Monthly Archives: December 2016

Resilient Hostas

This is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge for 12-30-16 asking to show something Resilient.

During this year we had the opportunity to host a couple of big deal occasions at our home. My daughter and her friends were treated to a home cooked meal for their Prom dinner and less than once month later we had a graduation party for four high school seniors. As part of the preparation we re-did several flower beds. One of the flowers we dug up to divide and re-plant was some hostas.

Not long after this we had a late season hard frost. If you have ever had hostas you know while the frost or freeze won’t kill the plant it will significantly stunt it which was not good for our party plans less than two weeks after. So we dug out a bunch of sheets and covered up the tender new growth.

 

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By doing this we had the flowers we desired when party time arrived.

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Daily Prompt: Missing

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It is only 12 days until the start of winter where I live within the mountains of Virginia. But I am already missing the blooms I love to see all year long.

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It will be a long time until I get to enjoy the outside blooms again, but soon I will have orchids blooming so I can enjoy them until the snow has passed.

Daily Prompt: Construct 12-2-16

via Daily Prompt: Construct I try to find a way to respond frequently to the Daily Prompt one word prompts. Sometimes it is easy, but in other instances it takes some time to decipher a good answer.

Early this spring we decided we needed to approach our gardening differently. For years I have worked up a large patch of soli so we could plant various vegetables such as potatoes, onions, beans, corn, tomatoes and melons. We have enjoyed various amounts of success many times base don the weather or the rodents that choose our garden as their salad bar.

But this year we made the choice to relocate our tomato growing efforts to a raised bed. My wife was the architect of this idea, I just had the task of making it happen. You need to understand how much we love tomatoes to get a sense of how important this new bed would be. Tomatoes are something I look forward to from the time the last is picked in the fall until the first new one is picked to enjoy the next summer.

As I began to think about how to do it I knew I wanted it to be big enough. I had to CONSTRUCT something large enough to provide the tomatoes we would use for soups, spaghetti sauce and to put on sandwiches all summer long. I benefitted from a generous friend who allowed me to borrow a tool that basically extends your truck bed in a way that you can haul longer lumber.

I drove to my local big box hardware store where I bought 4-2x10x16 foot long boards. When cut to twelve foot I had a 12 foot long by four foot wide by 20 inch deep raised bed in which to plant my tomatoes.

Once I got enough composted soil to fill up this large bed I was ready to plan the tomatoes I had been protecting from the elements in my greenhouse for a few weeks while they had a chance to grow larger than they were in the small packs when I bought them.

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The raised bed was a huge success as we collected more tomatoes this year than in quite a while. We even collected tomatoes into October, which has never happened before.

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This is my response to the Construct Daily Post topic. What’s yours?