Time to plant lettuce!

September 3, 2010

lettuce

Well, now that September has arrived, I am going to plant some lettuce. It is so very easy to grow here and I had lettuce almost all winter here in Dixie.

Here is some advice I read about planting seeds:
Seeds should always be planted at a depth of 2X the size of the seed. If your seed is very tiny, just sprinkle a little soft dirt on top, if your seeds are bigger, push them into the ground about twice as deep as they are tall. Some seeds such as lettuces will not require any covering at all, just sprinkle them on top of your prepared soil and lightly water them in.
The Tasteful Garden Growing Tips This company is located in Alabama, so I trust what they say about growing vegetables in the South.

Now I must go and dig in the dirt. You should do the same, but remember to wear a hat and sunblock.

If you need to plan a garden, let me recommend the following company:
Online Garden Planning Tool

They offer a 30 day free trial membership. Click on the link above. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Image above is from: GrowVeg Blog

NOW, go and dig in your dirt.

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Darlin’ Garden Decor

September 2, 2010

garden decor, garden stakes

With the heat here in Dixie, most of my plants have died and my garden is turning brown. If you are in the same boat, just add some color by making the cute craft to your dull garden.

This is a wonderful article that should give you some ideas for reviving your outdoor world. Handmade Plant and Garden Decor

If you think that you cannot copy this idea, then you can go to the Esty shop of Wickedly Wired to purchase one.

Now go dig in the dirt.

My First Mosaic Pot

August 9, 2010

mosaic pot

Mosaic Pot made at Aldridge Gardens in Hoover, Alabama

This past weekend I attended “Playful Mosaics: Can you Pique Assiette?” at Aldridge Botanical Gardens in Hoover, Alabama. See what I made? FYI “pique assiette” is a style of mosaic that incorporates pieces of broken ceramics into the design. I used a broken saucer, glass globs, tiles and buttons on my pot.

The instructor was Melanie Colvin. She is a mosaic artist that loves to share her expertise with the budding craftsperson. She is the one who suggested that I use the “black sage” color grout on my mosaic. I love it.

The mosaic class cost me $40 (member price). All supplies were included. I think it was a bargain.

mosaic pot craft

Detail of my mosaic pot

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pineapple coleslaw

My Mom (who died several years ago) used to make the best coleslaw for every family occasion. With Labor Day cookouts looming on the horizon, I would like to share an article I wrote with you. Coleslaw goes really well with any kind of BBQ meat!

Here is the link: Coleslaw 3 Different Ways.

Enjoy! After you read the article, go back and dig in the dirt.

Been Gone So Long!

July 31, 2010

Sorry I have not posted here in a few weeks, but a lot has been going on.

The most on-going event is that our Basset Hound, Howie has been missing since July 3rd. He was driven away that evening by one of our neighbors who was shooting fireworks (illegally, I will add) in the street behind our home. Most dogs are terribly frightened of these dangerous things. Unfortunately, most humans do not realize that fact. They just want to have fun. DANGEROUS and sometimes ILLEGAL Fun!

Basset Hound with children

Howie loved playing with the grandkids!

Well, how is my garden growing?

Not too well. It has been dry and hot here in the Heart of Dixie.

I pulled up one of my tomato plants because of blight. I did get the stinkbugs under control using purchased insecticidal soap. I have also squashed a few horned tomato worms

horned tomato worm

Difficult to see Horned Tomato Worm

cloudy spot on tomatoes caused by stink bugs

Caused by stink bugs.

It has been unbearably hot here in the southland! It is only the first week of “summer” and the temps are in the 90’s. What does that mean? It is too hot for us Boomer-aged gardeners to keep an eye on the veggies growing, so the pests are having a ball! A garden party!

It is still too soon to know if I have a handle on the “yellowing leaves” thing, but who cares about that? I have a tomato that looks just like the ones in the picture above. (I found the picture on the Aggie Horticulture website). I also saw the BUG that causes that “cloudy spot”. It is a stink bug. There is one in the picture, too. Below is a bigger one that is more detailed.

Stink Bug

A stink bug can do more than stink up a garden!

I have done the research and most sites say to use an insecticidal soap. Well, mine ran out and I have not had good results with the home-made concoctions, so Home Depot will be seeing me tomorrow.

And as if yellowing leaves and cloudy spot are not enough, I think the squirrels have found my maters. There have been tiny bites on the sweetest green tomatoes on one of my plants. I am trying undiluted vinegar sprayed on the plant. I read about this on Organic Pest Control on Tips.net. This site also suggested using crushed jalapeno peppers, but I do not have any. Will let you know what happens.

Now go dig in your dirt–if it is not too hot outside!

I know, you are thinking,” it is a yellow tomato plant.”  However, the leaves are not supposed to be yellow, too.

What to do? Go to my old standby http://www.Squidoo.com! I am somewhat of a “tomato expert”, but I do not know everything–well, actually, I cannot remember everything I read. (“Why remember information when you can go find it?” I say!)

As coincidence, I had just read a wonderful article by Suzy_T, “10 Tomato Plant Problems”.

Can you guess, my problem was at the top of the list!

That night a friend called me and said, “The leaves on my tomato plant are curling up! What does that mean?” I sent her the link to that very article.

Suzy_T wrote a wonderful lens (article in Squidoo language) about the ten most common problems you might have with your tomato plants. I have experienced them all. But, like I said, too often I cannot remember what I did about them.

When I first started growing tomatoes, I had some years of successes (accidental, I am sure) and some really bad years when I only got one tomato off a plant that I spent $2.00 for! I had given up–almost!

In 2008, I grew some really nice plants and had such fun learning how to do it correctly.

The next year, my garden was really turning out the tomatoes–in containers and in the raised be my hubby built. I even wrote several “lenses” about my experiences. (Grow Great Tomatoes in Pots!; My Small Vegetable Garden; Tomato Planting and Growing Tips and my very first The Best Tomato and Cheese Sandwich.)

My yellowing leaves are probably a result of low nitrogen. Suzy recommended I add manure or compost. I do not have a compost pile, so I bought some Moo-neur.

I also boughtBonide 931 Garden Dust on the recommendation of the article by Suzy_T:

I found some at my local Home Depot, but it was not in the “spray dust” bottle.  I wish it had been.  Instead I mixed 1 Tablespoon of the dust in 1 quart of H20 and sprayed it on my plant. (I had to look up the formula on a website).
We shall see. I hope the combination of the manure and the spray will do the trick.

Yellow leaves on tomato plant

What to do?

We shall see what happens. I had such luck with the Lemon Boy last year, I would hate to loose it.

Now, go dig in some dirt!

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