Rain! Rain! Rain!

Rosemary, I think we have gotten your rain.  I see why you didn’t like it!! We don’t usually get too much rain but we sure have the last two weeks and we are in for it for at least another week.  Yesterday I had to pick the corn in the rain and today I had to pick the raspberries and beets in the rain.

Tuesday we had someone come to see the farm.  As you know we have the farm up for sale and this couple were very interested in it as they want to live off the land as we do.  I was busy all morning making bread and Hungarian Coffee Cake so didn’t get out to the garden.  They people arrived about 10 a.m. and didn’t leave until around 12:30.  They walked all over and looked at everything.  They asked about the gardens and wild animals but never said anything about the corn in the garden.  When we went down to the garden after they left we nearly died.  Something had gotten into the corn and pulled down about one third of it.  Most of it was in the middle so unless they went into the garden they may not have noticed how much damage was done.  Usually the raccoons will take down only what they want to eat that night and they don’t usually run in packs.  The farms at the farmer’s market tell my coyotes like the corn and make a real mess of a garden so maybe that is what got into mine Tuesday night.  Any ways we decided we needed to pick all the corn that was ready and clean up the con that was down but it started to rain very hard and left us no time to do it then so we crossed our fingers and left the garden.  Wednesday morning I went down at 6 a.m. and started picking the corn.  It stayed misty for a while and then started to rain.  I made up my mind I wanted the corn so went right on picking until I had gotten it all.  Norman came down when he got home from his walk and helped me finish up so I didn’t get too wet, at least my underwear was still dry, almost.  We spent the morning and early afternoon cutting the corn off the cobs and canning it.  We got 11 pints.  We will enjoy those this winter and we still have quite a bit of corn left in the garden to mature.  Thursday Norman cleaned up the corn garden and took out all the downed stocks and pulled out about half of the zucchini plants.  They were much to close and I never thinned them as I should have.  When he did that he found 5 big ones that we could not see because the plants were so large and so close together.  I still have to clean up the broccoli plants and pull the old ones as with all this rain I don’t get down to pick the worms off the plants and they are just getting eaten up by the worms so the small side crowns aren’t growing as they should.  This morning I went down at 6a.m. and picked the last of the raspberries.  I had wanted to wait for a nice day but the rain was beating down the berries and if I didn’t do it today I would lose all the last of the raspberries..  I got about 3 cups full and then went up and got the same amount of wild blackberries.  Of course it rain lightly all the time I was out so I got pretty wet but it was worth it  I got two jars of mixed berry jelly from them.  Then I noticed the hosta bed.  The heavy rains have washed up most of my spring bulbs.  It turned out most of that was Norman’s fault as that was where he was dumping all the water from washing the vegetables.  Now we have to go in and replant those bulbs and move the dirt back up to the top of the garden.  All of our gardens are on the side of the mountain so we have very good drainage but when you get two inches or more every day for over a week the ground just can’t absorb any more and all of the water just runs off taking the soil with it.  When I say the bulbs up I knew I had to check the kitchen garden and sure enough the beets were being washed out also.  They we fine but many looked like they were sitting on top of the ground.  There aren’t too many beets as we pulled and canned most of them so I picked what was left and this afternoon we canned three pints of beets and froze two quarts of chopped greens.  Saved those any ways.  Tomorrow I will replant the spring bulbs and take care of the broccoli plants.  I sent for some dill seeds so I can make dill spears from my zucchini and cucumbers.  I had hoped my dill would be ready before I needed to can them but they have not formed seeds yet so will do that Monday.  With the holiday it takes a little longer to get the seeds here.  Now it looks like it is time to feed the humming birds and make some more sugar water for them.  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 Rain! Rain! Rain!

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    We have had two fine days in a row! Sunday or not, John has gone to mow a field for hay. It is to rain as soon as late Tuesday so it must be done today to get dry. He gave up counting the potato plants so they are doing well. There isn’t a sign of any raspberries yet. Strawberries are o nthe market. The store price is $4.00 a quart. We will go to the Annapolis Valley to a U pick and pick ours for $1,50 a quart. I hope your rain soon stops and I hope your property sells fast!

    • Sounds like you growing season is off to a good start. We are just finishing up our gardens; if we were going to be here until fall we would have other things going in but since we have a contract on the house and do hope it goes through correctly, we will just clean up the garden and leave it looking good for the new owners. They will still have green bush bean, green pole beans, Swiss Chard, and parsnips in the garden as well as some beautiful butternut squash. I don’t know if the grapes will ripen before the closing or not. If they do I will make my jelly and juice if not then they get a good crop of grapes. Oh, well that’s how it goes with a farm. There are more than a dozen things to go wrong between the time you see the crop and the time you harvest the crop. I will keep in touch with you when we go to Florida and let you know what we are doing then. It will be very different as at 85 and 83 it is time to slow down just a bit and try something new. I know fishing is one of the things we want to do and we will see what else comes along. Take care.

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