✿.•Gratitude Today and Gardening .•✿

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I fell off my bicycle almost 4 weeks ago, yesterday I had the inaugural ride and it felt a little scary and unsure at first. I decided to ride with my dorky helmet and that is was better to be safe than sorry. I was watching for every gravelled area and going around every fallen pine cone. It reminded me of being a kid again, once you got back on and rode again it was a little scary but got better as time when on. It felt good, and I am glad I got back up on that horse as some would say. I had my best friend which is my hubby riding along beside me as we both rode a little slower this time. I think it may take a few more times before I venture out alone again to bring up my confidence. I had my arm brace on just for safety since it is almost healed now.

I love this idea to recycle pallets to a raised garden bed and looks so easy.  You find these all over the place being thrown out so instead of buying one and very creative.  We have a lovely garden spider who controls some of the bugs in the garden. I had a surprise of a beautiful web as I was harvesting. When we have gone out to our garden to fetch our produce we have noticed some of those small bugs that are nuisance and like our squash and cucumber plants have come back this year they are hidden under the leaves so for those that have that problem as well here is a nice article and a home remedy natural way to fight them off: http://wellnessmama.com/2524/organic-gardening-natural-pest-prevention-and-control/

Gardening is always a learning process and here is a nice reference article from Mother Earth News on Garden Management: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/garden-management-summer-garden-zmaz09jjzraw.aspx#axzz2adZDvJO7

If you happen to have an over abundance of vegetables here is a nice article on how to freeze your fresh veggies: http://www.homesteadsurvivalist.com/2013/05/5-step-to-freeze-fresh-vegetables-from.html

Don’t be afraid to try new vegetables as we will have our fall planting soon coming up. Remember it is good to start to condition your soil and keep turning in your compost as well as your coffee grounds.

When we dig out our summer crops as they are slowing down and put in our fall crops here is a great link to fall crops planting times and what to plant per area: http://www.southernstates.com/articles/winter-vegetables.aspx

This chart helps and shows what to plant during what months and a good reference for any gardener: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331_pdf.pdf

When Available Chart: This is good if you buy produce at the local farmers markets this shows when it is in season and we all know fruits and veggies taste best if in season: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/pdf/producechart.pdf

The best place to find God is in a Garden. you can dig for him there. George Bernard Shaw~

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein~

❀❀❀Until Next Time Happy Gardening~!❀❀❀

July Heat Wave and Wrenched Wrists☮ ❤ ☼

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It started out to be a wonderful Sunny ☼ Day perfect for a nice Bicycle Ride with my hubby, but unfortunately I fell off my bike as I tried to go up a small curb. It is much different when you are almost 57 then when you are 5 years old, it definitely seems longer to heal. Things like this always seem to happen in slow motion when you are falling and it appears at that point you are wishing you didn’t try to go up that curb or whatever it was that you were trying at the time. I am going into 2nd week of wrenched wrists and got a little banged up but am thankful it wasn’t worse. Things you take for granted, like brushing your hair and getting dressed. I wasn’t embarrassed until I got back from the orthopaedic doctor to realize there was a huge knot in the back of my hair, oh well. Lesson learned if it looks too high don’t risk it to try to go over it. I was a surfer, took chances, but now I am finding I am being a bit more careful nowadays. I will ride my bike again but no dare-devil stuff as my grown kids say. Lol.

We have been hit with a heat wave this July straight temps this week good time to be inside in a/c or swimming. My granddaughters both had birthdays in July so it ended being a good present from us of a swimming pool. When you go to water your garden, it is best to go out early to water or late afternoon. We have it set up so our well water is hooked up to an elevated sprinkler so it gets all the garden in the afternoon. In this heat it is important to make sure you water your plants and vegetables especially in a heat wave, but make sure you don’t do it in the middle of the day it will shock them.

Here is a DIY planter Water Reservoir: http://dabbletree.vrya.net/content.php?p=22

I have this week been able to get out and get some produce and today I am making a delicious homemade vegetable soup recipe with the items from our garden, it is a great immune booster and so healthy for your body. I was also able to use some other veggies we had leftover from this weeks dinner. I started with an organic Vegetable broth and have added in onions, carrots, tomatoes, squash, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, noodles, celery, basil, green beans.

I found this to be helpful information on what plants and flowers that help deter mosquitos: video from WVEC TV: http://www.wvec.com/my-city/norfolk/MOSQUITO-REPELLENT-PLANTS-214623671.html

With our beloved pets, we have to keep in mind during this heat to bring them inside make sure they have plenty of water. Don’t leave your animals in an enclosed vehicle.

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

Happy Gardening til next time~☮ ❤ ☼

•*””*°Good Food=Good Health•*””*°Happy July 4th•*””*°

Leo with cabbage

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This past weekend consisted of working in the garden, weeding, we managed to get in a bikeride, and rerouted the vine plants to grow up the arbors and enjoyed our 2nd bountiful harvest which we are very grateful for. The photo is lacking one large cucumber, we picked after photo since I found it before rerouting vines since it was hidden in the growth.  It always amazes me to see what lovely harvest a garden can bring with a little attention and lovingly care. 

If you have vine plants such as cucumbers, green beans, squash, sometimes they will need your help at first to grow up your arbors and to prevent rot and disease from laying on the ground. 

We enjoyed some of our harvest for dinner last evening on the grill we cut up our fresh tomatoes, 2 types of squash, and onions, and peppers with slivers of carrot added in with extra virgin olive oil and put in aluminium foil on the grill it was as always delicious. Dessert was fresh blueberries off our blueberry bush, along with some strawberries.  Good food equals good health and fresher the better, home grown or from farmers markets or stores that sell fresh produce. 

Hope you all enjoy your 4th of July! Here are some creative ideas for recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipes/holidays-and-events/4th-of-july/

Congratulations to Leo from McLean, VA, on growing a
21.6 lb cabbage as part of his 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. His secret? “We used compost and fresh fish guts under the plant as fertilizer. It was the biggest thing I ever grew.” Way to grow, Leo!

Pick and harvest your veggies for Peak Flavor nice article from Mother Earth News: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/pick-for-peak-flavor.aspx

This is a pretty cool link to show you how to grow strawberries out of an old garden boot: http://www.gardeningworld.org/2013/05/how-to-grow-strawberry-in-old-garden.html

How to make your own Natural GingerAle: http://wellnessmama.com/8945/natural-ginger-ale/

Ways to freeze and blanche fresh veggies: http://www.homesteadsurvivalist.com/2013/05/5-step-to-freeze-fresh-vegetables-from.html

My point in writing this blog is to encourage others to grow a garden and to give them points in doing so. Anyone can grow one it is good for your health, and is so rewarding for several seasons.

Happy Gardening til Next time~Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ•*´¯`*•. Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” 
―    Robert Lynd