Worked hard today.  Two trees were topped this winter and they fell in the path to the bluff so today Norman cut those up and picked up the mess.  They were biggg trees so sometime we will have to cut the rest of the tree down also but today it was just pick up the mess and I burned that with some of the brush that we have in a pile from last falls cutting.  Then Norman cut down 13 smaller trees and will cut them up and clean up the mess this next couple weeks.  With those gone there will be more sun to come in on the garden and if he doesn’t get them cut down soon the leaves will be out and you can’t cut them them because the sap is in the tree and it takes forever to dry them enough to burn and all those leaves are impossible to get rid of.  So right now we are both beat!!  My onions are coming up a little and so is the lettuce.  No sign of the tomato seeds yet, I water each morning and put them out side on nice days and under the grow light when it is cloudy so they should be up soon.  This is where I burn.  The garden is in the foreground, the bluff is down the path behind the barrels, you can see I still have quite a pile to burn and there is a large pile just at the crest of the knoll.  The trees Norman cut are just off the picture to the right which is the east and in the summer the sun rises way over here.  The clearing that was here when we bought it was right here but the garden space was under the trash that had been bull dozed out and was full of trees, We clear that two years ago and added lots of horse manure so now it is very good soil.  This was a field years and years ago so there are no rocks and most of the trees were small as you can see in the background so the roots were not to bad to dig out.  Pretty good work for a couple of seventy year olds?  Norman is now 81 and still going strong, good country living!!  This is the garden, you can see the garlic I planted last fall and one row of onions.  This is just to the right of the upper picture, you can see the garlic and the small garden with the tall cages is where Norman planted peas, when the peas are harvested we will plant squash vines here.   All that green you see in the large garden are weeds that have to be pulled out.  We put a good coat of horse manure on the garden just before we left for Florida and the weeds come with it.    The trees he cut today are the ones along the edge of the picture.  You see these are not large and will be used for posts this year.  We have to put up posts and string rope around the garden then I hang lace on the rope and that keeps the deer out.  They are afraid of any inclosed area and the lace swinging in the breeze make them think it is enclosed and has worked great so far.   This is the whole main garden with the cucumber bed in the fore ground.  The potatoes are planted just behind me.  You can see the wood stacked behind me also.  We have several piles like that but we don’t heat with wood except for the studio once in a while.  We gave alot to a neighbor but he didn’t need any this year so we have stacks of it.  Wish we had room to bring it to Florida for Becca and Chris, it is a crime what they have to pay for just two or three small sticks of wood to burn.  Oh well, if wishes were true we would all be kings.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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