Part 11 – 2021 Garden: “That’s a Wrap!”

Today, five months after starting our garden it came down. Beautiful crisp autumn day for this activity. Season’s Over We were able to get some more tomatoes before disposing of everything. That’s always a plus! Tomato Harvest A bounty Always a little sad to take it down. Every year we learn something new…what worked, what [...]

Year End Garden & Hydroponics

It is warm & humid so our garden is continuing to grow. I remember several years ago pulling out the garden mid September. Vegetables are still producing. We are at the end of our growing season but will take all the extra vegetables we can! I dice the tomatoes & freeze them for soups or [...]

Praying the Rosary

I was raised Catholic, very active at church. I know I learned about the rosary, but I never prayed the rosary, so therefore I did not know how the rosary is prayed. I have heard the recommendation over the years, “Pray the Rosary!” I did not know how. I have not pursued this desire to [...]

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 [...]

Creating a Side Gig from Scratch

My younger daughter is a CCU nurse. She has always enjoyed baking. Almost six months ago our daughter started to design and make cakes, for coworkers and friends. Gradually it morphed into a “word of mouth” side gig business that keeps her steadily busy. Classic Coconut 🥥 Cake Festive & Fun Cake Cool Floral Cake [...]

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 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 - [...]