Before we left on vacation, my garden looked like this. Now my garden looks like this!
All in all, things are going really well in this spring garden. I harvested 6 pounds of shelled peas, 3 quart bags of strawberries, 3 pounds of carrots, a dozen or so heads of lettuce, countless chard leaves, a dozen beets and a fortune’s worth of eggs.
The herb bed is doing really well. Basil is coming in nicely all over the garden. I haven’t really kept track of how much I am saving by growing my own veggies, all I know is it has greatly turned my eating habits towards a mainly plant-based diet. I eat veggies from the garden at almost every meal.
Coming up is chili, green beans, tomatoes, eggplants. I recently planted zucchini and okra. We’ve had very mild weather recently, and so I’m not sure how long it will take that okra to sprout. I think this year I will forgo popping corn in favor of sweet corn and pumpkins for butternuts. The popping corn is so tiny and takes so much water and the pumpkins, well, I’d need to expand the garden another 30 feet just to make room for those!
Also, today is Beltane or May Day! We’ve made to the halfway mark between spring and summer. We’ll spend today outside, first at the farmer’s market then in the garden to play and plant things and finally we’ll have a bonfire and small feast. We’ve even made flower crowns for the occasion!
Happy Beltane everyone.
This past Sunday we celebrated the Spring Equinox. The spring egg hunt was much anticipated this year. All of February and much of March I felted eggs in secret at night. Not a burden by any means. Needle felting is the best kind of therapy! Before the big hunt we wet felted eggs as well.
On the morning of the Equinox they hunted for eggs the felted eggs with such glee. They also found a few organic chocolate eggs as well.
Then we had yummy lunch of fresh veggies harvest from the garden.
Happy Spring to you all. Sorry about the radio silence lately. I’ve got a huge surprise coming up next week. Check back here on Wednesday of next week or on Instagram if you just can’t wait. (no it’s not a baby!)
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Last weekend we took a one-day impromptu road trip. There is a little town Southeast of Tucson called Bisbee. The town was founded in 1880 and retains most, if not all, its old charm. In its heyday it was a huge town with a railroad and even a street car. We ventured into the old hotel with its creaky wooden floors and lavish replica velvet high-back couches.
We had lunch at a wonderful little restaurant and took a walk through the small streets lined with charming wooden and brick homes. Bisbee is such a strange place it feels old world as it lacks strip malls and tract homes and is filled with a artistic/hippie community. The opposite of what many major western cities are now.
They have fabulous antique shops too, all of it mid century modern if you like that era.
Taking this mini road trip was kind of like the opening of travel season for us. Next week we are going to New Mexico, and then at the end of March to Italy. I love that we can travel whenever we like and that the girls love to travel as well. Plus now it is so easy, no one is napping, no one is breastfeeding, no one is in diapers. As long as we have snacks, water, books, and more snacks, we are good to go!
Are you dreaming of travel yet?
We’ll 2016 is here, I’ve just turned 32, and now I’m back to gardening. My garden is not bare by any means. This winter has alternated between cold and warm. This past Saturday it was 73 degrees, but next Monday we see a high of 50 with rain. It’s kind of wacky.
In any case, I’ve seeded just about everything but the summer and winter squash. In the greenhouse (and a few in my guest bedroom under grow lights) now are:
- onions (red and white)
- 3 kinds of chili
- 2 kinds of sweet peppers
- various flowers
- 4 varieties of tomatoes
- 4 varieties of basil
- many herbs
- brussel sprouts
- 2 kinds of lettuce
In the garden proper I have calendula on the verge of blooming. I just saw the first lavender bloom too. There is chard, kale, lettuce, baby carrots, radishes are sprouting, onions (somehow), garlic is sprouting up above the mulch and there are still living pepper plants! Let’s not forget the peas! I planted two packets of peas and those are beginning to climb their little fences.
Last week I had quite the scare when I walked into the chicken coop to find two of our birds were missing neck feathers. I watched the flock the whole afternoon hoping to find out who was pecking and why? Eventually I had my good friend S come over (she has goats and chickens) and she looked at them and said, “I do believe they are having an early molt.” Indeed it was true. Being a new chicken owner I didn’t think it would happen so soon. I was much relieved when I went to bed that night knowing I would wake up and those two birds would not be dead! (note: the chicken being held by S is not really being squeezed, just being rambunctious!)
I know most of you are buried under snow right now. What gardens are you dreaming of this year? Or maybe something is sprouting indoors or your greenhouses?