Saturday, June 6, 2015


Pink Peony

Old-fashioned, cottage garden flowers and plants are my most favorite. And guess what is blooming? My peonies! They have beautiful, fragrant, pink, double flowers. Peonies are easy to grow if they are in the proper site.  They like full sun (at least in the early spring) and moist, but not wet, soil. After flowering, let the leaves and stalks grow until fall. They provide nutrients and energy for the plant, which is needed in order to flower the next year.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Urban Farming Guys

This is a really cool video about urban farming in Kansas City, Missouri.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Video About Growing Shiitake Mushrooms

 This is a very informative video from the Urban Farming Guys about growing shiitake mushrooms on logs.

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Gardening has taught me patience. Or so I thought. I have learned that if I plant a seed and keep it watered, it will grow. If I tend to my garden, it will eventually yield flowers and vegetables. So why am I checking the mushroom log multiple times per day?

I was sprinkling the log with water on a daily basis, but impatience won out. I decided to soak the log to accelerate the process. The baby pool seemed to be about the right size, so I filled it and soaked the log for about 8 or 9 hours, then returned it to its shady spot.

My teenagers reminded me that I watched pot never boils. So what did I do this morning while they were still sleeping?  Yes, I checked on the log.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Mushroom Log - Who Knew?

I've been gardening for over 20 years and I've tried growing many different plants. Some have been amazingly successful, others partially successful, and some have failed miserably. Growing mushrooms had never occurred to me. (My teenage son just pointed out that mushrooms are not plants, they are fungi.)

One day, about 2 weeks ago, our wonderful neighbors gifted us with a beautiful shiitake mushroom log. My reaction:  Mushroom log? What is a mushroom log?  Well, guess what?  A mushroom log is a log that is inoculated with mushroom spores and if all goes well, will produce gourmet mushrooms for several years.

I placed the log in a shady spot between our shed and the neighbor's fence. I've been watering it every day to keep it moist since we haven't had rain for about 5 or 6 days. Hopefully, we'll be enjoying some shiitake mushrooms in the near future!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hot Hot Hot!

Wow, like most of the country, we are having a hot, dry summer.  On average, our area gets about 4.5" of rain between June 1 and mid-July.  This year, our total for that period is 1.18" :-( We need to water the garden every day.  But it is worth it - the garden looks great!  We enjoyed our first cherry tomatoes this week!  And surprisingly, the lettuce seems to be holding up in the heat.  The eggplant have flowers but no fruit so far.  And I'm wondering when the beans will flower?  But that is part of the joy of gardening - the anticipation and discovery of the mysteries of nature.