Lorraine loves Hummingbirds !!

First Hummingbird of the seasonShe’s a sucker for Hummingbirds!! So excited to see the first one of the season. But can’t justify the purchase of **THIS** feeder. Beautiful but just too expensive for my budget. Look at all the items I purchased yesterday (for less than the price of that feeder).

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SpinnerCar load for the garden

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Weights on shade screenFrom the thrift shop, water bottles for weights so the shade screen doesn’t sag in the middle. (It is drawn back half way. Will be stretched full length later in the year.) See the extreme heat (even in April)!!

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Thermometer in the sunshineThermometer says one twenty

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See my blog message Hummingbird poster and trivia.

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Planting according to the moon

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How to Garden by the Moon

Gardening by the Moon is a great way to help plan your above and below ground crops. Here’s how it works:

  • Plant flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing, of the Moon: from the day the Moon is new to the day it is full.
  • Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon: from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

In an effort to succeed with my veggie garden, I am faithfully following phases of the moon. Today is almost the darkest day and I hope my underground plants (onion and radish) will grow extremely well.

Planted onion seedsPlanted radish seeds

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Ginger added to my garden

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A follow-up on my earlier post: Cancer cells killed with ginger ?!

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Letter C blue with stick figure
creatively

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Letter A with stick figure (2)
approaching

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Letter R black with stick figure
rhizome

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Letter E with stick figure
experiment

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Ginger plant
Letter G with stick figure (2)
ginger

How to plant ginger root.

What kind of soil does ginger like?

Two ways to plant & grow Ginger.

Ginger over chemo: This powerful root can eliminate 10,000x the number of cancer cells

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Cut up Styrofoam containerStyrofoam cubes in bottom of planter

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Mixing coir and soil for planterAdding soil to coconut fiber

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Adding mixture to planterReady for ginger root

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Planting by the moon. Total dark of the moon, Tuesday, April 5th.–The roots were cut on April 1st so several days to harden. ~~ This location has part to full shade.

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Ginger rootsGinger root planted

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First sign of ginger rootGinger is growing

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Ginger plant on June 16Ginger is twenty-seven inches tall

Preview of project under construction

Preparing a supportPVC pipe support

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Drilled hole for hook (1)Hook screwed into wood (1)

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Drilled hole for hook (2)Hook screwed into wood (2)

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PVC pipe support (2)Two supports displayed

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Sun screen will be hung laterSee my earlier blog message. In a few months, Texas blistering heat will scorch every living thing. My veggie garden suffered last summer!! I’m preparing a framework for the shade screen–to shelter my Garden Tower. ~~ First, we prepared a concrete slab so the Garden Tower would have morning sunshine. Now, I created the framework for afternoon shade. (My helper too busy to assist.) My intention: Something temporary. ~~ FYI: Other than shade screen, very little expense; I had the vertical pipes set in cement base, long PVC pipe for horizontal frame, and zip ties.

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Trial and errorPostscript, Wednesday, April 6, 2016: “Yours truly” is obsessive compulsive. I was eager to climb the ladder and attempt to attach the shade cloth.

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Taking shapeLooking south

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Thank goodness for zip tiesZip tie

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From the kitchen windowI anticipate there will be modifications. Many of my projects are “trial and error.” ~~ I’m grateful this quirky project came to fruition.

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SunshineGarden Tower in shade

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How to make your own potting soil

How to make your own potting soil.

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Until 30 years ago, most gardeners made their own potting soil by combining their best garden soil with rotted manure from the barn or buckets of leaf mold hauled home from damp stream banks, topped off with a dusting of wood ashes. Dollar sign in shopping cartContrast and compare: North American gardeners now spend more than $500 million each year on potting mixes and specialty soils. How many of those dollars do you want to come from your wallet?

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I’m just the messenger!! Maybe I’ll start the ingredients for home-made planter soil?! Meanwhile, I’m one of the “North American gardeners now spend[ing] more than $500 million each year on potting mixes and specialty soils.” How often (on this blog) have I mentioned the purchase of coconut fiber and quality organic planter soil?? ~~ I posted this message because several subscribers to the Garden Training Project asked about mixes for their Garden Tower.

Fourth month dawns

Letter C with cowCow pots

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Letter A with ant Ants

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letter-r-with-radish

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Letter E with eggplant

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What do cows and ants have to do with my Garden Tower project?? Very little!! I’ve used cow pots” for some seeds, and cuttings, in previous gardening. Fire ants have been a BIG nuisance in my yard!! I’ve been badly bitten many times. ~~ I won’t attempt to raise eggplants but plan on radishes. ~~ Sometimes I just feel like adding a little humor to my blog.

April first

No laughing matter: fire ant bites!! I recently read a remedy and the following is comment #20 by Tamara, April 26,2015.

I want to add that Lavender (essential oil) is EXCELLENT on bee stings and ant bites. I have no experience using it with other insect bites, but have personally used lavender oil in the aforementioned conditions with amazing relief. With the bee sting, I applied it immediately after the bee stung me. The pain was instantly gone, and the swelling at the site never progressed. Then I shared it with someone who had severe fire ant bites on her legs. Amazingly, she found relief when nothing else had worked for her!!