Monday, November 14, 2016

Major Drought in NW Georgia

It has been over 2 mouths since we have had any rain. I don't have well water so I don't water. We will see what survives. 

However....I have found that a bird bath will bring in the birds more than a bird feeder. When water is in short demand keep that bird bath full. Sometimes I fill it twice a day. 

 I am major happy about this Norther Flickers pair. 

Female Norther Flicker

Male Northern Flicker

If you live in a drought stricken area....please offer fresh water daily for the birds and wildlife.

Wishing Peace, Love, Health and Wealth to ALL!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Straw Bale Garden Update #4

Hi fellow gardeners! 

All is well with most of my plants. Pulled up the small squash plant. It was being shaded by the other one I planted beneath it on the side of the straw bale. This is the largest yellow squash plant I have ever grown/seen! Had a yummy squash casserole tonight.

Will have to pull up the tomato plant that was infected with Tomato Rust. I will get 3 tomatoes from this plant. After I sprayed it with Neem Oil the fungus continued to spread. My other two Tomato plants are (thankfully) disease free.

This is a view from the other side. You can see that the Cherry Tomatoes have grown like crazy they are taller than me! And the Cucumbers are not far behind. The Basil is doing very well as are my Cayenne and Jalapeno Peppers. The Red Bell Pepper isn't doing that great due to the huge squash plant shading it. The Cilantro plant has gone to seed. Will sow them in a planter in part shade. This was the best tasting Cilantro ever!

We have been in a moderate drought (again). Thankfully I got two rains in the last week. Nothing like a good old rain to make your garden grow and become tasty. 

This has been a great learning experience in gardening. Hope your garden is doing well.

Wishing Peace, Love, Health and Wealth to ALL!  

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Cartersville, Georgia's Farmer's Market 06/04/2016

I had a great day at my local Farmer's Market selling my Homemade Clothes Soap. 

It is super cool that there are an increasing number of people who wish to reduce the toxins in their homes. Using my non chemical clothes soap is just one way to achieve this. 

Wishing Peace, Love, Health, and Wealth to ALL!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mason Bees: A Friendly Pollinator

"What is a Mason Bee?" I asked my son when he gave me a Mason Bee house for Mother's Day. "They are blackish bees that don't sting. They do more to pollinate than any other insect. You have seen them. Look them up." he replied. 

I did a Google Search on them and he was right. I had seen these smaller bees but didn't know they were bees. Never really thought about what they were or what they did. Just another nameless bug flying around flower blooms. 

After reading several articles about them I realized that they are a very important bee. They are great pollinators and will only sting you if cornered or squeezed. They are native bees throughout the United States. Bumblebees and Leafcutter Bees are their cousins. 

    Photo Source: Mason Bee Osmia lignaria

Being non-aggressive they are great to have around your yard/garden. They are solitary bees unlike Honeybees. 

The best way to attract them is putting up a Mason Bee House. I already have three hole plugged with the "mason" like mud at the end on mine. 

My son told me to hang it where it doesn't get the afternoon sun. My shed was the perfect place for it. At first I wasn't sure if the Mason Bees would find it. 

There are quite a few sites online with articles about Mason Bees. This is just one: How to Attract Mason Bees  Just do a search for them in your state to get more information. 

There are several DIY sites to show you how to make a Mason House. Build a House for Mason Bees is just one good (how-to) site. 

If you would like one ready to hang up...just buy one.  You might find one like my son and my daughter-in-law did at a local Herbal/Organic Shop. There are also many online stores that sell them. I will add one that Amazon sells on my side bar. 

Many Thanks to my son and daughter-in-law for this wonderful gift!

Wishing Peace, Love, Health and Wealth to ALL!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Straw Bale Garden Update #3

Had a problem with Tomato Rust on my Rutgers tomato plant. I have picked off the affected leaves and sprayed the plant with Neem Oil. Hope it survives. It has a few small tomatoes and blooms. The pepper plants are doing well and the cucumber plants are growing. The herbs are doing well. 

My Yellow-neck Squash is booming! Have nine baby squash so far. Hope to harvest in a week or so.

Ants...oh....ants. Have a problem with those in one bale. I am trying to get rid of them with a mix of Borax and Sugar. Sigh.....hope this works. 

Wishing Peace, Health, Love, and Wealth to All!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Overcoming Your Fears

Living a life outside the normal "box" can be scary. I have faced this for years and and happy to report that it was more than worth the "fears". 

I love living tiny in a camper. My needs are carbon foot step is stress is smaller....and my bills are smaller....and thus less fear. Happy Days!!!

Male Indigo Bunting

Gives you time to enjoy the most important things in life....

 My Granddaughter Rocks and is fearless!

Overcoming Your Fears.

“I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear
of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days,
to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid,
more accessible;
to loosen my heart
until it becomes a wing, 
a torch, a promise.” Dawna Markova
Wishing Peace, Love, Health and Wealth to All!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Living A Content Life Is Possible

"If one's life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements."
 - The Dalai Lama

The shy female Blue Grosbeak

Garden in Front of my Camper

Straw Bale Garden is Growing

Close-up of the Yellow Squash Plant

Close up of Tomato Plant

 Living the Small and/or Tiny Life is the Key to Happiness and Contentment. 

Start reducing your needs a little at a time. This will slowly lead you to a life of extreme happiness and contentment. This works for everyone regardless of your race, religion, or nationality.  

I did it and so can you. 

Wishing Peace, Health, Love and Wealth to ALL!



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