My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Little Catching Up

New Paint
I have been tired of the junk accumulating around the front door so last weekend I did something about it and cleaned things up. The pink hulk is actually two old pieces that were laying around rotting. The base was a potting bench my son built for me when he was a teenager. I cut off the rotten parts of the legs and replaced the top boards.

The back part was an old waterbed head board. I cut off the termite eaten bottom boards and set it up on shelf brackets attached to the back of the base. The pink paint was a mistint exterior paint for half price.

A couple of old wooden chairs were accumulating piles of stuff in the house. I washed them up, the white one is as I found it. The yellow one I sprayed with some outdoor spray paint. I love the bright sunny yellow color. The little table is actually plastic. It used to roll around on wheels but they have rusted up. The green paint on the top had begun to weather so I gave it a shot of purple in honor of my friend that gave it me, purple is her favorite color.

Thing 2

Two black kittens have been added to the menagerie, Thing 1 and Thing 2. They are so funny running and playing. At first Giotto barked at them all the time because they would run away, climb up the shade clothe and run along the tops of the kennels. They are both sweeties and fun. I hope they will start taking care of the rodent problem when they get a bit older.


I had to replace my swamp cooler awhile back and of course my constant companion Giotto had to be right in the middle of everything, including the new cooler.

Giotto in the new cooler

The garden has grown some very pretty sunflowers but that is about it. Between rats, squirrels, chipmunks & moles there isn't much food to be had out there. Ah well, there's always next year, eh?


  1. Mary, I've been a little lax on my blogging as well. This summer really geared up with unexpected things that filled up my schedule. It does feel good to clean up and start re using things again, doesn't it. I finally started plowing through my basement last winter. I made it through about half the stuff down there and can finally see the floor. This winter the basement might get to the point of being used again. Decades of good stuff has been stored there so long I don't even remember putting it down there. Most of the stuff came from the main house cleanup when my wife died 13 years ago. I just didn't want to deal with it at that time so I stuffed it in the basement and there it has remained for all those years. So now it's almost like opening a time capsule. Thirteen years ago it brought raw emotional tears but now it brings smiles and sweet memories. Time really does heal deep emotional hurts.

    The garden here in Nebraska has not produced much either. The extreme weather patterns for this spring and summer has either destroyed or stunted the garden plants. The tomatoes are terrible tasting and all but the potatoes were destroyed from the very late spring frost and three weeks later the high winds with hail. Oh yeah and the flash flooding from the seven inch rain. I've given up on the garden harvest for this year and focused on finishing the fence and building more raised beds.

    I hate it when things break and need repair at the most inopportune times. It's kind of a way of life when living in an aging house. My house is closing down on 50 years old which isn't real old but coming close to another round of appliances. Nineteen years ago was the year of renewal. Everything broke. The TV, the refrigerator, the microwave, the dishwasher, the furnace, and the hot water heater. Hopefully, this time it will spread the cost out over a few years.

    Have a great catching up day.

  2. Isn't it nice to re-purpose things and they look so cherry when painted fresh! Love the little kittens and your dog. Nancy