2010 Garden Is FINALLY In! :)

I had to hold off on planting my garden this year due to a very cold and wet May…we were still having snow. Sheesh.

Today was 88F and very humid…29% humidity! You all in the south, just hush your mouth! That’s humid for us!

From the looks of it…most of my garden will make great Italian sauces! 🙂

In the first box I planted:

Brandywine Tomato
Black Prince – a Russian Heirloom
two types of garlic (planted last month)
Greek Oregano
Orange Bell Pepper
Sweet Basil
Flatleaf Italian Parsley

Second Box I planted:

2 Roma Tomatoes
Red Bell Pepper
German Thyme
Cayenne Pepper
Beebalm
Italian Flatleaf Parsley
2 Sweet Basils
Yellow Sweet Onions (planted 1 week ago)

In the Third Box I planted:

7 Yukon Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
5 Purple Potatoes (planted 2 weeks ago)
Flatleaf Italian Parsley
2 Straightneck Squash (planted 1 week ago)

You can see the Rosemary I planted in a pot that I found in the trash the other day.

Here’s a closeup of the potatoes….

I still want to get two tomatillos, two cucumbers, one dill , and one green chile…those will go into containers.

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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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Reno Rodeo & A Very Hot Weekend…

My sister gave me two tickets for Saturday’s Reno Rodeo Finals…reserved seating in the covered grandstand straight across from the shutes. Usually when we go its on the other side, in the sun, where we bake. It was pretty hot (98 degrees) and I toured the Jack Daniels travelling museum a couple of times just to get into the a/c! I’m a Bushmill’s girl (if I have any whiskey at all), but I was very grateful for JD on Saturday afternoon! 🙂

I love the rodeo…and while I like to see a cowboy stay on for the full 8 seconds…I love it even more when the horse and bull win. LOL! I especially love the bulls when they spin and spin and spin with slobber slinging in all directions. Cotton Rosser had brought some great stock this year, as always. I always love to listen to Bob Tallman; the Mutton Busting; the Steer Decorating; and we got to see a record set with a 91 in the saddle bronc. Cotton Rosser brought out one of the bucking mare’s new foals..they are so cute when little…all legs. There were some beautiful horses there…I especially like the dapple greys. And there were some local Clydesdales from the Redd Barney Ranch! Just beautiful!

These pictures were taken by Liz Margerum of the Reno Gazette-Journal:

Here are some of my pictures from my cell phone…not that great, but it’s all I had with me.

I HAVE A PUMPKIN ALREADY!!!!

More squash, Cinnamon Basil blooming, and overall garden pictures…

Oh…and I’ve discovered that Sugar Peas don’t quite like being in a pot with hot weather…they are all fried and dried. Luckily the ones I planted next to the pumpkins are doing great and are loaded with peas. Next year I’ll be planting them WAY before May.

Here are some pictures of this mornings sunrise…

It’s been very hot already…in the upper 90’s. Not looking forward to July’s weather. Fires, Smoke, and Heat.

Garden Life, Yard Sale Finds & Family

Some more favorite things ~

My garden, as most of you all know, I just love. Especially finding veggies growing!

And pumpkin vines! Also Pea vines…actually any vines! I love how they curl and attach themselves.

Sunflowers and their sun worshipping…I love how the plant follows the sun…can’t wait for the flower to bloom and watch it migrate. A trio of pictures follows…morning sun, mid-day sun, and evening.



I was pulling weeds when I yanked one up and had a blast of Chamomile up the nose! Took a REAL look at it and exclaimed “that IS Chamomile!” What the?! I took the plant out back and put it in a container until I found my wildflower book. Sure enough ~ Wild Chamomile! I’m going to replant it near my rhubarb plants when I get home tonight…it’s being kept company in the small garden box at the moment.

The many faces of Hannah, my niece ~ we were at the Sparks Marina for lunch on Friday.

Finally…yard sales. They weren’t all that great this weekend, but I did pick up a bunch of books for a quarter each at the Sparks Methodist Rummage sale.

Tyler Florence’s Tyler Ultimate Cookbook
I am Morgan le Fay by Nancy Springer
Because of Winn-Dixie by DiCamillo
Shadow of Shaniko by Clamity Jan (signed copy)
ColorVision by Joe Marvullo
Greenwater – Death Valley’s Greatest Copper Camp
20 Mule Team Days in Death Valley
The Worst Best Halloween Ever by Barbara Robinson

And for 50 cents each ~ three cds ~

Clannad’s Anam
Sarah McLachlan’s Music That Matters To Her
Ken Burn’s The Civil War soundtrack.