Kitchen Garden

A little cooler today and cloudy all day but still a beautiful day for working in the garden.  I worked on my genealogy when Norman went for a walk, I finished the Carver Line but that one does not go very far.  I got them back to Germany but only five generations starting with Grace so Rosemary, if you go any farther let me know, O.K?  Then I started the Bliss line, this one goes back 21 generations.  I am putting the lines on a chart so we can see at a glance how far back I have been able to trace the families.

After breakfast we went out to work on the gardens.  Norman tilled the kitchen garden.  It used to be small but each year it get just a little longer and now is 23 feet long and three triple rows wide.  While he was tilling I finished up the grapes and go the lower board back in place to hold the soil when it rains hard.  I also had to pull some of that soil back up into the garden to cover some of the roots that had risen to the top.  After break Norman was ready to plant.  He had three raised rows ready to plant with two broad isles between.  Norman planted some lettuce while I did a little plot of Swiss Chard, a small plot of turnips and 2 pounds of onion set then a small plot of carrots and radishes together.  That was all in top row.  This kitchen garden is just for eating fresh.  We don’t plant enough of any one thing to can mostly.  The onions I put in very close together as they are for green onions, the ones I want to grow large I put down in the large garden.  Norm planted the whole middle row in spinach, three rows wide.  Then as it grows I thin and we have our first two meal of spinach with the small plants I thin out.  Then I went into the grove and started cleaning out the flower gardens.  The last row which is the widest Norman planted three rows of beets but he ran out of beet seed so he finished it off with more spinach.  Norman finished up putting things away and cleaning up the yard while I took the afternoon off.  I am glad to report my left leg and hip has not hurt at all today.  I am careful the way I walk but I do think the bending and streaching that  is needed to weed and plant has really fixed my leg.  Who would have thought that would happen?  Now you know why I just forget about it when things go wrong, they usually work themselves out if I don’t stress about it.   Tomorrow it is calling for rain so I will bake and get that done for the week end when Joe and Family are coming again to help finish cleaning up the grove and burn the brush.  They are a God sent.  They make an impossible job manageable.  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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2 Responses to Kitchen Garden

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Hello, Carol,
    I have been working at our Carver history and I should have had it done long ago. What address shoudl I send it to? It will probably get to be a bit lengthy.

    Our snowbanks, where it is plowed and piled, are probably six feet high. No planting here for awhile! It is sunny and above freezing today so the eaves are dripping. It is expected there will be great flooding. Everyone is hoping for a gentle melt.


    • Hi Rosemary, I am so glad we missed the snow and ice here but it will take another couple months before we get all the damage from that last ice storm cleaned up. Today we are burning – we do all our burning in big burn barrels so we don’t have to get a permit to burn and we don’t have the danger of fire. Being here in the middle of the woods we do need to keep that in mind whenever we burn, even in the barrel so we don’t stack them too full and have the fire fall out or on a windy day so the sparks don’t head for the dry leaves or woods.
      I am very interested in the Carver history. I only go back to your great grandfather and is no help with the Canadian Carver. They have the Kentucky branch that came from England and landed in Virginia then migrated to Kentucky but I don’t see any connection with my branch and that line. I got my father’s line, Thayer, all the way back to Adam and Eve thanks to the research done by others and recorded on But unless other people hire a researcher I don’t get too far back. One of Norman’s line has gone back quite far but that was because a family member went to France and researched the line there. We can’t afford to do that!! I did have my DNA done by and found I come from Great Britain 42% Europe West- 29% Scandinavia – 11% Italy/Greece 5%, Ireland – %% Iberian Peninsula 4% Europe East-2% Finland/Northwest Russia -<1% and European Jewish -< 1%. There really was no surprise there as my mother's side all come from England and Ireland while my father's side come mostly from Germany and England. So to have them report I am 100% from Europe Region was what I expected. I will be watching for your history. Please send it to Carol Petts . 138 Raccoon Trail, Spencer, TN USA 38585 With this address is it any wonder we have trouble with raccoons in our corn?? Love Carol

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