Things are growing fast now. Today we had a meal of green beans and zucchini to go with the salad and potatoes out of the garden. From now until we leave for the winter we will be able to get the whole meal except for the four ounces of meat each, right from the garden. The new vegetable from the garden are so good, they taste so much better when you can cook them within an hour of picking them. We have already frozen bok choy , spinach. broccoli, and cauliflower. I don’t grow the broccoli myself but I do trade raspberries for fresh picked broccoli. I give her two quarts of raspberries for a shopping bag full to over flowing of broccoli. I now have 18 meals of frozen broccoli and four meal fresh and owe her six quarts of raspberries as soon as they are ready.
Joe and his father-in-law took the six raspberry roots I had potted and I will dig up some more roots for Joe when the berries are done producing. They are running about two weeks behind last year, we had such a cool spring and so much rain but the berries don’t mind, they are loaded and just waiting for the sun to ripen.
Today we switched to DSL so it will be easier to get my blog out each day. Before I had dial up and it took about twenty minutes just to get on line and ready to write. I never seemed to have the time to get it done. No excuses now, I got right on tonight. That also means I have a new email address – email@example.com I will try to drop each of you a note to give you the address also. 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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Good Morning~~Sounds like your garden is doing good. Would love to sit down at your table. We use to have our own garden and lived off it. Look forward to hearing from you. Sounds like Joe has settled down there. Nice to have him close to you. Have a good day.♥
Hi Joyce, Nice to hear from you. I have yet to get my new email address connected correctly with my blog but hope to today. The gardens are doing wonderfully, my only problem is I can’t work very long because my face is covered with poison ivy and when I get hot it hurts so much I can’t stand it! So tomorrow morning I will go down and work on the tomatoes from 6 am to breakfast and only about an hour after breakfast because by 9:30 the sun gets in there and drives me out. We put up the last support wire and now I am tieing them to that and trimming off the very bottom leaves so the air can get through them. As soon as I finish that it will be time to cut off the tops of them so they don’t try and go any higher than 5 1/2 feet tall and will then put all their energy into making large juicy tomatoes. Right now they are loaded with small tomatoes, blossoms, and buds. Any branch that doesn’t have one of those things on them are nothing but suckers so I cut them off so it doesn’t look so much like a jungle, with 110 plants it is enough like a jungle anyways.
Joe and his family love their new house and location. Holly and their daughter Laura have gone back to OK with her parents for a week or so to be with her mother while her father is in the hospital for an operation. Then they will come back as soon as he is home and her mother can care for him. Joe and the two boys are at home working on the landscaping and interviewing for a job. Everyone has some poison ivy but that is our only complaint so it isn’t too bad. It is wonderful to have him so close. We will really get to know the grand kids now! Have a good day, and take care of yourselves.