The Best Time of Year!!

Up early this morning and out to the garden.  I first started to pull violets out of my hosta bed and spread the load of mulch that Norman brought up for me.  I worked until my back told me it was a lost cause and I quit.  Photo on 4-9-15 at 2.59 PM #3

These are the violets just outside the hosta bed and as long as they stay there I like them but each flower turns into hundreds of seeds and they all blow into my garden.  Because the whole land is so steep it is hard to grow grass on this land.

Photo on 4-9-15 at 3.00 PMThis is just beside the hosta bed and you can see there isn’t much grass here and if I pull the violets there would be nothing holding the hill in the rain.  We do reseed each year but I decided to let the violets grow wherever they want to and stop the fight.  Then I side dressed the aspagrus bed, we had our first meal of aspagrus yesterday and will get another meal in a day or two.  Then fed the raspberries and started on the blueberries when Norman called me in for breakfast, he was back from his walk.  After breakfast we went to McMinnville and got 9 broccoli, 9 cauliflower, 9 cabbage, 3 different pepper plants, Texas sweet onion set and sweet red onion sets, a rosemary plant and 3 sweet basil plants.  Tomorrow we will plant these in the lower garden.  As we came home I got to see our apple trees from the back side as we drove down the drive way, and what a beautiful sight.Photo on 4-9-15 at 2.56 PM

You can see that both apple trees have blossoms, both the winesap and the golden delicious so there should be a nice apple crop with good cross pollination.   That reminded me I never showed you the dogwood trees.  We lost many of them this spring when that awful ice storm hit. Photo on 4-9-15 at 2.57 PM

This shows two of the trees that made it.  Each year there are fewer and fewer dog wood trees but the ones that do make it are so pretty.  Photo on 4-9-15 at 2.57 PM #2

These are the grape, they are starting to open.  Each little bud opens and gets a bunch of grapes and a longer branch with another cluster of grapes so as of now it looks like a good crop.  You can see we keep the ground under the grapes very clean so the black blight does not get them again this year. Photo on 4-9-15 at 3.01 PM

In the rock garden things are beginning to grow.  You saw the hellebores last time, this time  here  is one English Primrose. I moved most of them las year out into the grove, this is one I missed.  They are a vey pretty little flower but they can’t stand up to the vica major or the black eyed susans so I moved them.  Note the hosta in the back ground.  I moved two hosta plants into this bed three years ago and now I have 5 or 6 in here , they just seed over from the hosta bed further down the hill.  Photo on 4-9-15 at 3.02 PM

These are the ones I transplanted.  The lilie of the valley are up also now and at the lower end of the bed is the bleeding heart.Photo on 4-9-15 at 3.00 PM #2

Getting bigger every day.

Photo on 4-9-15 at 2.59 PM #2This is the snowball bush and it is budded well also.  Photo on 4-9-15 at 2.59 PM

This is the Chinese bittersweet I transplanted last year.  I tried growing one of these in  Blairsville and after 7 years all I ever got was a two foot vine.  Here I put it up next to the porch with an arbor and that one grew up the arbor and tried to grow up the side of the house to the upper porch.  Norman kept cutting it back as he says all it is is a supper high way for the ants to our kitchen.  Now I keep it cut way back there and hope this year to dig it up and put it some place where it can grow all it like.  It has red and yellow berries on in the fall and makes a wonderful fall bouquet,,Photo on 4-9-15 at 2.58 PM

This is the kitchen garden, the spinach is growing well as is the turnips ,onions and lettuce.  the beets are just up on the right hand side of the garden.  Now I need to side dress these.  Photo on 4-7-15 at 1.29 PM

The hickory grove is pretty well cleaned up now and is a nice walk down to the big garden.  I do love the spring, everything changes from day to day as new flowers bloom and everything turns green.  The iris are budding and the purple scented ones will be blooming soon.  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 The Best Time of Year!!

  1. dph says:

    thought you might enjoy this 🙂

    Maple Roasted Parsnip Chips
    1.1 pounds Parsnips
    1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted
    3 Tablespoons Maple Syrup

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (392°F) and get out an oven proof dish.
    Peel the parsnips and cut them into chip sized pieces and place into the oven proof dish.
    Pour over the coconut oil and distribute evenly.
    Drizzle over the maple syrup and stir to combine well.
    Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
    Remove from the oven and toss the parsnips over to allow the other side to brown.
    Place back in the oven and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes or until golden.
    Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before serving to the family.

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