Category Archive: Garden

2017
05/15

Category:
food
Garden

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Tied to the kitchen

I’m starting to feel a bit tied to the kitchen, which is never good, because bites of food find their way into my mouth.  We finished processing the soup between other jobs.   Two students came to help me today in the rain.   One of them cleaned stalls in the barn and worked in the hoop house, weeding, fertilizing, watering, thinning lettuce and planting carrots. The other cut blackberry vines and planted corn (I hope it’s not too early)

We harvested two crispers full of lettuce today.   We need to up our intake or we will have a refrigerator full of lettuce.

Meanwhile, I got some basic house cleaning done and tried a new recipe for “kamut sandwich bread” – yes, kneaded by hand.  It did not rise like I would have liked.   I will buy fresh yeast and see if that was the problem.  It does taste good and is not heavy, so I’m not sure if it is the yeast or that kamut doesn’t rise like the wheat I normally use.

I’m still a bit tired from our mad dash across the mountains Saturday to see my aunt who is in the hospital (8 hrs of driving), so I spent part of this afternoon sitting and plying some more of the wool for the sweater.    Maybe,  just maybe, tomorrow, I’ll visit the sewing/quilting studio.

 

2017
04/18

Category:
farming
Garden
Life

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Today came/went

I sat down to write this post and realized that it is dark and I have not put the sheep in for the night.

Sheep are in – I don’t know what happened to today’s hours, but they are gone – they came and went FAST.  The sheep are such fun when I let them out in the morning.   The babies leap and run and leap again for the joy of life.   Tonight when I got up there to put them in, the babies and moms were in the barn.   But in the dark, it’s hard to tell who belongs to who, so I ended up leaving the stall doors open and let the mothers sort out their offspring.   The sheep who were not bred this year, were put in a different area.  I am so thankful for having indoor facilities for them.

I am so thankful for help!    The strawberries are weeded and hoop house is cleaned out and new seeds are started.   This young lady can only help me 2 days a week, but she gets so much done, it is enough.   In fact, it is wonderful!  Next week, we will work in the barn.

2017
04/17

Category:
Garden
Life

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Coordinating and baby 8

Hiring and supervising are not my favorite things to do.   But today, we had the plumber out to do some repairs on the barn water system and tell us what we need in terms of money and supplies to get done what we need.

Then there are the repairs needed to the barn  doors which, the last person saw fit to remove and put on backwards, plus remove all the hardware.   So that also meant a trip to the hardware store to purchase the right hardware.

I hired part time help in the garden to finish planting potatoes and help with weed control in the hoop house.  She worked so hard today, she finished the potatoes – which was about 160′ of them, before the rains hit.   Then she went into the hoop house and worked the rest of the day, staying until she finished weeding all the aisles, picked parsley, and watered.

I need someone else to help with some of the old fence posts that are coming down.   I guess 20 years is a bit much to expect from some of these posts.   So an interview was in order.  My first impression of the fellow that applied was good, but he needs a full time job, so will call me when he has achieved that.

Plus, I have someone doing some drywall work on the little studio apartment to get it ready to rent. So I dealt with the repair work on that

Oh, and did I mention baby #8 was up and nursing when I went to the barn this morning.   The air is breeze and a bit crisp, but definitely springtime (this morning).   I don’t have a photo of baby 8, but here Friday’s babies are out romping in the sun.  Mom is a Ouissant – a rare breed.  Babies are half Shetland.

All I did was coordinate, freeze (it is cold out there in the wind and even in the barn), go for parts.  Why should I feel this tired?

2017
04/16

Category:
farming
Garden
Life

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Spinning, planting, shearing

A bit of spinning,

50 potatoes planted which is about 1/4 of them,

and 5 sheep are sheared.  The lambs are getting reacquainted with their mothers and the rams are in a big fight.  With their coats removed, they don’t know each other.  It got to late to finish the shearing, so the others will be sheared in a week or so.

 

2017
04/11

Category:
Garden
quilts
Shopping

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Monster truck blocks

These Monster truck blocks are applique designs from Hatched in Africa.   They have marvelous designs that stitch out so very good.   It takes me a little over an hour a block if I count the stopping to trim between stitchings.    I marked the fabric so they will stitch far enough apart to get 8.5″ blocks for a great boy quilt.  There are 13 different trucks, so I may make 2 or 3 of them twice.

Of course this was done after returning some of the pants to Costco and getting the short size instead of regular.  Why should I bother to hem pants, when I could just buy the right size to begin with.   Interestingly enough, the lighter colored pants were very few yesterday as the table was covered with the dark blue pants.   Today, there wasn’t a dark blue in sight.   But the light blue was abundant and had sizes there that were not there yesterday.   Do they have little fairies that come in the night time and change everything?

On our outing, I was able to get 12 tomato plants, which are now in the ground.

2017
04/03

Category:
farming
Garden
Life

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Starting the braided table runner

I am starting the braided table runner from Jenny Beyer.   Each of those little pieces is 1.25 x 3″.   There are 60 to a chevron row.   There are 5 rows.  However, it is fun to watch the colors change.

I spent the rest of the day cleaning in the barn and a bit in the hoop house.  The shearing team is coming tomorrow and the sheep will look so different,

2017
03/30

Category:
food
Garden
Life
quilts

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Gardening, cooking, some cleaning

After finishing the flimsy for the table runner that I can’t show until October, I headed out to the garden.The bowl on the left is HUGE.   After cleaning and stemming, I stuffed 3 gallon bags full of parsley from the hoop house.   The other bowl gave me 2 gallon bags of kale after stemming.   There is more kale out there, but since I had already planted and watered 48 little lettuce plants, I was tired and moved into the kitchen for the cleaning phase.

After cleaning all the greens and feeding the sheep, I made the potato casseroles for Sabbath company.  Then I prepared a salad with lettuce, red cabbage and celery.   I will add the walnuts and let people dress their own.  We will also have roasted cauliflower and broccoli.  I’m debating if that is enough variety, but I don’t think anyone will starve.   I have frozen corn I could cook as well.

We will end the meal with apple cobbler.   Wish you could join us.

There may not be a blog tomorrow as I have to leave at 8:15 to attend an all day class at city hall for landlords.   In that case I’ll wish you a wonderful weekend today.

2017
03/19

Category:
Garden
quilts

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Hoop house gardening plus digitized owls

Finally I ventured out into the much neglected hoop house to see if anything lived through the winter.   I have been very discouraged because through our coldest times, I have found the door open.   So I didn’t expect any live plants.  Much to my surprise, the parsley and kale (left) seemed happy.   The kale on the other side also survived.The Swiss chard here is coming back and there are still a few onions.   Today I eliminated all the weeds you see on this side.  Since I didn’t get plants started, I’ll wait another week, then the store should have the organics in and I’ll just buy started plants this year.

Here is one of the digitized owls sewed out.


It’s a small quilt, but is coming along and giving me a chance to learn a new program.  There is still another row of larger flowers to put below these bugs.

 

2016
12/30

Category:
food
Garden
Life
Schedules

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Small things take big time

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img_0143sToday was a good day to get small stuff done that I keep putting off.  I had 10 things on my list and all but one is completed.

These are the sun chokes also known as Jerusalem artichokes that I have had on my list for a month to check.  They are best dug after a good frost or two.   I planted them in large pots as I was warned they could take over.  It is difficult to get all the little pieces out.   So today I dug through one of the pots and brought in a large bowl of them, scrubbed them well and then sliced them to add to our salad.   They are a high protein, high potassium food with a taste somewhere between raw potatoes and water chestnuts.

Then I checked on the water chestnuts and they are too small.   Next year, I’ll have to find a larger tub to plant them in.   They are only the size of a dime and I’d like them bigger.

I put more salt out for the sheep and brought more hay down from the barn.

I reconciled our bank accounts and filed receipts.

I have my lists made that I want to get done in the coming year.  A list for each:   sewing, quilting, knitting, embroidery and there are things that aren’t on those lists because I just have too many things to be able to do in one year.   So I just put the things on the list I think I can get done.  They are under the heading 2017 Construction goals (at the top)

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Then I weeded the front, which now looks rather bare and needs some nice summer color spots.

I watered the greenhouse and by the time one adds making a couple meals and sweeping the floors into the day, it – the day- is basically gone.  So though it seems I didn’t get anything done, I was busy all day.   So that must be what happens to other days when I come to the end and wonder where they went.   They went to “small” things that need doing.

 

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR.

2016
12/07

Category:
Garden
Life

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A wee visitor

img_0015sA wee little visitor and his grandmother came to visit me today on his 11 month birthday.   Mary and I had a marvelous visit as usual, but with Tristan we did not do any sewing or other crafts.  We mostly entertained him for the afternoon – or maybe it was the other way around as he pulls himself up and walks around things now.  I’m going to have to create a “safe zone” for him in the sewing area before we can work there again.

 

img_0014aI finished freezing all the peppers we picked last week and these crisp, carrots were brought in out of the garden today.   It was 20 degrees when we got up this morning and the weatherman is promising the next 10 days to be freezing – at least during the night.   It is wonderful to have fresh food that will stay in the ground until you need it.