Spring ready to be sprung

We’ve been having some warmer days, and that coupled with the calendar has resulted in some of the bulb sprouts making their appearance in our flower and herb garden.


Won’t be long until the blooms will be out in all their beauty. It’s about time to be over this winter thing and move on to a better year.

Remember the cucumber?

Here’s a picture (left) from a few days ago of the first cucumber that grew on the vines (there are others now growing). It grew some more, and our son picked it. We put it in the fridge for a bit and then Sher sliced it. My did it taste delicious! Sher then used our sun tea jug and added fresh cucumber slices to fresh water to make a refreshing and healthy drink.

The COVID-19 thing has kept us at our home base since February 25th. We are normally out in our RV during the summer months, but staying off the road has given us a chance to have a bigger variety of vegetables planted. Our freshly harvested vegetables are so much better than store bought!

Remember, be smart and stay safe! You do not want to catch the virus!

The saga of the beans

Time to harvest the first green beans from Roadtirement’s garden!

Pickin’ and grinin’

Pretty good batch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first round of green beans were finally ready to be picked. We had watched the plants sprout from seed. We kept track as the plants grew and the little yellow flowers bloomed. And then one day Yes! There they were! The first of the cute little bean pods emerged from the plants! We checked each day, sometimes twice a day. As the pods grew in size we knew this day was coming: (Drum roll) Time to pick!

OK, that’s overly dramatic. It was, however,  gratifying to get a colander full of our own green beans. From the way the plants look, we will be able to harvest again soon.

Wow! Look at that thing grow

Here’s a photographic update from Roadtirement’s vegetable garden:

Cucumber July 9th

Same one, July 14th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It will soon be time to pick this cucumber. There are more starting to grow on the vines, so we’ll have more cucumbers as the summer goes on. With the COVID-19 surging in some areas of the country, we don’t know when it will be safe to travel again.

Don’t mess up now! Stay safe and Be smart!

Backyard visitor

I was enjoying sitting outside with a cup of coffee in the backyard this morning. Beautiful sunny day, temps approaching 80, and a lot of birds to watch at the feeder.

Then this young squirrel decided to join the birds in the yard. He hopped around for quite a while, and was still there when I went in. In the foreground is the Black Cherry sapling that we got from the DNR giveaway trees program. We are fortunate to have a nice yard where we can watch the wildlife and have space for gardening.

Remember to keep doing the things that keep you safe!

Rose in bloom near a crime scene

A pretty bloom

Well, maybe not a crime scene, however some dastardly critter (most probably a rabbit) has stolen one of the two remaining rose buds from this rose bush. I suspect that the perpetrator of the rose bud theft is also responsible for the wanton destruction of a couple of our sweet corn seedlings in the garden.

Finished with the mulch project

If you’ve been following along with some of the projects Roadtirement has been working on during our COVID-19 stay safe at home time, you will know that mulching has been a big part of our flower garden design. (Whew, what a long sentence!)

Herbs and wildflower starts on an old stump

Still needing a bit of grass/weeding work, but close to done

Our son has been such a great help in toting bags of mulch and spreading same. The herbs are doing very nicely, and seem happy to be on the remains of an old trees stump. Sher spread some wild flower seeds on the rich soil on the sides of the stump, and several seeds have already sprouted.

Roadtirement’s tomato plantings

One thing we have decided to pursue during our stay at home isolation is grow some garden plants. We went ahead and started some tomato plants inside, as per recommendations. Our son cut some plastic water bottles in half and used some self sterilized soil for the inside seed beds.

Photo taken April 10th

Photo taken April 19th

 

 

 

 

 

 

The April 10th photo shows the tomato seedlings. You can see in the April 19th shot how much the tomato seedlings have grown. In addition, the two containers in the foreground are peppers. We are hopeful that we’ll get some tomatoes and peppers after we transplant the seedlings.

We have a small garden plot in the backyard.  Hopefully we will reap the rewards of same. We’ll keep you posted…