Putting The Garden Beds To Rest

Putting The Garden Beds To Rest


I have really enjoyed chronicling How My Garden Grows this year! There were plenty of highs (the peppers, omg the peppers! the herbs, omg the herbs!) and some lows (tomato blight and recovering blackberry bushes). But it is now time to put the garden beds to rest for 2014. I am located in New York State, zone 6a, and I did not plant a fall vegetable garden this year. Those that did plant fall vegetables still have another few weeks left in the garden up here.

Putting The Garden Beds To Rest


I cleaned out all the Earth Boxes, dumped the non-blight soil in the garden, and put the boxes away in the garage. While I thought they grew peppers extremely well, the blight didn’t allow the tomatoes a fair shake.

Putting The Garden Beds To Rest


Herb island has been cleared except for the perennials. The chives < did nothing this year, and the chamomile would have yielded one cup of tea, so I used them to scent the house naturally instead.

Putting The Garden Beds To Rest


The established blackberry bush was still recovering from the trauma done to it when we had the roof done in 2013. The new blackberry bush grew well for a first year plant. I expect the fruit back next year on the big blackberry bush!

“We” (that is the royal we) redid our front front landscaping in late August, so only a few plants needed to be rimmed back! Easy peasy.

I have some planning to do for my 2015 garden. I am definitely doing more herbs. They worked out so well for us this year! I probably won’t grow tomatoes until the blight has left the region. And I’m not sure we need more peppers, we froze so many! I’ll have to think about this for next year.

How did your garden grow in 2014!?


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Last 2014 Trip To Cornell For Max

Last 2014 Trip To Cornell For Max


This past July, Max, our six year old Coton de Tulear was diagnosed with GME in July. I’ve written about his progress extensively, here and here and here and here. This is the original post where I detailed the trail to diagnoses and recovery.

This is the latest…

We returned to Cornell on the 6th, Max received his chemo on the 7th-8th, and we went home later on the eighth. His numbers, except his liver, are all doing well. Since one of his liver numbers is elevated, he remains on his big-blue-liver-pill. Max is terribly difficult to pill, so this was a disappointment.

His Prednisone was cut back again. He now takes 1/2 a pill twice per day. The Prednisone-munchies have started to back off which is a good thing: he’s so chubby at 16 pounds, he’s not enjoying life as much as he used to (he always weighed between 13 and 13.5 pounds when healthy). In the nearly two weeks his Prednisone has been reduced, he’s shown signs of returning to his picky-eater-self. This is a blessing and a curse. The blessing comes from eating less means returning to his normal weight. The curse is… he’s an incredibly difficult dog to pill. He actually has a reputation at Cornell, and the vet techs there now warn the fourth-years how bad he is to pill. LOL

His chemo has also been spaced out to five weeks from four, and he can have that administered locally. So, we are done with Cornell until next May (assuming no other issues). If he remains on the five-week chemo cycle, he will receive chemo twice locally, then three times in Florida, then back to Cornell. If he takes a turn for the worse… well, we will of course head back to Cornell. If his neurologist extends his chemo to six weeks, that may hooey-up the March application and we may end up at Cornell in April, but that is a long way off and we will worry about that when the time comes.

Max is still in rehab once per week, although the rehab vet has said he has gained back nearly all his muscle mass! Which is awesome! His walks are more pleasant for all of us too, as he can now keep up (or try his old trick of leading…. grrrr) and go on his long walks again.

Max is doing very well right now. His hair is mostly growing back, although his tail swish is kinda light. Still, if that and his partially splayed left foot is all that he is left with to remember his horrible experience, we count ourselves (and him), very fortunate.


Previous Max posts:

Back To Cornell
Max’s First Cornell Follow-up Visit
Max Exercises More Than I Do!
Updating the Mr. Max Situation
A Mr. Max Update
Mr. Max, Mr. Max, Mr. Max
It’s A Mr. Max Post!


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