The crab apple trees near the old garden area are starting to bloom. Not all of them yet, but this one was looking gorgeous, today. 🙂 This morning, after all the garden beds were watered, my older daughter and I got to work on the corn and sunflower blocks. She started by making furrows for … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: direct sown corn and sunflowers, done!
My morning rounds now includes watering all the garden beds. Though we have had rain in the forecast, so far we've only received the lightest of smatterings. Hopefully, over the next few days, we'll get some real rain. I had a lovely surprise when I came into the sun room this morning. SO many more … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: morning progress, and changes in plans
Today's priority was to start the last of the seeds indoors. I'd been preparing a bin with toilet paper tubes, as something that would allow the least root disruption when transplanting (at least, so I've read). After a couple of days, it was time to start planting the Montana Morado corn!! Aren't they gorgeous? The … Continue reading Our 2021 garden: planting day, indoors – and that didn’t work!
A few days ago, I wrote about doing this... Most of the sunflower stalks had been stripped of their leaves and tops, but the tallest ones were beyond the reach of the deer. I bent the stalks on each of those to bring the tops down. This morning, they all looked like this. They are … Continue reading Stripped
I headed out to do my morning rounds a bit on the late side, yet there was still frost in the air! It was looking downright foggy, in fact. Everything looked like a fairy tale, sparkling away! Even the ugly wires used for fencing looked beautiful. I love how the lichen on this fence post … Continue reading Frosty morning, and… stuff (updated)
This morning, I was awakened by my husband, asking me if there was some trick to starting the washing machine. I think it was a rhetorical question. Our new washing machine, which we've had for only 2 1/2 months, simply stopped working. It won't turn on. Of course, my husband went through the usual check … Continue reading Frosty morning – and a rough start to the day!
It's working out to be a very unpleasant morning, weather wise! Thankfully, I was out earlier to do my rounds outside, so I could make sure the gate was open. We've got a septic company coming in to clean out our tank for the winter, some time this morning. Checking on the sunflowers this morning, … Continue reading Stripped bare, and heavy traffic day
We had another frost last night, and today is going to be distinctly chillier. We've already had a smattering of rain, which is supposed to continue off and on. Then, on the weekend, we're supposed to go above 20C again! The outside cats seem to be taking it in stride. In this weather, they will … Continue reading Cat crowd and sad sunflowers
So I had a few pleasant surprises this morning. And one not so pleasant. When I headed out to do my morning routine, I had a rush of outside cats come running as soon as I opened the door! And who was in the lead? Little Braveheart! She ran right up to me. She still … Continue reading Morning surprises, and is the hard cider okay?
I recently harvested the two biggest heads of sunflower seeds that were done blooming. They are now hanging in the basement to dry, where the birds can't get at them. As for the rest of them, we've got seed heads at all stages! Not all will have time to mature before the growing season ends, … Continue reading Stages of sun