Wisdom

Mom always says, "never cut a knot, always untie it. If you can't figure out how to untie a knot, you'll never figure out how to solve your problems."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

when the stitcher is away

the gardener will play:

This is basically my vegetable garden.  It's an overview from my front porch.  I've been spending a lot of time cleaning up and getting things going.  These are "raised" beds, 4x4, using loosely the square foot garden principle. The hoops that you see are pvc pipes.  I use these to add shade with shade netting, soon to go up as it's been so hot or to add a little warmth with a cover crop fabric when things get chilly! I use clips to anchor the cloths.  It works quite nicely.

I will give you a little tour:

front and center two (four) beds: 
lots of kale, collards at various growing stages, thyme, sorrel, golden oregano, few different lettuce, and a mix for salads called ovation from johnny's seeds. 


the back section: more young transplants of kales, chard, and a huge lovage and sorrel patch...and my newly sown beans...i will reseed the beans several times alternating the spots so they grow at different stages.

next section which is a couple of 3x6 beds without the hoops is for tomatoes and my lettuce the first seedlings. i have some of my old favorite tomatoes and a new one for me...the seeds here come from territorial seeds, seeds savers exchange and a few other vendors.  and of course a garden visitor checking out things. 

this section is my newest where i have my warmer weather (much earlier this year vegetables): cucumbers (5) different ones which are being chewed on. seeds here come from baker creek, seeds savers, and southern exposure. i am growing my zucchini in grow bags this year, giving a try to not have my vines invaded by the old squash borer.  also there is a bunch of new seedlings of more chard and kale waiting to be planted.  the top left picture is for deanna = my slowly and not moving indigo seedlings! (oh and yes, i like garden critters - rabbits here but i also collect frogs) 

last two days of my lunch.  all from my garden except the carrots.  the top picture also includes my sprouts, a collection of lentils and greens from the sprout people.  i grow sprouts mostly year round...i don't do wheat grass in the summer however as i don't have a.c. and usually i have problems with mold setting in from the humidity.  must better when it's cooler! can't remember cold and cool anymore since we've been so warm so early. 

and finally, yes i have been stitching.  this is my latest project not quite finished but a peek at the center panel. 

this might become a piece for the boro class project over at jude's or my june cloth or both!

hope you have enjoy my little walk through.  i love to garden.  i grew up playing in our allotment garden in England.  we grew a lot for winter storage vegetables.  we didn't have internal plumbing so we had to use an outhouse. i remember once the potatoes were picked and stored i didn't like going to the outhouse at night because it was near the potato shed...i was never sure if the things that moved in the night were the potatoes rolling around and down the pile or four legged critters (mice).  we had chickens, rabbits, frogs, and crayfish! as pets and for eggs...hence my garden critter collection.  the innocent and happy times.  my parents gave us our own set of garden tools (reduced in size) to help out...but mostly to imitate their actions.  my father was the vegetable garden and my mom the flower lady. 

i am still clearing a back section behind my house - it has overgrown with raspberries and black berries. that is my current project and of course i tend to my mother's garden too.  mostly a rose garden. so this next one is for her:


the kitten is a little girl born on my porch. cafe latte. she has a eye infection so i'm watchful of her. 
see you soon. 
 




22 comments:

  1. wow, henrietta. i love seeing your garden. you certainly grow lots of things. do you share with friends and neighbors? you have enough growing there for a large family. your indigo is still bigger than mine. i gave mine a good talking to this morning. that pvc pipe looks like a good idea. and your stitching is beautiful. love the stitches that radiate out to the edges. the center looks like the opening pages of a book. great post.

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  2. Henrietta - I'm in love with your garden - such an inspiration for soon we will have some soil around us to start a big garden - also want to follow the square foot concept. happy growing and happy eating to you!
    Your stitching is wondrous as always.

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  3. What a lovely family story of growing and tradition and tender loving care! Thanks for the tour :)

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  4. ani! your garden is beautiful and ambitious!! i say the same thing about your gardening as i say about your stitching - wow... : )

    xoxo

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  5. oh your garden is like a little library, so organized! your stitching is always amazing. and the kittie, oh i need one.

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  6. Henrietta! LOVE your garden. I've never seen such a creative garden in my life! I've never been a gardener, but yours is so inspiring I might have to start~
    I also love your work in progress~ ♥♥♥

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  7. i am not a gardener but can really appreciate your garden tour and story, inspires me to want to try to grow some things....and your stitching, well wowza! so beautiful, the fabric colors and stitching and overall composition, love the variety of marks/stitches.

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  8. Wow, what a bountiful patchwork of magical gardening, your cloth conjuring hands have very green thumbs & love seeing all the stitching on zoom !

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  9. Ani, your garden is doing so well, much better than mine! Your stitching looks perfectly gorgeous. The little kitten is sweet. I hope her eye heals quickly. Happy days to you!

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  10. What a beautiful garden Henrietta...I can see you are very skilled at getting things to grow! My garden is very small, but each year is better...more color more vegetables. I admire your stitching designs a lot. What a sweet little kitty...healing thoughts for the eye...

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    1. every year provides a few more tricks to use in the garden...it is good to try new things.

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  11. A very beautiful garden! Things are growing so fast right now...

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    1. yes, garden is saving me lots of money and in a healthy way.

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  12. gorgeous garden...my parents have a huge garden and an allotment too. Unfortunately I don't share the gardening gene. I only have a teeny green space.

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  13. wow, what a fantastic garden--thanks for the tour! I love your "work-in-progress" stitching.

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  14. whew! what a fantastic yard you have there!! You must be weeding all day long to keep things looking so beautiful! your darling kitty, too, is so sweet.

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    1. try to do it about once a week or so...thank you.

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  15. Cafe Latte is gorgeous...will she stay? She found the right porch to be born and I sure with your adminstrations her eye will be better in no time.
    Always beautiful stitching...I love the density of your stitching and your storyies from childhood (I was writing down some of my memories from early childhood yesterday too...in my journal, not on my blog) Nice to remember.
    Wonderful garden and I know what you mean about the blackberries. We can get overrun with them in our garden here on the farm. They just pop up everywhere.

    Jacky xox

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  16. I'm so enjoying catching up with all your new work. The work in progress is beautiful and I love your May cloth .... and Keith cloth. The thought of sewing slow cloths and sowing gardens is very soothing.

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  17. where are you? stitching? wait until tomorrow.....we may never see you again!!!
    http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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  18. I know for a fact that you have zillions of pieces of work you could share with the world......share!!!!
    http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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