Monthly Archives July 2013

Jenny is Creeping

Categories: Plants.

The creeping Jenny or  lysimachia nummularia, has been creeping and creeping outside the pot!  I planted lots of small shoots into kettles, teapots, teacups, cups, small pots and more about mid May.  Many years ago I must of planted a bit in the back wild garden and forgot all about it.  It has been spreading ever since.  So this spring I dug up lots of the little plants and used them in containers.  Adding this plant to containers is a great way to contain it. Towards the end of June many little yellow flowers appeared on the long trailing stems.
Continue Reading

Mini Conch Shell Twirler Pattern

Categories: Patterns.

  With the print friendly option you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not. This mini conch shell is perfect for a keychain or make several to create a mobile.  This was a little craft we made when I was a Girl Guide leader. This pattern is ©Crafty Gardener and my not be sold or posted on any other site. Please share the link so others may visit. -pipecleaner -14 count plastic canvas You need 7 count plastic canvas cut
Continue Reading

Conch Shell Twirler Pattern

Categories: Patterns.

  With the print friendly option you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not but due to formatting on the post they may show up all over the place. Conch Shell Twirler This pattern is ©Crafty Gardener and my not be sold or posted on any other site. Please share the link so others may visit. Twirlers or whirlygigs are so much fun to have in the garden. Even the gentle breeze will make them twirl.  I make them from
Continue Reading

Conch Shell Twirler

Categories: Garden Projects and Plastic Canvas.

Twirlers or whirlygigs are so much fun to have in the garden. Even the gentle breeze will make them twirl.  I make them from plastic canvas, wire, beads and a fishing swivel. A conch shell twirler/wind spinner/whirlygig is a good one to start with. A print friendly version of this pattern is here. Materials: wire from a coathanger that is about 16 inches long fishing swivel fishing line clothes peg interlocking craft beads plastic canvas in your choice of colours, use 2 or 3 colours and alternate the strips Directions: Cut your plastic canvas five holes wide and 70 holes
Continue Reading

The Fence Garden in July

Categories: Garden areas and The Garden 2013.

It’s that time of month to compare how the fence garden is growing.   During 2012 I took a photo about the same time each month and now I’m taking one each month during 2013. It is very interesting to see the comparison of plants, of the whimsy added to this area, and how much fence you can actually see. There are a few noticeable changes from 2012 to 2013 to the garden decor and there is a bit more fence showing last year to this year. The flag in 2012 had a watering can on it.  This flag is
Continue Reading

Round Dishcloth Pattern

Categories: Patterns.

Round dish cloth pattern from craftygardener.ca   Click to print. With the print friendly option you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not. This is another simple round crochet dishcloth made with a 5 mm hook. Round 1 – Ch 6, join with slip stitch to make ring. Round 2 – Ch 3 (first dc), 8 dc in ring, joing last to first with slip stitch. Round 3 – Ch 3, dc in same stitch, 2 dc in each dc
Continue Reading

Lacy Round Dishcloth Pattern

Categories: Patterns.

  Click to print. With the print friendly option you can choose how much or how little you want to print, just mouse over the text for the option to delete. Images can be included or not. For my version of a round dish cloth pattern you will need a 5 mm crochet hook and approx. 50 grams of cotton yarn.  Changing the hook size will change the size of the finished item. This pattern is ©Crafty Gardener and my not be sold or posted on any other site. Please share the link so others may visit. You may sell
Continue Reading

Goodbye July

Categories: Eye on the Sky and The Garden 2013.

July is coming to an end.  What a month it has been … heat, humidity, thunder, brief downpours, but no steady rain. Last Friday night we had terrific thunder and wind storms.  Thankfully that took away the awful humidity and left us with temperatures around 25 Celsius … so much better for being outside. Harvesting the veggies is in full force this week.  Yummy sweet tomatoes and fresh green beans.  Nothing tastes better than home grown. The wonderful daylilies are coming into full bloom … the yellows, peaches, reds, pinkish. The tipsy pots are still doing really well and needed
Continue Reading

Toad Abodes

Categories: Garden Projects, Kid's Crafts, and Whimsy.

Good neighbours come in all different species. Do you remember catching toads when you were young?  Now that you are a gardener you should try to encourage toads into your garden.  Don’t think of toads as bumpy, ugly creatures, but as friendly neighbours. Toads are one of the most beneficial creatures to reside to your garden.  Each season they can consume garden pests and insects up to 3 times their own weight.  Toads love a feast of cutworms, ants, June bugs, Japanese beetles, grasshoppers, centipedes, and slugs.  Just look how this one blends in with the surroundings. Toad abodes are
Continue Reading

Up the Pole

Categories: Seeds and Vegetables.

Pole beans are great for growing in small spaces as they train really well to grow up a pole or trellis. The seeds were planted May 11. By May 20 they were sprouting out of the ground. Two little leaves appeared a day or so later. And then they started to grow… …and grow. The beans were planted in an old washing machine tub in 2012.  It is lovely and big for root development and there are lots of drainage holes. They are reaching and twisting and curling up the poles. It wasn’t long before the top was reached and
Continue Reading