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catchin up.

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:35 pm

Well, lets start from from bad to good.
last winter my dad was in a pretty bad accident-he's lucky to be alive. from the hospital he was put into a nursing home where he'll have to stay from now on. I don't get to see him much, he's atleast 3 hours away. With gas prices (lets not go there) I don't go see him much but keep in contact with the nurses & him on the phone. half the time he doesn't know who he's talking to though.
moving on...
In sept 1st my daughter had her baby girl. Her name is Haley. We just had her 1st birthday party.

(me) grandma and Haley ( photo / image / picture from petunia's Garden )

This summer Jessica has been busy in 2 differant fairs with showing her rabbits. then we took our vacation this year to Ohio to visit with my son who's going to college in Lima for auto machanics. we stayed there a week with him. Boy! talk about humidity! WOW the whole week was HOT. But fun, we enjoyed the visit. Then about 2 weeks after that he came home for a short summer visit.
We had a week visit with my daughte-in-law and her family from Missiouri. Its always fun to visit with them also when they come up.
Now, Like I said, we just had Haleys 1st birthday Party. She's walking all over the place now and has 8 teeth. Boy you should have seen the frosting all over her face :) what a mess :) At the end of opening all her birthday gifts-the very last one my daughter pulls out this baby shirt that reads "BABY SISTER" we were surprised to learn there's baby # 2 on the way in April. They also have a wedding date set for Next sept-get this-9/10/11 gotta be a good date there, huh?
Now my youngest is soo glad to be back in school. She said she's ready for things to settle down for a while. She's now in her 6th grade, last year of elementary, wow how time flies.
I hope this catches everyone up.
I have put out flowers. I so love my flowers. we put up a garden in the greenhouse but it hasn't done very well-been too busy this summer. My plan next year will be to get a clear cover finally on the grenhouse, maybe things will grow better then. I have set up another plant room in a differant spare bedroom this year for winter. I mostly over winter all my coleus in there and a few geraniums. I hate seeing plants die off if they can be saved by over wintering them. The end

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A busy summer

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:32 pm

I guess I hadn't planned on this summer being as busy as its turned out to be.
This week has been our fair. my daughter shows her rabbits. She has 4 ribbons from 2 of them. Here she is with her mini rex named 'cocoa'

show rabbit ( photo / image / picture from petunia's Garden )

The judge is checking her rabbit.

judging ( photo / image / picture from petunia's Garden )

These are the 2 ribbons this rabbit took.

'fair' ribbons ( photo / image / picture from petunia's Garden )

The other rabbit is a California, NewZealand mix. her name is 'Pink Eyes':

California, NewZealand Mix ( photo / image / picture from petunia's Garden )

And its 2 ribbons:

rabbit ribbons ( photo / image / picture from petunia's Garden )

Our lineup for July (this is more to keep me in check) 7th we go to Ohio for college orientation, the 11th is registration for another fair. also one of my daughters baby shower that same day. 18th I go downstate for another shower with my family. (for my daughter) o.k. then our next big 'fair' is July 27-Aug 1. Sometime here my son is planning his move to ohio for college. And in September (7) We should be Grandparents and school will then start up for my 10 yr old. 5th grade this yr.
In between there's the garden to tend to. Its growing and I'm still adding. Hopeing vege's will still come up in time for eatin or canning.

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My Graduates

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:55 am

As much as I love gardening it just doesn't seem like I've been able to get out & do much this spring. My two oldest kids have graduated. My oldest daughter graduated from Ferris State University as a dental higenist. She is now pregnant and due in Sept with her first child. They're expecting a little girl. And my son graduated from high school. He'll be moving to Ohio to go to Univers. of Northwestern (UNOH) to pursue auto technology.
I have been busy making the yard and house look nice for an upcoming graduate party finally this Saturday. We just finished the food shopping today.
I'm hoping after this party is finished that I can get back to the stew to post pictures of my potted plants, my new caladiums I bought, my commercial size greenhouse(we haven't planted anything in there as of yet but weeds seem to be growing good-lots of work to do there!)we're still having frost anyway so I'm hoping to get things planted soon.
I really miss not posting. Here's a pict of my graduates. Now it'll be another 8 years before my youngest graduates.

daughter & son ( photo / image / picture from petunia's Garden )

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over hulling the old garden

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:52 am

My first time trying the slide show. Hope you will watch it. It takes a few minutes, but it gives you an idea of the work that was done. Next we need to bring the tractor back in and flatten out the dirt and make sure its all level. Thanks for watching.

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My new compost bin

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:17 pm

I went with a differant photo image site so lets hope this works.
This is my new compost bin. it will be able to turn by a crank on the side. The picture looks blue but it is actually a purple bin. (My fav color)

The commercial greenhouse will be set up this fall when we take down the garden. picts will be later of the construction.

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we read, we went, we looked, we bought

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 3:17 pm

Someone had a greenhouse frame for sale. They only used part of it but then later took it down. Its 18 ft wide by 48 ft long.(about like one of the commercial greenhouses). I know this sounds huge. But this is going to fit perfect into our vegie garden space. Hubby talked the lady into throwing in a spinning compost bin (about like Toni's) with the price of the frame. So I also have a bin now too-just needs a little work. How exciting.
The plan is to put the frame up in the garden so that next year when I start my seeds, we can put them right into the ground around the first of april. Many Amish people grow vegie's in the ground inside a lg greenhouse and have the best luck.
We still have to buy the heavy plastic covering and will have to get some help assembling. But when its finished, I'll take picts. We do want to get this assembled and up hopefully by the end of fall so it'll be ready to go by next year. Wow, when things just come at a good price sometimes you just have to take the plunge. What plans I can start making for next year. Its like having a new slat. The ideas could be endless. I'll use your ideas too if anyone wants me to experiment. I LOVE GARDENING. :)

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Mmmm.....first pickins

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2008 2:19 pm

If anyone remembers back when I posted picts of my strawberry patch-when we kept water on them because of heavy frost. Well because of doing that it kept them very, very nice. The plants and flower buds are many. Here is the results of my first pickins:

Now if the sun would only come out more, we will have tons more ripen up for us to enjoy.
Mmmmm.....but they taste soooo gooood. :)

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Welcome to my garden

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Sun May 18, 2008 3:05 pm

We just purchased a used garden tractor/tiller. Boy does it run great. The young man on the tractor is my husband claude.

I know this garden doesn't look like much of anything right now. But the first step is to tiller the garden first. This first one is where we had (last year) toms., beans, lettuce growing.

This part is where we had cucumbers last year.

This is one of our back gardens. We had toms. & zucchini growing here last year.

And lastly we have tilled up a new area. last year we used it for a burning pile and basically NOTHING but wasted land space. So we decided to til it up this year and use it for gardening. Though we're not sure whats going in it yet. But options are open. Down at the end is our 2nd year of rhubard patch already going to seed.

We have thought about putting in corn but the deer also come from in back of the rhubarb and would get into the corn. Another option is that we may have to fence around it, atleast if we want corn. Any way we have many options to use. Thanks for walking around my gardens with me.

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This may turn out to be a good year.

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 12:47 am

As with anything else or any where else. Jobs have been hard to come by. A friend of mine asked me to help her with her dog grooming. So I been helping her wash dogs, dry them and brush them out.
I have recently put in an application elswhere, I know they have already called my references. And have heard that they should be calling me in for an interview soon. Whoo hoo a job at last-nothing real great but hey it'll pay the bills. Then I'll still help out my friend on days I don't work.
I'll post later when I get this job for sure.

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inside my greenhouse

Category: my greenhouse | Posted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:44 pm

Though the outside structure is not not quit finished its still usable. After cleaning up we put the thermometer in there and though its warm during the day, the nites aren't warm enough yet to put tender plants in.

Here's a few of my garden collections:
paper wasp nest that hung over the garden last year.

I also collect bird nest after the birds have left.

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