Guess I better add Cooking to my Title of the Blog.

Today I decided I would roast some Poblano peppers and stuff a few tonight with some cheese, sausage and rice. No, I do not have a recipe. It's winging it time!
I went out on the deck and picked several peppers.  I washed them and then cut the tops off and seeded them.  I did keep some seeds to plant next year.
I watched a YouTube tutorial on blistering the peppers but I did it before quite a long time ago.  I figured I could do it again.
I had to split the peppers in two bunches as I had quite a few.  I rubbed each pepper down with olive oil and put them in a pan with sides.  I know how oil is and how the moisture runs amuck and I sure didn't want that burning in my oven.  Put the broiler on Hi and propped the door open and turned on the exhaust fan.  I could hear the popping and snapping of the skin. No, I am sure it wasn't Rice Crispy's. I turned them all over and after a few more minutes I took them out of the oven and put them in a glass bowl and put a plate on to…

You Never Know About Mother Nature

I just wrote a post on the Central Missouri Master Gardeners Facebook page and decided the post should be here for you all to see.
You just never know about nature and growing. Today is a good example. I have a flowering crab that looked really bad last year. This spring it flowered but hardly any leaves and looked dead most of year. I told Jim we were going to trim it up and use it for the birds to roost in. I walked out on the deck this evening to call one of the dogs in and glanced over and saw this white thing on a branch. I couldn't believe what I was seeing so ran inside, grabbed my camera and took 3 pictures. One, what I saw at first. Two I zoomed in a little and three zoomed in a lot. There in all it's glory was a flowering crab bloom! You just never know about Mother Nature!

It didn't get done, but I am!

I started out this morning by picking up the dog poop and starting laundry and working on the Master Gardeners Newsletter for October.  I saw the time getting away from me so put everything down, went and got my hand shovel, clippers, my sitting palette and my container for the weeds.  I started at the bottom of the drive in the side area under the Pin Oaks.  Lot's of unwanted things growing.  Noticed two of the transplanted Heuchera (Coral Bells) had died.  Pulled out dandelions and other weeds that I have no clue what they are just know they weren't put there by me.   Worked up to the top, then sat on my palette and started in with all the violets, dandelions, crabgrass and a new one I learned at a Master Gardeners Field Day on Saturday. Sericea Lespedeza.  I guess the Conservation person said the name enough because not only could I say it, I knew what it looked like.
I was doing real well with the weeding but then, as normal, got sidetracked working on taking out the zoysi…

Gardening Days Almost Over For Me

My previous post was how I weeded out about half of the garden as it was overrun by weeds while I was gone to Michigan.  There were 10-12 pumpkins hanging on the vines and a couple were on the ground.  I picked up two of them to take home. I just didn't have the energy to pick all of the pumpkins and the Butternut squash. I figured they would be okay until I came back. 
I really should have known better!  Or maybe it's that I am too trusting? I am so disappointed in people right now!  Almost all the pumpkins were taken by someone.  I did manage to get a couple for Teresa but the rest of them were gone. 
I went over to look at the squash and the zucchini was missing.  I am getting so upset!
I went to get the Butternut Squash. My favorite.  Out of approximately 17 of them hanging at one point in time, there are only 6 and one of them is tiny and not ripe at all.  One looked like it had been stepped on!  A couple for Teresa and 4 for me. 
I looked at the tomatoes and couldn't…

The Garden Over Run with Weeds and The End of Summer Video

The garden was over run with weeds as I wasn't around to work in the garden.  Life gets in the way sometimes and you have to take care of business.

Yesterday was my first time back at the Master Gardener's gardens - River City Gardens - across the river - North Jefferson City.  Going to do some up-dating of the Medicine Wheel.

Today was at the garden plot and Wow!  The weeds did take over.  I got out the weed eater and went around the outside edges of the garden.  I thought that Parks and Rec were supposed to mow from the road to the edges of the gardens but that hasn't happened all gardening season.

After the weed eating, I pulled out my little pallet that I sit on, grabbed my trusty hand shovel, put the refuse bag just behind me so I could pull it along with the handle at the bottom and started to work. As I was working, I was listening to all the sounds. The bugs making noises, the birds singing away and the corn stalks making rustling noises in the wind.

I felt like I …

The Experiment Continues but Only One!

Seeing as the squirrels tore out my experiment on the tomatoes, that one has ended. 
This is going to be a real short post.  I checked that pepper and would you believe there are blooms on it.  Now, I sure hope we get to see a pepper growing. That would be the best ending of all!

Oh and the Crossandra has more blooms and a seed pod.

Did you all know how easy it is to start new Coleus.  If you break a piece, take off the lower leaves, leaving a couple at the top, put in water, making sure, no leaves are in the water. If you notice blooms starting to form, pinch them out also. Within a week or two, you will have roots growing and you can plant it probably the next week. See how much of a root system there is.  If it looks good, plant it.  I just planted three that were broken off. They had been in a glass of water on my windowsill.

Use Leaves of Plants instead of Flowers

I was disappointed because I couldn't plant all the flowers I usually plant. Garden kept me busy and then there was colder weather with rain and I just wasn't able to do much.  As I was walking around this morning watering the plants, I took a really, really good look and saw all kinds of textures and colors in my yard.  Yes, I did have a few plants that were blooming, but when you have a fairly nice large area, you would think I would have more.
I decided to do a little picture study of the different leaves, the textures and the colors.  Some had bloomed earlier in the spring but just leaves now.  Some have beautiful leaves and insignificant flowers, such as the Coleus. 
Posting the pictures on here is tricky but I will try. You will see how pretty all the leaves are!  If you would like to see these pictures in a larger size I am going to upload all to my Flickr account.  The URL is :                           ENJOY!