywine tomato is wilting big time. The other plant is still upright and showing signs of new growth.

Lesson learned: do not let the root stimulator mixture get on the leaves of your transplants.

I will replace the dying brandywine with “sweet 100”.  I have heard good things about this variety. Or maybe a “lemon boy” tomato. It is one of my favorites.

Stay tuned.

Air Force Garden Gnome

This Garden Gnome is ready to fly!

I bought this garden gnome for my father for his 82nd birthday. He loves patriotic dodads to put in his yard, especially close to his gazebo. Unfortunately, his neighbors do not enjoy his collection of yard art as much as he does. Below is a picture of his gazebo. It will probably be the future home for this Air Force Gnome. Do you think it needs protection?

Pop's Gazebo-future home of the Air Force Garden Gnome

That is precisely the reason I got him this Military Garden Gnome. His yard does need protection!

Here is another view of his Gazebo from the golf course.

Gazebo on the 4th of July

If you want to read more about these precious garden protectors (or maybe you want to buy one for yourself!), visit my page on Squidoo, Military Gnomes to Protect Your Garden. I promise you that you will learn at least one thing about garden gnomes!

Well, all my daffodils and hyacinths have bloomed and faded away. Last Friday the hubby and I went to the beach for a short getaway. It was beautiful (Sunny and 70’s) when we left. On Saturday it rained and then got colder–had to put the heat on in the house on the Alabama shore. Sunday, the sun came out at noon and we got to walk on the beach. No tarballs could be seen! The beach was sugary white. Still on the chilly side, though.

When we got home, the cooler weather had bruised our camellias and the white blossoms were turning tan and brown. That is why I usually do not like to have white blooming bushes in my garden. White blossoms just look so very sad when the bloom is passing.

Oh, such is life in the southern garden.

However, there is only a little over a month until the frost danger is past. I am already looking for a few good tomato plants!

Here is a product that is on my wish list! I think that one of these would help me patiently await the arrival of Springtime. I also imagine that one of these would keep me outside, too.

Green Telescopic Patio Heater

To buy this green (my very favorite color!) patio heater, click
Green Telescopic Patio Heater

Boy (or girl), do I have a great resource for parents! I just found this article on Squidoo.com (not a member? then click here).

notebook pages and activities for children in winter

Winter Wednesday Notebook

It is called “Winter Wednesday” (click here to visit this absolutely stunning collection of wintertime activities you can do with your children. There are art activities, science projects, nature studies–I could go on and on.

Winter can seem endless and boring, but this page makes it magical. I kid you not.

winter tree painting activity for a child

Winter Tree Painting from "Winter Wednesday"

The above image is an art activity that would be so much fun and creative! I would love to make one myself.

Science Fairs are about to spring upon parents of school aged children, and this page is full of fun learning activities for your kids.

Go check it out! You will be glad you did–even if you do not have school aged kids.

I would like to introduce you to a wonderful artist on Etsy and Zazzle–Bonnie Bruno. She has a natural touch with this the camera and captures the most amazing images of flowers you have ever seen.

In her own words:
My passion lies in showcasing the amazing details of our world, which is often overlooked in life’s rush.

Please visit my page about Bonnie Bruno at Squidoo:
Buy A Gift of Original Art!

Blue Delphinium Giclee Print

It has been so unbearably hot in Dixie the last two months. The bugs have been having a fiesta in my garden because the plants are so stressed.

As a result, I have not been caring for my growing garden. I have decided not to plant anything in the dirt until we get some rain and cooler weather. The violas are going to have to wait to find a home.

Until that wonderful season of autumn arrives, I am sending you a fun way to create a pop-up garden of your very own. If you know me, you might remember that I love pop-up books, so when I saw this project, I immediately loved it. Here is the link for an enchanting pop-up garden project for you and your flower starved family!

Pop-up Flower Garden

Found this fun project at http://www.enchantedlearning.com

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