Thursday, June 5, 2014

Magic Gardening, Lavender, & Surprise Visitor



The Farmer’s Almanac states celery is tricky to grow, and it will not tolerate heat, and can be hard to transplant.  As you know, I reside in Oklahoma, where temperatures can vary from the low 30s in the spring with highs in the 70s; to summer temperatures that start as low as the 60s, and rise up to a potential high of 117+ degrees.



Being the smart person that I am, I tried growing celery from seeds the last two years, with no results.  

Then I read on Pinterest you could cut the bottoms off of a stalk of celery purchased from a store, and place each end in a bowl of water to grow roots.  After purchasing celery from the farmers’ market, and the health store, I cut the bottoms off, and placed the ends in water to grow roots.  After growing roots, I planted each end directly in my garden box.  I water the celery twice a day.  I covered it with bird netting to keep the birds away from the celery, and I had to spray the celery twice with a mixture of water, alcohol, and Dawn soap to keep the bugs away from them. 

At the present time, I have 3 beautiful full stocks growing tall in my garden box.  I’ve harvested stalks as needed, for soups and salads; I’ve even eaten stalks directly out of the garden while tending to it.  Hey, what can a girl do; when you’re working in the garden and you’re hungry, grab a convenient, healthy snack……………………a celery stalk.  


As evidence that celery does grow easily (not by seeds) and in hot locations, look at my celery as proof.



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The last time we went into the big city, we stopped off at Whole Foods.  Bulldog Man purchased, for me, a really nice Lavender plant.  All the flowers are in bloom and smell wonderful.   This got me thinking; I haven’t had Lavender Jelly since I was a kid.  Maybe I should attempt to make some?  Now I need to find a nice recipe. Does anyone have a recipe for Lavender Jelly??




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After dropping Bulldog Man off at work yesterday, I came home, parked the truck, and started walking the property, picking up broken limbs, and trash, which blew in on the property.  When I walked past the west side of the house, I glanced at the trees up along the house, just to see how much work would be needed for branch trimming.  I came across this squirrel, lying out across the window sill, cooling off from the heat.  It’s a safe place; the squirrel was well hidden, thanks to the trees.  No one would have even seen him, unless of course, you walked on that side of the house.  


Yes, I walked there, and the look on the squirrel’s face was priceless.  I guess he figured if he lay there real still, that I wouldn’t see him.  BUSTED!!!!!  As soon as I took his picture, he took off, looking back to see if I was following him.

18 comments:

  1. Heh busting the local wildlife is always fun isn't it :)

    If I ever have a mind to grow celery I know just how to accomplish it now. Thanks!!!

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  2. PP,

    I don't mind the wildlife hanging around as long as their not causing a problem. Like creating homes in my house, digging up or eaten my garden. If this happens then I have no choice but to do something about it.

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  3. Lavender jelly, hugh? I just put in another lavender plant this year (my last one died from the past winter's cold). Looking forward to anybody with a recipe!

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    1. Carolyn,

      Yes.....lavender jelly. It's little different but really nice.
      Funny, my lavender plants don't really last long. It has to be the climate here where we live. I'm looking forward to finding a nice recipe myself.

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    2. sweet Sandy - i was just on a recipe site somewhere and saw a recipe for lavender jelly that looked so much better than the other recipes i have seen for it - it looked really delicious. of course, i forgot to copy it or bookmark it, thinking i would just go back and find it....and have now spent 20 minutes looking for it and, of course - can't find it! give me this evening to go back through my old searches to try and find it for you.

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    3. Sweet Kymber,

      If you find it I would love to have that recipe. If not, then I will continue to look at recipes I've found on the net and in books.

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  4. Sandy brilliant idea for the celery it looks good. Lavender jelly I have heard of it. That reminds me I am loving your Cookbook and magazines you mailed me and I cannot wait to try some of the canning soon.I am very excited about that. Thank you so much. The squirrel is so cute. Have a nice weekend. Hug B

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    1. B,

      Thanks B!!! I believe lavender jelly is a European thing.
      I'm glad you're enjoying the cookbook and magazines.
      You're very welcome. Isn't that squirrel adorable even though they can be a nuisance. Have a great weekend, hugs back to you.
      Sandy

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  5. I'm glad your celery came up; I know my mom always got frustrated with it.

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    1. Rev. Paul,
      When I planted the celery seeds they never came up. I've had better luck planting the ends of celery bought.

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  6. I'm really glad to read this about the celery. I tried from seed once too, with the same results. And I've been thinking about trying lavender jelly this year too. Love that lavender!

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    1. Leigh,

      I never seem to have luck with celery seeds. However, when I cut the end off of celery I buy from the farmers market and place it in water to root and then plant I end up with some beautiful celery.

      Thanks, I love lavender. Great minds think a like on making lavender jelly.

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  7. Sweet Sandy - after reading about the celery on your blog, i took a nappa cabbage and tried the same thing - it worked like a charm. this year however, i think it's because of the greenhouse, i have sprouted 4 actual looking celery plants for the first time!!! however next time i get a good organic celery, iam plopping that baby into a bowl of water and transplanting it. see my comment back to up under Carolyn's comment about lavender jelly - as soon as i re-find that recipe, i will send it to you. i plan on growing a ton of lavender this year, too, and will definitely want to make some jelly.

    that little squirrel knew he had been BUSTED! bahahahahaha! much love, always, to you and yours Sandy! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      I'm happy to hear your nappa cabbage worked out the same way I handled my celery ends. Get your hands on some of organic celery and chop the ends off to start your own celery.

      Let me know if you find the lavender jelly recipe girl.

      Sending hugs and love to you and Jambaloney.
      Sandy

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  8. Cute....luv lavender and the celery looks great!

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    1. M.E.,

      Thank you!! Lavender holds a special place in my heart.

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  9. Great shot of the squirrel, Sandy!
    Thanks for the celery tip too.
    I need to try that, for sure.

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  10. I loved the squirrel shot.

    I shall have to try that with celery.

    Have a great evening.

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