The front finally made it’s way through here and gave some people in TN some rain but not us.  We got a heavy dew for two days but not enough to even wet the ground so today we started by watering everything.  I watered the house garden before breakfast and the lower garden after breakfast.  The iris needed some work also so I did that before breakfast.  The scented purple iris always blooms first, now they are just about done and the bearded iris are now blooming so all the spent stocks from the purple ones needed to be cut out so the others can show off for us.  I also dead headed the snow ball bush.  Then after watering the lower garden I got the burn barrels going and we have finished the old brush piles finally.  What a job!!  Now when I get spare time I can clear out more paths through the woods for walking.  Norman has been working on the supports for the tomatoes.  We have more rows this year so he may have to cut some more saplings for cross bars for the supports but will do that this afternoon.  Then tomorrow we will put out as many tomato plants as are ready to go out.  The black berries are in bloom so it should be safe to put out the tomatoes.  Everything is growing well.  I have told Norman from now on he has to have fried greens every meal, of course he doesn’t mind as he loves them!!  We have Swiss chard, beet greens and spinach all growning so fast it is hard to keep up with it but I don’t want to start freezing any yet as we haven’t used all that we froze last year yet, we still have 2 spinach and 4 beet greens left in the freezer to use under roasts or in soups.  So when I stopped in the burning I picked a bag full of spinach, a crisper full of lettuce and four green onions for dinner.   Today is speghetti as we still have about 20 jars of speghetti sauce to use up before the tomatoes come in this year.  I am still thinning the spinach and lettuce so when I pick them I pull the whole plants.  When they are about 10 inches apart I will start picking just the leaves when we need a meal of them but for now they still need thinning.   Nothing else new here.  Have a great day.  Take care Joyce, I hope the snow storm didn’t hit you.

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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  1. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    All we have is cold weather right now. It did spit snow a little yesterday. We’ve had enough of that. Want warm weather now. What do you do in your SPARE time?? You are such hard workers. Can tell that you are 2 happy people anyway. Wish everyone could be that happy. Please take care of yourself. Don’t over-do it. So-long for today. ♥

    • Nice to talk with you, Let’s see in my spare time I knit. The days are never long enough but I run out of steam by afternoon and have to have something quiet to do for a few hours in the evening. I picked my first bouquet of lilie of the valley this week. I have tried growing them ever since we left Harrisville in 1972 and this is the first time I have gotten enough to pick a small bouqet. That made my day. The other flower I have always tried to grow is the old fashion May flower. I finally found a small bush that is the same as the May flower and unless I tie it up it wants to crawl on the ground just like the old May flower. The flower itself is the same and it smells just as sweet and this year it was loaded with blossoms so that pleased me no end. It filled the whole back yard with the sweet smell of May flowers. It has been a great spring and promises to be a great summer. I hope it keeps it promise but to do so we need rain!! Have a great day.

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