Friday, July 12, 2024

If You Want to Keep Your Shoes, Stay Out of the Garden!

The remants of Hurricane Beryl came through our area a couple of days ago.   Can you believe those winds and rain came all the way up to Michigan?  We received about 4 to 5 inches of rain.  It poured.  Some people received 6 inches.  So my garden is just soaked and in the back it had standing water.  My house though did not flood and I'm so thankful for that.


My suggestion is:  if you want to keep your shoes, stay out of the garden!  


Did you ever come across a wild animal in your garden and they look at you, like what are doing here?   If you can see it,  this rabbit seems to be saying that to me.   Stared at me for a long time before it hopped away.  



My tomatoes are coming along great and I picked my first zucchini yesterday. My zucchini are on the edge of the garden in a raised bed, so I was able to pick it.   One zucchini..I'm debating what to do with it.



So, I haven't let my young chicks out in awhile because they would not go back in their run.  Just imagine two old people trying to catch four little hens.  It was comical!  

Day after day, I would let the older ones out to roam the back yard and I kept the younger ones in.  It was kind of sad for them. Yesterday, I took a chance (since husband was here to help if needed) and let them run around the back yard.   They flapped their wings in joy but stayed all together like a family.  It was kind of scary at first but they came back to the run and wanted their meal worm treat. They finally got it!   They are growing up!




A Merry Heart doeth good like medicine:  but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  Proverbs 17:22







Friday, July 5, 2024

Harvesting, Tilling, Planting, and new Appliances!


I harvested the garlic this week.  There are some big heads on them so I'm happy.   

I also harvested some carrots..well actually I thinned them out and used these in a roast.


It's been awhile since we used the small rototiller, the Earthquake.  Husband got it out and got through two rows of tomatoes before it quit.  Needs a new carb, he said.  I think fixing the machines is half the job of homesteading.
We also put up a new birdhouse and planted Holly bushes in the front.  We decided on Holly after visiting Applewood.    We still need mulch and fix the bricks around the tree and bush on each side of the window.  It never ends!  

In the house we bought a new fridge (so glad) and now we need a new microwave.  It was time for them both.

What did we do before microwaves to heat up things?   I remember we didn't have one for a little while into our marriage.  They sure are handy!  

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Friday, June 28, 2024

Going Local, the Weedy Garden, and Free flowers!


What do you do when the doc says no traveling?  You go local.  We paid a visit to Stepping Stone Falls.  I did not go down the stairs but of course I've been there before.  Beautiful as always. Then a stop by the ice cream shop and we were good.

Today, we are going down to the Mott Estate, Applewood.  What a beautiful place.  You can learn so much there and have a wonderful time.


The weedy garden:  



Husbands prize potatoes!  

I have a cuke!  


Tomatoes are coming on the vine!  

Everyday I go out there and weed at least one row of beans or what ever.  Today, husband said he will till in between the tomatoes while we are gone.  I left him specific instructions. He gets a  little wild with the tiller.


I received a flat of flowers for free (senior citizen) -they want to beautify our city.  I decided on snapdragons and planted them among the zinnias in the garden.  

It's very cool here now for the time being.  I left a lasagna with some more instructions in the fridge.  

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Great Herb Hack, Best Garage Sale Find, and It's hot!

 


This week I harvested herbs like lavender, garlic scapes, chives, dill, and  thyme.   I put them in silicone bags in the fridge, ready to use when needed. 

The only herb that I have  growing in the ground is dill.  I got the plant from the free plant swap I went to about a month ago.   I chopped up the dill and it flavored my tuna very well.  Tasted just like there was a pickle mixed in.  Great herb hack!  


I made a lavendar room deodorizer with baking soda and lavendar that I dried a couple of weeks ago.   



We found this hammock at a garage sale yesterday for $25.00.   Can't find me?  This is where I will be, relaxing with a book! 


Little chickens deciding which way to China is cooler.  Man it's hot here!  

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Hanging Baskets Dead? Try This

 


Husband had a lot going on while I was gone for 5 days in the hospital.   I bet he didn't even know that there were two hanging baskets in the flower weed garden, poor man.  

I saw them when we first drove up and didn't say a word.  I mean what are two hanging baskets in the scheme of things.   It wasn't till the next day I decided to try and save them.


We were draining the little pool so he could mow the lawn and I put them in the water.  
The water covered their pots and I left them in there overnight.


By the next morning they are revived.  Probably not as glorious as when I first bought them but pretty none the less.

Give it a try!  

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Then he said, Forget the Garden this Year!

 



I went to the doctor this past Wednesday for my back problem.  After talking to me about what I do everyday he said...forget the garden this year.  He was worried about me bending over weeding.   Just forget the garden...uhh no.  Is he crazy?

Two cortisols shots and I was on the way with a  ticket to rest for the summer. 

You see, I have an aresonal that he doesn't know about,  the husband and hay.  Last night we went and bought one more bale to go on the last four rows.   That should take care of a lot of weeds and I can still rest and have a garden.  

I mean who would want to forget this garden.  Plus there is this:

The two raised beds are growing like crazy.  Cabbage here we come.


The leaf lettuce is still growing strong.  We pick a lot every week.


The herbs are really growing.


I picked garlic scapes to cook with.



The roses are in bloom.  I'm drying some now for potpourri. 

So rest yes but forget the garden..uhh no.

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Gone Fishing!

 


After planting white half runner green beans and pumpkins yesterday, chasing little chicks all over the yard trying to get them back in the coop, and just basic Spring upkeep. we decided to go fishing up north today.  We forgot to have fun!  

Hope your weekend is great!  

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