We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.







Saturday, May 23, 2015

Garden Harvest and More

The lettuce this year has been the best ever and below is the first peony I have cut ( ever) from our garden. Love the fragrance and ants have not been a problem. The rhubarb is coming up slowly. This is the first year for it, so it is not ready to be harvested.




to be harvested.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Tomatoes at Week One

I have to tell you that I have never had tomatoes grow as much in one week as what I have planted this year. In one week they have grown around 6 to 8 inches. Hopefully this is the year of the tomato.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Planting Continues

Tomatoes are in. I have planted a combination of heirlooms and non heirlooms. The black beauty
eggplant and basil transplants are also in. The season is moving forward.

Friday, April 17, 2015

P. Allen Smith

I just came back from the Cincy Flower Show and heard P.Allen Smith speak. His presentation exceded my expectation. He is entertaining and informative . Plus the weather was perfect for a day on the river for this event and the luncheon was delicious. We received a goody bag and the  event did a wonderful job with the tent d├ęcor. It was a lovely garden party.


 
 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Seedlings and More

I started my basil, sweet pea, and butternut squash seeds indoors several weeks ago. They are doing well and I will probably start to get them acclimated to the outdoors soon. Cleanup has begun in my raised beds and cabbages and lettuce planted earlier are doing well. Even the rhubarb is starting to pop up.

With have had a massive amount of rain over the past couple of weeks which has made weeding easy but muddy. Wish we could give California some of our rain. They need it badly.

The grass of course is as green as can be.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Spring Is Coming

Well it feels as if Spring is coming. Cincinnati always had an annual flower show in April.. Of course that was on my Spring to do list to attend. It was lovely. This event went on for years and then the recession hit and it was put on hold for years. Well it  is back  as the usual 5 day event. Love these flower shows and over ten years ago we went to London for the  Chelsea Flower Show. Well the Cincinnati Flower Show is back and as big as ever. I have tickets for  the show plus to hear P. Allen Smith speak. I can hardly wait. They have such great ideas: flower boxes, landscape , and what a great chance to get new ideas. I will never forget seeing my first kousa dogwood in bloom. I fell in love with it.    

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Garden 2015

I have been pondering what to plant this year. Well I am going to plant something that I have not planted in years. Corn. Sweet corn will be dedicated to one 4x 8 raised bed. I have only 4 raised beds and multiple large planters, and I have to plant wisely.

Tomatoes are always a given. There is nothing like a home grown tomato or corn. Basil is always planted because I like to make pesto and freeze it for use later. It would cost a fortune to buy all the basil that I need for pesto. So cost  is a factor too. Eggplant grows well and if roasted it freezes well.
Add in beans and lettuce and that may be it.
So it will be tomatoes, corn, basil, eggplant, lettuce, beans and I am sure I will add something else into the mix.

I always plant zinnias. I would love to plant squash, but I need advice on how to prevent wilt.