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Urban Gardening in unnatural heat... Why Not?

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Showing posts with label pumpkin. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

To (?) What in a hen Basket?

     As you know I  waited all day for the compost bin to arrive, I even waited to post yesterday, because I wanted pictures of it.
    Of course, after I  post a short blog, the bin arrived at  my doorstep... go figure!
             Without further aduex (is that how you spell it?) 

   Well, introducing my added work horse to keep my yard in check....

    Compost Bin From City of Mesa....
Compost bin/ Modified street garbage can

convenient lid  for covering and cooking

bottomless pit ( I mean, bin,  bottomless bin, for air circulation, Yea! That's it! see!)

   Not complaining in any aspect of the word, I think, the city had to think of something for these cans to keep them for hitting the landfill... Good Idea! Yes?

   Now lets see if they are to work as intended...Hmmm, inquiring minds want to know!


      When I say to **** in a hen basket, it really did go to **** yesterday...

   It was so Hot, (HOW HOT WAS IT?) It was so hot that some of my plants are turning into jerky..., 

   It isn't that they aren't getting enough water, or was really, to windy,  just look at the damage the heat has done to some of my flowers.

one day of heat...

Jus' can't hang! Get it!... It is in a hanging basket! jus' kiddin'

Honorary Jerkied plants, of any plant, I thought that this one would be able to hang out!
   One good day of rain, and Mother Nature decides to get payment!! LOL!


   So about two or three days ago I did a post on My beautiful lettuce experiment, I thought all was going well,

   Think again Partner...,

Some one brought lunch

   Oh!! Wait!.... Lunch was already there for them...

"Before" Mesclun Mix
"After" Mesclun Mix
"Before" Grand Rapids
"After " Grand Rapids
   Now, What In the World is doing this???   And In..  A Day?     Are they Crazy?  Am I? Well, Yea, it was proven....

ha!ha!ha!          But that is another story altogether...

   I haven't a clue what to do about this!  HELP! Any thoughts? Maybe it's too late, huh?

   I start back to a regular work routine on Friday, and my eyes won't be on this garden like it should be.. I just hope that it will be fine, after seeing this go on... Isshhhh!!!!


   The two veggies that are being awesome and troopers through all this heat... are?.... And THE PRIZE goes to


This is starting to get size, look it's expanding and it is very happy!  Right on track...

One of birdhouse Gourds
   The bird house gourds are very happy too! It has reached the first row of the bamboo screen... it's right on course. 

   Hooray for them!.

   Through thick and thin they troop on.... their leaves are expanding on!!!
Can you hear me cheering,...

    Okay I'm not very good at it, but you can't quell my excitement......!

   So, Now, I have work to do, What you ask?  Placing the work horse in it's, ummm... stall, ya! Where it should be! lol!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Basil, Carrots, flowers & bees....

           What a humid day today is!  The garden is loving it...
 As I was watering my beauties, I noticed that my Dark Opal Purple is sprouting!

From this!!!!

   I know! You really can't see them unless you know what your looking for,
but they are there and, they will be beautiful!

to this soon

I have had so much success so far, Thank You Mother Nature.

*Green Beans
 *Both Basil

   Now for my Elephant Ear, and green onions...  Tomatoes and cucumbers last but certainly not least my zucchini which needs to show it's strength... Oh I can't forget my bird house gourds..

Look at the Bees,                         I am so happy!

And so are they!!!

"All" of the basil are being LOVED on by the bees... Busy as a bee... as it were.

Look See!

The back row of Green Beans
Perfect little pumpkins
 So looking at my green beans and pumpkin, they are doing an amazing job of growing before my eyes.

Do you agree?


I pulled a carrot...  this is what I got!

   It looks confused!      Doesn't it?

   From My understanding when carrots do this, the soil isn't loose enough... I can see that what I thought of  my soil, isn't true, is it? 

   I will be pulling them this week instead. I want to make a carrot confiture, but I need cognac, which I don't have.

So off to market..

Dehydrating egg plants --

    I have so many eggplants... I am swimming in them... well not really, but I am overloaded with them.
So dehydrating is the next best thing...

    Slice eggplants a half inch thick ...  dehydrate at 100°  for 20 hrs.
when leathery, store in container and in a cool dry place.

    Rehydrate in boiling water for 30 min. Then drain.
How easy is that....

 Great link...  and sight!


   On to drying Basil too... well as soon as I harvest them... (Need to harvest like yesterday),, but the bees love it so...

Everybody is very happy today!

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