Monday, March 31, 2008

Dusk

The daffodils are really blooming up a storm right now. The ones I planted in front back in January are not blooming very heavy. I think they would have bloomed better if I had planted them in fall, but since I didn't buy them until Jan, I'll just have to wait until next year.
And here are a patch of my grape hyacinths- every yard needs some of these!
I planted some sweet peas under all three of my new trellis', and if you look in the very middle of the photo, you can see some of them coming up! I've been checking for them daily, and was very excited to see some progress. Hurry little sweet pea, hurry!
And here is the reason all my photos here have the flash in them. I didn't think about getting photos today until it was almost too late.
Big news!! Tonight my 11 year-old daughter made dinner, all by herself. Tuna helper and frozen corn (I bought the tuna helper just for this). It wasn't completely home-made like I usually make, but I thought it was a wonderful place to start. She and I were BOTH very proud.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Dates

On Sunday I went ahead and downloaded pictures for the last three posts at one time, thinking it would save time later and all I would have to do is add the text. I didn't realize that meant all three would have Sunday's date! Oh well, it was a good plan, except for that one flaw. I'm certain there is a guru out there who knows just how to fix it, unfortunately I am not one of them.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

To garlic or not to garlic

Here is my garlic, just poking it's head up. Behind it is the three rows of potatoes I planted. I planted one 70 foot row each of three different potatoes: Kennebec, Cobbler, and Red Pontiac. Now all I need is some green beans and we'll be in business! My husband loves it when I can fix a pressure cooker full of fresh green beans, new potatoes, onions, and bacon. Sounds good, doesn't it?I'm trying to grow a cow. No, not REALLY! I used a small screw driver to punch a hole in each one, and 'planted' it half-ways in the ground. I'm going to plant a tomatoe beside each one, right next to the hole, so I can send the kids down the row to water, and I know they will each get enough, and the plant will get all the moisture. I started 'planting' them so that I could plant cool-season crops around them, and not have to disturb them when it is time to plant the tomatoes. The first row has spinach planted on both sides of the jugs all the way down the row, and the second row I started planting lettuce around.
The chicken coop is mostly finished!! Jeff even got the roosts inside done, and the chickens moved into it on Sat. The door and trim is painted, but the siding is going to be yellow when it warms up a bit.
Yesterday I got started on the onions, but I didn't get done. There is a chance of rain the next few days, hopefuly I can get them in the ground before it rains roo much.

Hyacinths and Daffadils

Here's the hyacinths the are planted right outside the back door- the scent is heavenly! These bloom a little early because the way the house is situated, they are blocked from the north and west.

Here's the first batch of daffadils in the backyard, they sure are a welcome sight. I remember having more here last year, but we had a mole burry through here, also.
Well, it's a beautiful day, and I need to go water the raspberries I got planted last weekalong with the perrenials I recently planted, plant spinach and onions in the garden, feed the chickens and cats, and check the greenhouse. If only I could talk Emily into taking a nap. Please?????

Happy Easter!!!

Here's a picture of the four middle kids, don't they look great? Notice the bunnies beside them- my step-Mom-in-law bought and painted them for us just this year. There are seven little bunny kids with them. Aren't they adorable?
Here is the beginning of the Easter egg hunt. We made everyone let Emily get a head start. She figured this egg thing out very quickly! This year I bought the candy to go inside the eggs, but Jeff and I decided not to put it in the eggs, because we just found the last egg from last year a couple of weeks ago!
I hope you all have a great day!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pense Nursery Shipment

I tried for a moment to come up with a better title, but honestly, I'm just too tired. It's spring break week here, and it rained both Mon and Tues. (Need I say more?) Today was nice, but muddy. I planted peas, potatoes, and cabbage. I washed and hung up four loads on the line, and when Jeff got home we drove a half hour away to take down a 6 foot tall by hundred foot around chicken pen to bring home. It's actually funny, we started taking down the end they put up first, and I took out a ton of huge metal staples, and I thought it was going to be a long evening. But as we went along, the staples got further and further apart. Hehehe, they got tired of putting them in, just as I was getting tired of taking them out! But the price was right, she just wanted to get it out of her way. One of the horizontal boards must have been bent inward then nailed into place, one of the ones at the top of course, because when I used the bar to pry it off, it flew out and hit me- right in the nose. Wow, my nose bled, and it hurts a bit. I can laugh about it now, because everyone was too busy to see it happen, but it had to have looked funny.
Last Friday I planted the majority of the broccoli plants, then it rained and rained, so I'll just have to wait and see how they turn out. Yesterday I spent two hours digging a ditch for rainwater, my yard was flooding quicker than usual, and it turned out the farmer to the east plowed the ditch under last fall, so I had to redig the entire thing! It is just entirely too early to be this sore.
I planted my huge pumpkin plants in peat pots the other day. I planted all six seeds, and if they all grow I'm going to have to find someone to share with, I do not need that many huge pumpkins. But I can't wait to watch them grow this summer. I know, I usually don't like peat pots, but there are some plants you simply have to use them for. Pumpkins just happen to be one of them.
I feel bad, I haven't even told you the best news- I got my berry bushes and canes in from Pense Nursery!!!! It's just like Christmas, and as sore as I am, I still can't wait to get them planted. Here's what I got:
25 Nova red raspberry
25 Heritage red raspberry
25 Fall Gold yellow raspberry
3 Crandall black currants
3 Red Lake currants
3 White Imperial currants
3 Pixwell gooseberries
3 Invinca white gooseberries
3 Blue Crop blueberries
5 Apache blackberries

I know it sound like a lot, this is what I got to spend out of our income tax refund, and I spent under $200. Really, Pense Nursery is the way to go.
I bought the blackberries to fill in spots in my rows. I have some currants and gooseberries, I simply wanted more. The raspberries are replacing a patch that drowned last year. In the fall I plan to order some black and some purple raspberries, they were simply out of them by the time I ordered this year.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Here's the progress on the chicken coop. I plan to borrow Martha Stewart's idea of planting climbing roses along the fence to the chicken run. It's kinda shady in that spot, so we'll just have to see.
And here is my first blooming hyacinth for the year. As you can see, I have others just peaking their heads up. This spot should be a heavenly scent in a week.
I planted most of the day Tue. and Wed., thinking it would be a perfect time before the rain today. (Still clear skies, but it's early.) When I plant these smaller plants I usually leave the little plastic cups half burried beside them, so I can see where I've planted easier. Boy, I wish I'd taken a picture last night before I cleaned up. It was a sea of little white cups all over the place. My oldest daughter and I picked them all up and counted them. In my last post I stated 50. I was wrong. Last night we counted 238 little cups. I am SO sore, from that constant up and down motion. And the sad part is, I am no where near done. Oh my. I took all the tomatoes and peppers out to the greenhouse yesterday evening, and I have to admit the only room left is the floor, what little room is there. If it doesn't rain, I might try to plant outside a little. If it rains, I need to transplant some more peppers in the sewing room. (After I vacuum a bit, I suppose)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Here's just the beginning....


There aren't very many, but they are such a wonderful sight, aren't they? I have yellow, white, purple, creme or very light yellow, and some pThere aren't very many, but they are such a wonderful sight, aren't they? I have yellow, white, purple, creme or very light yellow, and some purple/white bi-colors. It was such a beautiful day today that I started planting the perennials that I started from seed. I managed to get over 50 planted, which doesn't really make a huge dent, I'm afraid. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer, and I plan to do more planting. Tomorrow evening it's supposed to rain, so this is the perfect time. I actually made it out to the veggy garden yesterday and planted some seeds to go with the garlic bulblets I planted last week. I planted spinach, carrots, and cabbage. It would be nice to get the broccoli and lettuce I have already started in the garden if it does in fact rain tomorrow, and buying and planting some pea seeds would make it even better. This is the kick off for the spring rains, and I can't help but think of it as a race to get it in before it all starts. I absolutely hate having to plant in the mud, simply because theres no other choice. We'll see if I make it, and if I don't, the chances of it raining are even better. You can all blame it on me, either way!!!!

Monday, March 3, 2008

A roof-top view

Jeff got on the roof Saturday to do some repairs, and I, even being scared of heights a bit, climbed up to get YOU some pictures. It's not really the going up, it's the going down that makes my stomach jump into my throat.
It was in the upper 60s on Sat and Sun, so I spent as much time as I could outside. I even weeded some flower beds! The trampoline in the above picture doesn't go there, it got moved when Jeff took down a tree, and never returned. The chickens got moved out to the greenhouse. They were looking rather stressed from all the foot traffic by their cage, and then theres that little two year old that liked to bang on their cage and talk to them. Gosh, I can't IMAGINE why they were so paranoid! But Jeff and I made a cage, and its bigger than the bird cage, so they look happier out there. I do miss not being able to see them whenever I pass by, though.
Well, sorry, I gotta go, Teletubbies only last so long.