Part 1: Hydroponics – “One Big Science Experiment”

We love to garden. It is always a “letdown” to be done for the season. We have been thinking, “What if we didn’t have to be done?” Starting over with new starts We began to check out different hydroponic YouTube videos. After checking out various ones, we decided on a simple system. This system was [...]

Part 10 – 2021 Garden: “Harvest”

Every year we wait. Every summer our garden produces a bountiful of vegetables. Waiting is the absolute worst…yet it has its rewards Started from seeds Our garden tomatoes, we have been eating them, giving them away and next I may blanch them to make either a sauce or diced tomatoes. I’ll use them in stew [...]

Part 9 – 2021 Garden: “The Wait is Over!”

Finally after months & months…harvest! Our garden is 3 months old. First Ripened Tomato Homegrown Garden Beans Tomato 🍅 plants 3 month old garden Waiting is hard when I can be inpatient, things never happen fast enough for me. Through gardening I have become #thepatientgardener.

Part 8 – 2021 Garden: “Two Month Old Garden”

Newly planted garden It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 months already. We have been blessed with rain along with the rain barrel we use. Our garden is thriving. 1 month Garden We already harvested our lettuce. We planted more seeds, we don’t think that took. Oh well…Gardening is an enormous experiment! Some strategies work [...]

Part 7 – 2021 Garden: “A Gift from Nature”

This is part of gardening every year that teaches me patience. Every year, I cannot wait to see: First tomato bud Two more tomato buds Every day I look for progress. When the progress is not visible, I can get discouraged. I can think the garden is not going to work. That’s me needing to [...]

Part 6 – 2021 Garden: “Waiting, Waiting…Finally!”

Tomato plant flowering Total experiment this year! I’m not good with unknown variables. These starts began as seeds. Once the seed took, were transplanted a month ago as teeny tiny plants into our garden. I watched them like a hawk as though that would help them grow! Over the last month, we have had rain, [...]

Modified Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I have a recipe for chicken lettuce wraps prepared with a wok. I have made it several times. My daughter told me she prepared her chicken lettuce wraps mixture in her crock pot. That intrigued me. Crock Pot Chicken Lettuce Wraps Today, I modified my recipe and made my crock pot version of chicken lettuce [...]

Part 5 – 2021 Garden: “One Month In…”

It’s been one month since we put in our garden Newly planted garden - mid May 2021 It’s been one month. Originally, I was concerned about how small our starts were. Every morning I would check out our garden. As though my looking at the plants would make them grow! One Month Old Garden - [...]

Part 4 – 2021 Garden: “Finally…it’s Planting Time!”

We patiently waited due to overnight cold to plant our garden. These plants are an experiment, all started from seeds. Something we have not tried before. Two days ago we put it in! 2021 Garden Now it finally truly feels like Spring! Now we wait some more, water, nurture and tend our garden. Our Garden [...]

Part 3 – 2021 Garden: “It’s Almost Time”

We have been watering a tiny bit every day. We are so close to putting in our garden. Next weekend, is our target date. Our Experiment...the starts Garden just waiting to be filled Waiting does not come naturally for me. Gardening has taught me faith, hope & patience. #thepatientgardener