It’s June, oh my

It is hard to believe that it is June. Crazy spring in the garden. Spent this lovely, usually cool morning smooching bales and pruning. Have tomatoes growing, none ripe. Looks like I have lost my squash don’t know why. Green beans growing so are bell peppers and okra.

3 hours and I’m wasted. Old woman I guess.

Not sure what to call this

I started this entry on Saturday, but just as I was writing down a title I was surprised by my adorable granddaughters–so there went the writing😍! And, well, yesterday was Sunday, I had my 5k road race walk then off to church. So I am back this morning. 

I am having a different time this year with my garden.  It is easy to talk about when things go great but between the lack of time because of the remodeling, the weather and just “stuff” in general, so far this year has been different. When I finally got my straw bales conditioned I couldn’t wait to plant. So I guess I made a rookie mistake, except I’m not a rookie (4 years ) and nothing like this has happened before.  I planted a bunch of seeds and about 16 tomato seedlings in bales on the same day I planted pole bean, okra, zucchini and squash seeds in my raised beds.  The raised beds sprouted and continue to do great but nothing in bales and all the tomato seedlings died. Looking back, I realized the bales must have been too hot. Like I said, I’ve never had this happen before but I have read some of the docs online.  Soooo I’ve reseeded where I still had seeds, still replanting and replacing tomato seedlings and I’ve bought a few plants too. Of I forgot that I also planted 5 tomato seedlings in my little raised bed–they are doing fine so I know the seedlings were old enough to plant.

Gardening is a little like life. You learn as you go, hope and pray for the best. Keep going and restart when you need to.

Let the planting begin

So, yesterday I finally began to get started in the garden. Conditioning of straw bales was complete. I had been, broccoli and cabbage seedlings weathered and waiting. I got the black kow manure and soil into the raised beds, hoed a little to mix in–then I planted my pole bean seedlings and seeds, set up trellises and now ready to go.  I put them in second bed to rotate from last year. Then I put okra and squash seeds in other big bed. I’m not sure about squash seeds, they were from last year’s crop–looked a little dehydrated, so if they don’t sprout I’ll put in new plants or seeds from store.  I put the cabbage and broccoli in side bed, already have broccoli, lettuce and strawberries started there. I just got started planting seeds in bales and I had to stop to help DB pull bushes cut from pond front to road. Hopefully I’ll get finished tomorrow.  Did repot some tomato seedlings and put a few out to start weathering. Pictures will follow when finished.  

Gardening thoughts

Every morning, since I got my straw bales last week, as I work the conditioning process, my head is full of thoughts that I am now going to try to put down on paper, or screen.  I don’t post a lot about my garden on the straw bale group Facebook, I did in years past but after awhile I realized that gardening brought me so much pleasure and I just didn’t want the “constructive criticism”–not that the people were trying to be mean, but everyone wants to voice their opinion. 

Well, it is my garden and I just want to enjoy.  There are all kinds of purists. And, frankly I don’t care!  I have used a lot of different bales–fancy, and costly, landscape bales that had to leave the plastic around the sides to keep together (landscape-meant to be taken apart), “compressed” bales that just about strangled the roots, locally farmed but badly baled that had to have fences to stay together and now good “trash” wheat straw bales from feed store.

I have planted on the “top” side and the “bottom” as well as the side of bales–it all works as long as you work the program outlined in the book. 

I’ve planted many different veggies–some do better than others, some locations are better for some plants. I have just about given up on cucumbers–which everyone can grow, right? Wrong! But I tried a different location and I had to learn to make pickles!

I like to plant seedlings. But I have planted seeds too. Again, some do better than others, some years better than others. I have tried carrots every year using every method I’ve read about, still no luck. But I will keep on trying.

The more I garden, the more I am amazed by my God. The wonder of nature, the majesty of creation. The joy of being in nature.

I have discovered a few things that help. My mucking boots, no I don’t have animals, but I have unconquerable weeds, no weed barriers have helped, only being able to weed-eat or mow them down, discovered that weed barriers create a weed-eater nightmare, so I no longer put anything down. I wear my mucking boots and let husband weed-eat to the ground.

And my “snake stick”, once it warms up a little I have a long stick that I beat the ground in front of me with–scares the snakes, so far all I’ve ever had are garter snakes–and keeps me from jumping out of my skin when they move.

When I was younger I never would have gardened, now I think everyone should. 


Just wanted to tell you know that I have set up a YouTube channel also. I’m using it to talk about gardening too. If you like this blog I think you will like it too. Be sure to check it out. Like it and subscribe. It is under my name Mary L Brown and has my picture on it. 

Got some seeds planted yesterday–yeah😍👍. I need to get back to working on getting garden ready for new bales but between rain and remodeling it has been difficult. At least we don’t have to deal with snow and ice here😘

Finally ordered a potting bench yesterday   Hoorah. My back was not happy yesterday after planting 2 trays of seeds on that low picnic table we have. I told myself last year that I was going to get one but didn’t. I just about had my husband ready to build me one when I found this one online, he said he couldn’t build one that cheap– materials would cost at least that– so he told me to order. And I did. Should be here next week😜🌱🍅. 

Be safe. Remember God loves us. He takes care of the birds and He will take care of us. 

Our fake spring

Now, this may not look like much to you but to me, it’s wonderful. With temps in the high 70s, I started cleaning up my garden. I left all the vines and stuff because I read that it was better for birds, etc. So, today I started cleaning up, pulling up dead tomato vines and stuff. I put most of it back into raised beds for it to compost.

Can’t wait for spring. I am fortunate to live here in Myrtle Beach because well, we just don’t have winter like other places and I can get an early start.

Also my husband built me a grow stand a couple of years ago and now I start my own seeds. I’ll start next week😍🤪.

I found myself laughing at myself today. I thought that if my younger self was told that my older self would love to garden, grows and freezes veggies. She would say that she must have lost her mind😊😊🤪.

Fruits of the garden

Tonight we had the marvelous experience of eating fresh grown and frozen–no pesticides or herbicides–green beans, okra, tomatoes and green peppers. So good. Fried okra–yum.  Made up a chicken dish with sautéed onion, garlic and green peppers, rice and a bag of fresh frozen tomatoes. Love, love, love my garden.