April 27, 2012
i took this photo this morning after harvesting some greens from the garden. it’s a nice mix of lettuces and kales with cilantro thrown in as well. there was the most beautiful, delicate frost on the greens and i was glad i was able to get a glimpse of it before we move into milder weather . our combination of greens planted this spring has made for a great salad mix this season, and i’m far from tired of it. we also have some nice mild radishes coming up. we do have some beets coming up, but not many, so i’m glad i planted another row. the carrots are coming along nicely but i’m going to have to get in there and clear out the invasive cilantro that seems to be taking over the garden so it has a chance. anyone for guacamole? hummus with lots of cilantro? green smoothies, heavy on cilantro?
in the last week we have made a few purchases. we bought a new car. even though my car is still running it’s getting a bit scary with 220,000 miles on it. in keeping with my philosophy of buying secondhand i found a volvo v70 station wagon on craigslist from a very nice couple in la salle. what will become of my car? richard found a tractor in tonica and they are willing to take a car in trade for it. we’ve also acquired a 16′ mohawk canoe and a tandem bicycle. we took the canoe out on a small lake sunday and had a great time. we rode a tandem bike when we were in new harmony, indiana and loved it. i think we are set for summer fun, don’t you?
March 1, 2012
hello and happy march 1st!
richard grew these birdhouse gourds a couple of seasons ago and we made them into homes for our feathered friends last winter. i really appreciate how utilitarian growing and using this particular gourd can be. we didn’t get too fancy by painting them, although, i think a coat of some sort of weatherproofing might be a good idea. however, i don’t think i would be able to put them in the compost heap if they were treated with some sort of paint or varnish. the birds moved in last spring and seem to like them very much and that gives me a good feeling.
we are starting to work on a 3 bin composting system made from standard wooden skids which we have on hand. large amounts of compost are essential for a healthy, fertile, soil and plants. along with the compost bins we have also set up a simple cold frame made from bales of straw and old single pane windows that were laying idle in the attic. i have planted various lettuces and some spinach as well. of course, i’ve got the elusive (for me anyway) corn salad in there as part of my desire to learn how to best make that delicious herb grow.