Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Here it is, mid October in Western NY, and I still found a bit to harvest this morning. Usually, I'd have turned it all over by now. With encouragement from some other bloggers, "One-Hundred-Dollars-A-Month, The Garden Geeks, and Shawna Coronado,"  I have not only extended my veggie garden grow time, but have planted late harvest of carrots. The changing climate might have a bit to do with it.
Now you may not think this is a big deal, but for me it has given me the courage to move past traditional local  thinking, and move into uncharted territory for me. I am going to try to start a small spring green house as well, stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

I cant seem to comment on most other comment boxes, on other's blogs. A few I can, but most don't go through, can anyone help me? I cant expand my viewing audience, if I cant comment on others.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Impatient Gardener: The Garden Appreciation Society

The Impatient Gardener: The Garden Appreciation Society This is the view from my kitchen breakfast counter.  Thank you for allowing your readers to share.

Change of Front Entry

This was the first color and and original clear glass. We have no foyer, so you can see right into my house. After a couple years, I thought we needed a change, something more private.

This is the new leaded glass we had installed to still let in light, but filter the view.  The color of the door was changed as well, its a sort of green with a gray/blue cast.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

I am not a fan of rambling front yards, but this one on the Garden Walk was lovely. The groupings of plants lead the eye to restful patches of grass. The grass frames the plantings, with  well groomed shrubbery highlights.

I love this chart, I got it from a post on Face Book. Think I have to go out and move some bulbs around, before the squirrels get to them.

Shade Garden Patch, stay tuned....

New plantings next to shed, there is some sun filtered though the trees in this area. I am no expert in any of this, so it's an adventure in shade gardening.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Parkside Garden Walk

 This was one of my favorite houses, on one of many Garden Walks in Western NY. This backyard in North Buffalo is "L" shaped. The home owner, also owns a rental property to the side street. That property  had a very large yard, and half of it was added it to the main property.
Old neighborhoods give us the opportunity to see well established shade gardens.

A few years back this section held a children's tree house, with exercise equipment below. With children grown, the space was turned into a restful repose.

                                                  The property has a conjoined driveway,                                                       and the space between the garages was                                                          converted to a whimsical reading spot.

Monday, September 2, 2013

This is the view toward my house. I planted a butterfly garden a path across from my veggies to draw bees.
There are 2  (8 x 4) raised beds. Next spring i may try to add 2  (4 x 4) beds and try SQUARE FOOT GARDENING.

Mid Summer Veggies

This view is looking toward my neighbor's yard. This development is just about 5 years old, so we are all adjusting to the elements and soil conditions. From left to right I have planted, green bush beans, which have done very well, lettuce, beets, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, parsley, and some waning leaks.
The parsley has come back, on its own, for 2 years, and so have the leaks. The cage is to keep 4 legged visitors out.  
I grow enough crops to supply my neighbors and myself with salads for the summer. This garden is 4 years old and I freeze tomatoes, make sauce, and put up pickles 2 years ago.

These were some of my most recent summer friends. The Hibiscus made a very splashy showing this year. 
Sunflowers popped up all over my yard, thanks to the squirrels, and made friends of their own.

Summer's End

It's Labor Day week-end here in Western NY and I finally have 
Bell peppers and some  Better Boy tomatoes turning red.
If I had to sustain my family on my veggies, they'd starve.
I planted some carrots a few weeks back, and they are doing fine so far. The cucumber plants have literally hit the dust, as you can see, to the left of the tomatoes.  My husband made a sturdy ladder for those cucumbers to climb. The sun rises to the left, and next year I am moving things around to give the tomatoes more direct morning sun.