Another nice day but no rain.  The forecast is always for rain, as it should be this time of year but we get none of it here on the mountain.  We are so dry I had to water this morning, all the gardens.  I water the onions every other day anyways unless it rains that day as they must stay moist if they are to be sweet and grown large.  We have some every day with out lettuce and aspagrus from the garden, what a wonderful salad that makes for supper.  The raspberries are looking great.  The cane from last year stands 4 to 6 feet tall.  I try to keep it cut as tall as the fence that holds it up because if you let it bend down and touch the ground it spends all its energy rooting and starting a new plant.  Right now we have all the plants we need so I want them to spend their energy on fruit.  Every old cane is leafed out and starting to set buds.  The extra energy each plant has is put into new shoots coming up from the root.  These will be the fruiting cane for next year.  Every plant has 1 to 6 new canes coming up and all of them are nice and strong.  None of them are the tiny skinny shoots I got last year.  I guess they like the horse manure and supper rainbow I gave them when we got home  in March.  It looks like we will have a nice crop of raspberries.  Then every cane that has berries this year will be cut off about an inch from the ground and discarded and burned.  This is necessary so the patch doesn’t get chocked out by the old cane which only bears fruit one year.   The  green beans are up and looking good, now if we can keep the weather nice we will have some early beans to go with the peas and new potatoes.  We are almost done weeding the tomato bed.  One more day will finish that.  Yesterday I transplanted 15 tomato plants from the egg shells to a 3 inch pot.  I didn’t take them out of the egg shell just punched a hole in the bottom of the shell to let the roots out more easily.   Nice to hear from you Nancy.  Try again with the comments, maybe this time it will go through.  You don’t see it until I approve the comment and of course I will and answer it too.  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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