Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bits & Pieces

Update on straw bale garden; the peas have started sprouting along the soil mound on top of the first two straw bales. 

The tomato plants had to be replaced as previously mentioned.  The seedlings planted in the next straw bales have grown and are now producing all kinds of flowers. 

This afternoon, I needed to place chairs up against the fence to prevent the winds from breaking these tomato plants.  I’m thinking of placing a piece of plywood along the fence line to prevent wind damage.

My lettuce (several varieties) and spinach (several varieties) have taken off nicely.

The green beans are branching out of the ground at different stages.  I have three rows planted up against this string trellis.


All the strawberry plants are blooming, I’m hoping for all kinds of strawberries this year.  We are low on frozen strawberries and homemade jam.  

This year I decided to try growing rutabaga, here are a few popping out of the ground.  I didn’t plant many seeds because not all of us here on the property enjoy eating rutabaga.

I started cauliflower from seeds again this year; it’s actually growing, unlike last year.  Hopefully, the critters will leave these seedlings alone.

Here are a few leaves of Swiss chard coming up from seeds.

Most of my herbs were started from seeds; I still have them inside the greenhouse.  I’m looking forward to transplanting them in a large garden bucket in the next couple of days.  

I also have another tray of peppers and tomatoes which need transplanting in the garden beds.

Little Beans is in a hurry to get into the house, he heard Poppy pull up in the truck from work, and he’s getting impatient at the back door for me to open it up for him.

How are your garden beds coming along?

Monday, April 21, 2014

*****2 Give - Aways*****

I’m giving away two books in separate give-aways; “Canning and Preserving for Dummies” and “Food in Jars Preserving in Small Batches Year Round.” These books were taken from my personal library.   I’ve used each of these books to help with learning how to can, and to can with experience using small batches of fruit and vegetables.  Anyone may register for these give-aways.  You can be a novice with canning, or someone with experience.


If you’re interested in winning, register below by placing a comment to this post.

All Entries must be received by Sunday, April 27, 2014 by 11:59 PM CDT. The drawing will be held Monday afternoon, April 28, 2014.  
All names will be placed in a bowl, and two names will be pulled from the bowl Monday afternoon, April 28th. If your name is picked as a winner, I will post your first name on my blog along with my e-mail address. You will have 4 business days to respond to me by e-mail. If there is no response, your entry will be null (void), and I will be required to pick another winner.

How to Enter

All entries must be made on the comment form of this post.  One entry per person. Good Luck Everyone!!!! 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hallelujah Easter's Version

Blessing To All My Blogger Friends

Source: You Tube,  Created by Brian Cormier, Mix By Kelley Mooney, Lyrical Adaptation Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Won A Give Away, Garden, & FYI Up Coming Give-Away

I registered for a giveaway for Genuine Peacock Feather Earrings with French Cut Sterling Silver Earring Hooks over at M.E. Masterson   blog  adventures--of--life and won these:

Woooohoooo, thanks M.E.!!!!!

I’m happy I covered all the garden boxes, and straw bales with plastic and buckets, we only lost 4 tomato plants. 

Today, I went over to the local nursery and picked myself up a few new heirloom tomato plants to replace those we lost.

I also picked up these to hang out by my front door.  Today, they will stay on the ground next to the house because the winds are too high and would destroy the flowers.  Hopefully the winds will calm down and I’ll hang them out front tonight.

Keep an eye out.  In the next couple of days I will be giving away a book or two from my personal library.  Stay tuned!!!

Earring Pic from M.E., Masterson