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Garden pests... 
May 13, 2011 10:15 pm 
Updated: May 14, 2011 9:00 pm
I think that I've mentioned of late that I've put in some seeds, many of which have germinated, and are looking quite well.  Of course, EVERYTHING I'm reading is telling me that "now" is definately NOT the time to plant... at least, not in Phoenix!  I have no idea if I will be able to prove that "summer" gardens might produce... as long as the plants can be protected from the heat of a summer's afternoon!

My garden began with a chive plant... a first, in that I've never kept one alive more than a month!  This baby is working on 3-4 mths...  I'd left it out on my side patio, a secluded quiet area that I often sit to relax... weather permitting.  Of late, I'd have coffee out there each morning, watering my flowers and plants.  Today, it was hatefully hot, even at 10am!  I wander...  I had visited a nursery, picking up some "cool" flowering perennials, and one called "licorice," which has wonderful green/gray leaves, about the size of nickels...  Placed my newly purchased basil beside the chives, after re-potting, shaded by the overhead canopy of (ornamental) citrus trees.  Plenty of light, but protected by the shade.  I'm fully aware that folk grow herbs indoors all the time, so once it dawned on me that the house was opened up each morning, for most of the day, with no heat by night, and minimal cooling by day - my point being, "indoor" and "outdoor" climates were VERY similar!  It was at this point, that I brought the two herbs into the house, placing them here in my sitting room, on a shelf in an E facing window.  They are thriving... well, I do believe that one of the three kitties is chewing on the chives... daily seems the leaves shorten a tad! 

On to my next endeaver.  My last attempt to grow lettuces outside (leafy mesclun,) was doing quite well...  When they were about 1/2" tall, basking in the sun (cooler temps 2 mths ago) until some pesky bug came through and polished off the lot in a single night!  Thus, when I decided to try again, I did so in a wondow box type planter, placing it on the shelf with the herbs.  They are doing well, no bugs, but again, I fear that a cat may decide they make a great snack!  Thus far, I've still been opening the window each morning, and they all seem in agreement that they are, indeed, outside, not in!  Next came my 2nd attempt at germinating some cucumber seeds, as the first one, which is still outside, is doing well, these two have come up in a pot that can be transplanted as is.  Once they're all ready, and once I've schlepped out for more soil and perhaps planter/s, I'll move those all under the shade of the trees, providing them with a trellis of some sort... they'll do better I believe, if they climb, rather than spread out to be trampled by two 70lb dogs!  Mose recently, I picked up extra garlic at the grocery, separated a bulb, planting about 5 cloves in a 3" dia. 3" deep hole in a planter, two "groups" per the one pot.  From what I read, they should grow, flourish, and produce new bulbs of garlic come this fall...  Same goes for ginger, apparently, which I will try also - AFTER I get out, by more soil, and more planters!  Lastly, I popped a dozen parsnip seeds into a deep pot, about 10" diameter.  They are in the sitting room, in the second E facing window.  I'm rather impatiently awaiting the first signs of green sprouts... but fear that it could be another week, or two, even! 

So, I'm in hopes of proving to any who care, that container gardening can be accomplished in this neck of the woods, if one has the proper locations for the planters... whether inside, or out.  So, I will sign off for the time being...  I will, though, post pics of my pretty little babies, taken just this eveing!

Be well, be happy, be crazy!  Be brave... and garden!

indoor garden
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cuke seelings
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outside garlic
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older cuke seedling
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May 14, 2011 2:41 am
oh Stevie your garden looks great, i don't see any reason why your garden won't do well...sun...water...should do great, i will have to get some ginger & plant soon...going to the store today ...i will take pic's of my garden...i used old tires stacked to plant my gets everything up off the ground, looks kinda cool to...thanks for sharing your garden with us...keep on playing in the dirt...ttyl friend...judy
May 14, 2011 2:47 pm
I love your "garden" it is mobil and should flourish. I had the sdame problem with my kitties chewing on my plants. Just watch the garlic, chives and any onions. I understand they can be poisonous to cats. Glad you're sounding more chipper.
May 14, 2011 4:09 pm
Hey Stevie, that's a good ideal with the cucumbers, to have them going up a trellis. Cucumber vines if they are stepped on will kill them.
May 14, 2011 9:00 pm
Judy, perhaps a nice "mud" pie for dinner tomorrow... lol! B/S/M, thanks for the tip re: chives etc! I have moved them! Glad to be out of the funk, for a few days... Bett, noticed this eve that outside plants are waning, but we've been HOT for days... time to move all the pots to "safer" locations, and plan for the cuke's while I'm at it! Thanks, all!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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