Growing Peas and Carrots

Not only did I grow up eating peas and carrots, but I liked them, too. It will be nice growing our own crop this year, assuming the crafty squirrels let them grow.

grey squirrel


Last week I mentioned hedging my bets by starting a few seeds indoors.  Once I consulted the seed packet I decided to direct-sow.  I soaked half the seeds in water for 48 hours, then planted them directly outdoors. I saved the rest of the seed packet to replenish the inevitable casualties.

Looking left and right for squirrels, I surreptitiously pushed several seeds into the soil around the arbor. I planted the rest amongst the still-flowering annuals. With luck, they’ll all come up and produce lovely green vines along both sides of the sidewalk.


I have a lot of faith in the success of the carrots, since we planted starts instead of seeds.  I say ‘we’ because this year I had help from several of Jazzy’s day care children next door. The older kids planted two each;  I filled in later with the rest. Planting was fun, but the real hit: watering cans.  I never met a youngster that didn’t like water.



I think they’ll get a kick out of watching the carrots grow. I’ve added a carrot countdown in the sidebar to the right so we have a general idea of harvest day. Hopefully each young gardener grows at least one or two carrots to take home.

Stay tuned!

planting carrots

Little hands planting carrots

planting carrots from cell packs

Flip, tap, squeeze and release

Fairy Garden Treasure

DSC_0059 Look what arrived in my mailbox last week?  Isn’t it a treasure?  It flew all the way from Edmonton, Canada via the effervescent Boomdee of Boomdeeada.  I love it!

The cover features a one-dimensional cut-out of the 3D version, above.  Once open, you’re treated to this.  I love fairy gardening, so my mind has been spinning ever since this arrived.  I carried my  Boomdee card around the garden today and snapped a few shots.

squirrel in the pine tree

What are you doing down there?


fairy pop-up card

Fairies and birds at the fountain

and here.

kissing fairies

Kissing near the roses

I’m planning on color-copying the front of the card, but reducing it in size.  Then I’ll figure a way to use the miniaturized copy in the fairy garden.  I’ll be tickled pink, and I know that Jazzy’s day care kids will too. I wonder what the fairies will think?

Do you know what I think?  I’m the luckiest gardener in the world.  ♥♥♥

Have you discovered the joy of fairy gardening?

Just Visiting



My personal motto is that homes should be lived in and gardens shared. Visitors are a welcome treat. We’re all social creatures, heart and soul, no matter where you land in the social equation. Extroverts like to live large, while introverts find solace in the quiet in between. I’m a little of both.

My friend Jazzy has a day care next door.  In the late afternoon her young charges visit my garden and deck, running up and down the ramp, checking out the fairy garden and swinging from the Magnolia tree. Yesterday they were playing hide and seek.  It makes my heart sing when I hear their squeals and the sound of running feet.  Sometimes they’ll peer in the kitchen window to say hello. I love the open inquisitiveness of the under-five set.

Our neighbor’s cat likes to call our place home. He doesn’t get the attention he craves at his real address a few houses over, so he travels to find it. He sleeps in the garden, plays with one of my cats, and has mastered his way in and out of the yard through a hole I need to fix in the cat fencing. We love him like our own and would be heartbroken if they moved.

Mighty Mouse neighborhood cat

Mighty Mouse Neighborhood Cat

Squirrels, possums, raccoons, hummingbirds, snails and a myriad of other four to six-legged creatures also stop by. Though destructive at times, I’m still honored by the visit.  It tells me they’ve found a bit of nature in my backyard, a place to have a drink from the fountain or to eat a grub under the lawn.  I don’t garden for a living; I’m not selling crops.  So I work through my disappointment when one of them snaps a sunflower or digs up my (sniffle, sniffle) newly planted Snowdrop bulbs.  They’re busy living life to the fullest on a much-encroached planet.

squirrel on the fence

Isn’t he cute?

a pair of snails

A pair of snails heading home for the day

The welcome mat is forever unfurled.  Won’t you please come in?

Halloween Countdown

Ghost Pumpkin

The Ghost of Pumpkins Past