What's Happening?

I can tell you what's happening. Nothing much! You need sun and warm weather for tomatoes and peppers and probably all other things to grow. What you don't need is constant cloudy weather, rains and flooding.
My garden plot across the river may or may not be under water yet! Can't drive over there as there is still water over the road!
Here at the house, we have had a tornado and more rains and cloudy weather with cooler temperatures.
I am trying to grow a few things here at the house. Planted 4 broccoli in March, they haven't grown. Planted some peas and I have about 6 little pods. I did get some lettuce.  I have tomatoes and peppers and am hoping the squirrels and the chipmunks leave them alone.  We shall see!

No Garden This Year
by Mary J Williams ©

My garden isn't growing
I wonder why
there is rain falling
from that cloudy sky.

It has rained so much
I think I should build an ark
Flooding of my gardens
Put's everything in the dark.

No potatoes this year
no …

Got To Get My Yard Done!

Somehow, my yard always falsl behind.  Now that the garden is under flood waters, maybe, just maybe, I can get something done in my yard. 
I started the other day and got that front of the house project almost complete. Want to put some plants in the planters.
Today I went outside with every intention of getting the plants I purchased on Saturday all planted. So far, that is not going well.
First I had to weed out the multitude of maple trees.  Why are there so many this year? Plus weeding out all the other stuff.  I have this little brick walk area that weeds love the cracks to grow in. Had to clean that up. Decided to clean out the area by the telephone pole and plant the 'Zahara' Zinnias. I put one of the Crossandra in that area too. I over-wintered it!  I also put in some Portulaca (Rose Moss) and I planted a 'Jet Star' tomato.  Might as well have an edible planted. 
Taking a break now!  Ate some lunch, writing this up and then back outside, to hopefully get the pl…

Why Do I Do This To Myself??

First of all I was up at 3 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep.  It was around 3:30 when I finally gave up and No, it wasn't Chief's fault.  I have so many things I want done and I kept thinking about them and how I was going to be able to do them and how should I do them. I had the coffee going by 5 a.m.  Hate to start it too early!  I was on the computer playing a game, checking email and all that stuff.  Then I decided I was hungry. There were two pieces of bacon left so I zapped them and grabbed some peanut butter crackers. I had a cup of coffee, ate and then headed out. Downstairs I put a load of wash in. Out the backdoor and got the lawn mower and pushed it towards the gate. Was just getting the gas, when a mouse ran out from under it.  Not a good place for a home!. Then up to the front and mowed.  Got the front and part of the side done. 

I had started my project in the front of the house. There was an area there I was going to put down that rubber mulch and move my…

Post Tornado Yard Redo!

My flowering crab fell in the tornado. Under it was an Azalea, Hosta and Lenten Rose. All of which need shade. There was a small flower bed on the North side of the house that I had Heuchera (Coral Bells) and ferns, All died out due to the soil and the heat for the past couple of years. I decided to weed out the bed add some soil and plant those plants in this bed. First I dug out the plants. Then dug out a couple of weeds that are spreading like crazy. Went to get the wheelbarrow, flat tire. Couldn't find the attachment to the compressor hose. Had to wait til hubby got home. He bought a new come-a-long to take out the stump of the flowering crab. I cleaned out the grating at the end of the drive. So much debris no water could possibly get in there. Instead the water flows down our drive and makes gullies in the yard. Plus I found more of the insulation and Styrofoam around the yard.

Jim got the tire blown up so I loaded the bucket with the hosta, the shovel and one of the partial…

No Rain Forecast, (a Joke) So Outside for some Tornado Cleanup!

One of the first things I do in the morning is check the weather. I figured I was okay to work outside and they didn't have rain in the forecast until Tuesday. Off I went. Grabbed my loppers, clippers and new collapsible container for leaves and stuff, plus my little shovel.

The Burning Bush shrubs in front to the lattice was basically covered up by those wild grapevines and the Virginia Creeper that grows everywhere. When the neighbors pine tree fell the weight of it made the lattice fencing bend over and the weight of the other was too much. I knew I had to do a lot of cutting/trimming and lopping of of branches. I was going to fill the garden bag and then, knew there would be way too much. Started in building a pile of brush. Clip, clip, pull out, clip more pull more. I got to some heavier branches so started using the loppers. They were so dull it was awful. I kind of cut, then twisted some and then took my hand pruners and finished the job. It seems I can't go outs…

I Just Realized, Squirrels Don't Like Change Either!

The tornado changed the squirrels life at my house.  They had a regular routine to get to my deck.  That routine has been totally disrupted. 
First the route they took from their nesting areas in the back was jumping into the locust tree and using the two branches to jump to the roof of our shed.  Those branches are gone, thanks to the tornado! Then they would cross over the shed roof and come down the lattice that hid the shed from view.  That lattice has been knocked down by the pine tree of the neighbors. Again, tornado damage! Then they would run up our chain link fence and onto the 2 x 4 frame of lattice that was on top of the chain link fence.  There is a story behind that. We had a dog, Cadillac, that jumped the four foot height of the chain link fence. So hubby put in 2 x 4 posts and a top frame and put up lattice all the way around the dog yard so she couldn't jump the fence anymore. It worked. When our bigger dogs died, we eventually took down the lattice all except the …

Gardening done for now! It's a Flood Zone!

I went over the other day and dug up my peppers but not the tomatoes as I really have no place to put them.
I do now though! A tornado came through and knocked over my tree and now I have some sun! Oops, too late! The tornado was on the night of the 22nd and the flood waters covered the garden on the 23rd.  Have no clue how long the waters will be there and if the plants will survive. It's a wait and see type of thing.
I still feel Blessed as the tornado didn't do structural damage to my home. Just the tree and a portion of fence and lattice that was in front of the shed. Neighbors pine fell on it. My damage was relatively little compared to a block away, where businesses were destroyed and homes
destroyed farther along the line of the tornado. Hopefully the flood doesn't get worse and do a lot of damage to structures. There were some people that lived in that area that had to be evacuated and some businesses too!

Here is a
picture where my garden is supposed to be.  I m…