Our strawberries grow in groups of two or three, and are very tiny. So I’ve been saving each one in a bag in the freezer, in the hopes that I can eventually make the smallest, but sweetest, batch of jam.
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starting our summer garden
We’ve been doing some very thorough garden planning the past couple weeks. The late freeze set us back a little in timing, but everything will get planted soon!
I picked the last of our winter lettuces and greens this week. I lovingly washed them all, and sent the extras to the office so it will reach the destiny of being eaten.
We are giving square foot gardening a try this season, so we mapped out our beds, and did some research in companion planting.
We planted some seeds in a couple beds last week before the rain came, and look at that- they are already starting to grow! We have lots of beans, and a whole row of corn we are cheering on!
Like any good tiny business owner staring out the window at the perfect weather outside, I’ve done all my work in the morning, and spent the afternoon tending the yard and getting ready for our spring garden. I count it as getting my fresh air, exercise, and helping my legs not look so winter pale.
Our winter garden is still growing along. We haven’t bought lettuce in forever. Our herbs are getting to be pretty impressive too.
Have you ever grown cauliflower? Maybe we accidentally picked a fancy variety, or maybe it turns white later??
I inadvertently picked a baby carrot while weeding. I was positive that none of the carrots made it through the colder months, so I was excited to see it anyway!
And we already have some spring peas growing! Nothing like peas straight from the vine.
We still have some garden beds to prepare, but we are hoping to be all ready to plant our tomatoes the first week in March. At least a month earlier than we got them in the ground last year, and we are hoping it makes for even more tomatoes!
The weather this weekend was top notch. The first couple days of nice weather after the cold and dreary should be a holiday. We spent much time running around doing errands and visiting, but we also spent quite a bit of time outside doing some sprucing up. All the 75 and sunny had me thinking it was time to go get some more flowers, but alas, who knows what the sky will do next week.
winter garden update
I spent most of my time this week finishing up my last orders, and organizing all the Christmas presents. Not much time on the internet this week (although this video is amazing). But do you know where I do spend my free daytime? Our garden.
We had a little caterpillar issue. I think we caught it early enough, and now all the plants seem to be really growing. Those little buggers though. They wake up, and just go to town chomping on plants.
We made our garden beds straight into the ground this season, so its been a constant fight to keep the weeds and fallen leaves from interfering with our growing salads.
But our hard work is definitely paying off! We had some fresh rainbow chard this week, chives on our baked potatoes, and arugula with our scrambled eggs.
the great outdoors
Being outside really is great. Just a couple hours in the faux fall fresh air, and all my cares (except my constant worry about the state of the plants) slip away. I spent some time last week doing a little work around the yard.
There is no number high enough to describe the amount of times I have lost the clippers in the yard.
These flowers lost all their leaves at the end of summer, but they are making a strong comeback now.
I cleaned a bit of the gutter out, and a lizard almost killed me, but the view up there wasn’t too bad.
And to cap off an already pretty perfect day, frozen yogurt with my best friend.
After a hot couple months, the flowers in our yard are coming to life again. And they definitely have a purple trend going.
Our neighbor was adamant that we wouldn’t be able to grow lavender, since she had no luck after several tries. We planted it anyway, and would you look at that.
These asters have been waiting patiently all summer for their time, and we were super surprised at how enthusiastically they bloomed. They literally stop traffic.
A relatively new addition to the yard, but jumped right onto the purple bandwagon.
This was an experimental planting, in a very shady area. Do you have those areas in your yard where you aren’t quite sure what will want to grow there? It seems to be working hard to survive. Bloom where you are planted, right?