Sunday, February 26, 2006

I Love Dirt

I finally got some seed starting materials and I'll be getting some more this morning. This is exciting for me because HB hates to buy dirt. Yesterday Jodi gave me a bag of garden soil she didn't need and HB was thinking we wouldn't need to go buy dirt now. I had to explain once again garden soil is different than potting soil. He thinks dirt is dirt.

I'm planning on using theJiffy Greenhouse 72 this spring. I have better luck starting seed with the peat pellets. I'm thinking of doing it in the basement where there is more room and no babies. The first flat I'm starting is herbs. It's still a little early, our last frost date is mid May. I've been following the directions for years and my luck is about 50/50. I think I'll just do it my way and see what happens;)

So far I have lemon basil, chamomile, calendula, parsley, chives,lavender,and thyme. My little lavender plant bit the dust last month. It didn't get very big so I brought it in for the winter. It did fine till I put that narcissus in there with it. I think the roots took over. My rosemary died this week. I never can keep them alive for more than 2 years. Oh well! If at first you don't succeed...

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

You Are 52% Addicted to Love

Might as well face it, you're addicted to love.
You've been a fool for love many times - but are you the wiser for it?
Your needs should come first, both in and out of relationships.
Because you're the only one who can look out for yourself!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

These Tulips won't make it to spring at this rate. I covered them with leaves. I hope it helps. Posted by Picasa

These Surprise Lilies are certainly in for a surprise if they don't slow down. Posted by Picasa

Daffodils that should be sleeping. Posted by Picasa

Friday, February 10, 2006

Bev's Blog Is One Year Old!

365 day's 124 posts. That's the most I've ever written in a journal before. I don't have any of my diaries from when I was young. The main reason for that is they were almost blank. I think one year I actually wrote in one maybe 10 times. Then there was the time when I was a teenager and I had a whole notebook full of all my thought's and dreams and poems. But my step-mother got a hold of it and read it and I got in a lot of trouble. I quit writing after that.

A lot of things have happened this past year. Some happy and some sad. A few hello's and a couple of sad goodbyes. Two years ago I didn't know what a blog was. One year ago I decided I wanted to leave a comment on a blog. And now here I am a Blogger:) My friends and family roll their eyes when I talk about my blog. Then they start thinking I'm some kind of computer expert and can solve their computer problems. Some day they will understand. Maybe.

I've gotten to know a little bit about some really neat people. I've noticed I comment on other blogs the same way I socialize at parties. I kind of stay in the back unless I have something to say. If I think it's important enough I speak up. If someone else can say it better I keep quiet. So even If I haven't commented for a while. I'm still there reading and laughing and enjoying what you have to say.

Oldroses you are one of my favorite bloggers. You make me smile regularly. You do so many fun things. Your even busy in the middle of winter when everyone else is hibernating and waiting for spring. Congratulations onGarden Voices it looks great.

I've even gotten my brother interested in blogging. He just started but I'm sure he will get the hang of it soon:)He is still trying to figure out the difference between a web page and a blog.

Being a blogger has helped me learn quite a few things on this computer. A year ago I didn't know how to add links. I didn't know how to add pictures to anything not even an e-mail. Html was Greek to me. And messing with a template never would have crossed my mind. This year I hope to learn even more. Starting with understanding RSS feed. I put it on my blog but I still don't get it. And I'd like to learn how to make my own templates. I'd also like to take a photography class so I can take better pictures.

So here's to another year or two or three...

Killing Bugs

It's a beautiful sunny day outside. Just a little cold and windy, but not cold enough to keep the little bit of snow we got this week from melting. The birds are outside fighting over their lunch. And we are inside keeping warm. I finally saw not just one, but two squirrels in the yard. I was beginning to think they were gone.

I've been taking care of my houseplants this week. I really hate using chemicals on my plants, but I have to get rid of this scale once and for all. I put them in the tub and spray them down with insecticide. This time I'm using Houseplant& Garden insect spray by SCHULTZ. About an hour later I give them a nice shower, wait till the leaves are dry, and spray them again. I also trim off all the dead stuff. Then I put them on the counter away from the untreated plants. They always look so happy when I get done:)

I'm going to treat all my plants except the African Violets. They don't seem to be affected and they really don't like to get their leaves wet. So they don't get showers. My other plants all get showers once or twice a year. Sometimes more if they are outside or looking like they need it.

The only other care they really get are watering, (whenever I stick my finger in the pot and the dirt is dry up to my first knuckle) trimming off the dead stuff, and occasionally I remember to give them some SCHULTZ liquid plant food.

While I sat here the weather changed. Now it's snowing, The weird kind that looks like Styrofoam balls. The sun didn't even stay out long enough for me to take a picture. Well back to the houseplants. TTFN...

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Parsley Rocks!

After 42 days of above average (didn't even have to wear a sweater) weather. Old Man Winter might be coming around. It's getting kind of chilly out there. The wind chimes are going crazy.

Every year I pick a new herb to learn about, grow and use. Last year it was Dill. This year it's going to be Parsley (Petroselinum crispum). Parsley originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region. It has been known as a medicinal herb for over 2 thousand years.

Parsley is a diuretic that purifies the blood and accelerates the excretion of toxins. It stimulates the appetite and aids digestion and metabolism. It can also ease bloating, stomach cramps and nausea. As well as relieve arthritis symptoms. Eaten regularly, it reduces heart rate and lowers blood pressure.

Don't cook parsley, because heat destroys it's valuable vitamins and minerals. Chop the herb just before using and add it to hot foods at the last minute. You can keep it fresh by sprinkling it with water,wrapping it in paper towels and refrigerating in a plastic bag or place parsley stems in a glass of water and refrigerate. You can also freeze it in a plastic container or bag and remove just what you need for each recipe.

That's what I've learned so far about Parsley. And for years I just thought of it as a garnish. I've already started adding it to some of our meals but not the fresh kind. I'm going to start some from seed soon and I can't wait to see how it turns out. Maybe I'll go to the store and buy some fresh but probably not. It never looks very fresh at the stores around here.

I went to the Walmart for my mother. I couldn't stop myself from going into the garden section. I bought some seeds and an African Violet that was on sale. It was a bi color and so unique looking I just couldn't resist. My grandma would have loved it.