Mary Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow

Well mine grows in raised beds, buckets and in the ground! Finally got everything in the garden that I bought and still have room for a bit more :0)

7 different tomato plants have been put in buckets (they don’t like my raised beds), 1 cubanelle pepper, bok choy, Swiss chard, 5 different cucumber plants, artichokes, 3 different kinds of carrots, 3 different kinds of beets, 3 different kinds of radishes, butternut squash, a melon that I can’t recall the name of, two kinds of pop corn and a variety of herbs! That should keep me busy for the summer!

Then there is my mother in laws house where there are 6 more beds and pots of tomatoes and potato’s!

I’ll add more photos of her beds next time!

Gardening is a great work out! But man not having spring weather is hard on a person. Thank the lord for a cool shower and ice water! For muscle relaxers and the heating pad!

Now we water and wait!

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Gardens are finally coming together

It has been crazy hot here in the 937 farmers almanac says we should be in the hi 60s, we were at 84 at one point when I looked and I’m sure it felt more like 95. Anyway, got my mother in laws beds all filled up

And got the potatoes planted over there and tonight I finally got some help to get dirt in my beds. I need about 10 more bags and I’ll be ready to plant

It’s hard work but it gives me great joy to watch it all grow! Hoping the rain holds out tomorrow till the late afternoon so I can get the rest of the dirt in my beds and get my little seedlings in the ground

I’ll let ya know how it goes!

Garden centers

Here in the 937 we have several garden centers to go to to get ideas and purchase plants. It’s still 2 weeks before we are safe to put things in the ground here in Ohio. The Garden Center I was at yesterday says May 15th is the last of the possible frost dates.

Anyway, I picked up a few flowers for the front pots

But the coolest part about going to Garden centers is getting ideas. A few years ago we got the idea to spray paint the tomato cages after going to Lowes and seeing all the colorful cages! Added a lot of color to the garden :0)

So far this has been the coolest thing I have seen at any of the Places I have been and what a great idea…

Turn your tomato cages upside down over your cucumber plants. They can vine up the cages. Game Changer! I’m so gonna try this and I have a few other thing for them to climb up when I get to planting.

Till next time…..happy gardening!

Finally a spring day!

What started out as a cool 56 degree morning turned into a beautiful spring day! I have been outside all morning and afternoon. 71 degrees in the 937 and I had to put short sleeves on (yeah, started in a sweat shirt.)

Today’s goal:

open the windows….check

Transplant the seedlings….check

Talk with the company that’s doing some yard work for us….check!

Man it feels good to get some dirt therapy in today!

So I movies the seedlings into cups as to give them some more room to take root. The cups we can reuse. There’s another month before we can get them in the spot they will live in.

I also found lots of containers to put the plants in that we will be digging up next week. We are putting in a bed in the front yard. Moving stuff from the back yard. Yes there will be photos! But that caused me to move stuff at the mother inlaws house to get to the containers I needed. So here is before and after. Yes I picked up the lid after I took the photo :0)

So glad we had a spring day. Only bad thing was a nail in my shoe that took pliers to get out. Thank heavens it went between my toes!

Can’t wait to get started on my next project next week….the back yard!

I’m ready for spring….

I had to get some plants in some dirt. I needed to feel something growing and watch it burst out of the ground. I got my wish..

That was after just three days. March 2nd I started sowing the seeds and by the 5th I had growth. Yesterday was the 17th and this is what I have.

15 days and I have sprouts everywhere. It’s looking like everything but the tomatoes will be ready soon….opppps however I’m going to put them in a bigger container till after Mother’s Day. Here in the 937 it’s not safe for them to be planted. We usually get just one more good frost right before Mother’s Day. Last year we planted a week before and lost two beds full of plants due to frost.

My cousins run a Facebook page called Beginner Foodie and I will be live streaming on there and sharing blog posts. Showing people how easy gardening can be and how they too can go Garden to table. For those of you finding my blog I hope you enjoy it as much as I like writing it.

Another year is done

Wow 2017 is going to be over in a few hours and I have had some time to think about the last year. I have gotten in better health! Walked not one but two 10ks this year! Went on a great vacation for Sanibel Florida! Planted a wonderful garden. Made better choices for my eating! Kept my blood pressure under control. Had family come and visit at my house for the first time ever! And my business did pretty well this last year as well! I have had a pretty blessed year really!

As 2018 comes rushing in I want to take a few minutes and share what my plans are for the new year.

Business wise I am taking a Master Class and learning more about portraits and getting more candid photos of my clients. Try and get there natural appearance. Even going to work on selling some of my work. Reading the Photographers Market 2018 book and going to get my work out there a bit! Starting January off with promo photos of a client for her new radio show…so exciting!

Still going to work on my health. The gym a few days a week and then some added stretching at home. I plan to walk the Air Force 10k again in 2018 and walk it a bit faster than in 2017. A few 5Ks I’m sure are going to happen as well. Plan to keep taking inches and weight off my body and continue to cook more at home for me and the family.

Going to spend time with friends and family in 2018. Going to try and make a schedule to see people that I have missed this last year. Even if it’s a FaceTime chat. Life is to short not too!

I am taking time for me in 2018. Whether it is a walk, a trip to the gym, some quiet time or what ever I am adding this to my life in 2018. It will help my mind to me healthier as well.

May 2018 be blessed beyond all our imaginations. May we all be healthier than we have ever been and may we be doing what makes us happy!

Bring in 2018! I’m ready!

Verde Salsa

This spring I planted tomatillos in the garden. I went out to the garden and got all the ripe tomatillos off the vine. So I gathered the ingredients I needed to try and make Verde Salsa. I got out the blender and the food processor to help chop things up. 

Here are the ingredients you need:

10 cups of tomatillos 

1 Med onion chopped 

2 teaspoons garlic

1/2 cup cilantro 

1 tbsp of lime juice 

A little bit of a jalapeño pepper

(But wait there is more)

I cut the tomatillos in half and roasted them cut side down in a pan that I covered with aluminum foil. I figured there would be juice and I was right.

I put them in the oven on broil for 7 minutes and checked them. Ended up putting another minute and a half on them.

While this was going on I sautéed some yellow onion and garlic.

Cooked till it was translucent and then sat both the tomatillos and the onions aside to cool off. I put them in a bowl. After taking the tomatillos off the pan I poured the juice into a bowl just incase I need to make the salsa more saucy.

Then I put it all in the food process (was gonna use the blender but didn’t think it was big enough.

Tasted it and it needed some help…I added 1 ripe mango, 1 medium size yellow tomato, 1/2 of a grilled peach, 1/2 a grilled nectarine, 1/2 a lime, 1&1/4 tablespoons course salt, 1 small roasted red pepper, 1/2 of a green onion, 1 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, another small magi and another yellow tomato. Then and only them did it Taste good enough to eat.

Then I canned some of it!

We will have some for this winter!

Day Six: Connect 

Connect is an interesting word. I enjoy connecting worth people. Being a photographer I enjoy photographing connections like this….

  
Thanks,

Ohiophotogrl

The journey

As we each know in our own way, we sometimes take a step forward to take 2 steps back.  I have fallen and gotten back up more times then I can remember but the good news is I have gotten back up.

Physically I have been slowed down to a crawl for the last 3 weeks.  I took my shoe off and caused a tendon in my foot not to be happy.  Moon boot has been on and it is getting better but not as fast as I would like.  With that being said I have been able to get my mind and heart a little better in tune  with what I want to see happen in my life.

I am a procrastinator.  I have all these great ideas and my follow thru has been terrible.  Thru this whole sit on my behind and rest phase of life I have been able to organize my thoughts a bit better and get a grasp on what I need to get better at in this regard.  I am working on getting my cards on Etsy and eBay….Ill share that with you when I get the stores published.  I did become a business last month.

I will be doing better for my health as well. I have put me on the back shelf to get other things done and I am telling you that that is changing.  If I don’t take care of me no one else can.

With that being said I am ready to re commit to giving the world the best me that I can. Be looking for more updates!

One day at a time!

Ohiophotogrl

Been a little while

Sorry for being away so long.  Life has a way of getting in the way of taking a few minutes and regrouping….yeah know.

Anyway…Life is good.  My business is picking up which is a good thing :0)

The weight loss journey has had it ups and downs but I do have this to share:

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In January these were tight and now I can say that I am down pretty much 4 pants sizes.  Scale hasn’t changed much but when I saw this picture it gave me the faith to keep on keeping on.  People tell me all the time that it looks like I am dropping weight….Now I believe them!

Still struggling to give up pop.  Need to work at that a little harder.  More water.  More exercise.  Its almost the cold months so Hopefully I can get back in the grind of things!

Anyway thanks for stopping in!

Ohiophotogrl