Inspiration


We went to a library sale a couple weeks ago (yes, it has been that long since I’ve been able to set aside time to write an update!) and I thought I’d share my haul with you. A grocery bag of books for $3 makes you forget to edit your selections before you buy.

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The most….well….unusual book would be “Unusual Vegetables”. There are 79 suggestions of uncommon veggies to grow if you get tired of tomatoes and peppers. I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but there are some interesting suggestions with in depth descriptions of nutritional advantages over more common varieties and instructions of how to grow them successfully.

I also picked up a book called “Carpet Gardening”, which I thought was about low growing alternatives for grass, but it turns out it’s about how to use actual carpets in your garden as mulch. Uh, I don’t think so.

The same day I picked up an extra large garlic roaster and a couple of old ball jars with their seals for $2 at a church sale!

I just received a timely blog posting from the UCONN extension blog about floating row covers that I thought some people may find useful.

I’ve been sick in bed, wishing I could get outside to take pictures of the bean seedling explosion taking place today. I decided to check up on the blogs I follow, and I was stunned to find that my friend, Annie’s Granny, has chosen me as one of her picks to receive this beautiful award!

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Thank you so much, Granny! I don’t get to update as much as I’d like to, and I’m new to the blogging game, so I’m very honored that you have chosen me. I will pass it along with pleasure! Of course, everyone that I read has I think been given one already. I’ll have to hand out awards when I’m feeling more coherent.

Since I don’t have any new garden photos (maybe tomorrow if I feel better and it’s not pouring outside), here’s a special one just for Granny, and her Annie.

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That’s Marvelous Marvin, Annie’s long distance boyfriend, enjoying his favorite Harley Davidson blanket. And don’t ask me why we have that blanket in the first place…..we don’t have a motorcycle nor the desire to ever own one.

I regularly read a blog created by a man in Northern England. He has extensive gardens of varying kinds (raised beds, row gardens, poly tunnels….) and he grows giant onions for competition. I just noticed that he started a new section for his first attempt at growing long carrots for show. He posted some pictures of his friend’s past attempts:

He will be attempting to grow 4 footers! This guy reminds me of my grandfather in terms of coming up with ingenious contraptions to serve a specific purpose. He’s definitely got the brain of an engineer.

Here’s his setup for the carrots….bottomless carrot tubes!

I would encourage you to spend some time checking out the whole blog. He takes a lot of pictures of his gardens and the step by step processes he goes through from seed to harvest. Even though he’s in England he seems to have a similar growing season to mine, so I can actually follow along and know I should be following roughly the same schedule.