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When inspiration hits dirt

22 Apr

Back ground: Winter 2021. When will pandemic end? Seed catalogs: Shumway and Jung. Delightful dreams of spring planting. Adventure! For the first time I ordered strawberry, raspberry and asparagus roots.

The good news (maybe) is that I reconsidered where to plant strawberries and asparagus to prevent them from becoming snacks for wildlife. These are my trials/experiments…what’s my vision?

Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards, Wales

The Family Garden Plan by Melissa Norris, Oregon

Both are excellent! Great photos.

Several years ago, I followed the Instagram account (grandoakfarmtn) of Grand Oak Farm’s launch of a three season three acre project to supply farmer’s market with fruit, vegetables and flowers. I could see what they were doing, but I did not comprehend how it was orchestrated. Some areas of the field were planted with three different crops. What? How did they go together? Veg in One Bed (with photos) discusses three season gardening plan. However, as helpful as the plan is, it did not include examples with my favorite produce.

I turned to The Family Garden Plan which focuses on “likes” and growing quantities to supply the home kitchen year round. Very well done. Bible verses introduce each chapter. Illustrations and planning charts are outstanding.

My long term memory (40 years ago) of the kitchen gardens of Colonial Williamsburg Virginia kicked in. Ah! Ha! Charming. Fruits. Vegetables. Herbs. Flowers. Right out the back door. Narrow paths. Three season. Less than 1/2 acre.

Hmmmmm. There’s a future post on this subject. ūüėČ

Makes cents!

18 Nov

“Regenerative agriculture claims that the solution doesn‚Äôt lie in new technology or mass machinery. It may be right in front of us: livestock.”

Check out this article from the Huffington Post:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/meat-save-planet-regenerative-farming_l_5d261f7ae4b0583e482b0192?guccounter=1

 

Check out this article from Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group:

https://www.ssawg.org/ssawg-blawg/2019/8/15/the-impossible-pasture

‚ÄúWe have this huge planetary food system enhanced by synthetic fertilizers and chemicals, but there are ways to balance that out now, and that‚Äôs through raising animals in balance with the ecosystem‚Äôs restoration. Nothing else can do what a cow or sheep or buffalo can do.‚ÄĚ

– Jack Algiere, farm director at Stone Barns for Food and Agriculture

 

 

Baby Kiwis

25 Jun

June 2019: ¬†Woo! Hoo! In this photo…blurry, baby kiwis!

Baby kiwis

Apparently, I focused on the the one top-left of center.  Three in this photo!

It has taken two years for this perennial plant to mature and bear fruit. ¬†Also, we have had significant rain fall this season. ¬†The vines have grown over ten feet long. ¬†Hopefully, the vines will meet the arbor between the house and garden shed…may not be this year. ¬†(I would have planted if closer, if I had understood how it grew.)

May 2018: ¬†Last year’s great expectations deflated. ¬†Here we “grow” again! ¬†Our perennial kiwi vine has a strong start for this season. ¬†It is front and center in the photo below with four vines. ¬†So far, the longest one is over three feet long.

May 2017: ¬†Yesterday, we were pleasantly surprised to find potted “Hardy Kiwi” for $12 at Cox’s Plant Farm. ¬†I thought kiwi grew on trees like apples or cherries. ¬†It is a vine that prefers a trellis to support perhaps 100 fruit. ¬†We’ll let you know how we did.

http://ediblelandscaping.com/careguide/Kiwi/

 

2019 Garden Expansion: May Update

8 May

 

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https://www.rhshumway.com

  1. Gourds (future crafty bird houses and dippers) started in egg cartons on the kitchen counter…they started sprouting I moved them to larger biodegradable containers.
  2. Hummingbird plant and zinnia seeds have been in an outdoor container for a couple of weeks
  3. Trial for fruit trees started with 1 persimmon, then 2 apples and 2 pears, 1 peach and 1 fig.
  4.  More Annual flowers:  Snapdragon, Bells of Ireland, Cockscomb to be planted

Expect future posts on my garden expansion project.

 

Kiwi for gardening

24 May

May 2018: ¬†Last year’s great expectations deflated. ¬†Here we “grow” again! ¬†Our perennial kiwi vine has a strong start for this season. ¬†It is front and center in the photo below with four vines. ¬†So far, the longest one is over three feet long.

May 2017: ¬†Yesterday, we were pleasantly surprised to find potted “Hardy Kiwi” for $12 at Cox’s Plant Farm. ¬†I thought kiwi grew on trees like apples or cherries. ¬†It is a vine that prefers a trellis to support perhaps 100 fruit. ¬†We’ll let you know how we did.

http://ediblelandscaping.com/careguide/Kiwi/

 

A Swedish holiday tradition

23 Dec

St. Lucia crown holiday tradition

Merry Christmas

Carol, is this the 20th year you have made the St. Lucia Crown bread?

Background information from the web:

https://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/sweden.shtml

 

Friday Photos: Cake

8 Dec

Heavenly! ¬†This year’s Christmas decorations at The Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis ¬†feature pink roses and swans. ¬†Gail and I shared a pot of Afghan Chai tea in real cups and saucers. ¬†The owners are American entrepreneurs at their best…service, style and quality! ¬†The press release is out announcing the opening their second shop in Carmel, IN.

Carol and Gail

Our December birthdays tradition at the Cake Bake Shop in Indianapolis.

https://thecakebakeshop.com

Check this out:  The Cake Bake Shop makes Oprah Winfreys O List!

http://www.bakemag.com/Trends/News/News-Home/2018/1/Indianapolis-bakery-to-be-featured-in-Oprah-Winfreys-O-List.aspx?cck=1

From Houzz: Beautiful dining rooms from around the world

2 Nov

 

Hot Dog! A New Sink

18 Jul
Hot dog!  An old fashioned exclamation of pleasure plus the introduction to my short story.

Best value!  $1.5o foot long hot dog and soda at Costco stores (Note:  chicken caesar salads are also great for $4).  We shared this opinion with Mom, who said she had not had a hot dog in a long time.  Next thing we know, she and Dad ate hot dogs when they ate out and bought some at the grocery.  Of course when we go to the grocery, we are thinking hot dogs and buy some to take home.  The twist in the story comes, when we discovered all our condiments had expired (it had been that long since we had hot dogs at home).  
I proceed to empty contents in the compost bin, some went thru the disposal, followed by disposing the bottles for recycling. ¬†A couple of days later…under the old sink…it smells like ketchup and mustard. ¬†The disposal failed. ¬†New disposal ordered…hmmm…outlet and hoses and connections should be updated…might as well replace the sink too! ¬†(The almond finish of the old sink went with the appliances we replaced 10 years ago.) ¬†One thing leads to another and it may start with hot dogs. ¬†Happy National Hot Dog Day 2017, Wednesday July 19th!

Kiwi for gardening

16 May

Yesterday, we were pleasantly surprised to find potted “Hardy Kiwi” for $12 at Cox’s Plant Farm. ¬†I thought kiwi grew on trees like apples or cherries. ¬†It is a vine that prefers a trellis to support perhaps 100 fruit. ¬†We’ll let you know how we did.

http://ediblelandscaping.com/careguide/Kiwi/