It’s still Tuesday, it’s still good

Today was busy!  Errands run, a car cleaned out (you know the one that needed to be cleaned out before the baby arrived… yeah that car), weeding… lots of weeding, super to make laundry to do… oh the never-ending list, but I love it all so – most days.  It feels good to get things done and be productive after a rather disappointing weekend, but onwards and upwards.

Anyways here’s a garden update.  Other than fighting the white powdery mildew battle with my cucumbers (and finally realizing they needed a trellis to climb) things have been going quite well.

The Ghost of Pesto Yet to Come is calling my name…

Can’t wait for the tomato harvest.

Strawberries!  The runners are taking over, I spent today digging spots out of the mulch for them.

On our way to peppers!

Pumpkin or squash… can’t remember… but as of today it’s  little withered yellowing ball … any suggestions ( should these have vertical supports too?)

Running out of vertical space.

Yesterday’s itty bitty tomato is somewhere in this plant.  This is the tomato plant I didn’t think would make it.  The first picture I have of it is below looking puny and off colored, the stick is still in the pot… somewhere.

P.S.  The strawberry and pepper advice I got a few weeks ago was fantastic!

P.P.S  Any words of wisdom on cucumbers, zucchini and squash?

P.P.P.S Anyone know someone wanting to pass on some canning supplies in the Iowa City area?  I really want to start canning some jams and maybe some apple butter and would love to find someone with some hand-me-downs before I head to the store (the thrift stores have been a bust in the canning department)?

{Weekend Wonders}

{Weekend Wonders}  – A little something to read while drinking your coffee Saturday morning in the hopes that it will give you something to think about, talk about or the inspiration to do something!



Vintage Travel Poster by Steve Thomas – Click HERE to peruse his collection of LOTR and Star Wars Themed Travel Posters

If you could go one place from Literature where would you go?

Mine would be the Shire –  I used to dig hobbit holes into the little hill in back of our old house and have always wanted a round front door!

In the Ground

Almost, I almost have everything in the ground.

Around 8 p.m. last night I decided that though my garden might be spawning Swamp Thing I was going to go attack the remain footage with the hoe and make it plant-able.  I was successful and even managed to make a couple of hills for jack-0-lantern pumpkins and replant the carrots.   Hopefully when it dries out just a bit more I can get a couple of rows of sweet corn in and be done with the thing!  It won’t be knee-high by the 4th of July, but it might actually get done!

The garden still looks like this mostly, but that big muddy section is now broken up and turned over.

The container plants are growing well though!

Zucchini and Cucumbers are on their way!

Tomatoes are coming our way!

And it looks like I’ll have plenty of oregano to dry this fall!

p.s. anyone have any tips on Pepper plants?  mine don’t seem to be doing much of anything.

p.p.s anyone have any tips on Strawberries, I have plenty of runners coming out of the potted plants.  Should I leave the alone and see if they’ll dig through the mulch and establish on their own?

p.p.s  It’s not “my” view yet, but goodness one can forget that on the other side is the suburbs.