In Heaven Again

A farm may not be heaven to everyone but to me it is the nearest thing to heaven on earth that I know of.
A school teacher without a class room to teach is happy all summer but when Labor Day comes and she still has no class room she is the most miserable person and will take any job offered to her. The same is true of a farmer, comes spring and you have no garden to plow or plant and life isn’t worth living. Two weeks ago that was me!! Then I got this ad. It came in my order from Omaha Steaks. . It isn’t this: . But it looked good and got me thinking. I can’t have a garden here because Norman is not here to till up the soil and help me plant but maybe with these grow boxes I can still have a garden. I talked about it with Patty and she said she would help me get the potting soil and help me fill the boxes so I ordered ten of them.
Today they arrived!! FedX delivered them in two big boxes. I could not carry those so I asked the man who delivered them if he would Please bring them into the house and wait for me to get him a tip. He wasn’t smiling when I got back, he had just setting down the second box and was leaving. He was smiling when he left a few seconds later. I stopped him, thanked him and gave him a $5 bill. He was surprised and pleased and asked what was in the boxes that made me so happy. I told him and he laughed and wished me luck. I think everyone should tip anyone who brings you packages but most of the time they come and leave the boxes before I can get a dollar bill to give them. It really means a lot to people to get a tip and a thank you once in a while. You don’t miss the dollar and if everyone did the it would make delivering things so much nicer for the poor guy that has to lug all those boxes for people.
Anyways I opened them and wanted to start right away but Patty will not be home for another ten days so I have to wait for her. Then I got to dreaming and decided I don’t have to wait at all and I don’t have to buy plants to put in my boxes, I can get seeds now and start them so they will be ready to go into the boxes when we get them ready and I won’t be pushing Patty so much to get them going the minute she gets home.
So I ordered the seeds from Amazon, I got the peat pots and starter soil and when they come on Wednesday I will start my seeds. I will be able to grow all my own vegetable and even have some for the family. I will have James help me, he loves working outside and growing things so I think he will have a ball and I will have someone to talk to as I work.
Last week I ordered a few things I needed to make farming easier, I got a large watering can and a small one for my tower of herbs, I got the herb spikes, the tomato blossom end rot spray and a couple other little things like that and that all came today too so I am ready to farm!! Oh, one of my boxes will be for strawberries and I have ordered a blackberry bush as the advertisement said you can grow bushes or small trees in these boxes and I know Gina loves blackberries think of the fun she will have if she can go out and pick her own blackberries in her own back yard!
This morning I used my power grass clippers and trimmed around ten of the sea grapes. That is hard work and I could only do ten this morning so will do another ten tomorrow and finish those up on Thursday. Then on Thursday or Friday I’ll trim around the blueberries. Those are all doing well. The birds love the blueberries and I even get a few. I really planted them for the birds so don’t mind a bit when they come in for breakfast. I will put out some seeds for the birds now that Otis has decided he like to chase the squirrels. It will give him expercise that he really needs and will keep the squirrels up on the phone lines instead of on our lawn or under my cottage.
Our neighbors both have cats but they don’t bother the birds as Otis love to run after them and they run as soon as they see him coming. Some days they try to sneak past our yard but Otis sees them and run after them. He could not catch them because there is a fence around our yard and he can’t get out and they can’t get in with him here so they are in no danger of getting hurt. I don’t think Otis would hurt them if he did catch one, he just like to see them run and he has no one to play with.
As I get the garden going I’ll keep you all posted on it’s progress. They may turn out to be the most expensive vegetables but I know they will be the best tasting ones. There is nothing better than fresh vegetable right out of the garden.
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 In Heaven Again

  1. Shanti says:

    I total understand! I start pots inside each spring in March … and then usually put them in the garden too early and they freeze. But I just can’t help it. I must have inherited farmer genes.

    • I would have been better off if I had done this in March. Most of the things I put in will no doubt die of the heat here but I will try to give them some shade and plenty of water so maybe they will produce for me. I’ll talk nicely to them and that helps too.

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