Archive for May, 2013

  • Garden pictures

    May 29th, 2013 | Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cucumber, Honey Dew, My Garden, Peppers, Tomatoes, Watermelon | Melanie | 11 Comments

    I am regularly picking cucumbers about every day. I picked five large ones today and made zippy cucumbers. I slightly peeled and sliced them and added vinegar and sugar with fresh dill and salt and pepper. I chilled them and we had them tonight with dinner. They were delish! I planted pickling cucumbers this season. […]

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  • One purple leaf

    May 28th, 2013 | Sweet Potatoes | Melanie | 4 Comments

    One thing I have noticed about my sweet potato plants is their one purple leaf. The newest leaf is purple and it slowly turns green just in time for a new purple leaf to pop up. I have often wished I had a time-lapse camera on my garden because everything grows so quickly. I have […]

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  • Waiting for flower blooms

    May 27th, 2013 | Flowers, My Garden, Tomatoes | Melanie | 4 Comments

    A few months ago I decided to dedicate a box to just flowers. The sunflowers are getting so tall and the zinnias are thriving also. The sunflower leaves are huge, I can’t wait to see the flowers! The sweet peas aren’t growing much and I should have gone by the package directions and saved them […]

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  • My first blackberry this season

    May 24th, 2013 | Blackberries | Melanie | 4 Comments

    Two days ago I was so happy to see the berry I have been watching turn from green to red to purple was ready to be picked! I was excited until I picked it and turned it over to find a squirrel had beat me to it! I am blaming all suspicious activity on the […]

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  • How to share the extra

    May 23rd, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 1 Comment

    Do you ever have too much food from your garden and don’t have enough neighbors to share it with? If so, this website might be perfect for you! Yesterday I received an email for Emily Fulmer with She writes: “ is basically a free online tool for backyard and community gardeners….when they have more […]

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  • Sweet potatoes thriving

    May 21st, 2013 | My Garden, Sweet Potatoes | Melanie | 2 Comments

    I ordered my sweet potato plants online and they arrived in great shape. I bought 12 plants for $13 but received 18 plants! I probably have planted them too close to each other, but last year I wish I would have planted more, so I will see. They seem to love their new home. I […]

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  • Saturday harvest

    May 20th, 2013 | Blackberries, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Green beans, My Harvests, Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes | Melanie | 23 Comments

    Saturday I harvested green beans, celery, squash, one lone tomato, swiss chard, cucumbers, and the last of the cauliflower. One of the hardest parts of growing things is saying goodbye to a plant. Most are easy to pull – when the harvest is over, but my celery just kept on growing! I didn’t realize it […]

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  • Facinating onions and more

    May 17th, 2013 | Basil, Cucumber, My Garden, Okra, Onions, Peppers, Tomatoes | Melanie | 7 Comments

    Here are a few pictures I recently took in my garden. The weather here in Texas has started to get warm, so my garden is really growing. My basil was tiny sprouts back on March 31st and just six weeks later it is a small healthy plant. My first spring cucumber is a little misshapen […]

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  • My new granddaugther!

    May 16th, 2013 | Random Stuff | Melanie | 8 Comments

    Few things in life are as much fun or amazing as being a grandmother. My new baby granddaughter was born a few weeks ago and is so precious. My grandma name is Mimi. The story behind the name is my oldest child had a little blanket that I made for her. It was made of […]

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  • Flowers and backberries

    May 15th, 2013 | Blackberries, Flowers, My Garden | Melanie | 2 Comments

    I have never grown flowers before, but after planting some bulbs in my winter garden, I decided to dedicate a box just for flowers. It will be nice this summer to have flowers in vases to decorate the house and I am going to love seeing them in my garden. I planted sweet pea, sunflower […]

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