Back to the Garden Work

The sun is finally out and we can work in the garden.  There is a lot to do there but first things first and picking things that are mature and need preserving is the first order of business.  So when the bell rang at 6 this morning Norman got up and went for his two mile walk and I got the chicken into the crockpot with some onion, green beans, celery  and sweet potato.  That will cook all morning and be ready to eat at noon without having to do any extra cooking, leaving us free to work in the garden.  Right after breakfast I went to the kitchen garden and began picking the spinach.  Norman joined me an we stripped the kitchen garden of spinach and got two half bushel baskets full.  Then I washed and cleaned the spinach, getting my big stew pot full to over flowing with nice spinach leaves ready to be blanched and frozen while Norman weeded and cultivated the top row and has that all ready to plant some bush beans.  The peas are all blooming and look good.  The part row in the middle he will cultivate and plant mored lettuce.  Then I pulled lettuce plants that were starting to bolt and got two half bushel baskets of that to freeze.  By that time it was 10 a.m. and that means get the left over vegetable into the warmer for dinner and take a short break.  Norman has his coffee and country biscuit and I have water and nuts, he rests and rest as I write my blog.  As soon as I am done here I go back down to the kitchen in the cellar and wash the lettuce so we can blanch the lettuce and spinach and get that frozen before dinner at noon.   Time to leave– 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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