Sunday, June 23, 2013

photo up date on garden and flowers June 23, 2013




onions and flowers

green beans


sun flower



tomato plant

Thanks for checking out my garden. I haven't had much time to update my blog, so I apologize for that.
That is just how life is. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and live life.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Breakfast ready in the morning when you are

breakfast ready in the morning when you are.
Want breakfast tomorrow without lifting a finger?

Place 2 sliced apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch salt in the bottom of the crock pot.
Pour in 2 cups of oatmeal, 2 cups of milk and 2 cups water.
Do NOT stir.
Cook overnight for 8 - 9 hours on low.

  • Kathy Hunt To cut back on the sugars this is what I did.
  • Kathy Hunt Sliced apples, a squeeze of lemon juice, cinnamon, oatmeal, water to cover up to the oatmeal, tapioca about a table spoon on the apples and molasses drizzled in. I stirred it even though it say not to. Leaving the apples on the bottom. Cooked on low over night. Hot and ready to go in the morning. I didn't use any salt but it tasted fine. Poured some probiatic keefer yogurt over it in a bowl and ate a good breakfast. I was going to add dried cranberries to it at the tail end of cooking but forgot. It would have made it a little sweeter. The keefer yogurt cooled it down to eat and is 99% lactose free.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Monday, June 10, 2013

working on garden party

The day has been so nice for working in the garden. Got up early and it was so cool out. Almost like it was going to rain. Good thing it didn't rain, I was able to get a lot done. It was like a spring cleaning day. Getting inspiration to get the yard done by planning a garden party. May be a Tea Party or just an old fashion BBQ., I can not wait to be able to show the garden off.

If anyone has any idea's for a fun garden party please pass them along. I have thought about all my little stone statues and odd items in the garden, making a scavenger hunt for the kids. I am taking pictures of stuff for the garden / yard and will make a flyer of the items. Then we can see who can find the most items.

I have heard of theme parties like Alice in Wounder Land.

OR even a butterfly theme.

Cup cakes
I have butterfly lights and images.

OR even a simple garden party with mason jars of lemon aid and so on.

I have fresh mint and rosemary.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

New garden photo's

It was a bit windy today. At least it wasn't 100 degrees. Got my first red tomato today. Enjoy the photo's.









Green Beans



garden flowers


Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 6 2013 garden update

It is been some strange weather but the plants are doing good. The hot days are here, but there is a cool breeze blowing through the garden. I was able to revive the snow pea's into producing again. Moved the snow pea's, to a cooler spot and put up a shade cloth soaking it with water to keep the plant cool. Also did a mix of epson salt and water to water the snow peas. This helped to get new flowers which means more snow pea's.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

How to kill mosquitoes naturally by Mather Nature News

I have noticed some mosquitoes in the garden area. They have been out mid morning while I do my walk through. Looked up Mother Nature News, for a good way to keep the mosquito population down, this is what I found. To tell you the truth most of the ideas are good, but I am not into putting chemicals aka deet on my skin. If you can't eat it you shouldn't put it on your skin.

How to kill mosquitoes naturally
We'll help you take back your summer with eco-friendly tips for how to control mosquito problems in the yard.
Mon, Jun 20 2011 at 12:49 PM

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Photo: JamesJordan/Flickr
Ahhhh. The sounds of summer: the crash of ocean waves, the crackle and bang of Fourth of July fireworks, the sizzle of burgers on the grill.
Unfortunately, the sounds of summer also include the whine of pesky mosquitoes. But there is plenty you can do to turn down the volume so that you can enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.
Learning how to kill mosquitoes naturally is important beyond ensuring a comfortable backyard cookout. Mosquitoes present a health risk to everyone in the family – even Fido. Mosquito-borne diseases – which kill 1 million people worldwide every year – include malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis and, more commonly in the United States, West Nile Virus. Mosquitoes also carry heartworm, a life-threatening disease for dogs.
So, it’s worth the effort to control and kill mosquitoes around your house and to reduce your risk of getting bit. Here are some tips for mosquito control:
Don’t give mosquitoes a nearby place to breed 
Most mosquitoes can fly no more than one to three miles, and some mosquitoes such as Asian tiger mosquito have a flight range of just 100 yards or so.
Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes breed by emptying in the saucers of flower pots, hauling off old tires, cleaning rain gutters and frequently changing the water in birdbaths. Walk your property with an eye for puddles. Fix the problem.
Stock ornamental ponds with mosquito fish that eat the larva or treat them with larvicide mosquito rings sold at home and garden stores.
Don’t give mosquitoes a nearby place to hang out during the day
Like their fellow bloodsuckers, vampires, adult mosquitoes rest during daylight. Mosquitoes spend daylight hours hiding among vegetation. Reduce mosquito shelter in your yard by trimming weeds and keep the grass short.
Spraying the lower limbs of shade trees, shrubs and other plants with home-use products containing deltamethrin and lambda-cyhalothrin can reduce the adult mosquito population, according to the American Mosquito Control Association.
Properly apply insect repellant
There are a number of proven-effective insect repellants that provide hours of protection available. There are four repellants that have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and IR3535. The EPA considers DEET and Picaridin “conventional repellents” and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and IR3535 as “biopesticide repellents,” which are made from natural materials.
The EPA offers these guidelines for the safe use of insect repellents:
  • Repellents should be applied only to exposed skin and/or clothing. Do not use under clothing.
  • Do not apply near eyes and mouth, and apply sparingly around ears.
  • When using sprays, do not spray directly into face; spray on hands first and then apply to face.
  • Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin and clothes with soap and water.
DEET is considered the most effective insect repellent. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends DEET not be used on infants less than 2 months old. The label on products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus warns against use on children younger than age 3.
Don’t waste money on bug zappers. Mosquito traps that attract mosquitoes using carbon dioxide kill bugs, but they may not be trapping the mosquitoes that are biting you.
Create your own breeze
Strategically placed fans will keep a deck or porch free of mosquitoes, says Joseph Conlon of the American Mosquito Control Association. “Mosquitoes are weak flyers and will not be able to navigate properly against or within the air stream,” Conlon says. “There is no set formula for how large a fan or how many you'll need. It's simply a matter of experimenting until you obtain the desired effect. It's simple, yet very effective.”

Other Leas Toxic Methodes

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Least Toxic Solutions For Killing Mosquitoes
Eco Friendly Mosquito Control Methods. Use BT or bacillis thuringiensis israeliensis 'dunks'  to kill mosquitoes in rain barrels. It releases a biological larvicide that kills mosquito larvae after they hatch.
You can use citronella candles in outdoor areas to keep mosquitoes and other biting bugs away when you are outside.
Use topical repellents on pets in conjunction with heartworm medication prescribed by your vet. (Mosquitos carry heartworms too).
Use only product with a low concentration of DEET, under 10% for kids 2 to 12 and do not use DEET on kids under 2.
Please don't use mosquito foggers and bug zappers.
They both kill tons of beneficial insects every year.
Preying mantis are attracted to and killed by bug zappers and a dozen preying mantis kill more harmful insects than one bug zapper on full time.
Bug zappers can easily kill a dozen or more preying mantis a night!
For a natural mosquito repellent, try Bite Blocker Herbal Lotion, Kadco Skeeter D'Feeter (citronella) and Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent.
For mosquitoes in Standing Water try Summit Chemical Mosquito Dunks (Bacillis Thuringiensis Israeliensis) and Golden Bear Oil Specialties
For vegetation try Greenlight Yard Safe Cedar Cide and  Bonide Mosquito Beater
For airborne repellents try SC Johnson Citronella candles.
Part of the above information is from the Texas A & M Extension Service
By Karl Schultz, Austin, TX