Rachel H Kay Blog

Garden Recovery After Harvey

Sep 13, 2017

garden recovery after storm

Harvey was a very devastating storm. I saw places around me that flooded, which have never flooded before. Even my own neighborhood had water in the streets. Kids were out with their floats swimming when we got a short break from the rain for a bit. Although I wouldn't recommend it. The bayou that surrounds my neighborhood went way, way over its banks, and into the streets. The weirdest part about Harvey was that areas that have never flooded did, and areas that usually flood, well, some of them didn't. What made this storm such a disaster was due to those areas not being prepared for flooding. Of course no one knew those areas would flood. I watched the news in shock all those days during the storm. Freeways, neighborhoods, businesses, flooded out. Some of those businesses had been around for many years. So much disaster. I still see the after math each day when I drive past houses with debris all over the front yard due to damage within those homes from flooding. Even though most of the water has receded, there is still a lot of damage control, and people who are homeless, and still can't get back to their normal lives. But, I was also amazed. During the storm there were a lot of people that came out into the pouring rain to help those who were stranded due to flooding. These were ordinary folks who came out to help out of the kindness of their hearts. Its because of those people that so many lives were saved. 

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Companion Planting

Jun 07, 2017

companion planting

In my previous post " Year Three Expanding Cucumber Variations", I mentioned companion planting. In this post I'm going to explain what companion planting is, and how it can benefit your garden. Companion planting is planting different plants in one area, a garden bed, or a plant pot, in order for those plants to enhance each other's growth, or to help protect each other from various pests.

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Year Three Expanding Cucumber Variations

Jun 06, 2017

cucumbers

This year is our third year growing vegetables. We now have three garden beds, a melon patch, three lettuce beds made out of old laundry baskets, and various plants in large plant pots. This year is also our most expanded year in vegetable variations. What I mean by that is instead of just growing cucumbers this year for example, we're growing four different kinds of cucumbers. This includes lemon cucumbers, boston pickling cucumbers, space master cucumbers, cucamelons, and your basic cucumber. All sprouted from seed, indoors, which I began in February this year. I already had the basic cucumber seeds, but the other seeds I got from Seedsnow.com. They were having a sale at the time, so I got a bunch of different vegetable and herb seeds, probably about 20 different seed packs, for around $35.00, which is a great bargain compared to buying already sprouted plants. You should definitely check them out. They have a huge selection of heirloom seeds, and you don't have to spend a lot to get a lot either.

Each variety of cucumbers has a different look, taste, and use. I don't need to explain the need to grow a basic cucumber, but have you ever grown a lemon cucumber?

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Year Two and Our Melon Patch

May 09, 2017

Our second year of growing vegetables, which was last year, I decided to pitch in, help out my son, and expand the types of plants we had. Which also meant adding other options. My son and I turned an area of the back yard that had been used as a fire pit into a melon patch, where we planted some watermelon plants I had sprouted quite successfully from some old seeds that I wasn't sure would sprout.

Since these seeds had sat in the fridge for a few years, I wasn’t sure how well they would sprout, so after doing a bit of research I found a good option to sprout seeds, especially those that may be harder to sprout than others. It’s a simple way to provide the needed heat and moisture seeds need to get them to sprout.

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Small Garden Beds for Small Spaces

May 08, 2017

Since my gardening hobby started two years ago, this year being my third year, I have built four different types of garden beds, each in a different way and for a different reason. While I can't really go into detail on four garden beds in one post I will break this up a bit, but hopefully you will still get some helpful information.

As I've mentioned in my previous posts on gardening, it was my younger son who started this little venture in vegetable gardening. He had good intentions, save mommy some money on vegetables. He and I had no idea it would end up becoming a huge hobby that we continue every year.

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About Me

Hi there. I'm Rachel Kay, a Web Developer, Illustrator, & Designer, whose hobby is to be creative and artistic, while freelancing as a Web Developer building creative, modern websites.