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Archive for March, 2011

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Mar
31
2011

Au revoir March

I am going to start this next month off right I tell you.  I have piddled for far too long now.  I am feeling Springy.  Garden is planted.  I am in the process of Spring cleaning.  Best of all I will be kicking off April with a brand new Gooseberry Patch cookbook giveaway and review!  I love Gooseberry Patch.  Love.  Twu Wub .

It is also time to drag out all my unfinished projects I had lost interest in.  They are too numerous to mention but I will let you know how they are coming along soon.

So meet me here tomorrow for a brand new desktop calendar plus a brand new Gooseberry Patch book!  You will definitely want to get your name in for this one!

Mar
24
2011

Gardening Update

Yesterday was a beautiful day for working outside with Jerry.  Today will be just as busy but I will add sunscreen to my list of preparations.  Never even thought of it since it is still March and there was a cool breeze in the morning.  I am pretty much burnt :/ Much better this morning but it was pretty uncomfortable last night.  I know better.  Was just really excited about getting out and doing some planting.  Jerry got everything set up for me to do the window boxes while he tilled my herb beds.

tillingI had a helper all day.  Julius made every step I made – - – -

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- just need to rest every now and then :)

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The past two days we (mostly Jerry) have accomplished much.  A few of the tomatoes planted.  All of the bell peppers.  Pole beans and cucumbers planted.  The greenhouse plants set in new pots or in the beds.

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The corn/pumpkin patch is ready for topsoil that will be delivered this morning and as soon as Jerry gets it spread he will plant the corn.  Ruby Queen, Early Extra Sweet and Ambrosia.

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And as you can see Spring has officially sprung in our little corner of the world.  It just makes you feel like getting out and playing in the dirt. I love the smell of freshly tilled soil.  Yeah, the pollen gets to me. But I do love seeing the porch covered in pots of flowers and herbs,

porchthe trees all leafed out and smell the wisteria the minute you step outside.

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Happy Gardening!

Mar
22
2011

Practicing What You Preach

There are so very many places I could go with this on this Tuesday morning in March but I won’t.  I will spare you a lecture.  I would say sermon but that would be ludicrous ;) So this fine March day I will just say it feels good when you actually practice what you preach in relation to what you eat.  Last night our supper consisted of nothing more than what we grew here on our little property or killed locally.

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Our middle son provided our meat from a deer he killed in the fall.  A fine, lean backstrap that Jerry put on the grill – and it was delicious.  The cole slaw is made from green and purple cabbages and carrots we grew.  The sliced carrots are from our garden and I sauted them with a pat of butter and sprinkled a little saffron on them – I LOVE saffron!  The asparagus is from either the 4th or 5th picking so far this season – perfect just warmed in a skillet with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper.  As with most meals while Jerry is home, it was a team effort, even the clean up :)

Some one asked last night over on Facebook what we plant and when.  Here is a quick rundown.

We have something planted all the time. Early Spring (now) we plant tomatoes (some I had started in the greenhouse), peppers, squash, green beans, corn, cucumbers, herbs and flowers. No later than July 4th, but hopefully before,  I need to have my pumpkins in the ground. I will probably start them mid April – first of May to give them a head start. I would like to harvest them well before I go on vacation October 16 and have them delivered to their new homes :) .  All that depends on when the corn is ready. The pumpkins are planted when we pull the corn stalks. Then early September we plant winter stuff like carrots, lettuce, cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, English peas, sometimes radishes. And it all starts over…

I will try to snap some pictures this afternoon of Jerry’s hard work from yesterday.  He set out a couple of tomato plants I had started in the greenhouse and got beans in the ground.  We will pick up more tomatoes, bell peppers and a few herbs today while we are in the city.  Oh and our window box selections, whatever they end up being. If our top soil is delivered by Wednesday, he will get the corn planted in the corn patch.  If it looks like it won’t, then likely he will go ahead and plant anyway and we will put out top soil after corn and before pumpkins.

That’s it for this morning except for these last few photos.  I have to go do something with my hair before it revolts completely.  Can’t go to Jerry’s dr’s appt with a mop on my head!

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