Baskets and Plants

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), gardening

I managed to get 11 baskets prepped yesterday so now they are handy to stitch when I feel like it.  And that is all the sewing I got done this weekend – so the table and scraps were cut and several baskets made and more cut – other than that I was reading or outside working.  Linking to MCM#73 Cooking Up Quilts today and Love, Laugh, Quilt.

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One thing I am working on right now outside is cutting off the lower branches of trees out in the area a ways from the house.  I am having to bend way over the lawn mower when I go under trees and although this feels like a good yoga stretch LOL I thought it was time to trim.  I have filled up the small trailer that I use 4 times now and still will take at least one more day of work to get it done.  Trees grow so quickly here.  This is just part of the area I worked on yesterday – I forgot to take a photo of the area I already cleared.  Would you believe none of these trees were here 36 years ago when we moved here.  I take that back the pine tree in the distance was here but it was quite a bit smaller.  Most of these washed in as seeds, or blown in from the wind.   This was pretty much on open field when we moved here – just a couple little trees – we would keep it cut as the kids like to play ball over here, gradually as they quite playing in it I would cut it once or twice in the warm weather and just let it go, gradually trees started to grow and we planted some too.  Now it certainly doesn’t look like an open field anymore.  I keep it cut now as it is part of my walking trail here at home.  I will walk around the outer edges to the edge of where I keep it cut.  If I didn’t keep cutting it once a month it would be over grown with trees by now and we would have a forest all around us as we have on the other side of the house for an acre and in the back of us about a 2 acre stretch a 1/2 acre wide.  I like to have a little bit of open space.

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The garden is growing but is surrounded by very soggy mulch – my feet start to sink as I walk around it – we have 2.5 inches of rain on Friday night and into Saturday morning – more expected Tuesday night – we will dry out one day and then I will have to be dragging a hose around watering things and wishing I had a little rain.  All in the shade in the evening.

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Tomatoes on almost all of the plants, just beginning though so not many.

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Green Beans ready to blossom and for some reason the deer have not paid attention to my garden this year!  Maybe I will have enough beans for a couple meals  – this is not a big crop

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Same with the peas – I have not have a lot of blossoms and at this rate I will be lucky to get one or two meals.

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Some of the day lilies blooming.

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The blue hydrangea have started – some kind of lilac again this year and others are blue – a very pretty mixture on one plant. – I really need to put pine needles around them this fall and see if I can get some pink ones – that is what changes the color – the acid.

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Thanks to all that ordered from Craftsy during the sale – I do appreciate it.  I put it at the end of the blog always so as not to annoy – if you are not interested stop reading!

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7 comments… add one
  • Deb May 22, 2017

    It is all so green and lush there and wow, tomatoes already ! 🙂
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  • Beth May 22, 2017

    I can’t believe you have tomatoes already, that’s great! I hope our plants produce well this year….last year wasn’t a great year for the garden. One day I will try to grow peas as they are my favorite veggie. Have fun in your garden!
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  • Judy Zoll May 22, 2017

    I for one appreciate the heads up on the Craftsy sales. I don’t always order but I love to look.

  • maxine lesline May 22, 2017

    What a great little garden.. tomatoes so big ! Maybe the deer have better foraging now with all the rain… and your stuff is less appealing…. maybe.

  • Nann May 22, 2017

    Cute baskets! Your garden is doing well so far.
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  • Sandra B May 22, 2017

    Karen, I had to chuckle as I read your blog post this morning….we trimmed trees yesterday afternoon as well! My husband was having to duck under them when cutting grass, just like you, except we don’t have a riding mower. Our yard is much, much smaller than yours, so no need for the riding mower. So now he can remain upright as he passes under the trees….
    Love all those little baskets you have prepped!
    We had a couple of cool days over the weekend….rainy today and tomorrow here in Virginia….and still cool….

  • Dottie bishaw May 22, 2017

    Hi Karen, I’m back from my trip to Florida. I just finished reading all your blog posts from the week we were gone. Boy, I’m worn out just from reading about all the things you got done, lol! You really have been busy and have accomplished so much. Your garden is so beautiful and has grown so much since I saw it last. Your baskets are looking great, and the charity quilts are so beautiful! Reading on your porch sounds wonderful, thank you for the heads up about the books. My son and his family are still young and never seem to rest. We were so busy going and going, I didn’t even open my tablet once. We really enjoyed it, but so glad to be back home again. Now to get caught up on my work. Hope you enjoy your day on the porch.

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