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"There is nothing more exciting and happy moment than when
you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of hard work everyday in our country living."
BLACKBERRY PLANTS (garden)
MR. SUPER BLACKBERRIES
I named our blackberry plants as
“Mr. Super Blackberries” because they still have remained alive in our garden
throughout the 4 seasons, while other plants we planted last year were dead
already.Aside from this, they are
excellent sources of *Vitamins C, E, K, manganese, copper, potassium, magnesium, folate,
and dietary fiber.It is very low in
saturated fact, cholesterol, and sodium.My husband and I love to mix these blackberries in our oatmeal and
cereals during breakfast.See how they
have grown from 4 small plants to big, robust plants today. (-.-)
This plant came from our last year's ripe tomatoes that fell on the ground. Luckily, they grow without really planting them and bear more good fruits than last year. I named it as "Mrs. Queenie Tomatoes"
because of its look alike crown-shaped blossom ends on top of its head. There
are 4 wild tomato plants that grew by itself out of the seeds from the last
year's tomato plants. The other new tomato plants are not bearing fruits yet.
They are a good sources of *Vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, potassium, folate,
magnesium, phosphorous, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. They are also
very low in saturated fact, cholesterol, and sodium. I love including tomatoes in my salad or eat
them raw or sauteing them with mixed vegetables or making a sauce by sauteing
them with garlic and onions only. I also like mixing them with ripe mangoes,
onions, and fish sauce or even mixing them in one tamarind soup base recipe. (-.-)
This buttercup winter squash is one of the
vegetables my husband and I love to eat. It just grow in the pile of dried limbs I have gathered. The Great Gardener always throw the compost I have in the kitchen into those piles everytime I remove the seeds from the pumpkins I bake. Instead of buying raw or frozen
vegetables from the grocery store, he canned a lot of squash to save money last
year. I named this winter squash as "Mr. Mush Mush Winter Squash"
because I have to mush and mush it hard after cooking again for 10 minutes and
then mix it with honey. They are good
sources of *Vitamins A, B6, C, E, thiamin, niacin, potassium, folate, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. It is also low in saturated fat, cholesterol,
The Great Gardener would just throw any pumpkin that becomes rotten somewhere at the back porch of our house. It's really a blessing for them to grow without expecting it (-.-). I'm really embarrassed to admit this-- I thought
pumpkins are not for eating because I saw giant pumpkins for the first time and
they were displayed in the Worlds of Fun in Missouri when I visited my sister
last 2006. Besides this, these pumpkins have always been used during Halloween
celebration and that's why I naming it as "Mr. Hallow Pumpkins." This
is also one of the vegetables my husband loves to eat, so he asked me to look for
recipes on how to cook it. Luckily, I found good recipes and tried them. I even
brought a different kind of pumpkin pie (double layer pumpkin pie) to my
sister-in-law's house during the last year's Thanksgiving celebration. I'm
proud to say that they really love it because it's so delicious. I baked lots
of pumpkins-- pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin mini bread, pumpkin cake,
and pumpkin pie. You name it -- they are all delicious! (-.-)They are an excellent sources of *Vitamins A,
B6, C, and E, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, riboflavin,
potassium, copper, and manganese.It is
also low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. *Nutrition Reference: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2601/2
"If you love baking, you don’t need to buy a cake or bread from the grocery store. Try this delicious pumpkin recipe with fig jam.You can have somebody taste this and share a good, hot coffee or green tea during your breakfast or snack time. Ifthere are leftovers, you can freeze and store them and they still have the same delicious taste when you reheat them.
NEWLY HARVESTED FIGS
They contain *calcium, copper, potassium, manganese,
iron, selenium, zinc, and Vitamins A, E,
K, and B-complex.They also contain
chlorogenic acid that helps lower blood sugar levels and control blood glucose
level in type II diabetes mellitus. *Nutrition Reference http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/fig-fruit.html
This fig jam can be stored for a year.You can give them to your loved ones as a gift on certain occasion.They will surely love and enjoy it with their favorite bread or waffles during snack or breakfast time. You can also include this in your baking recipes orcanapé. Youcan bring it also during picnic time and share with family members.
SWEETY PIE PUMPKINS
They are an excellent sources of *Vitamins A, C, E,
and B-complex group of vitamins, like folates, niacin, B6, thiamine and pantothenic
acid. It is also a good source of phosphorous, potassium, copper, and calcium. It has also zea-xanthin, a natural oxidant
that offers protection from age-related macular disease in the elderly. Pumpkin seeds are excellent source of fatty
fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty that are good for heart health.
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2
muffin trays or line with paper muffin cups.
2. Before cutting the pumpkin, wash it thoroughly with a fruit and vegetable wash and rinse well. Cut pumpkin in half, sliced lengthwise, remove seeds and strings. Place
on baking sheet, cut side down. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven
until tender for about 1 ½ hour. Let it cool. Remove pumpkin pulp with an ice
cream scoop. (Note: You may put the pulp in a blender if you like). Since the pulp is fibrous, it is so easy to spread them out manually. Measure out 2 cups pumpkin pulp. Set aside.
3.In a bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking
powder, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt. In a separate large bowl,
beat together 2 cups of pumpkin pulp, corn oil, milk, sugar, and egg. Stir
flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until smooth. Scoop batter into prepared
of fig jam on top of each batter.
5.Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a
toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
6.Let cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out
on wire racks and let cool completely. If there are leftovers, you can freeze and store them in a food saver bag.
The Great Gardener standing by his corn field. He is a hard working man. Everyday before sunrise, he goes to the garden and looks after all the "fruits of his labor." Of course, I also help him do the rest, especially when he is out of the country working on his job.
He picks some ripe blackberries when I can't go out yet because of my chiggers' bite. I'm going to miss picking the fruits, but one day, I will be alright.
He regularly waters the vegetation and checks on every fruit trees everyday. Lucky him, he got some tomatoes from the wild plants, too.
Solar-Powered Electric Fence
One night, a "friendly, neighboring
animal" visited our garden. It became nosey, torn apart the soak er hose,
and pulled out some of the plants. He decided to install a solar-powered electric fence
after the next day. It's a lot of hard work, but the garden should be
Caught in the Act
Gotcha! Sorry, Mr. Raccoon. Did you not see the big sign? "PRIVATE PROPERTY - NO TRESPASSING." (-.-)
THE BIG SIGN
The Handsome Hunter and Trapper
So you see, Mr. Raccoon, you can't get away from him. He's not only a good Gardener, but he's also a good Hunter and a Trapper. (-.-)
Damaged Electric Fence
There was another "friendly neighbor" who visited our garden last night. "What a mess! Look what they did to the electric post I installed. This is really terrible and very annoying," (-_^) said the Great Gardener. They are our garden varmints and very hard to control and discipline.
Good morning, Mr. Sunshine! A lucky day to have another day to start our day right. Thank you very much for giving us the energy to do the things we need to do at the right time and place, at the right phase, and with the right purpose.
Mr. Sunshine is really up already. Look at my shadow as I stand behind it. I look taller than in person and I like it. It's emitting the most powerful energy in the world. But watch out--don't get sunburn. (-.-)
The Gravel Road
This is the real Country Living where there is serenity, green trees, and fresh air, EXCEPT when there is a vehicle or truck running along this gravel road. Oops, sorry for the inconvenience. (-.-)
The Garden of Eve
Trees are everywhere. They are sweet haven for all animals and can provide an enormous sustaining necessities of all mankind. More than enough to be thankful as if you have lived in God's Garden of Eve. Oops, too much daydreaming. (-.-)
Welcome to Native America.The land rich in natural resources and cultural
heritage. It’s a good place for hunting, trapping, fishing, boating, camping, kayaking, and doing other cultural
The Cotton Wood Trees
These are cotton wood trees planted many years ago. They grew so tall, even taller than our house already and trying to reach up the sky. Their roots are visible above the ground already and possibly beneath our house's cement floor. I hope someday we'll be able to build a new house. I wish that one day the HGTV people will come over here and feature our old house in the TV for renovation. They only feature houses in California. Oh my, I need to win in the lottery. (-.-) I love all these trees because they give shade to our house which makes our place naturally cool and provides a haven for many kinds of beautiful birds for us to see everyday at the front porch.
The Oak Trees
Our house is really being surrounded by trees.These big oak trees were planted at the same
time as the cotton wood trees.Their big
roots are also visible above the ground.I always
pick many dried sticks from the falling limbs of the oak and cotton wood trees
in the morning. It’s a good exercise walking
around the house while picking up these dried sticks. These are the same dried sticks I
used for making my coffee can projects, like coffee can birdhouse, coffee can flower pot, coffee can hanging planters, nativity scene in coffeecan, and flower pot rack.
Hello, new neighbors! Wait till you see them.
Good morning new neighbors!
Are you ready for a bundle? Phone…TV…Internet…Puppy…We allllll
bundle….Hey! Wait... Why are you walking away,
The Holly Plant
Since this holly plant doesn’t bear
any flowers, I arranged some artificial flowers I got from our parish church. I went inside the house to get something.When I came back, I saw a beautiful creature that
made me excited to take its picture.
Isn't funny that after I set the artificial flower on top of the holly plant, a butterfly became nosey to see if it can sip
a nectar out of it? It really made my day happy. Thank you very much, Mrs. Butterfly, for dropping by. (-.-)
Here’s another little cute creature that is also nosey about my artificial flower I set on the holly plant.I saw him this morning and he was a little
bit camera shy. The holly plant seems becoming a STAR because it has been drawing
a lot of attention from some visitors.Thank you for dropping by, Mr. Dragonfly.Come back again. (-.-)
This is the first time that this plant blooms after it was planted two years ago. This hummingbird vine, also known
as “trumpet vine,” is a perennial climbing plant whose bright, trumpet-shaped
flowers attract hummingbirds, hence, they are called hummingbird vines. This explains the reason why we have lots of
hummingbirds flying around and even flying above my head when I set up my coffee can hanging planters in our
front porch. I was able to take a video of them, too.
Because we have a wide space area in our country living, we decided to make our first garden. Please see these posts:
This is our real Country Living, our own place-- where real sweat comes out of our hard work as we cultivate the soil and nurture every plants everyday and tears of happiness for every fruits we harvest to share and offer our relative and friends. This is the beginning of our Garden Story....
FRUIT-BEARING TREE FIELD
There is nothing more exciting
and happy moment than when you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of
hard work everyday.They say that one
should have a 'magic green thumb,' otherwise you can't successfully make one plant live.I still believe that a person who likes
planting should have lots of energy, patience, perseverance, knowledge, and
yes, lots of love for the plants.I also
believe that this kind of inner feelings will resonate to the plants you want
to grow. Actually, I talk to plants and seeds while planting and watering them.
It’s like a karma that can be applied
not only to people, but to other living things like plants.
I’m very proud to dedicate this
section, “The Fruits of our Labor,”
to my husband, the Great Gardener, for his very hard work in our garden.Only last June of this year, after his job ended
in Newport News, Virginia, he started to sow different varieties of seeds in
our garden. Though he was late in planting, it didn’t bother him at all and
even made a bigger garden than before. My husband is a hard worker who wakes up
everyday at 4:00 am and drinks his coffee while waiting for the sunrise. I wasn’t able to help him plant this year
because I was torn up by chigger bites.It was my first time to be bitten up by these small, but "extremely terrible insects."The itching hasn’t stop until now and I’m
beginning to feel how my son suffered, too, because of these “friendly bugs.”
Anyway, I will be doing the job of
watering them when my husband goes to another job again in other states.
We first started planting in our small
garden last spring of 2011 only. The
first plants he ordered to buy-- two of each kind-- were fruit cocktail,
nectarine, peach, and his favorite, gala apple trees.All the trees are still alive and have survived the winter,
except the gala apple trees. He had them
returned for an exchange and planted them again this year.We had a good harvest ofsquash, pumpkins, watermelon, okra, bitter melon,
green beans, cantaloupes, onions, zucchini, and tomatoes.Some plants didn’t grow good like-- spinach,
bell pepper, cauliflower, and broccoli. The
corn didn’t have good produce because it was infested by underground beetles,
while the snow peas were damaged due to heavy rain.The blackberries grew, but they didn’t bear
fruits yet, until this year only. We shared some of these harvests like-- okra,
zucchini, carrots, bitter melons, and onions with our family members and friends.My husband canned the squash and green beans,
while I baked a lot of pumpkin breads, cookies, pies and did fried okra.
This year, 2012 , the Great Gardener sowed
different varieties of seeds for squash, pumpkins, and watermelons. He also sowed seeds of okra, cantaloupes,
honeydew melons, corn, green beans and sunflower. He also planted sweet
potatoes, grapes, and yes, even walnut trees .He
bought additional seeds of blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. He also set up a good water irrigation system by using a soaker hose. I will not have a hard time watering them with a single hose anymore. He even bought a small compostumbler. He mixes the grass, dried leaves, coffee granules, tea bags, eggshells, fruit and vegetable scraps. Aside from the organic fertilizer that will be made, my husband
gets also some compost tea.It is the juice
that drips out of all the mixtures in the
compos tumbler. He mixes it with water and
uses it as liquid fertilizer for the plants.
Even though, it’s not much yet, still we are proud to show “the first fruits of our labor” this
year. Anyway, have a taste of our harvests for the day and you will really like them.