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Rain Barrel Auction

Friday, April 18, 2014

Tonight is the Rain Barrel Art Auction at our History Museum. Just a few more hours and it will be done and I can sleep... I hope! If you want to see the entries, please go to:

Have a wonderful day, weekend and Easter holiday!

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REMEMBER2BME 4/23/2014 4:54AM

    I saw this and did not have time to respond. I hope it went great. I have been thinking of you.

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JACKIE542 4/22/2014 8:38PM

    Was finally able to see this, I like all the rain barrels, love, love ,love that greenhouse. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 4/19/2014 12:23AM

    I liked Tina Totten's !

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TIME4COFFEE 4/18/2014 12:30PM

    I guess we're all different - I like Sara's with the waves.

Good luck with the auction...and then sleep!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/18/2014 12:07PM

    nice.... I like the koi one.

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PAMBWS 4/18/2014 8:42AM

    Enjoy...I'm kinda partial to the one with the fishnet draped. But they're all good.

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Oh so many plants

Sunday, March 23, 2014

It's no secret that I drive myself nuts trying to get ready for the spring plant sale. This year, I'm doubly crazy since we have a Rain Barrel Art Auction the week before the sale. Yup, color me nuts.

Today I did a quick inventory and came up with 1092 seedlings in the greenhouses. Two friends are also growing for me and/or supplying bulbs for the sale. When K said she had lots of colorful Swiss Chard, it made me realize I had totally missed counting what was on the side porch. But wait - there's more! I know the number will go up. But it's good to know that we have quite a variety of veggies, herbs and some pollinators.

Cleaned up and reset the grow beds. All the plants are much happier!

Some of the tomatoes. Growing nine varieties.

in the big Greenhouse, which has already been reset since I took this. 28 degrees tonight.

Seeded summer and winter squash, cukes and watermelon today. I like unusual varieties!

Exciting news! Hub's Plant Totem is now for sale in the local garden center! He took an empty one to show and they asked for a potted one. No problem since I had several already! I have lettuces in one, herbs in another and strawberries in several.

I'm also working on a double pallet garden for the master gardener's demonstration garden. I'll post pics when that is up. Spring has definitely sprung. Bring on the warm weather!

If you haven't visited the website, please do!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/9/2014 11:49AM

    I need to get some of this going on here!!

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This is so amazing Wendy emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 3/30/2014 12:10PM

    Lovely Wendy so lovely!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/26/2014 3:57AM

    That is incredible ,you do such a fabulous job. You are an inspiration !

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RACEWELLWON 3/24/2014 8:10PM

    Wow incredible !! Looks wonderful and tasty ! That's real good news on the Totem !! emoticon Keep you busy - I am so happy for you ! Hugs K

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PAMBWS 3/24/2014 11:28AM

    WOW! Awesome. Wish you lived closer. But then, my black thumb would probably kill everything. Well done, Wendy.

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JACKIE542 3/24/2014 10:12AM

    emoticon Look great to me!!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/24/2014 6:26AM

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You are amazing. Great job. Thanks so much for sharing the pictures. These are great. I will have to share with my DH again. I need to find another hobby for him. No idea what that should be but this is an interesting thought... at a lesser level of course.
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HICKOK-HALEY 3/24/2014 12:01AM

    Everything is looking good. I love your Hubby's ideas. Let us know how the sale goes!

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TIME4COFFEE 3/23/2014 8:15PM

    Everything looks good and you are truly an amazing woman Wendy.

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Birds, bees, Milkweed and more

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Questions yesterday got me thinking of stuff I had no clue about before we started this adventure.

Milkweed is from the asclepias family, over 140 strong. They are the host plant for the Monarch butterflies. Our favorites are Butterfly, which has orange flowers and Scarlett, which actually have orange, red and yellow flowers. We also grow pink milkweed, know as common milkweed. From my butterfly garden:

I couldn't find any pics of the pink, but here's a cool shot:

I'm big on feeding the pollinators since they really help me out. We plant for the humming birds, finches, bees, butterflies and beneficial insects, sometimes by accident. I missed picking the leeks, so they flowered. Now I plant a patch for me and some for them.

I watched a bee make his way around a sunflower last year, collecting pollen as he went. I call this "Drunk on Pollen".

We moved the garden to higher ground and added more plants. I can't wait to see what comes to visit this year!

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RACEWELLWON 3/22/2014 5:51PM

    Incredible !! So Beautiful - you know I am wondering if the Monarchs returns to different locations for different nutrients ?? I know this sounds silly - but you know me a goof but I guess because we ( you and I ) live in different soil zones and I do have many Monarch that return to my yard , every year but I do not have those particular plants - are those different breed of monarch ??? - Just Lovely :)

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PAMBWS 3/19/2014 2:25PM

    Love the pix. I knew about monarch butterflies & milkweed, but coloured milkweed is such a change from the 'normal' white that we get here.

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REMEMBER2BME 3/19/2014 5:56AM

    Outstanding blog. Again, I will have to show my DH. Great pictures too.

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/19/2014 1:53AM

    Love the color of the Sunflower. We started growing them for the Bees and for us to enjoy. Before we knew it the Golden Finches moved into our yard. Makes it exciting. The Milkweed is pretty!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/18/2014 10:41PM

    Awesome !

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JACKIE542 3/18/2014 8:14PM

    I love this, we did the same planted for butterflies and hummers. I need to get some milkweed, tried it before and it died.
Patty and I just came in we were out back and I heard something, looked up and there was a cloud of bees above my head all over my back yard, grabbed Patty and we went in the greenhouse. When they were gone we came in YIKES!!

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TIME4COFFEE 3/18/2014 8:01PM

    You're so good at this stuff Wendy!
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JOYCECAIN 3/18/2014 6:29PM

    The garden is lovely. I think butterflies are one of God's most lovely creations.

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A potting we will go....

Sunday, March 16, 2014

After counting this morning, I have 195 seedlings in 4 inch pots, 36 smaller pots of lemon basil and three flats of seedlings waiting for their new home in the little greenhouse. About 150 of those are different varieties of tomatoes. In the big greenhouse, potted up three colors of Milkweed, three kinds of eggplants, purple cayenne, purple and green cauliflower and tons of flowers. I am almost out of room, since I "graciously" gave up some space for the aquaponics. Here's a shot from half hour ago.

This is pre-fish. We have about 90 fish in three tanks right now and will receive Australian crawfish on Monday. They are the clean up crew. Who knew little fishes could poop so much???

Grow beds atop the fish tanks:

(We had some issues with the fish food going through the system, thus the sponges. They are gone now after installing a filter system.

These guys are tilapia fingerlings, waiting to move to the big tanks!

So now you know what I've been up to!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/18/2014 10:43PM

    I am simply amazed at the scale of your operation.,Beyond impressed @

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PAMBWS 3/18/2014 8:22AM

    Lots of, inquiring minds want to know...what colours does milkweed come in & what do you do with it?

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JACKIE542 3/17/2014 9:18AM

    Very nice, love your greenhouse, I need to plant if I am going to. Happy St Pats Wendy emoticon

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LODESTONE 3/16/2014 3:48PM

    You HAVE been busy. I bought seeds..... Just need to get out in the garage and start them! My above ground frame arrived. Waiting a couple weeks to set it outdoors.

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VONBLACKBIRD 3/16/2014 2:57PM

    Wow always wanted to do this. Love the photos and explanations...

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TIME4COFFEE 3/16/2014 2:45PM

    You're certainly making the most of the space in that greenhouse!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/16/2014 2:27PM

    Oh my goodness. I can't wait to show this to my DH. I remember showing him your tanks. So you have me so very curious. Is this a hobby? A living? It is absolutely amazing and oh so very impressible. When you mentioned planing seedlings in your status (I think it was) I was real curious.

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ELRIDDICK 3/16/2014 2:16PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Playing mind games to help you succeed

Monday, February 17, 2014

I read this article this morning about the Olympic athletes and how they push themselves to continue to work out and work at their goals. The part about focusing on your goals and reminding yourself every day of your goals is one we can all utilize.

Interesting read.

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HICALGAL 3/11/2014 8:05AM

    perfect timing. something I need right now. emoticon thanks for sharing sis!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/25/2014 9:54AM

    I would yell "birthday cake!!!" emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 2/20/2014 4:41PM

    Super! I work at mind training every day! emoticon

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PAMBWS 2/17/2014 7:24PM

    Once met an Olympic psychologist...imaging and mental prep can be useful in more areas than sports! Good article.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/17/2014 2:46PM

    Love it!

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JACKIE542 2/17/2014 11:46AM

    Very good article, love the garden quote too, I choose to grow flowers, and pull out those weeds! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 2/17/2014 9:05AM

    Good article. Thank you.

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LODESTONE 2/17/2014 8:57AM

    The mind is an incredible machine.

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