garden with deer protectionHappy Mother’s Day to everyone!  If you are a gardener, you are a mother no matter your sex.  It is a beautiful day, the sun is shining and all is right with the world.  We got 4/10 of an inch of rain yesterday so the gardens are all happy and the children (plants) are growing faster than the weeds so Mother is happy.  The squash has made it’s first appearance and the corn is growing well now.  The crows check out the garden each day and do a lot of talking about it but are smart enough not to try and land in the garden to snack on the young corn plants for if they tried they would be all tangled up in the lines we have strung across the garden.  From the picture above you can see many of the lines we have in the garden.  Since this picture was taken the plants have all grown and we have added lines and the Mint-X strips so there is truly no place for the deer or the crows to land.    This picture is taken with my MacBook, which means things are wrong in the left to right prospective.  The corn is planted and starting to grow to the right (in this picture) of the gate.  The broccoli is almost ready to pick the first plant already and the rutabaga is almost ready to thin.  I never before had good luck with rutabaga so I set the plants closer together than I should have, then the deer got in and ate them down but luckily the deer didn’t like them so didn’t eat the center or lead leaf, only the outside leaves and now they have all come back with a vengeance  and will need to be thinned when they get just a little bigger.  Then I will pull every other one so the other 5 can have room to grow to full size.  Rutabaga grow to 2 or 3 times as big as a big turnip and taste much milder and sweeter.

All the news for today.  I did get a good comment from a guy who has a great site on  growing grapes so if you need help putting in your grapes or getting them to grow better check out his site.  His name is Alexander and you can find him on the comments for “Eater Visitor” .  It is well worth reading-  Holly tell you father about this site he might get some hints for his grapes.    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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3 Responses to HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

  1. Joyce and Don Larrabee says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you…..♥

  2. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog
    and was curious what all is needed to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?

    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% certain. Any recommendations or
    advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

    • Hi, It is not costly to have a blog. Go to http://www.wordpress.com and ask for a site. My grandson helped me to set it up but if you ask them I am sure they will help you. Do get the opposition that lets you approve the comments before they are put on your blog, otherwise you get a lot of spam that has nothing to do with what you are writing about, they only want to sell your viewer something. That was why I read your page to see if it was something my viewers would be interested in and found it very useful. I also got my own domain so instead for having to give out the whole address to my friends, I can just give them “oumapetts.com” and that cost $18 a year but not necessary and really nothing to do with the blog. Let me know when you get set up, I’d love to read your blog.

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