Monthly Archives: October 2013

Chilly nights and apples!

The nights have been very chilly! With temps in the upper 50s, Gus will often come upstairs and try to sleep in my bed. I don’t blame him. I have a heated mattress pad which makes my bed toasty and warm.

When he first gets in the bed he is wide awake !


Then his eyes become heavy as he tries to stay awake.


And, finally, he is out and down for the count!


He is an active dreamer, too. It is not uncommon for him to twitch and kick with an occasional growl or some sort of noise.

He had TPLO surgery on his left hind leg after he tore the ACL last Fall. This is where they cut the knee joint, reposition it, then bolt it with a clamp. It is suppose to prevent the joint from slipping again and tearing the ligament. I am not sure about that but I am sure it cleaned out my bank account!

The farmers markets are full of apples from the North Carolina mountains.


I will have to come up with a few recipes for these lovelies!

It also looks like the kids were competing for a pumpkin decorating contest.



Back to those apples. I am sure I can think of a few recipes to put them to a good use? We will see!


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A chilly day in the garden.

It’s a cold, wet, and chilly day in the garden. Pine straw and leaves are falling from the trees but there are still many plants blooming.

Ginger lilies (Hedychium coronarium)


Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans)


The pineapple sage grew much larger than expected! It’s about 5 feet tall and as wide. It has taken over the herb bed!


And the arugula seeds have germinated, too! I see a salad in my future!


I love the Fall changes in the garden!


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StayCation Day Five: The Vegetable Garden!

On the last day of my staycation, it was time to clean up the vegetable garden. The cucumbers have been long gone. The tomatoes were hanging on -barely. Its time to replace the Summer veggies with Fall, cool-season, vegetables.


The trellises will be cleaned and stored in the garden shed.


The Buddha will keep a watch on them as I work on the beds.


A couple sweeps of the garden rake removes roots and weeds. The soil is leveled using the back of the rake.


The seeds are broadcast sewn. They will germinate within a few days if it continues to be warm.


Gus enjoys looking for any wildlife he can find among the azaleas and daylilies.


The daytime temps were  in the 80s for the second day today. This will help the seeds to germinate but if it stays warm too long they my bolt, or go to seed too fast. This can produce bitter greens. Cooler temperatures are best to prolong the season. Some greens, such as collards, are best when they are nipped by frost at night!



Filed under General Gardening, Vegetables