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    Growing Potatoes in Towers #1

    February 29, 2016DishinandDishes

    Learn how to grow potatoes vertically in a tower or cage

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  • It’s Gardening Time Ya’ll

    February 24, 2016DishinandDishes

    It’s February here in Oklahoma and it has been gloriously spring-like. And even though it’s February… It’s Gardening Time Ya’ll! One thing I never learned in my early years is to take advantage of all the nice days that occur here on and off through the winter months to prepare for next year’s garden. One thing we really wanted was to convert our big back garden into two more raised beds. After the two we used last year, it wasn’t long before we wanted to convert to just using raised beds.  The weeding and maintenance are so much more convenient on our backs and no more tromping around in the dirt and mud to weed!   So last weekend we made two more raised beds…

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    Creating a Fairy Garden

    May 13, 2015DishinandDishes

    Creating a DIY fairy garden at home can be a fun project for kids and adults alike!

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  • My Garden Diary April 2015

    April 28, 2015DishinandDishes

    I woke this morning and stretched lazily. For some reason I really had a hard time opening my eyes. As my senses came into focus, I realized why.  The soft patter of rain on the skylight in our room kept wanting to lull me back to sleep. Last week we visited my parents and brother in Michigan for the first part of the week and then drove over to Chicago to see my son’s Navy graduation from basic training.  More about that later. When we returned home we were shocked to see how much our little garden had grown from the vast amounts of rain we received while we were off traveling. And now…more rain! We desperately need it to restore our lakes back to good…

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  • Gardening …and Snow

    February 25, 2015DishinandDishes

      Welcome again to unpredictable Oklahoma weather. Two weekends ago, Mr. Wonderful and I spent all Saturday in the yard. He made a pretty need DIY composter for us. The trash can has a hole cut in the lid and bottom and a cut off old broomstick is stuck through it and into the side posts to where it twirls, thus solving the problem of “turning” the compost. He also drilled about fifty 1/4 inch holes around the trash can for ventilation. The hinged door, he cut and mounted the hinges and fastener by screwing them into a small piece of wood inside. I have been planting cool weather plants in the greenhouse mostly but did get over ambitious and started tomato plants and a…

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  • My Little Greenhouse – Learning

    February 11, 2015DishinandDishes

      And so it begins…. It’s time for planting! Last weekend, I spent some time planting some (mostly) cool weather plants in the greenhouse. It caused me to reflect on what I’ve learned this year. #1  I didn’t plant early enough last year.  Since we put the greenhouse in in April, I didn’t get my cool weather plants planted early enough. Thus my peas never produced and my Nasturtiums were sickly from the heat in June, and my tomatoes ending producing LOADS of large pretty green tomatoes right when…yes, you guessed it..the first frost hit.  The good news is, I learned what to cook with green tomatoes.  The bad news is I missed out on juicy red beautiful tomatoes, which I totally prefer. #2 –  Having a…

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  • Simple Salad Garden in a Container

    May 16, 2014DishinandDishes

    An easy idea for growing a salad container garden in a pot

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    Heat, Herbs and Weekend Gardening Confusion

    May 5, 2014DishinandDishes

    This weekend left me utterly confused gardening friends. I woke up Saturday morning at 6:45 and stepped outside to walk down the stone path with my little doggies Bubba and Max. Brrrrr!!! I had to go back inside and get on a sweatshirt as a mere t-shirt wouldn’t suffice. By noon on Saturday, the thermometer inside my greenhouse read 115°. I was utterly confused. I knew I needed to move pronto to get my spring plants like radishes, lettuce and kale out of the greenhouse and into the garden. I’d been hesitant to do so because we’ve had some unusual frost warnings of late. But clearly some of my plants desperately needed a new home. I really should have started them way earlier but we…

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