Tag Archives: Gardening

  It seems to be a week of GARDENING posts (I’m in the ZONE).   Today, I’d like to share with you a few little SECRETS- on Gardening (Stop salivating. I’m not giving up anything that I’d have to kill you for).   If you don’t have a large space to plant a vegetable that […]

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  • Linda Roy (elleroy was here) - Tulips! They’re beautiful and YAY, Spring is about to….spring! God, it’s been a long winter. I can’t wait to get outside, clean up the yard and get things growing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I know the feeling. Even down here it’s been a l-o-n-g winter. In the meantime, I hit-up Whole Foods for flowers. EeGads. I’m one of ‘those’.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Deinitely saving this article! Thank you!!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Just don’t forget the Listerine! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Mary - This post is a keeper! Pinned!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - A former neighbor of mine was a huge proponent of bone meal. She used to give me a tiny baggie of it each time she gave me a cutting. That memory makes me smile (I moved away from her), so thank you for that! 😀ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s great stuff- ground bones! Boo! (no seriously- good stuff).ReplyCancel

  • Angela Douglas Mager - Very helpful tips…and funny! 🙂 I wish we could grow Tulips down here in Texas. Those are gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I had no idea that the time of day you cut a flower would make a difference and… Listerine in the water? Brilliant! I am going to try this tomorrow morning!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. Timing is everything- even in the garden! Tell me what the results are w the Listerine. I’d love to know your opinion!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - This is news to me that asparagus is like teenagers …slow to mature and heavy feeders!! Lol!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes, they take several years to grow big enough to cut. HahahaaaReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I still think it would be way easier for you to just do it for me. Maybe not as funny. Well, maybe way funnier in person!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Lee - We thank you Lovely Lady for you!ReplyCancel

  • Karen @Baking In A Tornado - I need to print this out, this is everything I need to know all in one place.ReplyCancel

  Now that you’re fairly certain that your going to blow your brains out if you have to assemble your life around (boots coats scarves gloves ice-scraping salt bags shovels bald tires cars that won’t start sub-zero temperatures and indoor activities that have come to resemble Nickelodeon on an eternal loop) one more damn day […]

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  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Ah spring, I can’t wait for it to arrive. I would like to invest in a few more perennials this season.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - They ARE an investment, but so worth it, I think!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - What beautiful photos. Since moving to an apartment, I sure miss my garden – especially now, with Spring in the air!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - All my perennials turn into annuals, because I have a black thumb. But I keep trying, every year. Maybe this year will be the year I succeed! But probably not.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Plant your perennials deeper- snip off a few of the bottom leaves, and bury at that depth. And cover in the winter with some kind of mulch. Some perennials are biennials, which means they either don’t bloom until the second year, or they may only bloom for a few years. Talk to your local plant nursery. You can DO IT!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Carpenter - Fabulous photos. I live in the high altitude Rocky Mountains so gardening is hell… with glimmers of glorious growth now and then. I’m determined my perennials will be back this time around. ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - I am learning to garden in California…so much different than high altitude, crappy soil gardening, unpredictable snow falls in the Colorado mountains! Low water plants are tricky for me but I am learning! I love your suggestion to go to the local nursery and see what they are growing. Love the photos and like you, the health benefits of getting your hands dirty!ReplyCancel

  • Andi - My hubby is dying to have some sort of garden and since he is also the cook in the house I am dying to benefit from the veggies and herbs that would exit his garden and enter my plate!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes! He should do it and you should have it! We often go out in the evening and pick what looks good. The difference in flavor is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - How I wish you could come do this with me–I have a black thumb!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Lovely pictures of lovely flowers. It doesn’t work where I live. If the rabbits and rodents don’t eat a plant, the desert iguana will. They will leave rose bushes and cacti alone, although in extreme drought the rabbits will even eat the cacti with the lesser spines and the new branch on a rose bush..ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I bookmarked this right off the bat! I adore gardening and this info is perfect! I love the pics too. Your analogy about annuals and perennials was perfect. I will never forget that example now! Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell - My gardening plan is to move next door to you and leech. I have a beautiful yard, no thanks to me! Gardening is for Saints. I have no patience. Perhaps I would if I gardened. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  Here, in New Orleans, I have what many neighbors (and a few homeless men) call a little City Farm and everyone wants a piece of me it.   That makes me smile. I’m happy to swap a few war stories while sharing the bounty.   If you have ever ‘read’ me (HERE- on the […]

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  • Carol Cassara - So here I am, wondering, where did she find BLUE peppers? LOL I got up too early.ReplyCancel

  • Foxy Wine Pocket - These sound absolutely amazing. Going to pin this and make them very soon.ReplyCancel

  • Lana - Yummy! My family will love these.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Bluth Robertson - YUM pretty much covers it. ReplyCancel

  • Eve Gaal - Unfortunately, blue cheese doesn’t grow in any zone but I love this!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Cartwright - wow what a fascinating post! thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - As Dick Emery (an old British comedian) used to say: “You are awful, but I like you.” And your stuffed peppers would sustain me throughout a cold, wet British winter. ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Cheryl, you are just too funny. Great recipe! I live in Florida and I think we’re a zone 10 or 11. I need to learn to grow stuff dam it!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - How’s that Irish prayer go. lord give me the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference….ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Loved stuff peppers, can’t to try this recipe! I’ve had the same problem went from zone 6 to zone 9 but we’re still trying to work out the kinks in our new gardening dilemma!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s a journey am I right? Things -melt-.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn Hammersmith - I don’t normally like stuffed peppers, but I think you may have just made me a convert! ReplyCancel

  • Cristy Stern Zdenek - Sounds wonderful, thanks Cheryl!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi Campbell - YUM YUM YUM> thank you for sharing. I was actually looking for a stuffed peppers recipe and saw this on G+ so you ROCK 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I hope u try it! Then let me know what u think!! Promise.ReplyCancel

I grew up in Zone 5.I now live in Zone 9. This provides an additional four months of opportunity in quelling the onslaught of invaders and reap the rewards.I sometimes pillage. I sometimes destroy.I often give birth.Plans are calculated with military precision.They are fought with special operational assistance from the Espoma league.Battles have been lost. Many have […]

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  • Sharon Greenthal - I have the blackest thumb…so envious of your talent!ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - I love trumpet flowers, and yours are gorgeous. I miss living in a higher Zone. I live in Zone 1. Why even bother if you live in Zone 1?ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Beautiful flowers!

    I would end up killing any plant coming into my care… I’m just hopeless that way.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I love to zone in and see the beautiful flowers you grow.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thank you Sue. These are really gorgeous. They hang and look exotic and spooky. I took the pic’s from the bottom looking up into them.ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - I’ll show this post to my 82-year-old father, as he is the green-fingered one in our family. He virtually lives in his garden, despite his age.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - That will be me in time. Maybe your father and I should date? Thanks for stopping by Bryan- I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa Ledford - Everything I touch dies. Seriously. Dan gave me a potted rose for mother’s day. I babied that thing and loved it and watered it only in the mornings and blah blah blah… it curled up and died, so I set it outside on the deck meaning to throw it out. Two weeks later I walk outside and find my discarded rose in full bloom bursting with life. I have never been so put out with a plant in my life. Do you have any bougainvillea? I love that but it doesn’t grow in Virginia.

The other day I found myself in a ‘Pickle’ (Actually, with a basket full up with late season cucumbers), and since I can always find my way out of a jam, I sliced, simmered, and shook my way to dilling some cukes.I didn’t even blanche at the the idea. (That was a canned line. Sorry). 12 […]

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  • Mari Collier - Enjoy your harvest. Mama used to make dills in a stone crock. Bread & butter pickles were canned. No, I don’t make pickles anymore. They’ve become too salty for my palate.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Growing up our neighbor used to ‘put-up’ pickles in stone crocks and let them rest in her crawl space. She’s pay us kids a nickel a piece to place them deep in the back among the spiders. A nickel! That’s a lot of money- was all I concentrated on.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - I don’t remember having much of pickles around the house growing up. We’d have them if Mom needed something for a salad, or as a burger topping.

    My aunt and uncle, on the other hand, always had them around, and had them on the dinner table as a side nearly every day.ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - We had a garden growing up and always had canned pickles on hand, though I’ve yet to try canning myself.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Rodrigues - Yummy, I’m going to make some of this – love it with sandwiches. In India, pickles are really spicy – usually the red hot chilli pepper variety! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Here in New Orleans you can get ANYTHING hot. We can green beans that way and put them in Bloody Marys. Yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Corinne Rodrigues - Oh this is something I’ve been meaning to try. Would taste fab with sandwiches. Pickles in India are really hot…..! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • gardengirl92 - I love pickles! and puns…ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I love dill and sweet pickles. These look soo delish that I must Pin them and I won’t even charge you a nickle to do it. Have a nice weekend.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Oh yes- pin away! We tried them last night and they were FABU! I finally got the recipe right! Yippie!!!!ReplyCancel

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