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To Market, To Market

There is a little neighborhood farmers market which is open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.   On the 2nd  Saturday, there are produce vendors along with craft, bakery, and miscellaneous vendors which include vintage bicycles, jewelry, etc.   The 4th Saturday is just farmers, growers and artisan foods.  Their produce is local and organic.

So I took my friend Karen to check it out because I have been telling her how wonderful it is.  If you are in the Dallas area, here is their website   They are located near White Rock Lake at the Greenspot.  This is Karen checking out a jewelry booth, .  She bought a really pretty ring.

This weekend was the produce plus craft vendors, so there was lots to see… jewelry, homemade soaps, honey, cheese, coffee, breads,  not to mention lots of produce.

Here’s my loot..

sweet, organic blueberries picked the day before.  I decided to freeze them.

gorgeous tomatoes.  I bought four and gave two to my mom.

purple hull peas

Awesome cheese made in Granbury Texas.  I have been eating on this all week.

Beautiful handmade soaps.  I always buy these soaps.  I wish I had smellavision so you could fully appreciate how good they smell.  We had these in the back of the car and they perfumed the car all day.

The top soap was rosemary and fig.

My favorite coffee, Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters.  Roasted the day before, yum.  here is their website

After the farmer’s market, we headed to Oak Cliff to check out a plant nursery I had read about called  Repotted.  Isn’t that the best name?

It turned out to be an amazing find.  Such a cute shop in what was once a gas station.  Not to mention they were having a 25% off sale.  heh heh.

Here is my loot from Repotted.

An orange Esperanza.  I had only seen the yellow ones.

Lemon Verbena!!!!!!!!  I have been looking for Lemon Verbena all Spring and Summer at every nursery (about six-seven different ones) and was unable to find it until now.  I was soooo excited!

Crotons.  thinking ahead to Fall.  These were a great price.  I should have gotten 2 more.

 I also bought some seed packets, which I will show you later.   They also carry  Seeds of Change packets.   I already had seeds similar to what they had, so I didn’t purchase any.  But, I am glad to know they have  them.

Repotted also has an amazing assortment of organic treatments, soils, amendments, etc.  I will definitely be going back!

Is this not the cutest potting shed!  I so wish I had room for one. sigh.

Such a fun day!  Thanks, Karen.  I’m ready to go again!

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Tiny Harvests

Our month of June was the 3rd hottest EVER recorded.   I’ll just let that sizzle in for a moment.   Everyday was over 90 degrees. ssssssssss.  July is not looking any cooler.  Electric bill was over 300. Nice.

It is such a surprise to me that anything, at all,  would be growing  in the garden.  But I did harvest my garlic and trimmed it up nice and pretty.  The tops  went into the compost. 

 Largest garlic bulb ever produced at fromgardentotable.  Very exciting.

I am also still harvesting my Porter cherry tomatoes a few at a time.  I love these tomatoes.

and jalapenos, cause I’ve gotta keep the salsa flowing.

My cucumbers have lots of blooms and the bees are pollinating them but no fruit.  I have the same situation with my zucchini  plant.  Dang it.



Baby bell peppers.

lots of basil…  I have three different areas like this of basil.  Gotta get going on my pesto making.

thai basil…  I planted it because it is pretty and purple.  Why else would you?

purple hull peas

My purple hull peas are growing well, but haven’t seen any blooms yet.  I don’t know if it is going to be too hot for them to set or not.  I was a little late getting them out this year.

Believe it or not, it  is time to start planting for a fall garden.   I know I will be planting lots of Swiss Chard and Kale.   Lettuces for sure.  Beyond that I’m not sure what else I would like to plant.  I haven’t had very good luck with Fall gardens, but I think I have always waited too late.  I will try to be a better gardener.  I will try to be a better gardener.  Uh Huh.

 The reality is I will probably be using up the seeds I have that will work in a Fall garden.  When I figure it out, you’ll be the first to know.


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I have a few  new plants this year which remind me of sparklers on the 4th of July. 

My Dad was so protective of my sister and I that we were NEVER allowed to hold a firecracker  or be around anyone else holding a firecracker.  Now that I am older, I totally appreciate his concern. (One year our neighbors set our roof on fire)   But oh, how we wanted to “pop” firecrackers. 

However, we did on occasion get to hold a sparkler.  With Dad right there by our side.   Evidently, they are still a favorite.

This one is a Cleome called Sparkler.

This plant is called Kobold Gayflea but to me, it  looks like a sparkler or firecracker.

And this one is a gomphrena called Fireworks.

  These plants also live up to their lookalikes, because they really take the Heat!   Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!  I’m going to be enjoying my “Sparklers”.

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Poisoned  I got into a fight it seems with some poison ivy and the ivy WON.  big time.  I have missed three days of work and am STILL ITCHING.  What a dufus.

Pics of the demise of my skin.  Hope I don’t gross you out.

Pic of poison ivy in case, like me, you don’t know what it looks like. This is a very good medical website with some good information  here .  I wouldn’t wish this stuff on my worst enemy.  Ok, maybe the Taliban, because it is really awful.

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Beat the Heat

God, it’s hot.  The forecast for the rest of the week is 99, 99, 99, …  It’s only mid June.  Not a good sign.  Maybe we are so hot because our  team beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA championship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yay Mavs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

The tops to my potatoes had died,  so I harvested them.  Some are small but I think I will roast those with my baby onions, and maybe some rosemary   IF   I can stand to turn the oven on.

My jalapeno peppers are really producing.   I made a  fresh salsa for the Mavs game.  Just jalapeno, tomatoes, onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, freshly ground pepper and a squirt of lime juice.  If my avocados had been ripe, I would have put them in there, too.  If there is one thing I could have growing in my garden, it would be an avocado tree.  In the meantime, there is Costco.

Now, if I could just find a way to beat THIS heat!

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Let Us.

I have been very excited to find out how easy lettuce is to grow.   My biggest problem with lettuce is forgetting to resow every few weeks to have an ongoing supply! 

I like growing mine in pots.  It is easier to harvest and I do have occasional bunnies in the garden, so it keeps it out of their way.  Here is my recent harvest.

Little gem. This is a small butterhead, great for pots!

Red deer tongue.  I just snip off the leaves as I need them.

Arugula.  It is so peppery and delicious.

A friend of mine, Sandy, gave me these awesome storage bags for vegetables.

My harvest.

Now, let us have some salad!!!

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My famous rose

I was very excited to have Jim Harding of the Nashville Rose Society ask me if he could use my photo of my Peggy Martin Rose for their May newsletter the Nashville Rose Leaf.  This is my favorite climbing rose!  You can read about it here.   Here is his informative newletter with Peggy Martin in all her glory.

Click on the page to enlarge, my rose is in the bottom right hand corner.

By the way, my famous rose can be your famous rose.  My aunt and cousin bought one after seeing mine.  Once you plant it,  everyone will be stopping to ask you about it.  I bought mine here at the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham.

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Springing Forward

Thank Goodness, it’s finally Spring.  I mean really Spring.

It always amazes me how well everything grows at this time.  Maybe it’s because all of my perennials start waking up, but it just seems like if you plant it, it grows.   More likely, it is the perfect combination of timing, weather and temperature.  If you are a gardener, You know what I mean.  But right now the garden is Beautiful.

So we have gone from this…

to this…

Here’s an update on what’s growing.

English peas


onions and garlic

Lemon balm and chives.

Jalapeno peppers and tomatoes.

But the most exciting thing I have growing right now, I didn’t even plant. 

Strawberries. Wild little strawberries, which came up next to my compost bin.  Free organic strawberries.  I know.  It just doesn’t get any better than that!

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Winter blahs

 We, along with the entire country, have had our share of snow and ice.  Just makes you want to curl up in a comfortable chair with a good book, doesn’t it?   More about good books, later.

However, this past weekend we reached 67 degrees.  Craaazzy!  It did prompt me to get my fanny out and do something productive in the garden.

1. Weeded- Where do they all come from?  It’s amazing.  If I don’t start now, they will overrun me by Spring.

2.  Added four bags of compost to certain areas and readied one bed for planting my English peas.  It looks better already.  I love me some garden peas!

3.  Also, I trimmed and trimmed  all the dead sticks and fluff to make things look more tidy.

Which now looks much better.

4.  Cut my rosebush  back by half.  It really needed it.  Also, moved another rosebush which will free up some more space for veggies.

5.  Bought my potatoes to plant in my potato bags.  These are Yukon Gold and I also bought some Kennebec which are a much darker colored potato.  I put them in a sunny spot to better sprout their little “eyes”.

6.  Oh yeah, and I slipped on my stones and fell flat on my face.  I’m still sore.

So, here is a picture of winter in Texas without the pretty snow.

So ugly.  Please remember this picture in a few months when things will look much better. I hope.

I do have one bright spot in this dreary winter.  Margaret Roach’s book will be coming out next week.  Don’t know Margaret?  Well, you need to make her acquaintance.  She was the gardening editor for Martha Stewart magazine before she retreated to the solitude and beauty of her garden.  Boy, is it some garden.   You can visit her at   And be sure to check out the youtube video about her new book entitled,  And I Shall Have Some Peace There.

Congratulations, Margaret!

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I’m Baaaaaack.

 My camera was on the blink.   Actually, it turned out to be operator error, and the sad part is, I’m still not sure what I did wrong.   It all started at my son’s graduation.  I couldn’t seem to get it to work in the low light.  But did get a few pics.  I know this isn’t about gardening, but so far my kids are about the best thing I’ve ever grown.  The graduate and his sister.

The garden is looking pretty sad right now, so it might be a good thing the camera has been on the blink.    It may have something to do with the fact that we have had a winter storm, complete with snow and temperatures around 29 degrees.  We had this same weather last year and I’m not complaining.  At least, not about the snow.  The snow covers all the dead stuff and it looks lovely.

I have covered my lettuce mix, arugula and watercress with frost covers.  That is working really well.  They are in pots, so it is easy to cover and easy to harvest.  I had a salad with fresh lettuce, arugula and watercress this week and it was wonderful!

There is still some green in the garden.  Garlic is growing well.

I also wanted to show you my carrots I harvested.  This picture was taken on Christmas eve day.  I cleaned them up and took them as crudite for our holiday snacking.  They were soooo sweet!  They are called Romeo and are small and round.

I am especially proud of these, because I have never been able to grow carrots.  These seeds came from my friend Patty.  Thanks Patty!

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