Another busy day but made a lot of progress. Yesterday we dug the potatoes in the leaves and found they did not have the scabs so decided the acid of the leaves kept the grubs away and the scabs so I went back to the computer and found a new reason for the scabs.  Water! but not the way I had thought.  This article said scab on the potatoes comes when the potatoes don’t get enough water during hot, dry spells like we had all of May.  So we then dug some of the potatoes in the middle of the rows and up near the side where I stand to water the garden and there were no scabs on the potatoes in this area and there were lots of grubs.  When I watered the potatoes I got lots of water in the middle and upper side but not around the other three sides and that is where the scabby potatoes are.  It also said the scabs do not effect the potato and will peel off with the skin, so just boil the potatoes as usual and peel off the scabs.  Now we know what to do next year.    I started today by picking all the beans that were ready, then I tied up more tomatoes and pinched out suckers.  The tomatoes are going great most of them have buds on them and some have two sets of buds.  A few have had to be tied up to the second cross pole, so they are growing fast now.  Before going in for breakfast I picked the beets and lettuce for dinner today.  We had roasted root vegetable and fish for dinner.  I tried some of the green beans in the roasted root vegetable and they went well .  I have gotten so I like the green beans with anything but not alone.  I used to like them alone but that was when I could add salt and lots of butter.  Those days are gone forever.  After breakfast I burned brush while Norman planted another row of green beans and a row of brussel spouts and cabbage in where we dug the potatoes.   The wild blueberries are starting to turn blue so Monday I want to see if I can get a half cup of wild blueberries for a blueberry cake.  The small wild blueberries work best for the cake or muffins because they are so small they do not settle to the bottom of the batter and they are so full of flavor you don’t need as many to make the cake or muffins taste like blueberries.   Yesterday I made two dozen donuts and an apple pie in the morning until the rain stopped.  Today I picked strawberries again and I made baking powder biscuits for a wonderful short cake.  Tomorrow is Sunday and we plan to take it easy.  I write letters while Norman cleans the house.  I will help as the house needs dusting badly and Norman refuses to do that.   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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  1. Don and Joyce Larrabee says:

    Apple pie is my favorite. Sounds like your garden is doing good. It has been raining hard here, and we have a little water puddle in the field. The Saco River is at flood stage. That floods every year. Hope we don’t have a flood here. Have a good day, and rest. You work too hard. ♥

    • Norman likes the apple pie the best also. Each fall I cut apples into disposable pie plates, put on the sugar and spices and freeze them. When they are frozen I take them out of the pie plates and put them into gallon freezer bags and put four into a two gallon bag and back into the freezer. I put up a dozen or more like this then all winter and summer whenever Norman wants an apple pie I can just make a fresh crust, pop one of the frozen apple pies into the crust and cook it. There is no difference in the taste as long as I don’t freeze the crust with it and it is so easy to do. I remember those floods every spring. While we had the cottages the flood never got to the main house but the year after we sold the place the new owner sent us a picture of them in a boat right by the house so that year it made it into the cellar of the house. I don’t miss that or the clean up that always went with it but I enjoyed the rest of our life there. This place is very much like that area without the traffic. Stay dry and take care.

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