Summer is back

It has been too many days since I last talked with you so now I will show you how everything is growing except the blueberries.  AH–the poor blueberries.  90% of the promise froze in that ice storm the first week in March.  They look now just as they did when we got home which means they died and will never open.  There are a few blueberries that have come from the secondary buds.  These are the ones that would have grown at the end of the season so we will have a few but not enough to freeze for the winter.  If any of the famers were alert enough to cover their bushes before that storm we will be able to buy a couple gallons to freeze otherwise we will have to settle for dried ones from Amazon.

The flowers are looking beautiful.  iris

The iris are in their glory right now.  Each morning I walk around and dead head the ones that died so the next bud on the stock can have room and strength to bloom.  Later the bearded iris will bloom but they come about 3 weeks behind these scented iris.  The hellebore are still blooming nicely as are the bleeding heart. hellabor

bleeding heart

These did not do as well as they did last year, I guess the hard winter took its tole on them. The May flower bush is in full bloom and smells heavenly. may flower

mayflower 2

And if you look very carefully you can see the lilly of the valley. The black eyed Susans and the Chinese lanterns are growing up so fast they hide them.lillie of the valley

lillie of the vally 2

The hosta are growing well every where.  Those in the Hickory grove are getting larger and the deer are now leaving them alone, I covered with netting some of them.hosta bed 1 hosta bed 2

These are the ones in the hosta bed.  In this same bed is some iris and lilies as well as a few other odd plants.  Here are the lilies, they are just budding now. lilliespeones

This is the flower box in front of the studio, Shirley – your peonies are really going to be beautiful this year.  The ants are working the buds and with  whole week of no rain and lots of sun and heat they should bloom this next week or so.  This year if it rains I will pick them and put them in a vase.  They are so big they can not take a rain without tipping right down to the ground.glad bed

glad bed,2

This is two different shots of the glad bed.  As you can see I haven’t gotten to clean it up yet but the glads are coming up anyways and will bloom when they want to even if I don’t get to clean up their bed or not.  And the most important blossom is the berriesblackberry

The blackberries tell you when to plant the tomatoes.  Most years once the blackberries bloom they are no more frosts.  When there is a frost after the blackberry booms it is called a blackberry winter and usually means you lose many plants you were planning on.

The vegetables are all growing well.  Kitchen garden

You don’t get to see the whole garden but you can see that everything is up and doing well. Each day I thin the lettuce for a salad and today I thinned one part of the spinach row and Norman had a big serving of steamed spinach.  I don’t really like the greens so I only eat them when we get so many it is either eat them or freeze them.   spinach


This gives you a better look at the spinach.  I have to thin this out so each plant sits about 6 inches apart.  Tomorrow Joe and the family are coming up for dinner so I will thin these and have fresh steamed spinach and a nice green salad with the green onions and some canned green beans, potatoes and roast pork.  potatoes

The potatoes are all budded and should be blooming this next week, then we can start stealing a few new potatoes to eat, those are always the best.  All seven rows are in very good shape, we should have a good crop this year. cauliflower, onions cabbage and brockily

These are some of the plants we set out. There are broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and onions.  I couldn’t get the whole row but you get the idea. beets, spinach ,bens

These are some of the rows we planted to seeds, there are beets, spinach, Swiss Chard and broccoli. All of them are up but have a long way to go to catch up to the kitchen garden.  green beans

The green beans are up good but as always some spots the beans didn’t come up and some beans came up but don’t have any leaves.  If there are still blank spots when the broccoli gets big enough to need thinning I will transplant some into the blank spots.  I hate to waste any ground.  corn

The corn is up and we have managed to keep the crows out so far.  In a week or so Norman will thin the corn and plant a been seed in between each corn. There are seven rows of corn also.  That seems to be the magic number.lower end of garden

Again I couldn’t get the whole garden in but this does show you a good part of it.   This week we have been doing more cleaning up.  Norman has brought down to the burn barrels all the brush piles that the kids and he pick up and I have been burning them. Norman moving brush and feled trees

This is Norman moving the brush and trees that fell during the ice storm.  Picking up the brush and trees is only the first step, second we have to cut it up small enough to fit into the burn barrels and bring it to the barrels. After you burn it you have to empty the ashes and when they cool they have to be moved to the woods where they are needed to fill the holes .Norman moving brush and feled trees

He uses these small long poles for fences.  Norman moving ashes

These ashes are now cooled and now he is moving them to the woodland path and Monday he will empty the barrels so I can start new fires in both barrels.  Norman still has more brush and felled trees to bring in, the only thing is they aren’t in nice piles any more.  Now he has to cut them up and pick them up first.  path to the bluff

Beyond the lower garden is the wild blueberries and the path to the bluff.  We have picked up most of the blueberry patch and Landen cut up the big tree that fell across the path to the bluff.  This is the beginning of that path. path to the bluff with wood r=to move

A short way down the path you came to the first of the large logs that need to be brought to the barrels and beyond this is more brush and smaller trees to be cut up.  0ver view of garden from bluff path

This is the lower garden looking at it from the path to the bluff, it is the only way you can see the whole garden at once.   The gate is one we brought back from Florida, it was a piece left over from a project he had to do at our house there.  zuchinni

The zucchini is up as is the butternut squash and the summer squash.raspberry roots

Last picture, these are some of the raspberry roots that I transplanted out of the raspberry bed.  When they spread into the path I take them out and trade then with a woman in McMinnville for her broccoli.  Her husband raises lots of broccoli and she make all kinds of jams and jellies but she has trouble getting raspberry.  I give her berries and roots so she can get a good patch of her own going and I get all the broccoli to freeze.  I like trading the best.  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 Summer is back

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Our temperature today was 70 degrees- the highest so far this spring. We can still see patches of snow. There is still ice in some of the lakes but ours is clear. We will plant one day! Your garden looks lovely!

    • Thank you. I think all the weeding we did before tilling really paid off. We can not get any more horse manure as the farmer we got it from for five years is not boarding horses any more so that means we are not importing any more weed seeds and it is easier to keep the weeds under control. I guess it is true, every cloud has it’s silver lining. Now instead of using a tea made from the manure and water to side dress the plants I am using Supper Rainbow which is a 13-13-13 with added minerals and the plants are responding well to it.

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