Sunday, May 17, 2015

Time to Take a Break!

I spent an hour in the strawberry patch and picked 8 1/2 pounds of berries.  They are beautiful, but my back is tired so I'm taking a break until after lunch.  Strawberry picking is my exercise routine now.  I call it "strawberry yoga."
It rained an inch here last night.  It was pretty gentle for the most part.  It's good for the strawberries and everything else we have planted.  The yard grows so fast that we're mowing some almost every day.  I can't begin to describe how fast the weeds are growing!

The rain held off yesterday morning so it was a good day for farmers' market.  We took strawberries, asparagus, radishes and eggs and sold everything.  I sold the last 2 birdhouse gourds I had painted and a dozen jams and jellies.  We always enjoy visiting with the customers and other vendors.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


This columbine plant greets me every time I go out the north door.  I lived in Colorado years ago and the blue columbine is the state flower; it grows wild there.  I bought this last year as a very small plant.  I think it's trying to tell me that it is so happy with this location.  I'm happy too, because it makes me smile!

We've been getting lots of rain, which is wonderful for the vegetables we have planted.  It has been a little tricky to get additional seeds and plants in the ground.  We're hoping to get the tomato and pepper plants in the ground this week.  The sweet potato plants are in.  The first plantings of green beans and sweet corn are up.  Lettuce will be ready soon; radishes and green onions are big enough now.  Dylan and Tom got cucumber, cantaloupe, zucchini, and winter squash seeds in the ground Saturday.

We took asparagus, rhubarb, eggs, jams, jellies and painted birdhouse gourds to the market in St. Joseph on Saturday.  The weather was lovely and the customers were too!  We sold nearly everything.  Thanks to all our wonderful customers!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What a Difference a Month Makes

The garden is growing fast now.  We're picking asparagus and rhubarb by the dishpansful.  Both are so delicious!  This past week I made rhubarb jam and rhubarb ginger jam.  Both are quite tasty, but I prefer the just plain rhubarb jam.  It tastes like rhubarb pie without the crust.  We've been eating fresh asparagus often, plus, I've been blanching it, bagging it, and putting it in the freezer for later.

Pony Express Farmers' Market opened on April 25, so we've been there a couple of Saturdays.  It's open every Saturday and Wednesday, 7a.m. - 1p.m.  It's located in the East Hills parking lot on the east side of the mall next to Woodbine Road in St. Joseph.  We don't have enough produce right now to go twice a week, so we just go on Saturdays at this point.  We've been selling our asparagus, rhubarb, farm fresh eggs, and homemade jams and jellies.  Other vendors are selling bedding plants, baked goods, brats, and a variety of crafts.  We got rained on most of the morning yesterday, but the temperature was not so cold, so we were pretty comfortable overall.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Birdhouse Gourds

I've been cleaning, sanding and painting birdhouse gourds so we can hang them in the trees.  The colors on these show up pretty true except for the top one.  It is red.  These are gourds we grew several years ago, so they are good and dry and easy to work with.
 Today we picked our first handful of asparagus.  That's pretty exciting as far as I'm concerned.  There are lots more spears beginning to push through the ground.  With a little warm weather, they'll be up in no time!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Plants and Seeds are Growing!

This morning we finished planting strawberry plants.  We put some in the ground a couple of days ago and finished today.  These plants will produce strawberries next year.  The berries we get this year will be from plants we planted a couple of years ago.  We try to plant a few new ones each year and till up the plants that are 3 - 4 years old.
These are rhubarb leaves.  We have 10 plants and their leaves appear to be bursting through the ground this spring.  We'll be looking forward to the stems getting large enough to harvest.  I'm hungry for rhubarb crisp already!
Some of our first-planted seeds are sprouting and coming through the ground.  This is the first planting of radishes.  The turnip row is showing up now too.

Monday, March 30, 2015

A Warm Day Today

The high temperature here today is 77 degrees.  We've been planting peas, beets, lettuce, spinach and more potatoes.  The dogs are "dog tired."  Luther is relaxing next to the raised bed where I planted the spinach.
Eko chose the shade on the patio within short distance of her water bowl.
They've both had a busy day hanging out with us while we tilled, planted and watered the garden.  Luther took off like a streak once, trying to chase down a turkey vulture which flew over and then landed in a tree to the south.  Hundreds of grackles are flying around again, so that offers lots of excitement and opportunities for chasing.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Roller-coaster

The roller-coaster that is spring has begun.  We have a wide variety of weather and a wide variety of tasks to complete.  The work to clean up the trash trees and brush from our north tree line continues.  Note that Dylan is in winter gear as he works on this.
A day later the weather is sunny and warm and we're drinking iced tea and cutting seed potatoes on the deck.  What a beautiful day this was!  We also got 100 pounds of potatoes planted.
Then we got rain, which was wonderful; an inch and a half.  Besides potatoes, we also had some radish and turnip seeds in the ground, so they'll be ready to start growing.
Then, yesterday was the Spring Market in Oregon, MO.  This quilt that I made this winter sold along with infinity scarves and lots of crocheted items.  It was a good day for sales as well as an interesting time visiting with customers and other vendors.
The roller-coaster continues.  The weather is supposed to be warm the beginning of this week, so we're back to planting potatoes, seeds, trees, etc.  Spring affords no time for boredom!