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Well, fine ladies and gents, I’ve decided a few things about blogging.  And in doing so, I have some new and exciting things to share.  🙂

*I’ve decided to largely leave the world of Facebook.  It feels over-crowded and I never know if I’m posting too frequently and annoying my Facebook friends.  This’ll free up some much-desired time and focus on my blog, where I can post as frequently as I want!  My plan is to blog at least once a week about revelations during times with my Father, a gardening journal, thoughts, feelings, struggles, and questions on being a keeper of the home, and anything else I darn well want to put in it!  I am SO EXCITED about this decision, even if I’m the only one who ever reads it!

*I’m taking my blogging business to blogger, where I can actually earn a few pennies if anyone decides to click on the ads framing my blog, whereas no money is earned here on WordPress.  Every little bit helps, right?

SO…. my new blog address iswww.riddlelove.blogger.com!

I hope to see you there. 🙂  I don’t plan on deleting this blog.  I’ll leave it the way it is and begin a new chapter of blogging on the new and improved one.

So, with this, I say, “Farewell, WordPress!  Thank you for allowing me to get my feet wet in this thing that’s called blogging.  It’s been real.”

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Sense I’ve been deprived of tending my garden for the past two months and planting season has basically come to an end in my neck of the woods, I am getting my garden fix by planning for next year’s (Lord willing I get one) garden.

Saturday morning, I stumbled upon a really cool show on PBS called “P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home.”  This show made me want a TV again.  He shared garden craft ideas for kids, and some great veggies that I now want to include in my little patch.

Next year, I want to make trellises and teepees out of sticks we can collect this Autumn and tie them together with twine.  We can make these in the Fall so they’ll be ready and waiting for springtime.

I also want to grow gourds.  They grow very quickly which is fun for the kids, and we can make instruments, decorations, bird houses, platters, and seed storage containers out of them.  They even work as a natural pesticide.

The vegetable he highlighted were asparagus beans. They grow up trellices fairly high which can provide a nice, shady natural wall in the summer.  They also render a prolific harvest, and the long, tasty beans can be diagonally sliced and stir fried.

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to dig up some beds and plant seeds!  I guess I have a bit of waiting to do, but in the meantime, I’m gonna pour over seed catalogues (well, websites, but catalogues sound more romantic), plan my garden, and make my wish list.

Do you have a favorite seed company/garden craft/unique plant/etc?  Please, do tell.
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Contrary to me, hopefully you’re bringing in your garden’s harvest.  Speaking of gardens, I wonder how mine’s doing?  I abandoned it two months ago when we made our journey to the depths of CA, otherwise known as the OC.  We came down for a number of reasons, the biggest one being to get Jer in the recording studio for his next album.  But back to my beloved garden…

I’ve wanted to grow gardens forever, but every year, something keeps me from starting one.  I’ve grown various plants in pots (tomatoes, a few herbs, blueberries…), but my dream is to have huge veggie, tea, and herb gardens, berry patches, and a little fruit and nut orchard.

Here is what I left at the end of June (pathetic that I took pictures of my plants, I know, but what’s even more pathetic is I’m posting them!  What can I say, I even love tiny gardens!):

 

Our little starts

Our little starts in April

 

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We had to leave our sunflowers right as they started budding! 😦

 

Blooming Zucchinis (I wonder how they tasted)  Waaaa!

Blooming Zucchinis (I wonder how they tasted) Waaaa!

Muskmelons

 

My son's "candy corn"

My son's "candy corn"

We also have tomatoes, bell peppers, oregano, blueberries in a pot, and a lime tree, but I sadly have no pictures of them.  🙂

My house-sitting BIL has given word of my sunflowers: they have already bloomed and are now drooping.  😦

I suppose this is entry one of my new garden journal.  It can only grow from here!  Hehe.

PS: Here’s a picture of one of the many sunflower fields we passed driving down the 5:


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Drought weights the trees, and from the farmhouse eaves
The locust, pulse-beat of the summer day,
Throbs; and the lane, that shambles under leaves
Limp with the heat–a league of rutty way –
Is lost in dust; and sultry scents of hay
Breathe from the panting meadows heaped with sheaves.

– from "The Rain-Crow" by Madison Cawein (1865 – 1914)

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