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Garden-
Piddly garlic turnout, probably because I didn’t cover them up with straw.
Three kinds of potatoes
Three kinds of onions
Radishes
Carrots
Melons
Lettuce
Beans
Sunflower
Peas
Cucumber
Marigold
Nasturtium
Garbanzo Beans
Tomatoes from Libby 😀
Painted Lady Runner Beans
Yard Long beans
Flint Corn for Cornmeal
Plenty of herbs, medicinal and culinary
Peas in the greenhouse and Peas in a pot

Home-
Getting better at organizing as usual. But I’m not totally lost when it comes to making decisions anymore about keeping a house.
I have some projects that I need to do that involve paint.
Wasps and bees are everywhere! Ugh, that is the curse of having a house that has wood siding I guess.

Animals-
Basil is still hanging around, he reminds me of his mother a lot.
Aaron has been talking about getting chickens for me. He says that if it was just him he would just get his eggs from the farm, but he knows I have been wanting some for awhile. There are also some ducks on Craigslist that I am interested in, also some pheasants…but I can’t get in over my head…yet!
I also have a few more endeavors up my sleeve but I’d rather not share them. 😉

I think about my Grandma Gladys often in the summer not only because our birthday is coming up but I remember spending many days at her house in Munger. Dad would quiz us as we passed the different farm fields. “What’s planted in that field? What about that one?” Soon I learned the difference between beans, corn, beets and potatoes.

My parents must have really liked taking us places more than other parents and their children because we rarely got bored. We could keep ourselves entertained for quite awhile. There weren’t a lot of toys at Grandma’s house. There were stuffed animals that she kept on the back of her couch that I guess we could have played with but they gave me the creeps because they were set in the darker part of the living room. Sometimes I took my own stuffed animal with me but most of the time I would look through her jewelry, watch TV (all 5 channels) I never got to have an adult conversation with her. And it makes me very sad.

After our disappointment about not getting a house that was a good deal with more land, my house-seeking endeavors have taken me from local, to Iowa, to Montana, the Dakotas, Idaho and then aaaaalllll the way up to Alaska. So far my favorites have been Idaho and Alaska.

This week I will be camping out on the back property of my in-laws. Every year they camp to spend time together before the busy part of summer begins. Other than that I can’t really think of too much to tell you all!

Much love!

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Gardens:

  • Three kinds of dry beans
  • Bush beans
  • Pole Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Yellow onions
  • Summer and Winter squash
  • Garlic
  • Nasturitum
  • Two kinds of peas
  • New herbs: Hyssop, Valerian, Ginseng, Goldenseal
  • Many varieties of loose leaf salads.

I am so pleased with how everything is going despite my not getting a greenhouse until later int he season. I feel like I am better prepared for this season because my garden is more organized and it is bigger than it was last year. Since some of the seedlings died, I am able to pay more attention to the healthy, living plants.

New pets

I kept three of Alley’s five kittens. I named them Basil, Iris, and Trinket. Basil has stripes and spots all over him, he will be quiet a fetching sight when he gets older. He looks like a little wild cat. Iris has a long black coat with some coloring throughout. She has a brown spot on her head. She is the smallest one, she has the shortest tail and her eyes are a little close together, so has such a sweet face. Trinket kind of looks like Iris, but her coat is smoother and she has more spots and streaks through. Her most noted characteristic is a brown stripe down her face. When she was a newborn she reminded me of a little bear. 

Now that the weather has turned each Monday I use my clothesline, except today it is rainy. 😦 But since we have so little laundry I will either wait until this evening if the rain lets up, or I will do it on Tuesday.

My goal as to living more modestly is going well, I would like to downsize my wardrobe. I still have stacks of material waiting to be sewn into garments and stacks of white and off-white cotton waitingt o be sewn into bloomers.

Aaron has an appointment on Wednesday for his arm, please pray for us!

That’s all for now!

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Seedling Update

Seedling Update.

Sprouted:

  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Cabbage
  • Sorrel
  • Fenugreek
  • Cheyenne Pepper
  • Blue Jay Pepper
  • Banana Pepper
  • “Garden Sunshine” Heirloom Sweet Pepper
  • Two varities of Violas
  • One variety of Pansy called Frizzle Sizzle

Yet to Sprout:

  • “Mortgage Lifter” Heirloom Beefsteak Tomato
  • Nasturtium
  • Butterfly Flower
  • Passion Flower

To be sown indoors on Monday:

  • Shasta Daisy
  • Heirloom Lemon Balm
  • Stevia
  • Garlic Chives
  • Genovese Basil
  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Sweet Basil
  • Anise
  • Marigold

All of the beans, peas, onions, potatoes and melons will be directly seeded outside. As for all of my lettuce I have been debating on whether to start those early or not. With the goofy weather that has been going on I think I might start it indoors. But where am I going to put it all! Ahh!

 

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Stay tuned!

Spring fever is making me antsy to get outside! Stay tuned for a seedling update!

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We were given the okay to clean up on Thursday. There are piles of beams to be burned. Hay that still needs to be sorted through and a bunch of scrap was taken away today. Along with the clean up we have been working on making various lists of equipment and tools that were lost. I am not sure how many pages we have but I’d venture to say upwards around fifty (correct me if  am wrong).

 

On a brighter note my seeds came in the mail on Monday. Now I have little broccolis, cabbages, fenugreeks, and sorrels popping up. I also have started all of my peppers and celery. If my celery doesn’t turn out in the summer I am going to give it a shot in the greenhouse. In the ideal scene of things I want to grow broccoli, celery, onions and see if I can keep a rosemary bush in there.

I keep finding all of these little niches. I love my little house. I have plans of the yard, gardens, and flower beds. I enjoy working and weeding outside. I find it therapeutic and i know that Aaron would like nice flower beds so both of us are happy. 🙂

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It has been 8 days since Aaron had his surgery. He is doing great! The tumor was bigger then the doctor thought and it was a source of pain that he was having. So now that it is removed Aaron is feeling much better and he is able to move his arm around more. We have had a good past week being able to spend more time together. Actually, I am getting spoiled having him around so much. We cook together, watch movies, talk, he is able to do small home improvement projects. His countenence altogether is more cheerful. We are so thankful and blessed by Our Lord through this whole experience and we are ready to move forward.  

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And now for something completly different…

Garden Plans

Our garden:

  • Pole beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Wax Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers- Slicing and pickling
  • Peas – Snow and Shell
  • Peppers – Three different types- Colored Bells, Cheyenne and Banana
  • Muskmelon
  • Sweet Dumpling Squash – Will be grown at the farm
  • Yellow onions
  • Garlic, that is already in the ground

Green House or Porch

  • Watercress
  • Mizuna
  • Kale
  • Mesclun Mix
  • Romaine
  • Green Salad Bowl
  • Envy
  • Arugula
  • Coriander/Cilantro
  • Stevia
  • Anise
  • Summer Savory
  • Chervil
  • Cinnamon Basil
  • Genovese Basil
  • Sweet Basil

Herb Garden Additions

  • Caraway
  • Dill
  • Fenugreek

Flowers

  • Amaranthus
  • Calendula – I am going to harvest the flowers and dry them and eventually make a hand cream
  • Kong Sunflowers
  • Marigold – These are going underneath the Pole Beans
  • Nasturtium – These are going underneath the cucumbers
  • Pansy
  • Violas

Plants that will have their own areas

  • Sorrel
  • Comfrey
  • Asparagus – I don’t know if we will get to these this year
  • Elderberry bush
  • Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes will be grown in tires or containers

 

When I showed my list to Aaron he told me that I had to compete with his dad’s garden size. But when he found out a good chunk of them were salads he told me that a lot of it would fit in our garden, except my squash.

The annual herbs and flowers will be put into pots or baskets, some might be put throught the garden to attract bees and butterflies. The perennial herbs will go in the ground. The perennial flowers will be in the flower beds around the house. And if I have excess I might give away a few healthy plants, but we will see.

 

Seeds I already have

  • Lima Beans, heirloom
  • Wax beans, heirloom
  • Brandywine Tomatoes
  • Two types of carrots
  • Radish
  • Two types of bush beans
  • A few varieties of lettuce
  • A packet of different Summer squash, this one was given to me. I think it is kind of silly to have just a combination of seeds together.

The lima and wax beans, lettuce and carrots will defiantly be planted. As for the others I might give a few away. The seeds are old and the seeds from the catalog are better than the store bought kind.

This year I am going to keep better track of planting times, when certain crops will need to be thinned, etc. I also made a list of items that I need. I have a few trellises to make, potting soil, shelves for the greenhouse. etc. I need at least 96 feet worth or trellises and supports  for my climbing plants, Cement tubes to have the celery grow in, tires or containers for potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Another thing I want to do in the summer is sell more things at market and at roadside. So I need to write up stuff and prepare for that. Boy, am I going to be busy. I probably don’t know how busy.

What a heavy work load I have ahead. Gardening, blueberries, trimming apple trees, market, housework. Whew. I’m excited about it though. And maybe I’ll be so busy I won’t be as down in the mouth as I was last summer!

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Putting up.

So far I have put up various jams and jellies, stewed rhubarb, blueberry juice, pickle relish, pickled banana peppers, zucchini, wax beans, and green beans.

 

And I am really enjoying myself.

Next big round will be bread and butter pickles, dill pickles, tomatoes and tomato products. After that will be potatoes, squash, and pumpkin. I will probably do a few rounds of canning dry beans too. I’ll probably will keep doing green beans for as long as my plants hold out.

I put an end to my peas and some of my broccoli today and put it down for compost.

 

I am already planning next year’s garden. How crazy is that? I want to build more sturdy trellises for my cucumbers so they won’t sprawl out. Yarn and wood stakes just don’t cut it. Since out garden is small, I am going to try more vertical methods. They same goes for my peas and beans.

 

I will purchase more paste tomatoes for processing sauces and such.

 

As for my annual herbs they will be in pots. I plan on buying two or three of the following, basil, cilantro, stevia, rosemary (if it doesn’t survive) and nasturtium. I might put my nasturtium under my climbing cucumbers because they will help drive away the cucumber beetle.

 

How is everyone’s gardening and preserving adventures going?

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