My beginning garden and what I did today

raised bed japs and chard

Last summer was not a good one…. especially for someone running a gardening blog.  I had several cancer surgeries and June 2 had everything removed.  It was a 12 week recovery, so no gardening. i figured I’d just plant a winter garden.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Six weeks later, I had a massive heart attack aka a “widow maker” had to have 2 surgeries, 3 stents and had complications. I was hallucinating and in ICU for 7 days.  I was transferred to the hospital that is owned by our insurance and they were so horrible, that i packed and left at 2 a.m.  They refused to let me use a wheel chair or stretcher so I borrowed a walker and forced myself to walk out and get in the back of the car, while my husband drove me home.  I was very sick, but they were so incompetent and rude, that I actually told them I’d be more comfortable dying at home.

Those of you who know me, know I’m a strong part Cherokee, native Texan, half Irish, who never takes no for an answer. So although it took me 15 minutes to walk the short distance to the door, I did it!  I was so pissed off, that nothing was going to stop me, not even a heart attack.  I should have spent another week in the hospital but this particular one is like spending a week in a horror movie.  I vote no.

It’s 2 weeks and daily physical therapy and nurse visits before I even walk to the bathroom without wobbling and shaking. Finally, two weeks after being so out of it, I was able to get out of bed and walked my dogs outside, but inside the fence.  I was standing there just enjoying the mountain and the wildlife and looked to my left and a mountain lion was outside the fence, stalking a baby deer.  I said to myself, there is no way I’m going to survive cancer and a heart attack, just to be eaten by a mountain lion when I get home!   The lion saw me and the dogs and swagged off at his on slow pace.  I came back inside and decided maybe I still wasn’t strong enough for outside, much less having to shoot a lion.

So present day. a year after all this uterine cancer stuff started and I am still tired and HAVE to eat vegan and take a lot of medications that make me feel really bad, but I got out there and started planting my garden!  We planted 6 romas today in the yard. Our soil is so rich and full of worms. I put organic blood meal and calcium in the holes to feed the tomatoes (calcium) and ward off voles (blood meal). Also dryer lint is supposed to keep the voles, rats, mice off the plants. we’ll see. I planted herbs in different spots. My pineapple sage is growing like mad, some greek oregano, lemon balm, citronella, and moved a couple of trees. blueberry wasn’t in enough sun and neither was one of the dwarf asian pears. I planted a chocolate habanero in a pot so I could move it far away from the japs, to prevent cross polintation, and chocolate mint where one of the blueberries had been. fertilized everything with DRAMMATIC O and it was stinkolicious. This is special fish liquid fertlizer that has pieces in it. Tomorrow I will be starting tons of seeds for other stuff I want to grow.  I had planted beans and some potatoes about a month ago. We have weather so REALLY I COULD grow veggies all year!

I only took a photo of one raised bed that is only partially planted.  The wire on the non planted side is to keep kitties out of it.  I learned years ago to cover the beds with wire so that it isn’t a litter box for the hood cats.  Once i finish filling the box we’ll cut opening to fit around the planted items to allow them to grow, while protecting the rest with the wire.

Just an update. I’ll take more photos as I get time and things progress.  Thanks for not leaving my blog while I have been out of sorts.

Happy gardening!

Gardengal Bevy aka Beverly

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Organic Gardens Help Fight Global Warming

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Not only do you get lovely tomatoes,fresh greens and berries….

Your backyard organic garden may hold the keys to preventing climate change.

Researchers at the Rodale Institute have learned that organic soils trap atmospheric carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, and convert it to carbon, a key component of healthy soil.

In the longest-running study of its kind, the Rodale Institute’s Farming Systems Trial (FST) has compared organic and conventional farming side by side for the past 23 years. Important findings have included organic crops’ ability to withstand drought-year stress much better than crops raised on a diet of chemicals.

http://www.organicgardening.com/living/organic-gardens-help-fight-global-warming

THE BEST SEED TAPE EVER!

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Best Seed Tape Ever

Planting tiny seeds is easy with this simple gardening trick.

 

best seed tape ever: toilet paper

It’s difficult to space tiny seeds, such as carrots, in the garden. The best way to solve this problem is to make homemade seed tape. Here’s how to do it:

1. Unroll a strip of toilet paper on a table (double ply works best), mist it with a sprayer, and place the seeds along the center of the strip. Be sure to space the seeds based on the seed packet’s recommendation. Tip: Alternate carrot seeds with radish seeds because when the radishes sprout, they help to mark the row and break the ground.

2. Starting along the strip’s long edge, fold a third of the paper over the seeds, then fold the other third over to cover the seeds completely. Lightly tamp the paper, misting it again to secure the seeds. Make as many of these strips as you need. Then carefully carry them to the garden.

3. Make shallow furrows in the prepared soil, lay the strips down, and cover them. In a jiffy, your small seeds will be planted and perfectly spaced.

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/best-seed-tape-ever?cm_mmc=OGNews-_-925872-_-05302012-_-best_seed_tape_ever_image

5 EASY STEPS FOR FAST COMPOST Get garden-ready compost in about 30 days.

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http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/5-easy-steps-fast-compost

Making compost is probably the single most important thing you can do for your organic garden. The success of your garden depends on the soil, and the health of your soil depends on the compost you give it. And making compost isn’t difficult. With very little effort on your part, you can turn throw-away materials into this sweet-smelling, nutrient-rich, no-cost soil conditioner. So how do you start this easy composting?