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Wordless Wednesday – Pink

July 23, 2014

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Visiting Bedrock Gardens

July 21, 2014

Bedrock Gardens is located in the small neighboring town of Lee, New Hampshire.

It is a 20-acre garden that includes wonderful landscape designs, large variety of plants, shrubs and trees, hardscape, stone walls, water features, and is punctuated with sculptures that capture your attention at every turn of the head.

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In 1987, the owners, Jill Nooney and Bob Munger, started this garden at their 37-acre farm home. Jill is the genius behind the design and fine art while Bob is the engineer. Jill’s artwork is available for sale at Fine Garden Art.

Since it has become a destination garden, there is now an open-house schedule so that others can enjoy the fruits of their labors and designs.

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Many of my fellow Strafford County Master Gardeners volunteer their time working at this beautiful garden, and we recently spent a lovely morning touring and having our quarterly meeting.

Next time you’re planning a meeting, choose a garden instead of a conference room. Watch for the smiles.  :-)

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Day Lilies

July 16, 2014

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Raised Bed Hoops DIY

July 14, 2014

A few years ago, we built our daughter a hoop house. She has made updates and put it to good use over the years for starting her heirloom vegetables early and enjoying her tomato crop later than the New England seasons normally allow. It also became quite apparent that blight affected the tomato plants in the hoop house less than those in the raised beds.

We decided this year to try some hoops over two 4′ x 8′ raised beds that contain tomato and pepper plants. We wanted something simple that could be taken down in the fall because during the winter we move a lot of snow in that direction.

We clamped pvc pipes to the outside of the beds, trying a couple of different sized pipes and redesigning the tops several times, but they bowed out no matter what we did.

So, we drove rebar inside the beds and slipped the pvc pipes over the rebar. We covered it with plastic, rolled up the sides, and clamped it down. Pretty simple, and we are happy with the end result.

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Until we order or make some pvc clamps, these basic black clamps we had on hand have been working pretty well.

Here’s hoping the tomato plants are happy and will produce a lot of delicious fruit.

Do you use hoops in your garden?

Total Cost:

$47.68 – 16 pieces of 1/2″ x 4′ rebar (4 per bed) @ $2.98 each
$16.24 - 8 pieces of 1/2″ x 10′ pvc pipe (4 per bed) @ $2.03 each
$  9.50 – 25′ of 3.5 mil plastic
$73.42 – Total Cost

Don’t you love it when you read about building a large hoop house for $50? Not so much. :-)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

July 11, 2014

St. Mary's Church, Gorham, KS, 1894

In the mid 1800′s, western Kansas was home to Native American Indians, buffalo, and a few settlers living in dugouts. When the Kansas Pacific Railroad tracks went through, a group of Germans from Pennsylvania arrived and formed a community which later became Gorham around 1878.

In 1894, the cornerstone was laid for St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and the first mass was said on Christmas 1898.

Gorham, like many of the other small towns in western Kansas, experienced the thrill of an oil boom in the 1920′s, and it lasted for several years. Once the oil boom died down, it returned to its earlier small town roots.

My husband was born in Gorham and, along with his parents and nine siblings, called Gorham ‘home’ for many happy years with St. Mary’s church playing a vital role in their Catholic family.

When we were back in 2012, many of us were able to attend mass together and visit the cemetery where loved ones are buried.

St. Mary’s Church, as well as the town of Gorham itself, may be considered relics; but the current 300+ residents have joined together to maintain a vibrant small-town community that they are proud to call ‘home.’

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Almost Wordless Wednesday – Paris

July 9, 2014


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On a recent walk at the New Castle Commons and the Oceanside Cemetery, I saw this headstone. It brought a smile to my face thinking about the life that must have accompanied this sentiment.

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Fruit and Vegetable Season

July 7, 2014

RaspberriesIt’s berry season here in New England. My pulse is quickening just writing about it.  :-)

We grow raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, Concord grapes, and strawberries and cherries if we get lucky.  The blueberries  and the raspberries are starting to turn.

After checking our loaded bushes, I was out working in the yard and took some weeds to the compost pile. I noticed that there were quite a few ripe black cap raspberries growing on the edge of the wetlands. If only I could get to them over the compost pile.

So over the pile I go, pick a nice bowl and fall on the way back. Good news – I didn’t drop the berries. :-)

The tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and peas are growing beautifully. We’re eating as much lettuce as humanly possible and still have enough to share.

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This week we get ready for our camping trip at Lake Winnepesaukee next week with the grandkids and our good camping friends from up north. All the swimming gear and clean linens are packed in the trailer, and I’ve started the grocery shopping. When we camp for our second week in August, we’ll hope the wild blackberries are in season because the bushes drip with large, juicy, blackberries and everyone loves them.

Camping means comfortable clothes including plenty of T-shirts. So, I did sit down for a while at the embroidery machine to dress up a few plain shirts.

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I live outside in the summer whether it is gardening or camping. Inside can await my arrival in November. :-)

Are you an outside or inside person?

 

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