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A Time To Plant

Posted by teacakesnthings on April 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for missing in action these last few weeks.  I am knee deep in dirt (soil) sort-to-speak in the garden.  My kitchen garden is coming along quiet nicely.   I am very pleased with the results. I decided to forego the raised beds. Perhaps next gardening season I will include the beds. Instead, I am pot planting everything. The garden is a treasure.  

I have planted dill, peppers, orka, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lavender.  By the way, I came up with a workaround for the sunflowers.  I pot planted as many sunflower seeds as possible. I will transplant some in various areas of the property once the seeds are larger. 

I will be talking with you again.  Thanks for tuning in. 



What Now!

Posted by teacakesnthings on March 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The last few weeks have been quite challenging. I am in a Doctoral Program at Walden University. I completed a class on March 4, in Corporate Finance... it was a killer. Being able to blog helps to retain my sanity and life/work or rather school balance. I spent time today following other blogs, e.g., southernhospitalityblog.com. frenchcountrycottage.com, and thevintagefarm.com. I stubbled upon southernhospitalityblog.com at 4:30 am last Friday morning. I love it! Reading Rhoda's story was so inspiring. I hope within six years my blog will be as successful as Rhoda's...it is a treasure. 

I am working on the kitchen garden at the shop (Tea Cakes N' Things). I have a few weeks to complete the raised beds and plant herbs and vegetables. Hester "the chicken" and her fine feather friends continue to interfere with my progress.  

The Chickens Again

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone,

You may recall that I said I was going to plant sunflower seeds again on Saturday (February 16, 2013). Well, the chickens are smarter than I suspected. This time  they were ready for me. Everywhere I attempted to plant seeds, the chickens followed. I tossed seeds to them, hiping I could distract their intrusion on my planting... no such luck. I hope they missed eating some of the seeds.             

Two hens stayed on my trail. One in particular was quite persistent. As much as I hate to admit it, I hold admiration for her determination…she’s sorta-kinda like me. Her intrusion lasted most of the day. I have decided to give her a name. I call her Esther. Perhaps she will learn to respect my “me time” and realize that planting is one of those times. What do you think? :>

Here chick, chick, chick...



The Chickens

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Everyone,

Yes. Believe It! Two days in a row, I find myself blogging. Well, the chickens inspired my pen (or rather keyboard click). Those chickens belong to the property owner. They have the run of the place...blasted chickens. However, they are great to observe. The chickens remind me of childhood. My mother raised chickens. I will share future stories (Childhood Memories Topics) about chickens raised by my mother.


Today, I out-smarted the chickens again. I tossed sunflower seeds throughout the property, which is located in a rural area outside of the metroplex. I love the flea market property. The property was built in the 50's as a livestock auction arena. Several years ago, the owner and grandson (Gary Fairchild) of the original property owner converted the facility into a flea market. Gary gave me the go ahead to toss seeds, high and low. The chickens were confused...seeing me all over the grounds...they could not figure out how to keep up with me. I had a great time!


I am praying to see the yellow and gold array of sunflowers from spring to summer. I will toss more on Saturday in the areas still without seeds. In a couple weeks, I will toss again. I am thinking about adding wildflowers.


Tune in next time... as I discuss the next phrase of preparing for spring.





Spring Fever!

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 12, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for tuning in...I haven't blogged in several days. Thanks for your patience. 

I am one of those people that love spring-time.  I am great at rushing winter. away, eager for Spring to arrive.  Lucky for me, Houston, Texas winters are short lived, with peak-a-poo days of Spring throughout the season.

I am working on gardening flowers and plants for early spring. This past week-end at the shop (Tea Cakes N' Things) I tossed annual sunflower seeds round about the shop.  The chickens came along and ate the seeds. The next day, I tried again.  I hid the seeds from the chickens.  I am thinking about cutting a deal with the chickens.  If they stop eating my seeds I will share by tossing seeds in their feeding trays.  I just hope the other birds...fowl of the air won't become jealous.  Afterall, there is plenty for everyone. Lets pray that in the aftermath of such negotations, I will reap a few sunflowers.  I sure hope so.



I discovered this easy and inexpensive method of having beautiful annual sunflowers from spring through summer by accident. I buy – Black Oil Sun Flower Seeds to feed my birds. A couple winters ago I wasted the seeds on the ground... prior to a rainy day. Thereafter, a few days later, I spotted small plants bursting through the soil. How amazing that the seeds sprouted so quickly? I decided to toss seeds in the various flowerbeds in the gardens, hoping for similar results.

Sure enough, come Spring I had beautiful sunflowers.  Best of all, the seeds drifted (carried by birds, weather, etc) and made beautiful flowers in areas that I had not tossed.  Such an array gave the appearance as if the flowers were naturalized.  The next year,  I tossed seeds throughout the garden.  I tossed in cycles... every two weeks for a couple months. I had sunflowers from mid-March through first of October.  Try this out...You will love the results.

Take care until next time.....Sandra

A Blog Is Born

Posted by teacakesnthings on January 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)

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