Thursday, July 31, 2014

Country Fair & Gardening Notes

I've lived in this city for 10 years now.  Together with my husband who has lived here nearly his entire 43 years, we attending the local country fair for the first time. A friend encouraged us to enter the Home and Garden competition.  Well, we do live in a small city, so the competition wasn't fierce in many of the categories, but we're proud, nonetheless. The fair was so much fun we went both days last weekend.

My husband's "Avengers"

My sock monkey
My cross-stitching
Some baked goods and beet pickles.

Our first shaved ice!
The garden is still doing awesome.

  • Look at the one last, enormous lettuce!
  • A few weeks ago the peas finished up.
  • Beans are in full swing right now and we're steaming them for dinner and pickling them for later.
  • Cukes get eaten faster than they grow. 
  • The cauliflower is nice.  So far, out of the five heads we have one 'perfect' looking one.  The rest are smaller and purplish but still delicious.
  • Cabbage heads are starting to form and the slugs think they're delicious.
  • Celery had to go.  It was spindly, woody and bitter.
  • The dill has been awesome for the dilly beans.
  • 2nd plantings of radish, greens, beets and carrots are coming along.
  • I can see the first glimpses of tiny broccoli which we planted from seed.
  • Our carrots have been less than impressive.
  • The bell & hot peppers look great.
I'm going to do some more planting this weekend.  
 Our notes so far for next year:
  • Definately stagger our planting a lot more so everything isn't coming up at once.  At least for the items we can't easily preserve.
  • Plant earlier!
  • Plant onions from seed.  The maggots got all ours this year when other gardeners have awesome ones.
  • Tie up the cauliflower to see how blanching the heads helps.
  • Plant all shell peas and not bother with snap peas.
  • Only plant a few cabbage.  I'm afraid 10 heads will be more than we need!
  • Skip the arugula.

Friday, June 20, 2014

It's my most favourite time of the year!

The sun is shining. things are growing and there's food ripe for the picking and preserving.  Ah, summer is nearly here and I'm in heaven. 

I'm in awe of how much our garden changes from week to week.

At first, it wasn't much to look at.

With some weeding and 1 cubic yeard of dirt, we got it planted. Remember how it looked on May 7?

Here are the first sprouts on May 11.
May 18
May 24

Ooh radishes are ready May 30!

But we lose our onions to root rot and replace them and the finished radish with cabbage and cauliflower.  June 13.

Ooh boy there are lots of greens to be had!
And June also means strawberry season! My sister and I picked 50 lbs.  Into the freezer 40 lbs go and I will make jam in the near future.  We got a great deal at $1.49/lb so my 40 lbs was $62.00.  Each of those pails held about 5lbs.

The spinach just finished up on June 17 (it started to bolt) and the chard isn't far behind.  Time to plan the next planting and it's raspberry picking time on Sunday.

My little piece of heaven, right here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Long overdue update

A lot has changed since my last post.  Anna got glasses and started speech therapy back in the fall.    She is 41 inches tall and 36 lbs.  Wearing size 10 shoes and 4t clothes.

Anna is a stubborn funny girl who loves to eat.  She loves Frozen, Super Heros, Pokemon. We had an awesome 4th birthday party back in April.  Anna is so excited to start kindergarten.  Too bad she has to wait until 2015!  One more year of preschool for her.

We just put in a vegetable garden at the local community garden.  I haven't had a veggie garden in 15 years!  Blake has never had one.

Here are the various projects I've been working on over the past few months.

Amigurumi cat.
 Bitty baby.
 Cross stitched ornaments for each member of my family.

 Crocheted hat and bear.  The beard was too silly to actually wear so we ditched it.
 Pac Man ghost.
 Mei Tai doll carrier and sock monkey for a young friend.
 Hair clips.