Busy Bees

March 27, 2012


hello!

things have been pretty busy around here as you can see in the photo. richard and i have been very busy too. the extended warm spell and dry conditions have given us plenty of time to work in the gardens and other parts of the property. to add to our excitement, richard found an add for free red raspberries; all we had to do was go dig them up, so we did and we now have enough for a market garden size raspberry patch. we are busy transplanting them right now, i hope all goes well.

right now, we have:  peas, radish, beets, carrots, lettuces all emerging. we have several volunteers coming up such as kale, cilantro, a few carrots and onions; we leave them where they are and plant or weed around them. the garlic wintered nicely and is looking very happy. along with the raspberry canes, i have planted potatoes and spinach. currently we are in a bit of a cool down spell with storms predicted the next few days. i’m hoping to get in another succession planting of lettuce in the ground today.

the compost heap is working nicely and we have started our second batch. when we moved the first batch to bin number two, it started cooling down. still haven’t figured out why it stopped cooking. i’m going to research that and think we can figure out just what made that happen.

hope you are having a pleasant spring.

peace,

julayne

 
pear blossoms, la salle county, illinois

Asparagus Patch

February 24, 2012


la salle county, illinois

i know i’ve mentioned in several of my posts that we’ve seen very little snow this winter. i can now actually say that we did receive snow today in the early morning hours. snow this time of year reminds me of the book sugar snow by laura ingalls wilder ; one of a series of early little house books i read to my daughter sierra when she was a preschooler. thinking that this snow might not stick around too long, i grabbed my camera and went  out this morning to take a few photos; it was nice to have the snow to brighten up the landscape. i have to admit i was getting a little frustrated with our winter palette of brown, brown, and more brown.

it’s hard to believe that we will be noticing asparagus spears poking up out of the ground soon by the looks of our patch in the photo. i’m starting to get very excited about spring and the upcoming gardening season. so far the seeds we have started are in various forms of germination and i’m looking through seed catalogs to round out garden plans for this year. i’m very anxious to try an heirloom winter squash called  delicata. also, richard has promised me a spot for a kitchen herb garden right outside the door. i’m such a lucky gal :0).

have a great weekend!

peace,

julayne

Radish Harvest

June 25, 2010


henry county, indiana

hi there,

the radishes are ready! these were quite mild and made  a very nice evening dinner. considering the abundance, we could be eating these for a while :).

please take a few minutes to look up into your night sky and gaze at the full strawberry moon. it’s lovely.

summer evenings are the best.

peace,

julayne

Harvest

September 14, 2009


henry county, indiana

henry county, indiana

Planting the Garden 4

June 13, 2009


onions (mixed variety)

onions (mixed variety)

Planting the Garden 3

June 12, 2009


cherokee purple

cherokee purple

 

growing heirloom tomatoes is fun! over the years, i have tried many varieties and  cherokee purple has always been one of my favorites.  it’s similar to a beefsteak in size and is very juicy with a wonderful smokey flavor. 

what are some of your favorite heirloom tomatoes?

Planting the Garden 2

June 11, 2009


stevia

stevia