Wild and busy spring!

The garden is all planted and growing well.  We have had more rain this spring than normal and many areas are flooding but we are doing well.  Last week we had over three inches in two days and then in less than a week we had another four inches in two days but all of the gardens just drank it up and didn’t even get puddles while other farms were flooded.  We have had to water only once this spring.  We get our inch every week like clock work.  We got in a hundred potatoes plants and they are large enough now to have some of them blooming.  We should be able to get some small potatoes to eat next week or the week after.  We put in 114 tomato plants and have lost only three so should get enough tomatoes to make sauce for everyone in the family.  They are growing well and this next week we will need to tie the them up to the first supports.  We have been eating the lettuce and green onions and now have the second planting of lettuce up.  The only trouble we had was poor germination this spring and guess the problem was the ground was too cold for the early planting. Weather wise we are about a month behind last year but things are back to normal now.  We have been eating the rhubarb and that is so good made into a flummery (sauce)  I serve it with any meat dish and put it into the apple pie to give it an extra zip.  This is the first year for rhubarb.  We have had about three weeks of asparagus and last night had our last meal of it for this year.  It is time now to let it go to seed to build up their roots.  Next year we will have more as we will be able to cut some of the new roots we put in last year.  The summer squash is up and getting larger every day, the one row of green beans are doing well and getting little buds.  The bok choy is not far from being ready to pick, we have 24 plants growing well.  We also have Brussel sprouts, green peppers, beets, and butternut squash up and growing but a long way from eating those.  We have had one meal of spinach and will have more tomorrow.  Norman put in a second planting of spinach but it is not up yet and the kolrabi is not up yet.  Last week we put in 50 leek plants and they have enjoyed to rain we got today.   The blue berries, both wild and cultivated are getting large and should be ready to pick in a couple weeks.  The raspberries are budding and look like we will have a great crop.  The grapes are loaded but have not bloomed yet.  The Moon Glow pear tree has about a dozen pears on it and a robin nesting in their branches.  She has a fit when we go near the tree.  The Bartlet pear has a few pears way up high but not too many, this is its first year to bear.  The peach trees both have far more peaches on them than I thought they would have so we are pleased with them.  The poor apples still aren’t doing much.  They had flowers this year but I can’t see that they set any fruit.  Time will tell on those.

May 30th Joe closes on his house and they will move in on the 31st.  Can’t wait to have them near.  Have a good 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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3 Responses to Wild and busy spring!

  1. dphann says:

    Glad to hear more about the farm ! We have missed your postings..

  2. dphann says:

    We are happy to hear more about the farm!! 🙂 We missed reading your postings.

    • I hope things settle down here now so I can get on each day and keep you posted on our progress. We do seem to keep too busy for 80 year olds but as long as we have the energy I guess we will keep it up. Norman is putting a little more ground under cultivation. We promised each other we would not expand the gardens this year but the soil is so good and it was just such a natural place to enlarge one of the gardens we could not resist. We no longer have a free supply of manure so will have to buy a few bags of it for the enlargements but that is not bad as we didn’t make them much bigger. Patty will be up in July and share in the bounty. Keep well. Best always – Ouma Petts

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