What a Summer

I can’t believe summer is over and I am loving the cooler weather that’s upon us.

The gardens have had to fend for themselves this year as my sisters and I have been taking care of my dad after an accident in June.  Let’s just say his leg met a very heavy concrete slab and the slab won.  Thankfully (hopefully), we are on an uphill course and ever since they released him from his cast and walking boot, he has been on his tractor.  It was a long summer for him and he was more than ready to get outside.


Dad’s dog Sally in his flower bed

The flower beds survived, but the vegetable garden was a bust.

tomato blossom end rot

Blossom end rot on tomato

The early tomatoes had blossom end rot.   Then, just as newer ones were coming on, dad went back in the hospital with pneumonia and all of its complications.    So, the garden was the last thing on a very long list of things to do and all ended up rotting on the vine except the little cherry tomatoes.  It’s all ok, though.  I don’t depend on my garden to survive, instead, I depend on my garden for therapy.   After long days at the hospital, just walking through it calms me down even when things looks so ragged.  It was on one of these walks I decided I would make this year “the year of the seed”.

When vegetables and flowers mature, they produce seeds.  In the fall, when the garden is almost done, is a great time to harvest seeds for next year.  One tomato or one pepper can produce enough seeds to fill my garden for next year so, instead of stressing about what I couldn’t harvest,  I changed gears and decided to “let it go”.

Then came an email from a company I had written some posts for in the past. Hometalk asked me if I would be able to do a Live segment for their Facebook page.  The timing was mid September, though, and most of my garden was beyond done and pretty embarrassing .   I suggested a seed saving demo instead and they agreed to that.  They trained me to do it myself, so on a warm Monday afternoon, I set up and talked about saving seeds.  And talked and talked.  It was supposed to be 20 minutes which I thought I would never be able to talk that long on saving seeds, but from start to finish ended up being 40 minutes.  Oops.

I do love to talk about saving seeds.  Not only does it preserve the legacy and history of a plant, it’s a time-honored tradition among many families.  And don’t forget the fact that is saves so much money for next years garden!

The tutorial and video can be found at:

http://www.hometalk.com/21871394/saving-seeds-for-next-year-s-garden?scid=3222180#c-3222180 and it’s also on my Facebook page as well.  Hope you can check it out and let me know if you have any questions.  I appreciate all of your positive comments and support!

In the future, they are hoping I can do some live feeds from the bee yard.   I would need an assistant for that and, for some reason, everyone is suddenly busy.

Any volunteers?


Hello? (tap, tap, tapping on the computer screen)

That’s ok.  You can get back to me on that one.








About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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15 Responses to What a Summer

  1. Hi Brenda! I’m glad your Dad is doing better. Sounds like your summer has been similar to mine last year. I loved the seed saving video. Hope you do some bee keeping videos and I wish that I could assist you!


  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    So good to hear that your dad is doing better! Can’t wait to go watch your seed saving video! Hope your autumn is much more relaxing than your summer was!


  3. Dawn says:

    Sending my best wishes for your dad, Brenda! Hope he will continue to mend and can enjoy his time outside in Autumn. I just love your positive thoughts about your garden ~ save the seeds! I’m so glad you made a video on this interesting, important part of gardening. I have so much to learn… and can’t wait to watch your video! I always learn so much whenever I visit here! ♡


  4. Dawn says:

    What a wonderful video, Brenda! You have such a long, wonderful family history of gardening and seed saving! Thank you so much for all of the helpful information. I took notes so I will be ready! 🙂 I hope you will do more videos in the future, Brenda. You are a natural and such a delight! Wishing you happy Autumn days in the garden! ♡


  5. Love your website, the garden is the perfect spot for your father to rehab.


  6. Home's Cool! says:

    I’d love to help you! Just holler and we can see if it’s possible! We usually have a lot of bees around here, and knowledge about making them stay put would be an enormous help! 🙂


  7. Bill says:

    Sorry about your Dad of course. But how you turned the rightfully neglected garden into an opportunity to save seeds makes me smile. We did something similar with our okra this year. While we were on vacation (something we haven’t be able to do in the summer for 12 years) our farmsitters didn’t pick the okra. My first reaction on seeing it when we returned was to think, “look at all that wasted okra.” My next reaction was, “hey, now I can save the seeds”. 🙂


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