Coming Home

June 23, 2020

First I thought I would let you know why I didn’t write last week. I was busy because I had interviewed, and I was filling out paperwork for the new job I got. This is all part of the plan to move to a place in the country on a homestead. The job is an hour north from here, where there is more space. We have been looking at property half way between there, and up to there. The high school there is highly rated at preparing students for college, which would be great for our granddaughter. I start the new job next Monday. It is pretty much the same thing I do now in mental health, just with a different title. I’ll keep you updated.

FROM THE GARDEN

Here is a picture of peas in bloom, and peas with pea pods hanging on. We have begun to snack on pea pods from the garden. Not enough for a full meal yet, but they are going to be coming on strong any second now! We are planning to put some of them by in the freezer by blanching them, puting them in ziploc freezer bags, and of course, freezing them. With how many plants there are, we will have a lot. As much as possible, we will saute them in a little butter, and eat them up that way. M-m-m, m-m-m, yum!

Pretty Pea Flower
Edible Pod Peas

The broad beans are coming along, despite some of them having aphids, and some of them falling over, because they don’t hold on to the fence with tendrils. I even picked two bean pods about three inches long, and ate them fresh there in the garden. I don’t plan on growing them again, because of getting aphids.

Everbearing Strawberries

Here is a ripe strawberry. We are getting some, but are disapointed that we are not getting a lot. Despite that, they are delicious. Some, slugs have gotten some before us, and have had to be thrown away. We won’t have enough to make jam with 😦

Carrots Apleanty

The carrots are making up for the strawberries. A well prepared raised bed has done wonders this year, and we should have lots of canned carrots in our cupboard this year. We used three bags of raised garden bed soil, and three bags of sand. If you remember from an earlier post, we had also had to put a screen over the top of the bed to keep some critter from digging in it.

Potatoes are Flowering

Sorry about the finger in the picture. As you can see, the potatoes are doing quite well, and even have some flowers on them. If it goes to seed, I could try saving it, but they would not grow genetically the same. Seed potatoes, are not the same thing as the seed from a potato flower. A seed potato is just a small potato. Stems grow from the eyes on the potato, and up into plants.

Early Girl Tomatoes

The tomatoes are coming along great, and you can’t tell the difference between the one that didn’t have the wall of water, and the ones that did. The cherry sized tomatoes are even starting to get ripe! I’m sure looking forward to popping them in my mouth fresh off the vine, and slicing the Early Girl for sandwiches!

Rose Improvements

My rose is looking a bit sad, but I cleared out the spent daffadill and tulip leaves, applied some organic rose fertilizer, and watered it in. I’m hoping it grows more leaves, and soon.

Curbside Appeal

Just back from the curb in front, I cleared away the weeds, and planted the Marigolds in front, with some Zinnia’s in back of them. This was done the same way last year, and I liked it. I even saved seed from them last year, and this is some of their progeny. It doesn’t look like much yet, but give it a few weeks, and it will look great!

CRAFT TIME

I also spent some time yesterday washing some wool fleece I had won at the guild meeting last year. When putting away the mini greenhouse, I noticed it would be a great place to dry my wool. Good way to find another use for it.

WASHED SHEEP WOOL DRYING

DINNER

And now it is dinner time. I made a good home cooked meal for my hubby, but I don’t eat beef, so I cooked an organic Greek pizza from the store, added some crumbled frozen spinach from the garden, and some organic mozzarella cheese to it. I left the rest to share with my son and his family when he got home from work.

That’s all for now. Have a great week, and may God richly bless you!

Grandma

Published by Grandma

I have a certificate in horticulture, and am a master gardener with my county extension agency. I also spin yarn from fiber, knit, crochet, sew, and cross stitch, as well as cook, bake, and preserve foods using freezing, canning, and pickling methods.

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