Finished the Spinach

Very busy morning!!  We started by cleaning up the big wash tub in the back yard so we could wash the spinach out there and keep the wet mess out of the cellar kitchen.  Then right after breakfast we both went out to the kitchen garden and pulled the spinach plants. Then we picked off the good leaves on each plant and put them into the wash tub.  Norman washed them while I finished picking them off the stocks and putting the stocks and old leaves on the compost pile.  We got the water bath canner, the big stew pot and the great big bowl all full of nice fresh crisp spinach leaves.  We then took those into the county kitchen in the cellar and chopped them up, bagged them and they are now all in the freezer – 13 more quarts giving us 20 quarts in all.  We got done with that just in time for break and for me start dinner.  We had chicken and dumplings, potatoes from the garden, beet greens with small beets, from the garden, salad from the garden, and the left over sweet potatoes and Brussell sprouts.   Good dinner but cooking always takes a long time to do right.  This come out wonderfully and now that dinner is all cleaned up and tomorrow’s planned Norman is taking his nap and I am taking a rest.  This afternoon Norman will finish mowing the lawn and pick up around outside.  I will finish up a few odds and ends here in the house.  Tomorrow we will clean  house and write my letters in the morning and then clean up the spinach rows then on Monday I will transplant some more of the extra broccoli plants into the short row and Wednesday we will get more bush been seeds for Norman to plant in the other row.  The beans in the lower garden are starting to bud so it won’t be long before we will have beans to eat.  This new planting will be mostly for canning.  We need about 100 quarts this year but we’ll see how many of those we can get. Time to finish up the day.  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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