Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Potted Plant Clean Up and more...

So...the other day I spent time hoeing out the raised beds, then raking them out, and then sowing garden seeds with my 2 youngest children.

Today found me cleaning up all of the potted plants I had in my courtyard area. I shoved huge terra cotta pots around. Cleared the debris out of the pots that had leaves blown into them and trimmed off any dead leaves.Shaped up the potted climbing roses and trimmed off any dead canes on those.Condensed together some of the plants that could do well being grouped together.Made a pile of the old plastic pots I no longer wanted.
I think I made some progress.:0)

I then gathered the empty new pots into a pile along with my garden decor items, and some large wind chimes. Why am I doing this?
All of these garden items and plants will soon be taking a trip further South to await the day when I'll hopefully be joining them soon. To begin new gardens in a new town.

I just hope that I won't have to wait too long. I'm also sending along some of my houseplants..but not all of them..I must have something green around to enjoy!
In the meantime I hope that the little garden that I planted with my kids will grow and produce something for us to enjoy.
I have been getting ready to do a few book reviews for the "Small Town Living" blog. One is on gardening, and the other is about chickens. Both great topics, and I can't wait to share the titles of the books with you all, and what I liked about the books. I am so enjoying the work I am doing with that site.
Do stop by if you get a chance and become a follower of the blog. The link is
I really love "Small Town Living" and sharing the information with folks. We cover so many fun topics...from farm profiles, to artist profiles, crafts, cooking, DIY, humor, and so much more.
I do hope that you all are having a most wonderful week thus far.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
~The Garden Goose!~

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Played in the dirt today! Yay! Spring is right around the corner.

This morning and afternoon I had fun playing in the dirt. Oh I had missed it so!
That feeling of the soil on the palm of my hands, and tugging at a weed to remove it from the raised bed area so that I could sow a few heirloom vegetable seeds. Ahhh! Today was sheer bliss!
The weather was absolutely gorgeous, a slight breeze upon the air, not too hot, not too cold.... the birds were singing... A perfect sunshiney day!...and absolutely perfect for playing in the dirt.

I had hoed up the raised beds yesterday afternoon, making sure to loosen all of the weeds left over from winter,( there weren't very many thankfully)...but this morning I could not wait to get outside on such a pretty day, and rake all of the weeds out of the beds.
My two youngest children soon joined me, and we sowed the following heirloom vegetable seeds into the raised bed garden area.
Blue Lake Bush Bean, Provider Bush Bean, Goldcrop Wax Beans, Royal Burgundy Bush Bean, Jimmy Nardello's Sweet Italian Peppers, Swiss Chard, "Palla Rosa" Radicchio, Chantenay Carrot, Oregon Giant Snow Pea

After we sowed the seeds I gave them a nice little shower of water...let the growing begin!
I cannot wait to watch them grow. Oooh yummy veggies are right around the corner!( I'll be planting even more vegetable varieties soon into pots..I hope to start a variety of lettuces and herbs real soon too.)

If you'd like to plant an heirloom vegetable garden this Spring visit:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Busy Days..and Small Town Living..and more

Wow! The days lately have been busy ones.

I have spending quite a lot of time on the new "Small Town Living" blog.
If you haven't heard, we have moved from an e-zine format over to a community blog.
The new website is at
I keep rather busy with networking, product reviews, book reviews and so on.
But I really enjoy what I do, and I know you'll love the new site also. So stop by and become a follower if you enjoy topics like- gardening, cooking, farm profiles,artist profiles, and so much more.
On a different note, I have been thinking about this personal blog, and bringing about a few changes.
You'll just have to stay tuned to see what transpires along the way. :0)
Oh, and it looks like the cold weather here is slowly drifting away..I'm starting to get a bit of "Spring Fever", and hope to get the 2 raised bed areas in the backyard cleaned out and prepped for seeds really soon. I'm thinking that I'll use one of them totally for a blend of lettuces. Not quite sure what I'll use the second one for just yet. Maybe a mix of herbs, and perhaps a tomato plant or two, and some flowers. We shall see.
I don't want to put too much time and effort into it with the house being on the market, but in the same regards I want to utilize this growing season as much as I can while I'm here in this home,and be able to have fresh, home-grown produce available. So I will be doing some gardening this year, and very, very soon at that.
I have sorely missed digging in the dirt and growing things.
Oh, I had fun today reviewing a book . The review will be posted tomorrow over at It is a book, that if you enjoy collecting vintage items, you will want to get your hands on. You'll have to stop by the site to see what it is though. :0)
Here's wishing you all a lovely day, and thanks so much for stopping by to visit.
~The Garden Goose~

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ta- Dahhhh!... And the Winners are....

Congratulations to :

Lisa Lectura Creations!
Lisa has won the Gift Certificate from

Congratulations to:
Angel and Spot!
Angel has won the Sunflower Print.

Congratulations to you both.
Thank you to everyone that entered the drawing. It was so very wonderful to have you all drop by and say "howdy"!
I do hope that through this event that some of you will choose to stay in touch.

Here's Wishing you all a most wonderful evening!
~The Garden Goose~

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Please Vote..I'm a proud mom.:0)

I am proud of my daughter. She designed a cute fabric and entered it in a contest at spoonflower. You can vote for her fabric design creation at:
Please vote for the design named "Hopalong Cassidy" by Naomi W. Thank you so much!