Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sci Fi Muse Vs ME!!

For the past few days I have been trying to figure out WTH is going on with my poor Grape Tomato plants. I could tell that "something" was feverishly munching away. I was looking for the same little black monsters that were eating my Dahlias in the front border. I only saw ONE. Now I know that this skinny short black booger was not the culprit!! And that's when I found the 3rd cousin twice removed, of the muse for the dreaded Alien that made Sigourney Weaver look good bald.

Seriously!!Doesn't that look like an eye on the side?? It arched up when I touched it with a twig and EWWMG I swear that thing was laughing at me!!
Look at the destruction it has caused!!

All my leaves are gone. All my buds are gone. I was so upset!! This creature of evolution even munched on a few actual fruits!! WAH WAH WAH.... see my cute puppy in the back tho?? She's so sweet.

Well from the size of this veggie eater, I could only assume that he could not have done this alone. I was so very right. I found 10!! That's right TEEEEEEN!!! I couldn't believe it!! Now I need to clip off all the branches that they ceased useless. No reason for them to use much needed energy. I really hate spraying anything on my plants. Especially the ones that the little thumbs will be eating from.... SO I decided to have a little fun!!
I picked up two twigs long enough so that they couldn't attack me. They are freaky I tell ya!! They needed to be sturdy enough for me to pick them from their meal though.

NOW the fun began!!!!

One by one they lost their food then got squished!! Some of them did not want to die I tell ya!! They wouldn't let go of their perch....almost as if they knew what was about to happen. I just couldn't let them stay their no matter what. If I hadn't gone out there that day they would have surely eaten both plants in no time.

So these are the first few i snagged and made sure they would never return. Check out that spike??
I wonder if that spike is poisonous???

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

WFMW - SparkPeople

So I'll admit it..... I'm not a small girl (well Mr Thumb says my toes are but that doesn't count right?)
Well what works for me is SparkPeople. In my fierce effort to lose about 70 lbs (long run wise), this site has been so very beneficial for me!! Not only can I see actual calorie counts for most foods, there are many videos and instructional areas to help to workout from home. The endless support from other members of SparkPeople has truly been what works for me. You wanna know the kicker...... IT'S FREEEEEE!!! No monthly charges!! No sign up fees!! NOTHING!!

Join me at SparkPeople!! If you only need to lose a few lbs or you really want to make the effort to simply learn how to eat better this is def the place to start!! When you sign up look for me "daisywahm".... I'm somewhere in there tracking my progress and learning on the way.

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So what works for you?? Tell us about it!!
Want to see what works for others as well.. Check out Shannon's ever growing list at RocksInMyDryer. I learn something new every Wednesday... thanks Shannon!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tree Integrity

I love to look at trees. I truly get a sense of joy looking at the twists and bends of the branches. I really love finding their scars. Whether it's a nice pruning job or a nasty lightning strike.. I love to see the scars and guess how it happened.
I wish I could drive around with a saw and "fix" some of the pruning jobs I've seen lately. People get suckered in everyday!! Just b/c you have a piece of paper saying that you CAN cut a few branches obviously does not mean that you should!!
There are lots of Historic Live Oaks in my area. As these enormous Octopus tentacle trees get larger and grow older, the pruning they received in the first 10 to 15 years really can make a difference. This is usually only in the case of such a tree at a residence or near a business.
Forethought about the true size of most trees should really be considered before you plant any type of tree.

Just a little vent today lol no "really" good info. I'll be back in the swing of things soon.


Sunday, April 27, 2008

Snip snip here, rub rub there and a couple of la dee dahs

My neighbor walked over yesterday as I was weeding my front border to ask about a few of her plants she keeps in containers. She has beautiful pots and striking blooms but they are ALL in containers. I know there's nothing wrong with leaving your plants in containers but I just have this thing about a landscape consisting of only containers and half dead plants. The reason she walked over, which she rarely does, was to ask about a hydrangea she was hiding in a corner near her front door. By her eye it seemed to be doing well... except the bloom fell off 2 days after she bought it. She did mention that she cut the dead flower off and remove it but how she did it is the reason for this post today. Just pulling off the wilted flower (in this case and many others) does not always do your sprouting wonders justice.

Pruning is essential for the survival and integrity of many many types of plants. From Oak trees to Crepe Myrtles and from Hydrangeas to Coleus pruning (or dead heading depending on the type) is very important to the life cycle of these plants. Of course they aren't all done in the same way... you would cut your finger nails the same way you cut your hair... right?

Let's talk a little about pruning your blooming beauties. Let's say you have a beautiful tri colored Coleus, like the one above. I've been seeing it pop up more in the last few years in my area. Mostly in a commercial setting where little to no maintenance is needed.... and then it gets picked up by the consumer. So now it's at your house and it's tall and thin with broad leaves near the base. It doesn't look anything like the huge bush you saw and fell in love with at the nursery or that office building down the street. What gives? And now it's blooming?? But that's not what you wanted right... well that's where pruning comes in. Coleus is a great little specimen who even love people with a light brown thumb. They do quite well in the sun but rather the shade to show off their brighter colors and they don't mind too much if they get a little dry.

If you remember a few quick tips you can have a nice full Coleus just like the one in the nursery. Pinching off the top 2 sections of the coleus before it grows a bud will produce 2 more branches. Doing this every time a new branch has 5 or more sections will keep your Coleus growing and getting quite fat. If you decide to let these go all the way to bloom you will more than likely get no new growth. There are a few herbs as well that will have this same growth pattern. Just follow the same tips as those we just went over and you'll have more than enough to go around.

This is exactly the type of pruning I did today with my neighbor's Hydrangea. I'm sure she'll come over when she has new blooms for me to see. I really do love when people ask for my help with their yards or gardens. Oh how I miss being in school and really do plan on going back in the next few years....... *sigh* I'd love to finish my degree. I'm not sure what I'd do with it now that I'm home with my 3 little ones. I guess I just want to say I have the degree. Just a little justification for myself, the lifetime student.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

BadaBadaBadaBadaBada (come on it's a drumroll)

So I walk up to Mr Sand Thumb and say "Pick a number from 1 to 128."
"Huh... Why?"
"Just do it please. I want to be fair" I pleaded.
" Tell me why"
" Blah blah blah just pick."
"Ok fine 486,723" he just smiles. And I walked away lol He's so sassy.
I then wrote 2 numbers down and that how we have our 2 YES 2 winners for today!!!

And the winner iiiiiiis.......

Kim!! at themisplacedmidwesterner
"Autumn Walk sounds like it wants to come on over to my house and live! :)
What a wonderful giveaway you are doing here.
Have fun with your giveaway. Don't forget to head on over to my blog and enter mine!"

AND since you guys went over my 100 comments goal the 2nd winner iiiiiis.....

"Man, it's hard to chose. I would say I'm sure I would most like 'water garden' I like 'bella' as the product line name. I'm expecting my 1st child & if it's a girl her name will be Bella. I just think it's such a pretty name. For a little girl or a candle! lol"

Melissa please contact me within 48 hours. I don't have an email or website for you??

Congrats to you both!!! Thank you all for playing and coming to my page. I hope to see some of you back soon. This is such a fun outlet for me. I love to play in the dirt and my hope is that this will soon help other's learn to love it as well.

I can't wait to do this again it was so much fun!!! Don't forget to check out the rest of the winners at Bloggy Giveaway Winners.
Did you win anything else?? I hope I did!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bloggy Giveaway - Gold Canyon Candle

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I'm a little late in posting my Bloggy Giveaway but there is still time to get in on the fun.


I'm giving away a gorgeous 26 oz Bella Gold Canyon Candle!! The Bella is elegant beauty, sleek and dignified. A different way to experience Gold Canyon’s favorite Signature Series™ fragrances and add a touch of elegance to your d├ęcor. Bella is available in many of the most popular Signature Series scents and available all season long in this timeless glass jar.


This is so easy!!! Just follow this link and pick your favorite scent that's available in the Bella line this season!! These 26 oz candles are guaranteed to burn evenly and beautifully for over 200 hours. You will simply love these candles!!

All shipping and tax are covered in this giveaway!! Unfortunately this giveaway is only for US residents. It will be shipped by UPS so no APO's either.

Entering is easy!! Leave me a comments here. I'll post the winner Saturday morning. If I get over 100 comments (no duplicates please) I'll be happy to announce 2 winners!! Tell your friends and help my comment count to help your chances!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Does this tomato make my bell pepper look fat??


Lettuce, tomato, cucumber,bell pepper, and green onions... sounds like the start of a great salad right?? Throw in a few shrimp or cut up chicken breast and I'm a happy girl. Now I can't grow shrimp in my garden and a few chickens might make my harvest a little more difficult but I can produce the rest of my ingredients in a great abundance as long as I know what grows well next to each other.

A great garden does not consist of only 3 or 4 plants. Many veggies and herbs have little buggy friends that help them to stay healthy by inviting new friends and consuming their enemies. You can help your harvest greatly by simply planting certain varieties near one another and on top of one another for that matter. This is called Interplanting your crops. There are many different ways you can do this and I'll list a few below. Not only will this save space if you have a small garden but it will also save on time when you harvest and it looks great to see such a full lush garden. Choosing the right varieties for interplanting will keep your weeds to a minimum and help you to save space for next seasons crops.

There are many ways to Interplanting (or Intercropping)

  • Row Intercropping - growing two or more crops at the same time with at least one crop planted in rows.
  • Strip Intercropping - growing two or more crops together in strips wide enough to permit separate crop production using machines but close enough for the crops to interact.
  • Relay Intercropping - planting a second crop into a standing crop at a time when the standing crop is at its reproductive stage but before harvesting.
  • Mixed Intercropping - growing two or more crops together in no distinct row arrangement.

This is a beautiful way to incorporate lots of different plants together. The flowers and herbs with attract more pollinators to your veggies that they would not be able to do alone.

Here are a few examples that you could try this year....
      • Corn, Beans, and Squash
      • Marigolds or Basil and Tomatoes
      • Broccoli and Dill
      • Onions and Bush beans between Strawberries
      • Radishes and Carrots
      • Leeks and Sweet Potatoes
As well as plants that you should group near one another there are also plants that never do get along well. But I'll save that for another day.

What plants do you find work well together? Have you ever tried Interplanting? I'd love to help you have a great harvest this Spring and Summer. If you have any questions please leave me a comment. Have a wonderful day. It's beautiful here!! I'll try to be outside as much as possible.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I'm so Proud of my Mom!!!

Ok so this has nothing to do with gardening or any type of plant but I'm just so proud of what my Mom has accomplished!!
If you google "liquid computing abacus data exchange" everything that pops up on the first page is about my Mom!!! SHE IS Abacus Marketing Resources & Abacus Data Exchange!! I consider myself pretty computer savvy but I could barely grasp what she has succeeded in doing until I read this article.
I'm very proud of her!! I hope you enjoy reading a few of the articles... and I hope you too can add this to your "Wow I learned something new today" list.
I love you Mom!!!Photobucket

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tipster Tuesday - "Container"ize your garden

Have you seen some of the beautiful containers they have for planting lately? When I went ot Home Depot last week to use my 15% off coupon I was so torn by which containers I wanted. I knew WHERE I wanted to put it but I wasn't sure WHAT I waned to put in it.
I KNEW I wanted to put it near my front door.
I KNEW I wanted to use annuals (seed to seed in 1 year).
I KNEW I wanted it to be large enough to fit at least 2 different types of flowers.
I KNEW I wanted it to match my house.

Well I found a pot I love and a smaller cheaper version as well. Off to find the perfect flowers!!
My little basket convoy strolled around for a while before I finally made my choice. I chose Bright Red Verbena and Solid White Petunias. I already had container soil at home and a little peat humus so I was all set!! We went home with a few other needed items and a few prices from the lumber dept (to use for a soon to come post). Would you like to see my "creation"?? lol


As it grows through the season it will get alot larger and hang a good bit more. Deadheading will be very minimal but I hate to see wilted dried up flowers while others are so alive and vibrant. My hubby was happy to see them at the door. He of course made a joke about me using a coupon for my gardening as well.... he'll soon appreciate it all Photobucket

Containers are a great way to grow your favorite flowers, herbs veggies and even some fruit trees. If you live in an apartment or have a very small backyard (like me). You "grow" to appreciate container gardens. There are literally hundreds of different sizes, shapes and colors of containers out right now. Even upside down hanging planters!!
We'll be transplanting our seeded herbs to a container soon. My oldest is starting her first herb garden and she's already snagged a container large enough that she can handle her little seedings all my herself.
Remember that these planters are getting hit by sunlight as well so they will dry up faster if you don't use the right soil. Most "container soil" has little extra enhancements like perlite. If you have peat moss it would be a great add to keep the moisture level up. I would steer away from terracotta pots used in full sunlight. They will absorb the some of the moisture in your soil. This will cause you to give a little extra attention to these plants in the summer.

Do you have a windowsill garden? What do you have in it?
Do you have any favorite containers but don't know what to put in them?? Let us know... maybe we can help.


For more Tips, check out Be Centsable for Tipster Tuesday!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Bulb Sale!!

stargazer lily
Hurry these are going fast!! This is the second type they've repenished them.
Stargazer lilies are the Deal of the Week at Holland Bulb Farms!!

Stargazer Lily with 12 bulbs per bag will bloom this mid to late summer (2008) filling your garden with a burst of color and fragrance. These hardy plants can be planted in the spring and will tolerate the winter and bloom beautifully for many years.Grows 24-36" tall. 14/16 cm bulbs. Zone 3 to 9

12 bulbs for only $7.19!!! This is a STEAL!!

They have lots of great specials everyday and some everyweek. HBF has a great Product Guarantee. You'll never have to worry when ordering from them!!

Festival de Fleur

Tis the season for festivals in South Louisiana. This weekend is no different. Festival de Fleur is one of my favorites. It is being held this year once again at Blackham Coliseum. Admission is only $5 per person and children 12 & under are FREE. There is a $1 off admission in last Sunday's paper. There will prob be another on Saturday I would imagine. The proceeds go directly back to the Ira Nelson Center. This was my second home when I was in school so I will gladly pay the admission. There are lots of door prizes so don't forget to register at the door.
Visit their website to get more information on events and contests. This will be a great place to buy plants and get ideas for everything from indoor plants to butterfly gardens. Native plants will be a great pick up at this show. There are always Landscape Designers and plants for sale. The orchid contests blow my mind every year!!
Doors open at 9 am. I hope to see you there!!

Get fired up on Art at Pyromania!! They will be at the same location as Festival De Fluer again this year. You can also visit their site here. They have such cool demonstrations and hands-on activites for all ages. My kids love watching the glass blowing show. Admission is FREE for everyone. This is stictly an outdoor event. The weather will be beautiful!!

So get out of the house tomorrow with your family. Enjoy and support local artists. This is definately an event you will not want to miss!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Home Depot Coupons to liven up your yard


Thanks to The Coupon Mom here are a couple of Home Depot coupons to help you add some color and a little more life to your front door or back patio.

15% off of pots and planters exp 4/17

50% off of Colorburst packets exp 4/17

You'd be surprised what a little color does to help brighten landscape... and your day.

Add a "pop" as my 10 year old would say. Don't be scared to ask for help while you are there. That's what they get paid for!! Walk around for a while find a few different shapes that really make you smile. Be careful with spacing when buying 6 packs. Grab a bag of good container soil and a small bag of peat humus. Zeus's won't have this variety :) but a quick stop there after would make a great end to a hard day. Look for heat resistant varieties that will bloom through the summer months if you are one of the very fortunate to have blistering heat starting in May. Now be careful because not all the types you will see will thrive in your area. Find your zone here. Cultivars that are not native to your zone may not do as well as others. You can find a great list of plants for your zone here at Spring Hill Nursery. Most require little maintence and it will look as if you slave over it everyday.

What are some of your favorite natives? Need a little help getting started? Can you make almost anything grow? Tell us about it.

Composting your own Garbage


What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of composting? For some a huge smile may cross their face, for others a much less appealing thought may pop in their heads. Composting can be the easiest and cheapest way to help your flowers and veggies "be the best they can be." A friend in my playgroup brought up this topic last week and of course I had to chime in. If you are new to composting there are lots of sites that can explain all the How-to's to get started and why.
It is simply the breaking down of organic matter. There is a local facility in my area that I was able to tour when I was in college (for Horticulture). The tour was very informative. I didn't realize at the time how delicate the process was with such a huge amount of compost. The temperatures and carbon to nitrogen balances were fascinating. The facility gives all the compost away free of charge. Just show up with an empty truck bed or a few burlap sacks and off you go. There is always a small amount of trash in the load, like pieces of trash bags, tinsel from Holiday trees, straws, and bottle tops. This is a very minor problem with the amount that you are able to receive. If you aren't in the Acadiana area, look in the phone book. There should be a site in your parish or county that offers compost free or for a very small charge.

If you'd like to start your own composting adventure there are lots of options.
The Compost Guide has some great tips on starting your own compost. You can find bins, pails, and activators at Clean Air Gardening. Here is a great book on how to start your own compost.

Do you already have a compost at home? Tell us about it. We'd love to hear how you got started.