July 10, 2020
Hello to you my readers! This is the earliest we have ever had tomatoes ripen in our garden. Usually, I am nervous that the frost will get them, before we even get one. This tomato has lived up to its name. I am so happy that we will have tomatoes over the whole summer. You may remember in previous blogs that we planted a couple weeks before the frost free date from plants bought in gallon containers, and protected them from the frost overnight.
We also have had several pickings of the edible pod peas, and we love them simmered or steamed until just still slightly crunchy. Another way we like them is simmered in butter, but we won’t go there, because of the calories!
The mint I harvested and hung to dry in the laundry room, I finally got around to taking the leaves off the stems, and putting into storage jars. I have sampled them, and just thinking about having a hot cup of mint tea, from my own yard when the snow is on the ground, gives me a warm feeling.
The fava beans have been a dissapointment to me. Although they have fought off the aphids well, they don’t cling on and climb like regular beans, so most have been falling over of their own weight. I also don’t like the texture of them, as well as the flavor. I’m going to let them dry on the plants, and see if I like them as dried beans. I don’t think I will be planting these again, but will return to planting regular beans.
The carrots are doing wonderfully, the best we have ever grown. They sprouted well, have evenly grown, and the roots are long and tapered. Growing them in a raised bed has turned out to have been a terrific choice. We should be able to harvest them in a couple more weeks. We are planning on canning them, and it will be great to open them up, and remember this year of the garden.
The lettuce has been bolting, and I am waiting for the seed to harvest, so I can save them to plant next year. We havn’t eaten as much salad as we did spinach, so after I take them out, I think I will plant some spinach again. I have been eating the spinach I froze with my eggs in the morning, and am looking forward to many more meals with it, but I also love them fresh for salad. I’m just amazed at how tall the one variety of lettuce has gotten upon bolting, while the Red Sails in the Sunset red lettuce hasn’t bolted yet.
The sunflowers have been getting their heads on them, the Nastursiums are flowering loveley, and the butterfly/pollinator garden is doing well too. As a bonus, I have seen hummingbirds come to the Nastursiums several times. The rose I am dissapointed with. Yes it has some flowers, but it seems to be lacking quite a few leaves. I cleaned out the bed under it, and gave it some organic rose food, and I am hoping that it will do better. I think that the black spot has taken quite a few leaves this year from the wet spring.
Now to the projects around the home. My husband and youngest adult child took of their own accord the project of restaining the newer picnic table. They took it all apart, sanded it down, and went over it twice with the Thompson’s Stain and Water Seal. Last year when we did that, we were dissapointed with the results, because it didn’t seem to bead up. They were planning on covering the stain with a lacker to seal it, but the results have been so much better than last year, and the rain seems to be beading up on it, perhaps they won’t need to. The only thing my husband says is different, is that they sanded it better this year before staining it. Good job guys!
While they worked on the picnic table, I painted the trim around the windows which the repair man had replaced early last spring, and it wasn’t warm enough for the paint to go on. It looked like he had put some primer on though. I didn’t get pictures of that. I also touched up areas on the garage door. The wood in some places was rotting, so we are going to have to replace the garage door this summer, before we sell the place.
I had a yarn project that I bought from a little store in a nearby small town. I had to buy a very large crochet hook for it, and I just love how it turned out. It was also very quick to work up. The green and white afghan behind it is one my mother made for me. This picture doesn’t show the sparkle that the wrap has in some of the yarns.
I’ve been at my new job for two weeks now, and seem to be fitting in with the other workers well, taking good care of the clients, and doing my rounds like clockwork. In my online training last week, I won the most points for participation, and they sent me the book ‘How many people does it take to make a difference? 1.’ Authors Dan Zadra & Kovi Yamada. I think the really need to send this to the person who gets the least points. I got extra points at the beginning for putting a mask on the drawing of the face they asked us to make.
My family has been excitedly looking at advertisements on the computer through Zillow and Redfin for a new home. I’ve also been looking through the microgreens training course on my computer, listening to the ‘Thriving Farmer’ podcast on the way back and forth to work, listening to a marketing podcast by a woman that calls her business ‘Three Cow Marketing’, as well as signed up for a Patreon show of Rachel Smith who talks about the spinning arts. I want to take my spinning up to a more professional level. The last article she talked about a method called Tailspinning that takes spun uncombed locks of yarn, and showcases them beautifully. I hope that I can learn this method, and that I will someday have my own sheep to do this with.
That’s all for now. I have been pretty busy the last couple of weeks, but I’m back on course now, so hope to keep on top of this blog.
Blessings to all, Grandma.