Need Rain !!

We have been having a very dry period now for two weeks and the gardens really need some good rain.  They forecast rain but we don’t get it here on the mountain.  Even this week when they warned us all it could be very serious rain and high winds, we got very light rain and most of that never made it to the ground so we have had to water the gardens.  My book says the plants need one inch of rain each week so we water every other day when it gets dry like this and at least the gardens look good but a good rain is needed now.  We have very good drainage but that doesn’t act as a plus when it is dry.  They promise a good rain Friday so say a pray with us.

This week we froze 5 quarts of spinach.  I did it differently this year.  Before I blanched it and then froze the spinach but this year I read you don’t need to blanch it so I followed that direction.  I washed the spinach good, spun it dry and then chopped it and stuffed the quart bag as full as I could make it and sealed and froze.  They look good, it will still not be like fresh spinach but I will be able to fry it and have it much better without the water to make it so water logged.  Norman loves it with a little cheese grated on top.

We are still having a salad every day and it still tastes great.  Still plenty green onions and everything is growing well too.  The turnips are coming along fast now and I should be able to steal a couple small ones for a stew this weekend.  The potatoes are done blooming so as soon as I finish the last small bag I got are done we will dig a few to have fresh.

Joe and family will be busy for the next two or three weeks so will not be here on Sundays.  They made sure to come each week while we needed them the most to get the gardens plants and the place picked up from the ice storm so now I hope they get a chance to get some rest.  It is hard when you have to spend every day off from work- working on your parents farm and I do thank them very much.  Now get some rest and have a day off for yourselves.  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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