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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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  • My Little Greenhouse – Part Two

    April 3, 2014DishinandDishes

    Here are a few new things Mr. Wonderful has done in the greenhouse. (Read My Little Greenhouse Part I here) There is a pegboard for my gardening tools at the end. I don’t need to dig through the shed anymore to find my favorite trowel.  There is a giant scoop for scooping dirt into seed trays. We are still trying to devise a way to store my mixed potting soil somewhere inside. Maybe a pull-out drawer or bin? There are places and spaces on the pebbled floor for pots and saucers. There will be plenty of room to pull other pots inside to protect them from any nasty weather that might upset their apple cart. There are plastic drawers to store garden ties, markers tape or…

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    My Little Greenhouse

    March 26, 2014DishinandDishes

      Last weekend some friends came over to help Mr. Wonderful put up the base on a new greenhouse he bought me. He had purchased it a couple weekends back at Harbor Freight (It goes on sale every few months for $200) – it looked fairly simple and while I was super excited about the thought of a greenhouse, well, it looked like it might not quite stand up to our insanely unpredictable Oklahoma winds. I should never have doubted the Wonderful guy for one minute. He had plans for this greenhouse. And they didn’t involve the world “Simple”. I love the way the man thinks and how he does things just right. I greatly admire how he takes something and makes it better. I…

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