How My Garden Grows ~ Mid June 2012 ~ Reno, Nevada

My small garden has taken off with the warm nights and hot days we’ve been having lately here in Reno!

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Barrel full of Red Onions

Potatoes, Chives, Thyme, Oregano, Tarragon, Rosemary, and Catnip.

Beets…lots of them with garlic to the right and some more onions in front.

3 types of zucchinis on the left with a bunch of beans on the right.

Sugar Peas…there are carrots to the left.

BABY zucs!

Back right ~ japanese eggplant, Left ~ cucumbers, Front ~ pumpkins

Big box has oodles of heirloom tomatoes, two containers on the left have tomatillos.

Lots of different peppers and one basil.

Grapes…lots of grapes forming on the very old vine.

Pears are getting larger…branches are starting to droop.

Weekend in Photographs ~ Garden, Birds, and Bees…Fabric too!

It’s windy, cloudy, and my left sinus is killing me so I thought I’d just post a few photos I took over the weekend.

A few Denyse Schmidt fabrics in 1/3 yard cuts that I got at Joann's.

Part of my haul from Garden Spot in Sparks...Bee Balm, Dill, Sweet Marjoram, Orange Thyme...Thank you Groupon, $40 for $20!

Tarragon and Chives I planted in one of my old enameled pots. Catnip behind it, Thyme and Oregano to the left, taters in the barrel.

Taters are growing! Taters are growing!

Bee on what I think is an Oregon Grape/Barberry bush...at Crystal Peak Park in Verdi, NV.

Bees were loving the pretty yellow flowers! Loading themselves down with pollen!

Goldfinch along the Truckee River at Crystal Peak Park, Verdi, NV.

My Irises are starting to bloom in the front yard.

It’s Monday…am back from vaction…WAAAAAHHH!

Took last Thursday and Friday off from work…stayed home. I wasn’t at work so it was a vacation to me! :)

Not only did I make 3 4×4 veggie boxes…but I partially filled them with horse poo (a co-worker lives on 40+ acres and has lots to share! :)) Since I’m renting a house on a third acre now, I thought I’d start out smaller than what I had at our old house. I’ll have some extra containers for tomatoes and potatoes.

Started my herbs over the weekend too…2 oreganos, 2 basils, marjoram, summer savory, chamomile, dill, and not an herb…tomatillos.

It was in the 80′s over the weekend…and it will be in the 40′s by tomorrow. I think I’ve told you this before…but…I HATE SPRINGTIME IN NEVADA. I’ve been through 30 years of them and I just hate the yo-yo weather.

I received my order from Connecting Threads on Friday! Fat Quarters and some extra yards of a few in the Antoinette Line.

A Fons & Porter Design Wall…something that I have put off buying for several years, and now I can’t figure out why I would have waited that long! I love it! Who’d thunk it?!

And for a present to myself…a Sara ConeFlower Thread Holder made by Paul’s Metal Petals in Minnesota! OMG! It’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL and works great. It’s handmade out of recycled steel, welded together into one solid piece. My old sewing machine, the Jamone 6500P (RIP), had a built-in thread holder…but the Janome Threadbanger does not, and the thread would get tangled now and again. Not any more! :) If you have the extra money…I’d say TREAT YOURSELF to this BEAUTY! Besides…it’s made in MINNESOTA, USA! Thanks, Paul!

I know I don’t have a cone with this, but I didn’t have a way to use a thread cone with this machine.

Now to Hannah’s quilt…I picked out a Star from Star’s by Magic…and then decided the Jacob’s Ladder would look cool (and an easy block to make!) with the Star. It looked great on the design wall. Then I sewed the blocks together and my stars lost some points and if you follow the sequence of pictures you will see how I added a purple triangle onto the stars to make the Jacob’s Ladder flow…only they ended up smaller than the ladder. :) Glad I read the forward in the Liberated Quilting book before ~ even with these mistakes, I think Hannah will love the quilt.

I just need to add a border, machine quilt it, and put on the binding. Green or Purple border…what do you think?!

What the quilt was going to look like at first:

With the added purple triangles on the Stars to fill-in the Jacobs Ladder.

All sewn together…just waiting for me to decide to add a purple or green border.

Now I’m back at work and my head hurts…eye is twitching…and a certain person here makes me feel like how Clouseau made Chief Inspector Dreyfus feel. I FEEL FOR YOU DREYFUS!

August 2009 Garden Update ~ Sparks, Nevada

Well…it’s almost the end of August and here is what is left of my garden. I don’t think it produced as well as last year, but I tried different plants than last.

Cucumbers…I’ve oodles of cucumbers. The best producing ones have been the Lemon and the Homemade Pickles. Both I bought as seedlings from the UNCE Plant Sale, and that particular Master Gardener got her seeds from Botanical Interests in Colorado.

Cucumber ~ Homemade Pickles Seeds

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They have made many many many pints and quarts of pickles (picture shows lemon and homemade cucs):

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Lemon Cucumber Seeds ~ These are tasty little cucumbers!

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Spacemaster Cucumbers round out my cucumber plants. It's not producing as many as the other two...but supplies us with great cucs to slice into salads and add with red onions and vinegar.

Squash...I've diddly-squat in the squash department. Squash bugs ate my whole crop. I couldn't smoosh them fast enough.

I do have a mystery volunteer that is coming up in the decomposed granite in between two of my boxed tomato plants. I'm thinking it's a winter squash of some sort...or a mutant. Anyone have any ideas?

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Tomatillos...I've tomatillos coming out of my ears. :) They grow well here in Northern Nevada, that's for sure. I think I may decrease to 2 plants next year. I'll be making more salsa soon. I'll add a bunch into pesole that I plan on canning (going to break out that pressure canner that I got for my birthday soon).

Peppers...peppers ALWAYS do well here! I've been picking bell peppers, hungarian stuffing peppers, yellow pickle peppers, jalapeno, cayenne, and sweet italian. I've borrowed my sister's dehydrator and plan on using it and the pressure canner to put up my peppers after roasting them. I read that you can dehydrate peppers even after roasting them. Will be making sauces up and canning them too.

Sweet Italian peppers starting to ripen

Sweet Italian peppers starting to ripen

The corn did ok, not as well as last year. I planted it in a different spot, guess it didn't like it much.

The heirloom Brandywine tomatoes did not do well at all. The plant looks ok, it blooms, but then they drop. The heirloom Siberian tomatoes are producing very well.

Beets did great. Carrots not so well. Radishes did well. Brussels sprouts not so well...I finally yanked them as they were full of bugs. Cabbage did great. Cantaloupe got eaten by squash bugs. Horseradish is doing great...well, the top part is really big, not sure about the root part yet.

Herbs do great in my yard. You should see my one sun room...loaded with brown lunch bags of herbs drying. Basil, fennel, chamomile, oregano, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage.

Finished Planting my 2009 Vegetable Garden ~ Sparks, NV

After burying my beloved Max near the herb & blueberry garden I put what was left of my energy into planting the rest of my vegetable garden.

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Bee Balm & Cairn for Max

Planted in the 6×6 raised bed are the following: carrots, red radishes, white radishes, heirloom beets, cabbage, and brussels sprouts.

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In the 12×4 raised bed I planted: garlic, red onions, yellow onions, tomatillas, bush blue lake beans, spacemaster cucumber, lemon cucumber, heirloom beets, broccoli, sweet italian pepper, jalapeno pepper, anaheim pepper, and hungarian stuffing peppers. (I ran out of room for the serrano and one other pepper so I gave them to a coworker)

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In the 12×2 in ground bed I put in mexican grey squash on one side and on the other one each of acorn squash, delicata squash, and hearts of gold cantaloupe (from Fallon, NV). In between all the squash I have 8 sweet white corn stalks.

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I found a Topsy-turvy thingy and planted a siberia fir tree heirloom tomato in it. In four containers I planted 2 brandywine heirloom tomatoes and 2 red siberia heirloom tomatoes.

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Out front, near Max’s grave, are two handmade pickle cucumber plants. In that same area I have 2 oregano, 3 sweet basil, 1 lemon thyme, dill, fennel, and a rosemary. 3 blueberry bushes and 1 Elderberry. There are also 3 lemon queen sunflowers that are growing pretty well for the Sunflower Bee Project.

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Way up front I have chamomile, italian parsley, thyme, rosemary, and bee balm. They wintered pretty well out there, I was surprised.

Now for some flower pictures ~ my lupine is blooming.

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And Columbine.

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