What Happened While I was Away

Where have I been?

I have been here!

This is my first attempt at a Youtube video that is my own.  Comments?  Want future videos?  Let me know.


33 thoughts on “What Happened While I was Away

  1. tialys says:

    Hi Lynda, lovely to actually hear from you 🤣. Your garden looks very productive but I particularly enjoyed the videobombing by the ginger cat 😸

    • Lynda says:

      Lynn, that videobombing cat is one of two brothers we have here. This one is Pickle (mine) he has white boots, and the other is Peanut (Bob’s). We weren’t going to get any more kitties, but the voles were decimating my gardens and the lawn. These two have been trained early on that 5:00PM is kitty roundup! We call them into the barn to refill their food dish and then lock them in for the night so the KittyBoogins won’t catch them and eat them!!!

  2. kathyreeves says:

    Lots of stuff growing there! It’s been a bit odd here for gardening, very late hard freezes and temps jumping to the 90’s early. We are missing the rains we were blessed with the last couple of years. Has your season been weird or more normal?

    • Lynda says:

      Hi Kathy! Our season was a bit off. But it helped me get my seeds started. I was late in starting this year. I am not certain as of yet if it was the longer moderate temperatures or my planting trick with my peas, but I am still finding peas out there with the beans. 😉 The trick? I planted them on the north side of the bean plants. They grew very quickly up the support fencing and then the beans raced up later when it got warmer which seemed to protect them from the sun. Still, the recent of bit of 80 to 90 degree days has caused some of them to expire this past week. I also planted three times the beans this year! I didn’t want to run out in midwinter this time!

      • kathyreeves says:

        That is a great idea to shade the peas with the beans! I’ll tuck that one away! Our beans still look ratty as can be, I think it won’t be much of a bean year, but I may go out and try to fill the wholes knew more time.

    • Lynda says:

      Lisa, I had a hard time putting myself up here. I am positively too shy about this sort of thing. But, in the end, it was fun. Thank you!

      • Playamart - Zeebra Designs says:

        It was a lovely visit to your garden, and I can picture you there in the early morning hours – immersed in the ‘awakening of the day’ – full of hope and promise…. I immediately thought of the hymn which opens, “I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…”

        Sending you very strong doses of positive energy as we go one day at a time.. Perhaps this is needed to ‘awaken’ those who have lost faith in God; surely good things are working through these difficult times..

    • Lynda says:

      Deb, they are a hodge-podge to my eye, but allow me to get out there and do. I simply can’t put everything into the garden and keep the weeds from taking over anymore. Things that grow tall go into the ground and I work the rows bit by bit with Violet (my rolling seat cart). The larger roof tin raised beds can be worked standing up! My back really appreciates that! I intend to make more of the waist-high beds over time and all of them will get a lick of “oops paint” or white washing to try to improve their appearance. I’ve learned a method with those so I don’t have to fill them all the way up with soil. I fill them with tree branches, wood stumps, and yard clippings first, then add soil in last. It’s based on the Hugelkultur method and seems to be working very well so far. Gardening is very good for my mental health, LOL!

  3. chatou11 says:

    Hi Lynda, lovely to hear you on the video, please made so more. Your garden is growing pretty well and I like your raised beds it is very good for the back.
    Lots of vegetables, it is a wonderful garden, but it seems huge! That’s a lot of work but gardening is so good.
    Take care and have a nice week.

    • Lynda says:

      Hello Chantal, good to see you here! My garden and orchard is growing on about 1/8th of our space. We are on an acre here. And YES, those raised beds are what is making it possible for me to get out and grow again! The work is easier at my age with the raised level. I have missed going out and picking fresh for the table and preserving for the winter months.

      You have a wonderful week as well!

  4. Littlesundog says:

    Keep it coming. Video is always nice, I think. Our yard is weeds too, and Bermuda grass which is what most people have for grass. I’ve found that wildlife LOVE the weeds, especially if allowed to bloom. So we mow a lot of it but allow some to grow for birds, snakes, toads and other varmints!

    Your raised beds are lovely. Maybe when Forrest retires we can do some. Like you, I spend a lot of time outdoors with nature. Too much chaos in town, and the television and any other media is ridiculous. I worry that the way things are going, our way of life (having a few acres to live off the land) will be threatened.

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, The raised beds have been a work in progress for a year. Bob built them last year, we filled them with our limb and branch falls (and collected a few from a neighbor too) and then started piling on the grass, weed and other clippings to fill them up. The clippings compost down and fill in between the wood base, and then this year I added some soil. I will be adding soil and compost each season to keep it topped up, but that wonderful filler is what will really be the fuel for many years to come! My plan is to add a couple more and begin filling them too. Being at a three ft. level has meant less weeds and less insect activity as well. I was impressed with their success! It is based on the raised Hügelkultur method I learned from this fellow down under: https://youtu.be/3O2qCQU7Cac

      Regarding your second paragraph I feel exactly the same as you and worry for our future. I was thinking of you this morning and you must have gotten my thought-waves. 😉

  5. shoreacres says:

    I’m really impressed by your video, and so glad that (1) you’re back with us, and (2) you were willing to share the video. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do a slide show with music and photos, but after I made the move to Windows 10, everything got complicated, and I’m still trying to figure it out.

    I love that big bunch of rhubarb in the middle! I never was that fond of the stuff, except when it was combined with strawberries, but we loved using that big leaves as hats, sunshades, dollhouse roofs, and so on. Several of my friends have either been thinking of raised beds, or beginning to construct them. It’s easier for us old folks to garden standing up, says one!

    I hope you will do more of these videos — I loved the peek into your world.

    • Lynda says:

      Windows 10 was not a choice. I had stopped counting at 7. Then they cut me off of appropriate Win7 upgrades, but kept sending me “new upgrades” that really, pardon me for saying it “screwed” with my system. I’m still learning 10 too. 😐

      My video was done on my phone, downloaded to my computer and then uploaded to Youtube. It was easy. What you suggest sounds too much like work. HOWEVER, I think you can do that on Vimeo. But check to make sure before you go to all the trouble and can’t load it onto the WordPress platform.

      As for rhubarb, well I couldn’t stand the stuff as a kid, but wanted to give it a second try as an adult. I may still hate the taste when I get the chance to try it, but the leaves have some real WOW factor out in the garden! If nothing else, one of the leaves will be a good specimen for a portland cement bird bath or garden sculpture. The were nearly 3ft long! Which means I will have to make it a raised bed of its own as it is completely shading out my herbs. Also, being one who does not use insecticides, I see the need to spray this specimen. Several somethings are turning the leaves to lace and and in some cases eating all the way down to the ribs. Sad.

      Your friend is right. It is much easier to stand and garden than to creep about on the ground. I just can’t do that anymore. Oh, and here’s another hint: HulaHoe your little weed babies away!

    • Lynda says:

      Me too, Mary, and you know we are not alone in this feeling. I too wish you were here. It would be good to sit in the garden and visit with a friend.

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