December 7, 2018

Do you have a suet feeder?


You should. If you feed the birds you will really enjoy a suet feeder too. Suet is cheap and many birds that don't eat seeds love suet. I moved mine up to the deck this fall so I can see it from my dining room table. I love watching the woodpeckers and blue birds while we eat. The blue birds are eating the meal worms I put out all year for them.

Be sure to buy a suet feeder that is squirrel proof if you have oak trees nearby. These little pests will eat a suet cake in a couple of hours! The  one I have is like this one from Amazon. I've tried other kinds but this is the only one that I have found that really works to keep away the squirrels

Here is my post about DIY suet recipe and another one about my Impromptu Bird Feeder

November 30, 2018

I grow Amaryllis outside in my zone 6B garden

I know what you are going to say, they are tropical and not supposed to survive outside but mine have been coming back every year for more than five years. I stored those first bulbs in their pots in a sunny window in our studio. See my blog post about storing your Amaryllis. When the ground was warm enough in the spring to dig and plant, I planted them in a bed near the foundation of my house. I will admit that the proximity of the brick foundation gives them a little added protection.

They have been blooming and multiplying every year since. Try it instead of pitching those perfectly good bulbs, what do you have to lose?

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November 23, 2018

Sowing Seeds Now for Spring Flowers.

I get so many good newsletters and blog posts in my email folder. I like to pass them on. 💖 This one came from True Leaf Market. It's about winter sowing. I also  write about this method in my gardening book (Chapter 2).

Here's the link to True Leaf Market's Blog Post

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November 16, 2018

I'M STARTING TO FEEL LIKE A FARMER...

My youngest son asked me to feed his dogs and cats while he is busy clearing trees and brush for some folks who really need the help.

He has three pit bulldogs.  All are very sweet and live in his big fenced backyard with their own heated doghouses. They have a self-feeder so I don't need to visit every day. Same with the two cats that live in the hay shed but they are WILD! One of them will sometimes show up when I fill their feeder but I've only seen the other one once the whole time I've been visiting. I can't pet the one who comes around either but I can talk to it and it will meow back. Too bad I don't speak cat. Actually it may be just as well that I don't know what it's saying. LOL!

Zack also has a cow. She has a self-watering trough (so do dogs and cats) she has plenty of hay so I really don't need to do anything for her. Still that cow was a challenge. I wanted to pet her. My daddy raised calves when I was a little girl and I always loved to pet them. They would suck on my fingers and try to eat my shirt.

Not so much with this little cow. If you can call a 300+ pound cow little. I finally got her to come close enough by offering her clover from my side of the fence. She got almost close enough for me to touch her face but when I reached out...boom! She jumped back out of my reach. It's been a week and so far she comes to the front fence when she sees my car coming down the driveway, but I still can't get close enough to pet her. Maybe I need sugar cubes?

I think Zack named her hamburger (we won't even talk about why) but I call her Molly Moo.  Maybe I'll have her tamed before he finishes this job. There is snow on the ground as I write this. I don't want to pet a cow bad enough to tromp around in the snow and mud to try and make friends with a reluctant bovine. 😉 Stay tuned. I'll post if I manage to wrangle the Molly Moo.

Meanwhile, look at this giant cow someone asked Zack to move for them. One never knows what a person with a skid loader can do.




November 9, 2018

Helping your container plants survive the winter

I receive lots of great information from wholesale accounts that I buy plants from. I thought this one was particularly good advice. I know I have lots of potted perennials that I winter over every year. See my container garden at the link here.

This article describes three ways to keep perennial plants alive in their pots over winter.  Keeping plants overwinter


November 2, 2018

Salmon Steak with Lemon Leaves




If you have been reading my blog for any length of time at all, you will know about my Lemon trees. Seriously, I have lemon trees that I have grown from seed. They have been happy in pots in my yard and home for years. You don't need a greenhouse either, just a sunny window or door for wintering over inside.

Below are links about how I did it, you can too. You don't have to have a greenhouse. Any sunny window will do. 

My Meyer Lemon TreeLemon trees


Today I want to give you a recipe for a yummy, as well as healthy dish, that you can create in a snap. I don't ever spend hours in the kitchen cooking but I do want us to have healthy food.

Salmon is on our list of heart healthy protein. I'm always trying to figure out new ways to cook it. This week I brought all the lemon and Orange trees into the greenhouse and that lovely citrusy smell got me to thinking about lemon leaves on our Salmon steaks. I'm fortunate enough to have a Sweet Bay Tree too. I always use fresh Bay leaves when I cook fish. Why not add lemon leaves to the mix, I thought?

Here's what I did:


Salmon and Lemon Leaves for Two:

2 small Salmon steaks (I buy a whole Salmon side, cut it into small steaks and freeze until I need them..cheaper this way)
2 fresh Bay leaves (dried leaves will work too)
2 Lemon leaves (of course this is optional but they were yummy)
Olive oil spray
Lemon Pepper
Barbecue Rib Rub

Place the Salmon on a non-stick oven safe pan (I use my ancient Pampered Chef baking sheet). Generously season with lemon pepper and Rib Rub. Top each steak with one Lemon leaf and one Bay leaf. Bake at 450°until meat thermometer reads 145°.  Remove leaves and serve hot. As you can see above I served mine with green peas cooked with fresh mint leaves and onion, roasted potatoes (I did these in my air power cooker) and garlic flavored biscuits. I just sprinkled garlic salt over canned biscuit dough - yummy!