More Work on the Farm

Yesterday I cooked all morning and Norman worked in the garden.  Today Norman sprayed the fruit tree and then put some on the beans.  If we don’t spray the fruit trees we never get to eat any of the fruit as they are so full of worms.  We never let the old fruit stay on the ground but it makes no difference the worms come as soon as the fruit is set so as soon as the fruit sets and begins to grow we spray with liquid seven and repeat this every two weeks until a month before we pick the fruit and we have had good luck with that.  A farmer at the farmer’s market taught me that trick.   Now I need to find out what is eating my beans.  They have not wiped me out but I can see where they have nibbled on some.  I had put the Mint-X strips down at the other end of the garden near the corn so now will put some up at the other end and on the lines over the beans and see if it is a skunk or rabbit and see if that keeps them out.  Today I weeded the tomatoes and tied them up.  Yesterday in the afternoon we got a good down pour, a little over 1/2 inch and and lots of wind so three of the plants were knocked over.  I tied them all up .  They are all budded and a couple are blooming so they will need the extra support soon anyways.  While I weeded I picked off the sucker so the plants will grow straight and strong.  The first group of tomatoes are coming on the stocks about a foot off the ground, they should get about six clusters before they reach the tops of the stakes.  Then I weeded and hilled the onions, leeks and the few beets we have down in the big garden.  By then I was so hot I just picked my spinach for dinner and come up for a shower.  Tomorrow I need to weed the parsnips and pick the broccoli for dinner.  I like to have at least three vegetables for diner and I don’t have any left overs for tomorrow except some of the spinach I cooked today. I am planning on stewed chicken with sweet potato and green beans so the spinach and broccoli  will make my dinner complete.

Patty, I got a pineapple corer.  It is made to take the pineapple out of the plant all cored and sliced just as you get it in the can, then you can use the shell as  glass for a pineapple drink.  I hope it works well- I got a nice big pineapple this week at Walmart and will try it and let you know how it does.  If it works well I will give it to you to use on this years pineapples at your house and then get it when I come down so I will have it to use when in Florida.

Time to go do a little sewing.  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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