Morning is my favorite time of the day
to work in my garden. We have a large walnut tree
that shades the area for a couple hours making
it much cooler. I can hear the birds singing and it's
a perfect time to talk to the Lord.
I have a few things sitting by the door so
I'm ready anytime to step outside and tend
to my fruits and veggies.
I like to wear these polka dotted rubber boots.
It keeps the ticks and chiggers from hitching a ride on
my legs and later ending up who knows where, if you
know what I mean.
Those of you who do not live in tick and chigger land, may not
understand this problem.
Consider yourself blessed.
These are what I brought to the garden this morning.
My tomato plants needed some stringing up since
I didn't use cages this year. They were looking
The gloves are for picking off the big fat juicy
Horn Worms. I just can't get myself to touch them
with my bare fingers. Ugh!
Have you ever tried to pick one off?
They sometimes grip themselves so tightly onto the branch,
that it requires a yanking that
results in... well, I don't need to get into all
the details of hunting for Horn Worms.
Yesterday I noticed some of my tomato leaves were eaten
off a couple of branches. A few Horn Worm droppings
were resting on the leaves below.
A sure sign of a Horn Worm.
I searched and searched.
I hate it when that happens because that means I
could come out the next morning and the
whole plant will be eaten.
So I got up real early this morning and to my
surprise I didn't see anymore damage. I still looked hard.
Perhaps one of the friendly birds taught him a lesson.
Here's a picture of one of those yucky things.
I have had some that were 3-4 inches long.
Now tell me, would you touch one with your bare
Oh, this is just too much for me.
Enough of that!
I thought I would share a few pictures of my
Now, remember from a previous post,
most of my plants were orphans rescued from
my friend's greenhouse after the flood this last Spring.
They were almost burnt beyond saving because
when the power went out, the big fans that keep
the greenhouse cooled down obviously didn't work.
So, all this to say, the Lord has been good and
has caused these plants to bounce back and
Looking down my raised beds.
By the way, raised beds are my favorite way
You can see how I tie up my plants here.
Sweet Genovese Basil
I'll be making lots of Pesto and putting it
in the freezer for this winter.
Sugar Baby Watermelon
I harvested this one yesterday for our
Crimson Sweet Watermelon
Not quite ready yet.
Bed with the peppers.
I planted them all in the same box.
This was a last minute decision and probably not
the best because I'm sure there was a little
cross pollination going on there.
These plants were given to me and I had to
prepare a lasagna bed really fast.
I'll wait until these turn red.
Did you know that is not good to eat green
bell peppers? The best is when they're red.
I just learned that.
I also have jalapeno and Anaheim peppers.
I couldn't get a good picture of them this morning.
This is a Bumble Bee doing his job on the Cucumbers.
I also planted:
Potatoes - Not such a great crop,
I will try a different method next year.
Green Beans - pretty much a total failure.
I'm learning that here in Tennessee it's best
to wait until July to plant. Last year my Spring
planted crop failed, so I replanted in July
and I had the most beautiful, pest free Green Beans.
Tomatillos - Beautiful plants but no fruit.
These were also a victim of the flood.
Onions - Okay crop. It was our first
year for onions and we know what
to do different next year.
Well my friends, I got a couple bites out there this morning
but I came in, rinsed off and used some
of my friends homemade healing salve.
Thanks Donna K!
I better sign off,
Breakfast is ready!
Warm Country Blessings,