I’ve gotten so busy in the last couple of weeks I’ve not written any new posts in awhile, sorry. Every morning as I’m heading outside with my trusty camera in hand I’m saying to myself I’m going to update my blog tonight after dinner.  After dinner all I can think of is going to sleep, LOL.   Also been in a bit of a funk starting my 2nd gardening season after the death of my son.  Some days it’s just hard to put one foot in front of the other.

We finally had a break in the weather and I was able to get some chores done in my garden.  One of our dogs, the youngest, a pitbull mix, Henry is his name, undid everything I did in my garden.  I was very discouraged, and decided before I could do anymore work I’d have to find a way to keep him, and the other dogs, out of my garden.   I have tube gates at either end of my garden and they could step right thru.  In my shed I had some leftover horse fencing, so I took it out along with the sawhorses and laid the gates on the sawhorses and attached the fencing with zip ties.  Now it’s just me in the garden, which is kind of sad, but my work doesn’t get undone on a regular basis.  

The garden is coming along…..my peas are up and I need to get a trellis in there ASAP, lettuce is doing well, garlic is growing, growing, strawberries have flowers, there are 4 tomato plants, a habanero plant,  and lots of seeds(squash, tomato, Mexican cucumber, bush beans) waiting to show themselves.  My raised beds and my lasagna beds are doing wonderfully.  The soil is so rich and dark with lots of worms.   Unfortunately, my herb beds that I started first, with the asparagus in the middle, are in need of work.  My asparagus is NOT producing at all this year.  Probably because it has been forced out by the green apple mint.  Here’s a TIP:  DON’T PLANT MINT IN ANYTHING BUT A CONTAINER UNLESS YOU WANT IT TO TAKE OVER.  Mint is very invasive.  I think I’m just going to purchase more asparagus crowns and make another bed just for them.  The herbs are all doing GREAT.  

Yesterday I made worm tea from the worm castings in my worm bin.  It is brewing as we speak and I got enough castings to make two more batches.  My plants and trees love this stuff!!!!  And I know where it came from and what it came from, LOL.  The mowing has also started back in earnest.  I love my ride on, but in my garden the tight spaces I have to use the push mower and weed whacker.   Oh my aching shoulders!!!  

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Henry waiting to come in

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A LITTLE BIT OF THIS…..AND THAT….

I’m listening to the free songs my friend Martha Ann has on this site. She is such an amazing woman, and singer!!! Contemplating my day, where to start. Eating might be the ticket, LOL.

My husband and I have 5 children….our oldest passed away 11-11-11. Last July our middle daughter moved home and our youngest, also a daughter, attends boarding school and is home for breaks and some weekends. This weekend we will be without kids for the first time in a long while. When the kidlets were little Mark would say he didn’t look forward to having an empty nest. Nature has a way of allowing you to want to let them go, believe me. Even back when they were little, before I knew that I would want them to move out, I would tell Mark when we have an empty nest we will have a big party. We’ve not had that party, but it is not the sad occasion we thought it would be. I’m sure some of our reaction is that we need space to grieve, but I don’t think we’re uncommon. Turn, turn, turn, it is the time of my life to start the projects I want to start, and finish the ones that need finishing, lots to do and so little time……..

I’ve completed a few projects lately…..but mostly it’s been everyday chores and errands keeping me busy. An email I got from Mother Earth News awhile back had the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day http://amzn.to/162Mf5L So I made up a batch of dough, now I can make a boule or a pizza crust or a stromboli crust or pecan sticky buns, yummy. I love this book and the bread it produces. I also finally finished shelling the pecans I picked from our tree last fall.

I’ll be glad when the weather warms up again. My blackberries and raspberry beds need taming and I have some willow to plant for projects down the road. The wind is NOT my friend, especially when it is blowing cold!!

Here’s hoping everyone’s day is superb!!!

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Raised beds

Raised beds

 

New Flower Bed Cooking under a tarp.

New Flower Bed Cooking under a tarp.

 

HERB RAISED BEDNEEDS WORK

HERB RAISED BED
NEEDS WORK

 

LEMON BALMBEE BALMDIRT FOR POTATOESPOTATO BAGPOTATO SEED IN BAGPLANTED NOW TO KEEP THE DOGS OUTI spent almost all day on Sunday out in my garden, trying to tidy things up a bit.  Cold weather and I don’t get along well.  I”m a Floridian, living in NE Georgia and this is as far north as I want to go.  Therefore, I don’t venture into my garden too much in the cold months except to harvest crops that pretty much take care of themselves, like collards, kale, chard, etc.   I covered most of my beds with leaves and straw a couple of weeks back.  Last year when I started layering my gardens with materials I had on hand; leaves, hay, compost, straw, my gardens yielded a lot more food.  So I’ve continued this layering of my gardens.  I  know Ruth Stout would approve.  On Sunday, I weeded some, planted potatoes in my potato bags, dreamed a lot, mowed with the hand mower around everything.  I already have my seedlings growing, as a matter of fact, I need to transplant some of them.  My soil in my gardens is finally starting to look rich and luxurious, after 7 years of amending mind you.  I still need to plan where I’m going to plant what this year, crop rotation, raised bed style.  

I took some pictures and I hope you can kind of come along with me in my garden this Spring.

Time to head outside before the temperature drops again…..the Forsyhia is blooming and it’s time to prune my roses.

The rain started early this morning and I decided to take on a few inside projects today. First I made a pound cake for dessert tonight. Then I decided to process 3 loofahs. I took some pics of the process. I ally worked my mini trampoline workout into my schedule too. The beginning of gardening season always kicks my butt physically. I’m trying to get into a little better shape before that happens this year. As I write I’m sitting in my pj’s, have not gotten out of them all day! My definition of a good rainy day. Good night.

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