Category Archives: gardening


Don’t feel sorry for me that my potatoes are small. That’s what I planted.

Oops, I turned the camera the wrong way, but I think you get the idea.

It doesn’t take much to cook up little spuds.

Boiling some in heavily salted water for 30 minutes and then let dry. You have a nice vegetable or snack. By the way, you keep the skins on. If you tried to peel them there wouldn’t be anything left.

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I do like daylilies, especially since they are pretty and come back every year.

I also like to find a surprise in my flower garden. Like the time I came upon this little frog friend.

A toad hopped near my feet this morning, but it didn’t stay around for me to get its photo.

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A special BLT

Summer brings great vegetables, but most take months to grow. I’ve been craving a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, but had no homegrown tomatoes.

There are tomatoes on my plants, but it will take a couple weeks before I get any red enough to eat.

These tomatoes need a little weeding, too.

I continue to crave my BLT. Lucky for me my friend, Kathy, brought me a few little cherry tomatoes. I cut these into three pieces each and created my first BLT sandwich of the season.

The only trouble using cherry tomatoes is that pieces often slip out when you are eating.

The sandwich has to be held firmly, or risk losing one of the important ingredients, the tomato.

It was worth the trouble. I totally enjoyed my lunch and look forward to a time when I can step out my backdoor and pick a tomato for another BLT sandwich–or just to sink my teeth into one fresh homegrown fruit.

My tomatoes can’t come soon enough. I’m drooling for one right now. But that’s how the garden grows.

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New garden sink

It was delivered by UPS yesterday.

Not too hard to put together except for banging the fittings in place on the metal legs.

I thought this would come in handy when kids and grandkids are visiting. They could use this for washing up outside.

The trouble is that it just gushes water out the bottom, so if you are not careful, you’ll have wet feet–also the faucet swings about too easily so that could get you wet, too.

I’m trying to think of a way to add a bit of hose so I can direct the drain water into the flower bed or grass.

At least I got it together….I think. There’s usually something I didn’t do right, but I have faith that one of my kids will figure out where I went wrong.

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