LOVE that Garden!

AA blueberries  This morning I picked the last of the small broccoli heads and pulled the plants-  Norman  pulled the spinach plants, then cultivated the row and planted Swiss Chard while I cleaned the spinach and got it ready to cook.  We had a problem with the kitchen drain so were late getting into the garden so decided not to freeze any of the spinach instead I will stir fry some of it with the broccoli, snow peas and a couple asparagus  spears and save a bag of spinach for tomorrow.  Then I picked cabbage worms out of the cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts .  The plants are getting so big Norman just had to measure them.  The cabbage plants are a four foot diameter and starting to head up nicely. The cauliflower plans are a three foot diameter and getting little heads on them.  Right now they are nice and white and the inner leaves are protecting them from the sun, when the head gets too big for the inner leaves to protect them I will bring those big outer leaves up and secure them with a cloths pin to blanch the heads.  The Brussel Sprouts are not as impressive but almost as big.  The corn is growing fast and tomorrow he will measure that for me also.   Norman stayed to work in the garden just a bit and I came back up to house.  The blueberries are getting so big and loaded I just had to take a picture of them to see if you could see them, I just couldn’t wait for them to turn blue to get the picture.   That is the picture at the top of this post.  That is one branch of one of the plants- there are 8 plants that loaded and 4 that are not as large.  Good blueberries this year.  Then I took other pictures around the house to show you what is happening in these small gardens. AA grapes2These are the grapes.  They are small right now but loaded.  The next picture shows you a bunch up close.   There are 4 concord grape plants and 2 table grape plants.

AA grapesNext in line on the north side of the house is the raspberry plants.  This shows how far along they are, just budded and no where near as many as last year but still a good crop.AA raspberriesOn the east side of the house we have the hosta bed and the lilies  are are at one end of that bed.  The tea rose is blooming and loaded with buds but the lilies will be next. AA lilliesThere are 9 big plants with 4 to 6 big bud on each so when they bloom they are beautiful.  that is my studio where I go to sew in the back ground and you can just see the Georgia wild rose that I brought with me when we moved. Here is a better picture of that.AA wild Georga Rose On the south side of the house is the fruit trees or I should say jungle.  We planted them much too close together but who knew things would grow so well here ! There are no apples this year again, one cherry- that’s right, just one cherry but that is one more than the tree had last year or the year before.  Usually the peach trees (2) do the best but this year the peaches are few and far between. AA- PeachesLast year we got about 6pears, this year the Moon Glow Pear is loaded.  Here is just one branch of it. AA PearsAnd lastly, not to be over looked – between the hosta bed and the studio is the kitchen garden where my peas are still growing and see my beautiful beets.AA beets We are eating those now also and will have to pick them soon and freeze them for winter.  Have a great day and drop a note, I look forward to hearing from you.  Rosemary, thanks for the information, now I have you placed in the family-  You must have a large farm with animals and all – I sure know the work that goes with that.  Keep well, sending lots of love your way.

 

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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1 Response to LOVE that Garden!

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Your pictures are just beautiful! You certainly must have rich soil. Our blueberries and raspberries are not in blossom yet but the wild strawberry blossoms are numerous. John’s farm is not large; he keeps a few cattle and a horse plus lots of cats!

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