We finally got some good rain.  The gardens love it!! I have almost all the potatoes up and looking good.  Now we need to watch the weather closely and if a frost is coming we will go down and hill the dirt up over the green potato plants.  I have to do this anyways so the potatoes grown beneath the soil but I could wait if no frost comes.  It is much too early to think that there will be no more frost.  When we went to town this week I heard several people talk about putting out tomato plants.  I wish them luck but  it is really much to early for that,  just a light frost can kill them and they will have to start all over again.  We try to wait until the black berries bloom and that is mother natures way of saying it should be safe now to set out tender plants.  Tomorrow we will get a truck load of manure from Mr Rigsby.  He is so nice, he loads it on the truck for us and gives us as much as we want for free.  I always try to bring him something to eat to say “thanks”.  This time I have ham and cheese country buttermilk biscuits for him.  Today I made an apple pie with cheese in the crust.  It came out very good but I am going to try not to eat it, I really need to lose some weight!!    We have some apple blossoms open finally.  We have waited so many years to get an apple, maybe this will be the year.  There were a few pear blossoms also but only one cluster on the bartlet so don’t really think we will get any pears.  We can hope tho, right?  This is my cellar shelves with my canned goods on them for last year.  It won’t be long now before I will be canning again.  We put up enough for all the vegetables we eat all year, either canned or frozen and then some for our kids too.  We love canning and love the results too.  It is the only way you can get taste vegetables with no salt in them.   This is the last building that Norman built.  Now if we ever get the weeds all dug out and the tomatoes planted he wants to build a tool shed for down at the large garden so we don’t have to carry all the tools back and forth.  Most of the tools we already have two or more of so it will just need to be a building to put them in that we need.  Oh, the grapes are starting to sprout and it looks like we have lost one vine.  Last year the arbor broke so we cut the grapes back and put in a new arbor.  5 out of the 6 seem to have like the change but we won’t do anything with the one that looks dead for a month or more to be sure.  Sometimes it is just the plant that is not too happy but then comes around, we will see.  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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