A Gardening Carnival-December 24, 2008

Welcome to the December 24, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

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makingthishome presents Shopping for Locally Grown Poinsettias posted at Making This Home, saying, “Thank you for hosting. Hope you enjoy our greenhouse discovery.”

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Susan Morris presents Bonsai – An Exercise In Patience posted at Bonsai Tree, saying, “Some tips for people caring for their plant.”

Giorgina Devereaux presents Garden Party Decorations posted at Home Decor Blog.

Sarah presents How to Properly Mow Your Lawn | Winter Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Many people mow their lawn too short and effectively kill it in the process.”

Susan Morris presents A Quick Introduction To The World Of Grow Lights posted at Bonsai Tree, saying, “An intro to hydroponics for our bonsai trees”

M.D. Creekmore presents Tire Garden posted at Survivalist Blog.

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Julian Pollock presents Compost to Reduce Trash Bill and Turn Garbage into Garden Soil | Organic Family Circle posted at Organic Family Circle, saying, “Here’s an other view on organic recycling and composting to share and perhaps inspire new methods and techniques.”

Tomato Lady presents Fall Garden Tour posted at Little House in the Suburbs.

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Hortois presents Grow Early Potatoes posted at The Compost Heap.

Nora Dunn presents Gardening Down Under posted at The Professional Hobo, saying, “learning to Garden in another country always presents some challenges and opportunities. Here is a personal and humorous recount of my own (foreign) veggie garden.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form.

The next issue will be hosted at my new gardening blog, My Gardening Patch, on January 28, 2009.

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A Real Christmas Tree-Now what?

Today’s post is courtesy of my husband, Gary Emmett.  This piece ran as a column in our local paper on December 4, 2008.  For those who don’t know, Gary has a degree in Horticulture and has worked in the field, both retail and for a Gardening Chemical Manufacturer for the past 15 years.  He is MY secret source for information.  (The recipe is mine.)

It has been exciting to be back in Lovell and especially for the Thanksgiving Holiday. It was a time to see family and friends and also a time to reflect on how we are blessed in our lives and what we are truly thankful for.

It is also a time for the tradition of getting a family Christmas tree. It actually would be the first time I took my family to the mountains to cut our own Christmas tree from the forest. Having worked in a greenhouse/nursery, all we had to do was walk into the greenhouse and pick out the best looking, flawless trees that we could find, that had just arrived from Oregon. Oh the ease of shopping for a tree.

Moving back to Lovell has definitely brought changes and adjustments to our lives with the way we used to do things. Some adjustments I just shake my head at and have to say this is Lovell. However, I was looking forward to going to the Big Horns and cutting our family Christmas tree: a first for my son.

When I got the permits from the Forest Service office, I received an informational guide about what trees were able to be cut, how to cut the tree and also where they could be and couldn’t be harvested from. No problem!

As the day came and the holiday turkey and pies were all taken care of, we as a family, along with my brother, Alvin and his family, headed up the mountains to cut a tree. Having a saw in hand and the right permits too, we were on the prowl for the perfect mountain grown tree.

Trekking through the snow didn’t detour my desire to find the perfect tree. But I just wasn’t finding it, however, I did find next year’s tree. I know that sounds funny but I did: Now to get everyone to leave it alone. Thank goodness for my niece, Marianne, she found our tree: The perfect sub-alpine fir tree that would fit in our new house.

I prefer the characteristics of the sub-alpine fir tree to that of some of the other native evergreen trees. But my likings might not be the same as yours, because I am sure your family has the perfect tree too.

There are some very important tasks that should be followed to help ensure a fresh cut Christmas tree stays just that: FRESH. The most important is water. Make sure that your tree has plenty of water and that you put it in water as quickly as you can. My tree drank a gallon of water in the first 24 hours. Check the water availability daily. A tree will seal itself off, if not given enough water, thus the tree will then dry out prematurely. Also leave the aspirin in the medicine bottle, the soda drinks in the fridge and the Vodka in the liquor cabinet; these are all “home remedies” that don’t work. Water is still the best solution. Don’t add anything to the water.

If there is a ceiling fan overhead, or a heat register near by, reduce the air movement around the tree. This will help prevent premature drying out of the needles.

And don’t place your tree close to a wood burning stove, open fireplace, or near your entertainment systems. Excess heat will dry your tree out very quickly.

For the last couple of years, we got away from a fresh Christmas tree in the house and went with an artificial tree. They really aren’t the same. What fun and joy and memories we have missed out by not having a real tree for Christmas.

I am writing this passage while sitting in the front room, under the influence or the spell cast by the mesmerizing lights and sounds of the season. Yes I am fortunate to be back here in Lovell. Family, friends, and even the changes that life can bring, should always be a part of what we are thankful for no matter what time of year it is.

Party Sausage Dip

2 lbs Jimmy Dean sausage

16 oz Sour Cream

16 oz Cream Cheese

1- 4 oz can of Green Chilies

2 Lrg Tomatoes

In a large skillet, brown sausage and drain grease off. Reduce heat; add cream cheese and sour cream. Stir until blended together. Add Green Chilies.

It is best to allow the mixture to blend and mellow together in a slow cooker for a couple of hours. Just before serving, dice the tomatoes and stir into the dip.

Serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy

I like to use a combination of plain and spicy sausage (1 lb chub ea). If you like black olives you can add those too.

A Gardening Carnival-November 26, 2008

Welcome to the November 26, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

Condo Blues presents Three Easy, Natural, and Free Fall Centerpieces posted at Condo Blues.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Yard Yarns (Limerick and Haiku Prompt) posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

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GrrlScientist presents Lotus Blossom posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Lotus blossom. Photographed at Attwater, Texas.”

Laurie Bluedorn presents Trivium Pursuit » Blog Archive » Flowers posted at Laurie Bluedorn, saying, “Here is a tour of our garden as it was in August.”

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Sarah presents Guide to Buying Sprinklers | Winter Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “A guide to buying the right sprinklers for your lawn.”

Machione presents GREEN ACRES Is The Place To Be… posted at Fear And Loathing – The Gonzo Papers, saying, “This summer a vegetable garden popped up in The Writer’s Refuge.”

Kilroy_60 presents I Took Time For Myself… posted at The Lives and Times… of Anthony McCune, saying, “Yesterday I made a point of taking time for myself. I shot photos of the lamb’s ear my mate planted in the garden.”

Hortois presents What Ornamental Grasses to Grow posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “Top grasses and bamboos”

Rachel Kayne presents An RKayne Garden: Northwest Garden Show posted at An RKayne Garden, saying, “organics, water gardening, indoors and out, container, I do it all (oh, and bonsai!).”

Wilfrid presents Time Saving Gardening Techniques posted at Gardening Tips For Beginners, saying, “A few techniques that can go a long way when it comes to making your gardening more efficient”

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Hortoris presents Conservatory Plants posted at The Compost Heap, saying, “Indoor plants see also http://gardenerstips.co.uk/blog/flowers/hibiscus-senensis/”

Dereck presents Gardening in the Winter posted at I Will Not Die.

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GrrlScientist presents Manhattan in Autumn at the Anne Loftus Playground posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “The Anne Loftus playground, which is located in the northeast corner of Fort Tryon Park in Inwood (Manhattan), was named in honor of Anne Loftus (1925-1989), who was a businesswoman and a neighborhood administrator. The park itself, which covers 67 acres, was named for Sir William Tryon, who was a Major General and the last British governor of colonial New York.”

Lauren Rose presents Choosing the Best Plants for your Garden posted at Own Home Style .com, saying, “How to choose the best plants for your garden”

organic gardening

Karen Shanley presents Author Mom with Dogs » Blog Archive » Zucchinis or Squashes Setting Small Fruit? Absence of Bees May Require Hand Pollinating posted at Karen Shanley.

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Woman Tribune presents Top 10 Produce You Should Buy Organic posted at Woman Tribune.

Kathy Hester (GeekyPoet) presents Grow Your Own Lettuce posted at Walk a Greener Path.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on December 24, 2008.

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A Gardening Carnival – October 29, 2008

Welcome to the October 29, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

Sharontpc presents Who Knew? My Clematis turned into Morning Glories. posted at Psychic Cottage, saying, “Not sure if you do funny gardening stuff.”

Lauren Rose presents THE CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES | Own Home Style .com posted at Own Home Style .com, saying, “Nowadays due to the introduction of new hybrid varieties in vegetables, which are susceptible to pest and diseases, there is demand for more plant protection, usually with toxic chemicals.”

GrrlScientist presents Honeycomb posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A picture of a honeybee honeycomb, photographed at Russ Pittman Park, Texas.”

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GrrlScientist presents Seattle Visit: University of Washington’s GreenHouse, Part One posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Part one of my two-part photoessay about my visit to the biology department’s greenhouse on Seattle’s University of Washington campus. lots of gorgeous images!”

Condo Blues presents Condo Blues: Drying Fresh Lavender posted at Condo Blues.

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Kristen McCarthy presents Community Gardens: Transform Urban Spaces posted at this-sustainable-life.com, saying, “Traditionally, community gardens emerge in the most unlikely spaces: from dispossessed parking lots and abandoned railway lines, to hubcap strewn parks and needle plagued back alleys, to the sagging rooftops that overlook laundry lines stretched out across the cityscape in multifarious patterns. In these areas rejected and wasted from human-made decay, urban gardens are birthed.”

Sarah presents Ridding Your Lawn of Gophers, Moles and Other Rodents | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “How to get rid of pesky lawn creatures.”

Bobbie Whitehead presents Garlic Onion Time posted at Bobbie Whitehead.

nichole halsey presents Growing Garlic at Home – Planting it? posted at Bad Human! Don’t take chemicals from strangers!, saying, “Easy fall planting”

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Annette Berlin presents How To Grow Hydroponic Herbs posted at Craft Stew, saying, “I’m not much of a gardener. I’m too afraid of snakes and spiders to enjoy playing in the mud. The one exception to my purple thumb is hydroponic herbs. Growing hydroponic herbs is so easy, even I can do it. It’s a no-brainer.”

Sarah presents Why Is Proper Lawn Clipping Height So Important? | Spring Lawn Care – Lawn Care Tips posted at Lawn Care Tips, saying, “Some reasons why it’s really important to clip your lawn correctly.”

John Rhodes presents Lawn Care Success or Failure, ProGardenBiz Magazine V1 Issue 3 posted at Lawn Care, saying, “Some things that will determine whether your lawn business is successful or not”

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Giorgina Devereaux presents Outdoor Decorating Ideas posted at Home Decor Blog.

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Jamie McIntosh presents Save Money with Organic Gardening posted at Jamie’s Blog, saying, “Everyone knows that green living techniques can save money by saving energy in the household. Earth-friendly organic gardens can also help you save money.”

GrrlScientist presents Seattle Visit: The Montlake Fill (UBNA) posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “This photoessay describes my visit to one of the finest small- to medium-sized urban birding areas on the west coast of North America, the Montlake Fill. This is a reclaimed wetland that was formerly a city dump.”

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Bobbie Whitehead presents Cole Crops Ready posted at Bobbie Whitehead.

KimberlyKA presents Vegatable Garden Planting Guide posted at Food Talk 101.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on November 26, 2008.

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A Gardening Carnival Delay

Due to the unavailability of Blog Carnival at the moment, I just wanted to let you know that A Gardening Carnival will be delayed until they are back online.

Thank you for your patience as we wait for the Blog Carnival Site to come back online.

Fall Projects

With the arrival of Fall, you may be thinking that there really isn’t much to do in the garden except complete your harvest.  But Fall is not a time to slack off and forget about gardening.  On the contrary, it is a time to prepare your gardens and lawns for the Winter slumber they are about to undertake.  There are a lot of great things that you can do now to encourage a strong growth in the Spring.

During the next week, we will be focusing on several of these items so that you are sure to have the best garden and lawn that you possibly can next Spring.  We will discuss the reasons you need to do certain things now and I will even tell you how to do them.  Some of the topics we will discuss will probably be familiar to you.  But there may be a few surprises for you.

So don’t put up your garden gloves and tools just yet!  We still have some work to do.  And when we are done, I will even tell you how to take good care of your gardening tools so that they will last you for a longer period of time.  Together, we can make the most of your investment in the garden.

For some of you, you may be thinking that after these discussions I am telling you about, that we will be done here at Her Gardening Blog until Spring.  On the contrary…we will be here all Winter with lots of gardening advice.  I will even offer some advice on Fresh Cut Christmas Trees.  There are several houseplants that we can discuss and of course there are all of the seed catalogs, pre-Spring planning that needs to be done, seed starting and the list goes on and on.

But I am getting ahead of myself…we have some Fall projects that we need to complete first.  So lets plan on getting our hands dirty just a little longer so that we can have the best lawns and gardens that we possibly can next Spring.  After all, what you sow in your garden today will reap you great bounties tomorrow.

Photo provided by sebastiano

A Gardening Carnival – September 26, 2008

carnival-ride.JPG Welcome to the September 26, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

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GrrlScientist presents Visiting Darwin’s Home, Part 2: The Gardens posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “[photoessay] After touring Darwin’s Down House near London, England, I next toured the Gardens and photographed some of Darwin’s experiments. Includes information and lots of photographs.”

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Melinda presents VIDEO!! Gardening 101: How To Hand-Pollinate Tomatoes & Peppers posted at One Green Generation.

Deanna Caswell presents Add PVC Hoops To Raised Beds posted at Little House in the Suburbs.

Piedro Molinero presents More About Butterfly Gardening posted at DIY Gardening Tips.

Deanna Caswell presents Build a Garden Cubby posted at Little House in the Suburbs, saying, “Thank you!”

P.L. Frederick presents Why I Hate Flies posted at Small and Big, saying, “Not sure if this is appropriate for your carnival but just in case. It’s a short, fun read!”

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Jendi presents Problem Solved posted at Garden Vines.

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Jamie McIntosh presents Sawdust in the Organic Garden posted at Jamie’s Blog, saying, “Put wood shavings to work in your compost bin or garden storage area.”

Marilyn Zink presents Benefits of Organic Herbs vs. Non-Organic Herbs posted at Herbal Collective, saying, “How organic herbs help improve skin care, bedding, cosmetics and shampoo, particularly for children.”

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Piedro Molinero presents Rose Gardening posted at DIY Gardening Tips.

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AdmirableIndia.com presents Pearl Valley or Muthyala Maduvu, Karnataka posted at AdmirableIndia.com, saying, “Cauliflower”

Chris Hinkelman presents What do you do with the mid-season glut? posted at Borage for Courage, saying, “One of my absolutely favorite recipes for using your fresh garden ingredients.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on October 29, 2008.

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Harvest Time!

harvest.jpgThis past week has found me harvesting many different items from my garden and the gardens of others.  I have preserved green beans and I have made several jams.  This week I will be making and canning salsa from the many yummy things that I have grown in my garden.  Soon after that I will be freezing corn for the winter.

I love the satisfaction that I get when I preserve foods.  I feel I have accomplished something great for my family because I am putting to use the things we have grown in the garden.  I also know exactly what we are getting when I can the items and I know exactly what is in them.  I love having that control.

I have several favorite recipes that I use when I am preserving foods for the winter.  Whether I am freezing items or processing them in jars, I have definite tastes and likes and dislikes.  I have found that I like to have green beans both canned in jars as well as some frozen on hand.  I use them for different meals and I prefer the differences in texture and taste in different meals.  Variety is good for the soul and the pantry.

Since I didn’t get very many zucchini recipes, I thought that perhaps I would try again with a collection of recipes from all of you.  I will again compile the recipes into a downloadable FREE e-book.  I will also include the small number of zucchini recipes and ideas that I received in the book.  We are just going to expand it a bit.  So here is what I would like for you to do:

Leave a comment below this post with your favorite HARVEST recipe.  This can be anything that you like as long as it uses items from the garden.  You can even include canning and freezing recipes for inclusion in the e-book.  I am looking for recipes for breads, muffins, jams and jellies, beverages, relish, salsa, skillet dinners, casseroles, side dishes, main dishes, desserts.  If you can think of a recipe that includes garden items, then leave a comment with the recipe and your name so I can credit you properly.

I can’t wait to see what we can create from the Harvest of our gardens!  

Photo Provided by  ppdigital

A Gardening Carnival – August 27, 2008

carnival-ride.JPG Welcome to the August 27, 2008 edition of a gardening carnival.

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Mark J. Donovan presents Winterizing a Garden posted at HomeAdditionPlus, saying, “Mark Donovan of HomeAdditionPlus.com discusses the steps in preparing your garden for winter.”

Machione presents Volunteers Needed For Garden That Feeds The Poor posted at Stark County, Ohio News And Views….

Machione presents I Took Time For Myself… posted at The Lives and Times… of Anthony McCune.

Ena Clewes presents Dealing With Garden Pests the Organic Way – Gardening Articles – Organic Gardening posted at Organic Gardening, saying, “For many gardeners, a good offense is better than a good defense when it comes to pests in the garden.”

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Lightening presents 5 Reasons to Start a Herb Garden posted at Herb Garden, saying, “There are plenty of good reasons to start your own herb garden. These are my favourite.”

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Katrina Cain presents Poisonous House and Garden Plants For Pets and Humans. posted at Were You Wondering….

organic gardening

Condo Blues presents 40 Flower, Plants, and Trees That Attract Japanese Beetles posted at Condo Blues, saying, “If you have a garden full of Japanese Beetles, you might want to remove their food source as alternative to killing them with chemicals.”

Carolyn presents I’ve got worms! posted at Juggling Frogs.

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AdmirableIndia.com presents Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore: Part 2: Bonsai garden, Lotus Pond, Lalbagh lake and Rose garden posted at AdmirableIndia.com, saying, “Cabbage”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a gardening carnival using our carnival submission form. The next edition will be posted on September 24, 2008.

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Home Grown Tomatoes

Since we have been talking about tomatoes in the garden this week, I thought it would be appropriate to share this video with you. It is a fun and upbeat favorite song of mine. And this video is a nice little tribute to John Denver as well. There are several pictures of our country boy that aren’t seen all that often. A nice touch indeed. I hope you enjoy this video that I am sharing with you today.

What is your favorite thing to do with homegrown tomatoes? What is your favorite thing about them? Leave me a comment and share.