66 posts categorized "Garden"

planting garlic

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Planting

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Since Jim was starting to feel better we planted about 100 garlic cloves.  He stood there and made the hole for me and I crawled on the ground planting the garlic.  The weather finally warmed up enough for us to get out there.  I could have done it myself but I think the nice warmer weather actually did Jim some good.   I have a hard time believing Thanksgiving is next week already, well our October is nothing but a blur so it's totally understandable why Thanksgiving crept up so fast.  

I've not really done anything around the house for so long that when the warm weather came I opened up some of the windows and aired out the house and did some long overdue cleaning.  I also did some cleaning of all the photos on my phone, I knew my photos were adding up and I believe I deleted 7,368 to be exact.  I didn't totally delete them, I uploaded them to my laptop and now they are safe on an external hard drive.  It took me about 3 long days to do it all, but I did it...whew! 

Tell, me I'm not the only one who has that many photos on their phone ;)  


i'm ready for warm weather

I can't wait to get these babies outside and in the ground, but it's way too early and our temps have just been so cold.  It's the middle of April and I'm still wearing my winter coat...UGH!  I am so ready for warmer weather.

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Plantstand

I spied an owl hanging out in the back pines today.  At first I thought how neat, so I snapped a quick photo and I mean quick cause the photo came out a bit blurry.  But there was nothing neat about it, this owl was sitting there high up in the tree with it's eye on our hens and rooster who were in our yard free ranging for food.  I didn't figure it out until I spied the hens and rooster hiding under our lilac bush, so quickly we hurried outside to get them back into their run and coop area where they were safe.

Owl

The local nursery opened up for the season today and we headed over there before it got too crazy, we were the only ones in the nursery which was very nice.  We got exactly what we were wanting to get for our garden this year, more herbs, tomato and pepper plants.  We do grow a lot of our vegetables from seeds as well as the starter plants.

Nursery

I have a feeling that growing our own food and raising our own meat is going to be the norm for a lot of people.


seedlings

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I started some seeds in the house, Minnesota midgets which is a type of melon that will grow in colder climates.  We have had good and bad luck with them, the bad luck was having a very wet late summer/early fall made for crop failure in our melons.  That year we actually had quite a few plants that started off really good, that is until the rains came and the garden just never dried out enough for them to ripen and all of them rotted on the vines.  I'm so hoping that this year will be different.  Let's hope!  I also planted some squash, Jim loves squash so I have almost a half a dozen seedlings popping out of the egg shells they are planted in, soon I will transplant them into bigger pots so they can keep on growing.

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We have been lacking sunshine here in Southwest Wisconsin, so when the sun does shine both Jim and I have been heading outside as much as we can.  Coffee on our back deck is definitely a thing to do, our back deck gets very hot in the summer months so spending any time back there is not something we do often, so in the spring we take advantage of being able to go back there and enjoy a cup of coffee.

I hope all is well with you all and you're all staying safe and healthy.


canning season

Our canning season is still going strong.  We went to the apple orchard this fall and bought some honey crisp apples.  We usually get the seconds as they are cheaper in price.  I received an email from the orchard we usually go to that they had a BOGO sale going on, which is buy one box, get one box free.  Since it was busy here this fall, but who am I kidding, it's a ALWAYS busy here, but since I was busy I didn't get to the apples right away so we lost a few to rotting.  BUT, I was able to make applesauce out of the remaining good apples.  We really didn't lose that many but it sure seemed like it at the time I was going through them.

Applebowl

This time before I cooked the apples I peeled them.  Oh my goodness, I will always and forever do that when I make applesauce again.  

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It was so much easier when I was putting the apples through the sieve, I was not fighting the peelings.

Sauce

Twenty-four pints of delicious applesauce ready to be put down with all the other canning we did this fall.

Applesauce

I not only canned the applesauce, Jim and I canned more venison stew from the deer he got and the potatoes, onions, and carrots we grew in our garden this year.

Earlier in the fall we canned our peppers and potatoes and made tomato sauce with the tomatoes we picked.  When I say we, I do mean both of us.  I am very fortunate to have a husband who enjoys canning as much as I do.

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Tomatoes
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It really feels good when you do a garden, and come harvest time it's very exciting to preserve the food we've grown.  It's a lot of work but so worth it in the end.


our sign

I love our sign.  Mr. made it after I sketched out what I wanted and then when it was in place I painted it free hand.  I usually take a photo of it in each season but here summer is almost over and I'm just getting a photo now.  When we first moved here there were hosta's in this area, but they eventually developed some kind of disease or fungus and we ended up pulling them out.  So, I planted a few different kinds of lilies.  We hang sap buckets on the sign during sugaring time and this year we kept them on, I kind of like them on all the time.

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I'm so enjoying the cooler weather we have been having, but I know it may not last and the warmer temps will be back.


life sure is grand

I went to town to do a few errands and took a different route.  There are about three ways to go to town when I head out my driveway and I went along the ridge towards what we call tickle belly hill.  If you were to start at the top of the hill at a very fast rate of speed you will feel like you're on a roller coaster.  I stopped to take this photo as you can see not a car in sight in front of me or behind me.

Ticklebellyhill

I've also been meaning to take a photo of the barn quilts that are always leaning up against this barn.  I believe they are for sale, and I think the owner needs to put one up on this barn as well.

Barnquilts

One item on the list of errands was to get a new dog bed for Sadie, and after a few sniffs of the new bed she settled herself down.  I think it's a hit.  Sadie is getting old, some days she can't keep up with us on walks and other times she's way ahead of us where we have to catch up to her.  She definitely has a good life.

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The garden has been producing quite well, we have had food from our garden everyday.  Walking out to the garden to gather a few things for lunch or supper is nothing short of awesome!

Soup

Life sure is grand :)


this and that

I've got a little bit of this and a little bit of that in this post.  Tho I've not been blogging regularly I have been busy and all these photos are from my cell phone.

From my walk the other day.  Did I say before that we are green and lush? Well we are and as you can see the vegetation almost covered this fence post.

Fence post

Our pumpkin harvest was really good this year.

2016 pumpkins

Over the summer I joined a Mystery Block of the Week and made a picnic quilt.  I went outside the box a bit and added the flying geese and the 4 patch strip on the ends to make it just a tad bigger.

Picnic quilt

This Missouri Star tumbler quilt went to Alaska.

Masons quilt

Another pattern from Missouri Star, the Everything Bag.

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One of my daughters wanted me to make this for her, so before I mailed it out I had to model it.

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This is just a little bit of what I've been doing and I'll leave you with a photo of some visitors that we had come by the other day.  Our neighbors cows got loose and they meandered over to our place (LOL).

Visiting cows


the "ber" months have started

Those being, September, October, November and December.  I love the "ber" months.  Our colors really have only just started to show and it's really only few scattered around the county.  Tho the sumac's we saw on the way home today were vibrant.  I took a quick shot with my cell phone since I forgot my camera at home.

Sumac

And today I walked out onto the front porch and saw this tomato that Mr had placed on top of one of the deck posts.  I finally asked him what he planned to do with the tomato and he said "Nothing, why would I when I can just go out to the garden and get a fresh one"...Okaaaaay...I had no comment :)  So there it sits.  I'll bring it in and cut it up, shhhhhhh...He'll never know :)

Lone tomato

We canned more beans and there are still beans out in the garden.

Raw beans

There's just something about seeing jars filled with something that you grew, harvested and processed to be enjoyed in the winter months.

Beans

I volunteer at the local hospital and on the way to town I could smell that a farmer had sprayed manure on the fields.  Well, I came up over the hill and there it was, the infamous manure spreader.  I wish I could say that I kept a big distance between us but I would be lying.  I would have had to go so slow that I would be going backwards to have kept my distance, because the manure spreader was going very, very, slow and I had caught up to it.  Luckily the farmer turned into a field not too far past the curve...whew!!

Following

There is just never a dull moment around here.


home and gardens

The flower and vegetable gardens are doing good.  We put mulch or hay in our garden, it helps to keep the weeds down and the moisture in the ground.  We already have tomatoes growing...Yay!!! 

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My eggshell project was a success...for the most part.  I lost all but one of the plants that I had growing to a hard frost that came while we were gone to Michigan, the pumpkin was the lone survivor of the frost.  If we had been home I could have covered the plants to save them :(  Lesson learned here for me.

Pumpkin

Beans

Peppers

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The clematis that I planted last year is blooming and I LOVE it.

Clematis

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It's not summer without strawberry shortcake?

Strawberry shortcake

Life is busy, busy, busy, here around the farm.


our weekend fun

We skipped town and headed to lower Michigan to our son and dil's home.  Mr and our son planned to do some fishing. 

On our way we stopped in Hammond Indiana at the Indiana Welcome Center.

Triple dog dare

Outside of the welcome center there is a statue from the movie A Christmas Story.  The author Jean Shepherd grew up in Hammond Indiana.

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I've been looking for some darker lilacs to plant in our yard, and after the guys came back from fishing my dil and I went to a nursery and I found not only one but two lilac bushes.

The one on the left is a French Sensation and the right one is a French Yankee Doodle.  I am in love with both of these bushes...(lol).

Lilacs

These two guys were so fun to see, with the younger one it's pretty much "monkey see, monkey do".  He follows and does everything his older brother does. 

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 It was a fun weekend and hope to get back there again for a visit.