The storm I didn’t hear

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Well, we had another storm last night.  At least all the evidence this morning indicated that we did.  I must have slept through it and that’s fine with me.  I don’t care what the weather is like as long as it doesn’t blow the house down and I can get some much-needed sleep.  After getting ready for work today, I decided to go out back and look at my tomatoes and peppers.  Wow..what a shock.  My biggest, prettiest tomato plant was bent over…the cage had come out of the ground.  At first I was afraid that my plant was destroyed.  But after looking it over, I realized the stem hadn’t broken or splintered, so I was able to get the cage set back up and prop the plant up again.  One of my pepper plants had also suffered a little damage, but nothing too bad.  A lot of my flowers were really windblown, looking pretty scraggly.  But I think they’ll come back out of it in a few days (of course, now I’m hearing thunder again, might have more storms blowing in…yippee).  As I was walking out the front door, I noticed a lot of tree branches down.  Then I saw the big flag pole in front of the office.  It was bent at probably a 45 degree angle, the weak spot in the pole being about two feet off the ground.  I had no idea that we’d had that much wind come through overnight.  Mother nature can sure pack a punch…I’m pretty much ready for her to calm down for a while.

Now this is some gardening weather

After all the rain we’ve had, it’s so nice to have a few days of sunshine.  The ground is really still too wet to do much..had I only prepared my new bed in the fall, I could probably be out there planting right now.  Alas, I simply couldn’t talk myself into doing the work in the fall, so now I’m paying the consequences.  I may end up doing more container gardening than I’d hoped to do.  But…in some ways container gardening is easier…fewer weeds and pests…but a lot more watering.  During the absolute hottest part of the Indiana summer, I end up watering twice a day for some of the containers.  I’ll worry about that when the time comes though.  Right now, I’m watching my spring veggies grow.

radishes and a lettuce mix

another container of leaf lettuce

Amish paste tomato that I still need to transplant

some of the prettiest pansies I’ve ever grown

yellow and purple pansies interplanted…so nice together

I still have several tomato and pepper seedlings that I need to transplant.  I’m hoping to be able to get some of that done Wednesday.  I’d also like to get some cucumbers planted outside…we’re just about at our last frost date.  My fear now is that it’s going to immediately turn into summer.  It’s supposed to be 88 degrees tomorrow and Wednesday…whew…lower 60s yesterday, almost 90 Wednesday.  Gardening is never boring!

Gardening weather

Well, as any good gardener knows, you need rain to have a good garden.  But really, when is enough, enough? But today was a nice, sunny, kind of chilly day.  Perfect weather for the lettuce, radishes, and spinach I’ve planted.

Look at those chives…I’ve heard that chive blossoms are good, may have to do some research on that one.

This chilly, rainy weather is also perfect for pansies.

Of course, pansies die back as soon as it starts getting hot.  Then I’ve always got to figure out what else to plant.

I’m looking forward to getting my tomatoes and peppers set out.  I guess it won’t be any time soon though.  We’re supposed to have chilly weather for the next week or so.  I imagine when summer hits, it’ll be instantaneous…60 one day, 90 the next.  Ah well…there’s something to enjoy about every season.

Spring brings hope to a weary world

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There has been so much bad news all over the world in recent weeks. Coupled with the terrible weather we’ve had all winter,  it often appears as if hope is dying all around us.  But every once in a while something miraculous happens to remind us that we really can make it through the bad times and find joy again.

When I came home from work today, I went out back to fill the bird feeders.  It was then that I noticed the tiny miracles happening in my own back yard.

Daffodils getting ready to bloom.  These flowers have come up every spring for the past several years.  And if that’s not miracle enough, the truly wonderful thing about these flowers is that I found the bulbs stuffed away in a cabinet (I’d bought them and then forgot to plant them), all soft and mushy.  Thinking they were dead, I threw them in the small flower bed under my kitchen window.  Imagine my surprise (and delight) when daffodils came up the following spring!  Just one of the tiny miracles that are everywhere.  We need only  notice them.

It won’t be long before these cheery little flowers will be in full bloom…

Chives coming up again.  This poor little plant sits outside in a big pot all winter long.  Everything I’ve read tells me it shouldn’t survive, but somehow it does…another small miracle in my life.

This weekend I’m going to start my tomatoes and peppers from seed…a sure sign of hope and faith.  Think about it, those little seeds somehow have everything within them to become huge plants that supply us with the most nutritious and flavorful foods.  If that’s not a miracle, I don’t know what is.  So here’s to the miracle of spring when hope springs eternal (sure wish I could take credit for that phrase!!).

Eggs over easy and the creeks are rising


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Whew!!  What a rainy, dismal day here in Indiana.  Standing water everywhere…I’m guessing last summer’s drought is now officially over!  And did I hear a weather forecaster call for snow tomorrow?  WHAT??  I am so ready for spring weather.  To be honest, we’ve had some pretty nice weather lately (well, except today).  Spring is definitely right around the corner. 

Spring always has me thinking about gardening…I’ve enjoyed gardening for many years.  Now my garden consists of pots on my back patio.  It’s really surprising how much I can grow in a few (okay, maybe more than a few) pots.  And there’s nothing to compare to the taste of a juicy ripe tomato that you picked less than two minutes ago.

Eggs, you might ask…how did we go from gardening to eggs?  Did Patti lose track of what she was writing about?  (Not that that hasn’t happened)  Oh no, the eggs definitely have something to do with gardening…not to mention tonight’s dinner.

Sometimes I just like to have breakfast for dinner and tonight was one of those times.

Now…how do eggs have anything at all to do with gardening?  Well, I read another blog the other day (and I’m so sorry that I can’t remember which one) that mentioned putting crushed eggshells in the pot (or hole) where you’re going to grow tomatoes to provide additional calcium to the plants.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ve struggled with my tomatoes the past couple years…blossom end rot…and supposedly, the addition of calcium can help counter that!!  So, if you come to my house for the next few weeks, this is what you’ll see…

Eggshells, rinsed and drying.  And, hopefully, by the middle of the summer, you can come over and see my tomato plants healthy and loaded with gorgeous red globes, tiny grape tomatoes, heavy Romas and sunny yellow tomatoes…well worth a few eggshells scattered around my kitchen!