Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seeds for 2015

Once again, another year of growing season is about to begin. Although there is snow everywhere at this moment, I know I will have a very good summer time. I have visited the store and bought some seeds. I have carrots, beets, string beans, zucchini, peas, lavender, romaine lettuce, radishes, peppers and swiss chard. I also have some old seeds that might still viable like tomatillo, eggplants, sun flowers and spinach.

There is no special plant I am adding to the garden this year. I am planning to grow regular plants I normally grow each year. Last year, I have tried growing Roselle, a tropical plant. I found out that the plant requires longer time to mature and produce fruits. With the shorter summer time here, the plant did not give me any fruit. However, I am happy to consume the sour taste of the leaves. I still have the left over seeds and will plant them this year.

Brussels sprout and the purple cabbage did very well last year. I may try them again this year. I will use the same method I did, that is to use a row cover. It will keep the butterfly away from laying their eggs on the plants.

I have sketched the layout for the garden. I am rotating the 4 quadrants of Heavy feeder, Light feeder, Medium feeder and Soil Amendments. I have started this method since last year. It is said that this method will keep the bugs at bay and improve the soil fertility.

Another technique I try last year was to create a trench and bury food scrap in it. This method is also to help boosting the soil.

I have been collecting a lot of the empty soda bottles throughout winter. I am planning to use the soda bottle to cover the young plants. The soda bottle will protect plants from wind damage and cut worm. This technique has been working great in the past. I will continue doing this.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The end of 2014

The year of 2014 is approaching to the end. I am very pleased and blessed with all the good and happy memories throughout this year. A lot of tasks I have accomplished despite the changes in the administration. Love life was soaring even though my dearest honey had to undergo a massive surgery. Being a worker and a care giver was not an easy tasks. I thought I did them well. The growing season was really awesome. For the very first time after too many years, the Brussel sprouts grew for me. The same happened to the purple cabbage and the Roselle plants. I am very happy and had shared the wealth with my good friends.

Visiting mom’s house was the most enjoying time I had this year. Three weeks there celebrating the Ramadan Eid and my sister’s birthday seems too short but I was happy to see the family. My nieces and nephews are all growing into a beautiful young ladies and young man. They are doing well at school and I am so proud of all of them.

I am hopeful and looking forward to another great year in 2015. I am wishing Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my readers. I will see you all next year.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spooky Halloween

Once a year, it should be ok for me to have fun and join the flow. This year's Halloween party was all out. It took us the same amount of time to put the decoration up and to take them back down. The food was great. The crowd was supportive and fun. Besides lunch, the attendees could buy raffle tickets. There are also Halloween trivia game, throwing hoop and pin the pumpkin.
 We were using dried leaves for real fall effect. I had a great time wearing this blonde wig and mask.


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