Make, Do and Mend

The cyber-diary of what this homemaker makes, does and sometimes mends.
My motto is "if you do stuff, stuff gets done"

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Use what you have garden 2013

I would love to have a green thumb but my gardening success are really a hit and miss.
In 2009 and 2010,  my backyard pot gardens did great and I grew enough cucumbers, tomatoes and squash all summer that I never had to buy any of those at the grocery store.  I also picked lots of jalapenos too.

Then 2011 and 2012 were so hot and dry- even with lots of watering- not much grew and very little was harvested.  

I still want to try to garden a little. 
 I was looking around the backyard and came up with this.   I built a little framed  in area with some pavers our neighbor gave us.  I put several layers of weed-fabric in the bottom.  
I am going to use this little area to place our pots in.  

the 3 big pots were discards from another neighbor who purchased trees in them.  

my assortment of pots
quite a mish mash, huh?

I've since gone through all those pots and arranged the biggest one in my little garden spot- more pictures to come.
We went to Lowes to buy some plants but there was just so much to look at and I really dislike shopping,  so all we bought was a few bags of manure to enrich the soil that that is already in the pots.  I planned to go to Atwoods, a smaller store, to look at their plants.  Then I remember a gallon zipper bag in the freezer full of a seed assortment,  saved from several different sources and projects.

I sorted them out and think I will just plant seeds and see what happens.  It will certainly be thrifty!

here is what all I could plant.....

several kinds of beans and squash- probably won't plant any of these in the pots

flower seeds- mostly ones I harvested myself
zinnias, marigolds, geraniums and the ones marked red yellow library flowers are Indian Blanket wildflowers.
These will mostly get planted in the flower beds in the front of our house.  

3 kinds of Sunflowers

4 kinds of tomatoes

Herbs- dill, thyme, basil and cilantro

2 kinds of leafy greens
2 kinds of spinach
and 1 partial packet of radishes

2 kinds of cucumbers and 1 packet of peas

2 packs of Morning Glorys
but I am not too optimistic that will sprout, they were the oldest seeds in my bag

Just 2004 and 2008

It would of been nicer if I had started these seeds in the house a few months ago and had bigger plants to set out
but it is warm and I think, that any seeds that are sproutable,  will sprout quickly.
Warm weather is just now getting started so I have plenty of time to replant (with store bought plants)  if any of these don't work

I hope I have lots of good growing plants to show you soon- but you never know!

Well, I started this garden more than a week ago. The weather was nice this morning and I had free time and was able to plant my seeds and water them in.
Oklahoma weather can be so harsh, maybe I will get a harvest and maybe not.

This garden may not produce but all my grands are thriving and growing like weeds, so to speak.
This is baby JJ, dimples and all.

Partying at 
Think Tank Thursday at
Saving 4 Six

and at
Manuela's (from A Cultivated Nest) and her friend's brand new blog hop
The Creative Home Acre Hop

and with
Danielle at Sunday Blog Hop.  Blissful and Domestic

Pretty Happy Funny Real at Our Mothers Daughters.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


We are fine, just heartbroken. We live about an hour away from Moore, where the worst tornado was yesterday.

If you want to help Oklahoma, pray for us. Donate to the Red Cross.

Just so sad!

I am going to take a blogging break, don't worry about me.