Hi Joyce, nice to get your comment.  Let me know how you are doing.  Is spring arriving in NH yet?  Nancy, let me hear from you also.  A comment on how things are in southern NH would be nice also.  Summer is here in TN, we skipped right over spring.  our low last night was 60 and today it will be in the high 70’s or low 80’s.  My gardens love it, not too hot and not too cold.  The potatoes are all up and some of the larger pieces have sent up two or three plants.  Norman says I am the only farmer he knows of that counts his potato plants.  I hope to have lots of them ready when Patty and Becca get here so I can send some home with them.  I really should have plenty as there are 100 plants up in the garden and 7 in the leaves.  We ate a little out of the aspagrus bed.  We will get another small meal I am sure but the most of it has to be left to go to seed this year and of course the new roots can’t even be picked next year.  Last years roots are really growing well so I guess they like th horse manure I feed them.  Today, we have the first green onions from the garden.  We try to eat only from the freezer or the garden and we don’t have lettuce yet so for Norman’s salad he will have cottage cheese and green onions.  They are getting big so fast.  Last year I asked one of the farmers at the farmer’s market how he got such nice big onions.  All I ever got was green onions or pearl onions.  He said feed them every two weeks with Super Rainbow (13-13-13) and keep them watered well.  So that is what I am doing and in just this one month they are bigger and better than most of the onions were last year by June!!  So I guess he is right.  My garlic is hugh but not ready to pick yet.  I have to wait for the tops to bend over or wilt and they look like they will grow for ever, which is alright by me as long as the set nice big bulbs.   Sunday we went and got a truck load of well aged horse manure and put that in a pile to use when ever we want to side dress with it.  Today we got a truck load of mulch.  That is more expensive than the manure since we get that from a lumber yard in McMinnville but $21 a truck load isn’t bad.  The manure we get from a farmer in McMinnville who boards horses and raises hay.  He not only gives us all we want for free but also loads it for us.  This week I brought him some country ham and cheese butter milk biscuit as a thank you.  I try to bring something different each time we go for manure.  People are so nice and in this part of the country they are super nice, that is why we love living here.   We are still weeding the tomato bed.  It is a large bed and so full of weeds.  The winter was so mild it never killed any of the weeds so I don’t want to just till them under or I could never keep the garden weed free as things try to grow.  It takes alot of work but well worth it when you see the garden all planted and neat.  The green beans we planted last week are now up so if they call for a frost I will have to cover those.  They can’t take any frost and a freeze even the cover won’t help but it was worth the try to see if we can get some beans from the garden early.  I love the new potatoes, peas, and green beans in cream or milk.  We used to have that when I was little and it was one of my favorite dinners.  Mother said it was a dish she got from her family in Nova Scota.  Where ever it came from it is great.  Have a good day and leave a comment.

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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