Monday, April 18, 2016

Seeds and Other Trivial Matters



One week after planting seeds, and getting all kinds of rain, the sun occasionally popping out; some of my seeds started sprouting. 
 
Here’s a brief look at some of the Purple Podded Pole Beans, and my Kentucky Wonder Bush.



The cucumbers are coming in nicely.  Eventually when they reach about 2 inches, I will thin each ceramic pot out allowing the healthy seedling the appropriate space to grow.



My Yukon Gold potatoes were also planted last week, and with all the rain, one of the tires had a little seedling popping out of the soil.  I went to place straw over the top of the seedling, and when I placed my hand down in the tire, a baby copperhead snake came out of the soil at the edge of the tire and attempted to get my hand.  I dropped everything, and ran over to get my shovel.  By the time I got back that darn copperhead went back into the soil, down in a hole.  Now I’m going to really have to be careful around my tires, and carry the shovel with me at all times.  




Here’s a picture of my strawberries.  I got rid of some of the old plants, and planted new ones in place of the old ones.  This season, I down-sized everything in my garden…..including the strawberries.


As you can see the strawberry plants are already producing strawberries, not enough to harvest and put away….YET!!!!



Here’s a picture of the volunteer cabbage plants which continued to grow through the winter.  I’m waiting to see if they’ll grow large enough to harvest.



In addition to the cabbage, I also have volunteer celery.  Part of the celery died off with the cold winter, the other part decided to continue to flourish.  It looks like I’ll be able to harvest a good bunch of celery to eat for the next several weeks.  



Here are last year’s chives, still growing and are now starting to seed.
My next post, I’ll talk about the tomato and pepper plants we’ve planted in the raised beds and the herbs which continue to grow from last season.



I also completed two more crochet blankets, and several dish cloths to add to my kitchen collection.  Here’s a picture of one of the finished blankets.  I’m not showing the other larger blanket, because it’s meant as a gift to my sister.  My sister reads my blog; I don’t want her seeing the completed project…..she’ll have to wait :-)


 
Other updates, Bulldog Man will be going in for another MRI on his lower spine tomorrow.  About 1 ½ weeks ago he bent down to pickup his backpack for work, and when he did, he pulled his back.  Bulldog Man is a disabled veteran, we knew somewhere down the line he would have to have additional surgeries.  We’ve been trying to put them off as long as possible.  Now we need to see what’s going on, and meet with the neurosurgeon to determine a plan of action.  No complaints, life continues on. 
Blessings!




26 comments:

  1. Hey Sweetie.... first off prayers for BDM. I really hope it's not too bad. Hugs also sent to you both.

    Now those are some good looking veggies coming up. Our corn is now about ankle high. Please send some of that rain our way. I'm fearful of another drought this summer.

    Much love sent to you all xoxoxoxo

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    1. PS: also love the blanket and crochet items..my mama used to crochet all kinds of things. I've wanted to learn knitting. I think it would be useful to know

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    3. JUGM,

      Thank you, I just hope the garden survives all of this rain. I can send you rain.....in fact, I will go out and do an Indian dance to send rain your direction. I've learned the basics of knitting but still have issues with holding them darn needles :-)
      Sending hugs and love to you, Senior, and your Boys.

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  2. All the stuff your growing looks good. I want hear about your pepper plants as we are attempting to grow some this spring. Plan on getting our row of Okra in this week. Hope BDM gets some help for that back. I feel pains in my back everyday too.

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    1. Mr. Joe,
      Thank you! Sounds like a plan, I should have a post soon on my peppers. We love okra, fried or in gumbo. Can't stand the sliminess. So far our primary doc is sending us directly to the surgeon to see what he thinks. Joe, I know this pain is no fun, and you just keep on keeping on and deal with the pain. Hang in there my friend :-) Have you tried water therapy to help your back?? I'm not sure what the surgeon will suggest. We will here from him soon I hope.

      Sending hugs and love to you and yours.
      Your Friends
      Sandy and Bulldog Man

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  3. Sweet Sandy - please tell BDMan to try and take it easy until he sees the doc. if he's done additional damage we don't want him to do anymore. and i will pray that it is nothing too serious and that the doc can help him out.

    your chives already have flowers and seeds????ours are just poking their heads out of the ground! you have a lot of stuff coming up and that is sooo exciting!

    keep giving us updates and pics - i love seeing what other people are doing, how they are doing it, etc.

    sending much love to my Sweet Angel! your friend,
    xoxox

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      I sure will!!! No I don't want him to do any more damage to his back. He's done enough in his military years. Were waiting on an appointment with the neurosurgeon.

      Yes, these chives continued to grow from last seasons plantings. They survived the winter and continue through to this season. I'm going to snatch up the seeds soon.

      I sure will give you updates, and I look forward to your updates from the greenhouse and eventually from the soil :-)

      Sending hugs and love to you and Jam.

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  4. That would sure be scary with that copperhead. Stay safe

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    1. Sue,

      Sweetie they seem to like my garden. This isn't the first year I've had them. I just need to be aware of my surroundings and bring my shovel or my gun to kill them off. Thanks :-)

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  5. So glad here all I have for snakes are Garter's. They love the garden tires too, but its not like they're a huge worry!

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    1. Ruth,

      That's a good thing for you!!! Yes, snakes seem to be attracted the them.....I'm guessing the heat???
      We have a few Garter snakes too. I just keep aware of everything around me to avoid getting bit.

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  6. If those cabbages overwintered, they will probably go to seed, and not get any bigger. Cabbage is a biannual.

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    1. W,

      These cabbages didn't grow last season until winter hit. Then they started forming the actual head. I'll be happy to get seeds.

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  7. If your husband does as well as your garden, he will be healed in no time.

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    1. Gail,

      We can only hope :-)
      Sending hugs and love your way.

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  8. I can't believe how far ahead you are! Everything in your garden looks wonderful. Copperheads? EEK! I'd be gardening in chain mail. Hope your dear BDM can fix his back without surgery. My thoughts are with you.

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    1. Susan,

      I'm not too far ahead....just a little :P
      Thank you sweetie, I'm trying to keep a small garden this season. Yes, Copperheads.....I hate them. The small ones are very dangerous if they bite you. So far it looks like our doctor is sending Bulldog Man directly to the neurosurgeon. We know of Bulldog Man's injuries from the military. The doctors in the military told him to put off surgery as long as you possibly can. Well I guess it's time. He's already had one on his spine, and needs 2 more just on the spine. Then there's other areas where he's going to need surgery as well.

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  9. Wow! Looks like you really have a green thumb, great start this year. Sorry to hear about BDM. I have a ruptured disk and two herniated ones. You can live with it but he'll have to do things much differently. Things like splitting firewood is out!

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    1. Hey Mike,

      Thanks! It's green for now. Were expecting all kinds of rain, we will see how long the plants remain alive. Hopefully they won't have root rot.
      I'm thinking the doctor will have to rebuild his lower spine and work on those disks. As for splitting wood, that's why we have 20 something boys :-) We will put them to work!!!

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  10. Enjoyed your garden tour a lot! What fun to see so much good, healthy, nutritious food growing. Keep the updates coming. I love to see other people's gardens and since I can't do a personal, on location tour . . . :o]

    As far as the snakes go, I'm not as brave as you are. Shovel? Heck, more like grenades for me!

    Saying a little prayer Bulldog Man's upcoming tests come out as well as possible.

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    1. Mama Pea,

      Thank you sweetie!!! I would love to eat all healthy stuff but that doesn't always work :P

      Yes a shovel works well as long as the snake doesn't lunge at you. A gun works really good (evil grin).

      Thank you dear friend for your prayers. Our doctor received the MRI results, called us, and referred us directly to the neurosurgeon. Were waiting on that appointment.
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  11. Wow looking really good there Sandy!!!!

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  12. Thank you Sis, love the throw! I used it Sunday evening on the couch where I read and drank my cup of tea. I enjoyed the weekend, your visit was nice. Be safe this week with all the weather. Love ya'll.

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  13. Your garden is doing great! I so want to get some strawberries planted, sigh, maybe next year. I sure hope Bull Dog Man feels better soon. Back problems are the worst!

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