Country Gardening

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Country Gardening turned 2 today!

Country Gardening turned 2 today!

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I have been looking and looking for something different to buy for Christmas gifts this year. Found this site that has some gardening holiday gift ideas.My goal is to buy items that are wanted and will be used. After all there are only so many sets of thermal underwear and garden gloves a person needs…

I have been looking and looking for something different to buy for Christmas gifts this year. Found this site that has some gardening holiday gift ideas.My goal is to buy items that are wanted and will be used. After all there are only so many sets of thermal underwear and garden gloves a person needs…

Bloody Butcher Corn photograph
We grew Bloody Butcher corn this year from heirloom seeds. Legend has it this red corn originated in the 1800’s when settlers inter-planted Native American corn seeds with the settlers white corn seeds. Unusually beautiful ground as cornmeal. Bloody Butcher Corn has also been traditionally used an ornamental corn, hanging on the door of  many a country cabin.

Bloody Butcher Corn photograph

We grew Bloody Butcher corn this year from heirloom seeds. Legend has it this red corn originated in the 1800’s when settlers inter-planted Native American corn seeds with the settlers white corn seeds. Unusually beautiful ground as cornmeal. Bloody Butcher Corn has also been traditionally used an ornamental corn, hanging on the door of  many a country cabin.

Yellow Roses blooming photo
My roses were doing ok, but not OKAY!! I experimented with an organic method to boost my blooms. I started spreading coffee grounds in the garden. The results were better than expected. My Yellow roses Love coffee !

Yellow Roses blooming photo

My roses were doing ok, but not OKAY!! I experimented with an organic method to boost my blooms. I started spreading coffee grounds in the garden. The results were better than expected. My Yellow roses Love coffee !

Marconi Sweet Peppers
The perfect pepper from our garden this year. Great taste and texture. Excellent fresh, diced, minced for canning and freezes well. We have added them to everything from scrambled eggs to meat loaf. Fry alone or add diced onions. Place sliced Marconi peppers in a skillet with a little butter or olive oil, right before plating, grind on a little fresh sea salt. YUM.  THE Perfect side dish or addition to any recipe.

Marconi Sweet Peppers

The perfect pepper from our garden this year. Great taste and texture. Excellent fresh, diced, minced for canning and freezes well. We have added them to everything from scrambled eggs to meat loaf. Fry alone or add diced onions. Place sliced Marconi peppers in a skillet with a little butter or olive oil, right before plating, grind on a little fresh sea salt. YUM.  THE Perfect side dish or addition to any recipe.

Canning Green Beans
This is the first time in 20 years I am canning green beans instead of freezing them. We only had one over-abundant harvest, hungry deer ate the green bean plants down to the roots.

Canning Green Beans

This is the first time in 20 years I am canning green beans instead of freezing them. We only had one over-abundant harvest, hungry deer ate the green bean plants down to the roots.

Bearded Iris photograph
I used compost from our homemade compost bin on my iris, just to see if it would help my iris blooms. Look at the beautiful color and huge blooms on my purple iris. It makes the trouble of saving kitchen scraps and coffee grounds worth it !

Bearded Iris photograph

I used compost from our homemade compost bin on my iris, just to see if it would help my iris blooms. Look at the beautiful color and huge blooms on my purple iris. It makes the trouble of saving kitchen scraps and coffee grounds worth it !

Kiki helping me plant flowers
Do you mind if you have  cats in the garden? Here in the very rural parts of the country you simply must have outside cats to keep rodents and snakes at bay. Why not make a specific garden just for them…planting catnip or catmint will help keep your feline friends happy.

Kiki helping me plant flowers

Do you mind if you have cats in the garden? Here in the very rural parts of the country you simply must have outside cats to keep rodents and snakes at bay. Why not make a specific garden just for them…planting catnip or catmint will help keep your feline friends happy.

If you are watching your budget, it can be difficult trying to decide on buying plants for your garden vs starting plants yourself from seeds. First of all you must decide whether to invest in buying plants for your food garden or flower garden. This year, we agreed we had room to start seeds for both garden areas.

If you are watching your budget, it can be difficult trying to decide on buying plants for your garden vs starting plants yourself from seeds. First of all you must decide whether to invest in buying plants for your food garden or flower garden. This year, we agreed we had room to start seeds for both garden areas.