My Colorado Garden

From the first week in August:

The tomato plants are huge and there are quite a few tomatoes on them, but they are taking forever to turn red!

The tomato plants are huge and there are quite a few tomatoes on them, but they are taking forever to turn red!

These are the first tomatoes I got- all the way at the end of July. Last year I had tons by then.

These are the first tomatoes I got- all the way at the end of July. Last year I had tons by then.

There are a few that are starting to turn red.

There are a few that are starting to turn red.

But most are still green. I planted mostly large tomatoes this year and last year was all small and tiny ones. Maybe that's what I should stick to.

But most are still green. I planted mostly large tomatoes this year and last year was all small and tiny ones. Maybe that's what I should stick to.

There's a single zucchini- but it's huge. I shouldn't have let it get so big. It was very seedy.

There's a single zucchini- but it's huge. I shouldn't have let it get so big. It was very seedy.

Sunflowers do really well here.

Sunflowers do really well here.

So I planted some more sunflower seeds in the front yard, in the ground. Should be pretty in a month or so.

So I planted some more sunflower seeds in the front yard, in the ground. Should be pretty in a month or so.

The basil is doing really well, the peppers are not doing anything much, and the nasturtiums aren't doing that great, either. Maybe because they're all in the same pot.

The basil is doing really well, the peppers are not doing anything much, and the nasturtiums aren't doing that great, either. Maybe because they're all in the same pot.

Lots of salad- easy to grow!

Lots of salad- easy to grow!

My first harvest- way into July!

My first harvest- way into July!

Next year I want to have a big in-ground garden so hopefully it will do better!

My Colorado Garden

For those of you keeping track, here’s how the garden and yard looked in the third week in July.
Backyard garden, late July, 2011

Backyard garden, late July, 2011

The peas just dried up one day! But the tomatoes are doing great.

The peas just dried up one day! But the tomatoes are doing great.

It's a forest of tomatoes!

It's a forest of tomatoes!

It's a forest of tomatoes and a single zuchinni

It's a forest of tomatoes and a single zuchinni

Tomatoes were still green on July 23rd.

Tomatoes were still green on July 23rd.

Lots of cucumbers!

Lots of cucumbers!

Lots of cucumbers!

Lots of cucumbers!

The green and purple beans are doing well.

The green and purple beans are doing well.

Salad and chives

Salad and chives

And a cute little sweet pea

And a cute little sweet pea

More soon!

My Colorado Garden

Last week I posted some pics from my backyard veggie garden. I’m also growing some herbs and other things in the front yard. The whole yard (front and back) gets tons of sun so things seem to grow well!

Cat grass, various herbs, bell peppers, and jasmine. I'll bring the jasmine inside and try to grow it as a houseplant at the end of the summer.

Arugula, various herbs, bell peppers, and jasmine. I'll bring the jasmine inside and try to grow it as a houseplant at the end of the summer.

Basil that I grew from seeds.

Basil that I grew from seeds.

Oregano, thyme, and pepermint.

Oregano, thyme, and pepermint.

Nasturtiums, basil, pansies, and bell pepper plants.

Nasturtiums, basil, pansies, and bell pepper plants.

The bell pepper plants are small but they both have peppers on them!

The bell pepper plants are small but they both have peppers on them!

I just bought these fuschias so hopefully they'll grow well here.

I just bought these fuschias so hopefully they'll grow well here.

Some of the things we collected from the ice house when they demolished it.

Some of the things we collected from the ice house when they demolished it.

Not sure what we're going to do with these chairs. Maybe fix and paint them or maybe put them togther and make a love seat.

Not sure what we're going to do with these chairs. Maybe fix and paint them or maybe put them togther and make a love seat.

We have sprinklers but they don't work. That's a project for next summer. Meanwhile we have wild purslane all over the front yard. I also planted some sunflower seeds. They're supposed to get to 5 or 6 feet tall, so that will be pretty if it works out.

We have sprinklers but they don't work. That's a project for next summer. Meanwhile we have wild purslane all over the front yard. I also planted some sunflower seeds. They're supposed to get to 5 or 6 feet tall, so that will be pretty if it works out.

More to come!

My Colorado garden

I haven’t really posted much about my garden this year, so here goes!

Next year I hope to have a regular in-ground veggie garden but there was no time and no funds for it this year. Plus I wanted to check our yard this summer to figure out where the best spot for it will be. We get a lot of sun, but now I know how to maximize it when I plan my garden next year.

I built the same hail shelter this year as last. It worked well then and it’s worked well this year. We had some major hail last month and the stuff that was under the shelter was fine. The other things got pretty beat up. They could mostly handle it, tho. The tomatoes are much more delicate. The flowers are easily knocked off and without flowers there are no tomatoes.

I started the seeds indoors. This was right before I transplanted them outside.

I started the seeds indoors. This was right before I transplanted them outside.

Tomato shelter area, early June.

Tomato shelter area, early June.

Tomato shelter area, mid-June

Tomato shelter area, mid-June

Tomato plant mid-June

Tomato plant mid-June

Miscellaneous plants, early June

Miscellaneous plants, early June

Miscellaneous plants, mid- June

Miscellaneous plants, mid- June

Green and purple beans, late June

Green and purple beans, late June

Cucumbers late June

Cucumbers late June

Peas mid-May

Peas mid-May

Peas mid-June

Peas mid-June

More to come as the summer progresses!

 

Huzzah! A place for warriors (and gardeners)

I think learning is important. During the ho-hum course of our daily lives, there are so many opportunities for knowledge, but we have to be open to receiving it.

Here’s something I learned recently: Apparently, garden shears are not for cutting metal lath behind plaster bathroom walls. Interesting. Something else I learned: Apparently, a red set of scissor-looking things that seemed like they might be pretty good at cutting metal lath (they were, by the way), are not just ordinary garden shears. Oh no. These were Felco Pruners, and they “will change your life.”

But the most important lesson of all from this is that when you need something sharpened or if you need to buy a sword or some throwing stars, the Prince of Blades in Old Colorado City probably has what you need.

The guy sharped the Felco Pruners in about 45 seconds for only $5, and they’re good as new. Better than new, he says, because the originals aren’t as sharp as they used to be right out of the box. So there’s that. Sharper than new.

And the store, while small and strange, is like every teenage boy’s dream: battle axes, throwing stars, nunchaku, swords of all types, from your basic medieval longsword to your handcrafted ninja sword, armored helmets. I might have even seen a Bat’leth in there. My guess is that sharpening pruning shears is a real let-down for The Prince.

Whatever. Go there. Even if it’s just to browse.

Prince of Blades in Old Colorado City can help

Are you a Norse warrior who's having trouble vanquishing his enemies? Are you hacking two, three, maybe even four times to sever the head of your rivals? Maybe you need your blade sharpened at the Prince of Blades in Old Colorado City.