Tag Archives: home grown

12 Aug

July 2011 Garden Photos

Sunflower planted by Chipmunks

Wow, July was a very dry month for us here in Missouri…although the total amount of rainfall was near normal…that 3 inches all came in the first few days of the month…and then nothing for the rest of the month.  Things have struggled in the drought and heat this month…there were several weeks of very high temperatures…many days in the triple digits.  It has been almost impossible to keep up with weeding chores because of the heat…so things are getting a little overgrown in places…it is always difficult to stay motivated to maintain the garden when it is so hot, and this summer was a record setter!

 

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24 Jul

June 2011 Garden Photos

Fibrous Begonia Macro orange

Here is a nice collection of Photos from June, although I am a little late getting these posted…Things looked good in June…had regular rain…maybe too much rain…and the vegetable garden was a few weeks behind what it was last year…but most things look healthy and the season in quite underway.  I was on a garden tour this month called the Sustainable Backyard Tour…we had about 50 people come by…and the garden looked really nice.  I got a new wicker bench and chair which I have been wanting for several years for our main patio…and the weeds were mostly under control.  The wildlife has been incredible this month, and it really feels like a garden of Eden out there.

 

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24 Jul

2011 Food Growing totals

serviceberries

Last Updated August 18, 2011

Here are the current food growing totals…as well as last years totals so you can compare how we are doing.    We are definietly behind for the year, but I have started a bunch of fall crops and hope to make up the harvest in a month or two.

 

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02 Jun

Serviceberry Jam (and Strawberry Jam)

These are the homemade strawberry preserves made with sugar

Today I had the house to myself and I decided to embark on my first Jamalama (Jam making and canning) I’m doing Serviceberry and Strawberry. Of course the first thing you must do when jammin’ is turn the music mix up real loud…I hope you like Jammin’ too…we’re jammin’ he he :)

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26 May

May 2011 Garden Photos

Native Pink Honeysuckle macro

May was a great month for the garden!  I spent a lot of time out there and am pleased that it looks as good as it does.  It has rained quite a bit and everything is extremely green!  I stepped back for some of these photos so you can see the design of the garden more instead of focusing so much on individual flowers.  I hope you enjoy taking a tour of the garden, I wish you all could see it in person because the pictures just don’t do it justice.  It is like a garden of paradise out there, with so many birds and animals, flowers and fruit, I am truly one lucky gardener!

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03 May

April 2011 Garden Photos

Strawberry Blooming

Here are some photos from my garden in April 2011.  It was a very rainy month and some of the photos really turned out nice…they are worth a click to see the larger image because the thumbnails really don’t do them justice.  I particularly like the way the rain droplets look…I think my favorite photo is the Solomon seal, but the strawberry photo is a close second…actually, I like them all.  The rain this month has made everything very green and vivid. Read More

21 Jun

June 2010 Garden Photos

hibisucs

Time for another tour of the garden!  June is a big month for the garden!!! Things that were small in the beginning of the month are huge now.  Beans and corn that were still seeds a month ago are now over 5  feet tall!  Here is a gallery of photos I took, mostly from June 21st (solstice) so you can see what is blooming and how far along some of the vegetables are.  Click on the thumbnail for detailed descriptions and larger photos.  Everything is grown organically. Read More

26 May

PDF Download of Sprawlstainable’s Garden Design

Thumbnail section of Garden Plan

2010 EDIBLE LANDSCAPE PLAN DRAWING 11X17 click this link to download

I thought it was very important for you to have access to the garden design for the Sprawlstainable Garden.  This drawing shows the entire site, the legend to all the edible plantings of fruits and vegetables, the house, the gardens, the patios, etc. The download is of the entire yard, the little thumbnail photo to the left here is just a small section of the garden.

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19 May

May 2010 Garden Photos

Shade Garden showing flagstone patio, Erie Viburnum, and Rattan Furniture

 I was asked to share some snapshots of the garden, so I have put together a gallery of images from the last two weeks.  I included both edibles and ornamentals.  I am looking forward to the season progressing, and you will get to see how big the veggies get, and how well the flowers do when I post upcomming galleries.  I’ll include a new garden gallery each month. Read More

05 May

Growing Shitake Mushrooms at Home

Shitake Mushroom

Growing Shitake Mushrooms

Did you know that you can grow shitake mushrooms at home?  Well we are trying it and will report how it goes.  We bought our first pre-inoculated log about 2 years ago.  It cost about $30 from a mail order company.  We did everything they said to do…soak the log, put it in the shade, keep it moist…but nothing happened.  It was supposed to produce mushrooms about 8 months after we got it…in the spring and fall for up to 5 years.  Well we didn’t have anything happen.  I called the company, and for $10 more they sent us another one last spring….again nothing happened. 

I had pretty much given up on them…but lo and behold, just this past week there were mushrooms!  Read More

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