"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Sunday, July 26, 2009


All's quiet on the home front this weekend. Hubby's gone and had the place to myself. Thought I'd show you my garden. It is just about kaput for the season. Corn has produced with a few rows of vegetables left to gather.

The watermelon has taken over and is climbing over everything. Supposedly, you need lots of heat and dry weather to produce a sweet melon. We'll just see.

Here is one of the little gobbits. (I made that word up for those of you inclined to look it up.)

This is corn I grew from some seed my daughter bought from the Cherokee Nation. It is the progeny from corn brought by the Cherokee Indians on the Trail of Tears. I have had to cover some of the corn cobs with netting to keep out the varmints though not the #^*@ corn worms. I do hate to spray insecticides on anything we eat. I did try a nibble and it wasn't like the sweet corn I grow for us to eat. It wasn't sweet and was very starchy and the kernels were tough. I guess it would probably be good for drying and making masa or corn meal for cakes and/or bread etc.

Good Grief! I am growing the Great Pumpkin this year. I bought some Dill's Atlantic Giant pumpkin seeds. They say pumpkins take a lot from the soil; they are heavy feeders and need lots of nutrients. So, I planted mine in the compost pile. We'll just see who grows a big one this year. I've seen growers that carve out the huge behemoths and sail in them in a regatta they have each year. Somewhere in the northeast. I don't know why they are able to grow them so big up there. Just like Martha Stewart's puffball fungi that gets the size of soccer balls. In a week or so, I'll carve my granddaughter's name on it. It will scab over and as it grows, so too will the name.

PS ~ On the right side of my blog is the followers widget. It has somehow gone blank and my sweet tens of followers have gone missing. Does anyone out there know how to get my followers back?


  1. Good grief is right. What a great garden. My garden is inside Brookshire's grocery store!
    I have no idea how to get the list back, sorry. Just tell me how did you lose them so I don't do it too!

  2. Followers widget shows thirty people on my viewing of it. Mine went off earlier this week and then came back like magic.
    That is one big garden, what an ambitious and talented lady you must be !
    Enjoy your time to yourself, I love your home !!

  3. I've had this happen as well, it seems blank but then comes back. As long as you haven't deleted it from your dashboard, it should still be there. I planted white pumpkins as well this year, seeds from the one's I bought that came from Missouri, but all they've done is just grow, not site of a pumpkin anywhere. Well, at least I've tried!

  4. Donna, as for the motels/hotels in Brenham, you might google them. I've never stayed in one but I do know that they fill up fast. I'm told that they start booking 6 months in advance. I hope you find one.

  5. What a great garden...mine is very sad in comparison.
    Sunny :)

  6. You just reminded me that I was going to grow pumpkins so i could scar them this year. oh well...maybe next year! Your garden does look amazing! Can't wait to see your pumpkings in the fall!

  7. Look at that pumpkin go.

  8. Wow, I love the history behind that beautiful corn!


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