Mowing is an Artform

May 7, 2015 0 Comments
Mowing is an Artform

I don’t mow. Dwayne tells me that I do it wrong. So, I let him. And he has, with typical Teutonic efficiency, created a worksheet. This tells him which direction he mowed the last time and which way he will mow the next time.  He mentions when he weed-whacks. And when he adds fertilizer.   […]

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Let’s Get This Party Started!

April 29, 2015 0 Comments
Let’s Get This Party Started!

I am finally convinced that Mother Nature is going to let me get my garden in.  She may still throw a cold night my way (the average last frost date is around May 12th, after all), but I am ready.  Actually, I was ready three weeks ago, but I managed to hold off until yesterday. […]

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Spring Has Sprung!

March 9, 2015 0 Comments
Spring Has Sprung!

While this winter wasn’t nearly as bad as last year, it was bad enough. The sun is shining the snow is melting (rapidly) and the chickadees and cardinals are singing their Spring songs.  I went outside this afternoon to feed the birds and to clean off the old birdseed shells that were strewn about the […]

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Favorite Shirt

November 14, 2014 0 Comments
Favorite Shirt

One of my favorite gifts came from my sister.  She sent this to me for one of my 22nd birthdays a few years ago.   It is stained and is starting to wear in some places.  I suppose one of these days I’ll have to find a replacement.  Or, maybe my sister will send me […]

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Cleanup Before the Arctic Blast

November 9, 2014 0 Comments
Cleanup Before the Arctic Blast

I’ve been putting it off, since it is ONLY the beginning of November, but I needed to get my pots winterized.  We didn’t plant as many flowers in pots as last year, but we still have a few I would like to try to save through the Winter. I gave them a drink of water […]

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A Passion for Gardening

September 4, 2014 0 Comments
A Passion for Gardening

If you see anyone from the Vinton-Shellsburg Horticulture class, thank them.  Most of this year’s tomatoes in the Youth Garden and all of the pepper plants came from them.  They also provided some of the flowers that made it to the Garden.  Including a Passion Flower.   It’s gorgeous!   I’ve always wanted to plant […]

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Hot and Humid in the Youth Garden

August 22, 2014 0 Comments
Hot and Humid in the Youth Garden

The Summer was cool, but as soon as the kids head back to school, it heats up.  That didn’t stop them from coming out to help at the Garden!  We have had quite a few helpers and kids this summer and I hope that trend will continue. The kids are keeping busy picking beans, cucumbers, […]

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Summer Fun at the Youth Garden

August 3, 2014 0 Comments
Summer Fun at the Youth Garden

The kids are enjoying the fruits of their labor these past weeks.   They have been picking beans, onions, cucumbers and zucchini among many other veggies. They have also just planted some strawberries.   This will be well picked over next year when they are ripening up! I brought an old tiller/hand plow that was […]

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Walking Through The Garden

May 28, 2014 4 Comments
Walking Through The Garden

After the looooooonnnnnnnggggg Winter we just made it through, I am happy to finally see colors (other than brown) in my garden! Bill’s irises survived being moved and shoved in the ground late last fall.  They are shorter than usual, but they are still beautiful! Timmy, our one-eyed metal cat, keeps an eye out on […]

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Planting Youth

May 22, 2014 0 Comments
Planting Youth

Monday’s weather was muggy and warm, but otherwise perfect for getting out into the Garden.  We missed last week due to storms in the area, but we had several kids and volunteers come out to help this week! I am not even sure what all got planted, but we got some veggies in the ground, […]

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