Pioneer Woman at Heart
One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!
One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.
"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Random Gardening Tidbits, and Rain Barrels
The weather went from a chilly morning to 60°F by dinner time yesterday. The days are slowly starting to heat up nicely.
After early morning barn chores, I also did a quick check on any new asparagus. I then started my day with breakfast on the porch - egg/cheese/canadian bacon sandwich and coffee.
The roses got some banana peels buried next to them for fertilizing, and some old coffee poured around them.
My sage is starting to look green again. I'll put stock piling this herb for winter. We are pretty low on it. I need to build myself another herb rack before the barn is demolished too (I make them out of barn siding). I better put that on my "to-do" list before I forget.
Yesterday, it was back to outdoor work. I got my shell peas planted. I'm super excited to see how they do. I told Hubby we're going to need more ground tilled up this year. He sighed. He knows I'll be the one weeding and harvesting it, so all he has to do is till and help plant it. He'll get over it.
Anyway, I measured my shell pea fence - 20 1/2 feet. I planted on both sides, so we hope to have a good harvest.
I managed to set up two of our four rain barrels. If Hubby agrees, later this year, I'd like to add one more rain barrel. We used them all summer last year, and I would like one next to one of the barns, closer to an area we plant tomatoes and/or fruit. These barrels have really helped us conserve the use of our well water.
I'm trying to get back on my busy routine, but yesterday I almost forgot to bottle feed. Yikes! Between laundry, animals, dogs, garden planting/weeding, making an after school snack (warm steel cut oats with fruit and nuts), changing clothes, I got discombobulated once again. I think I need to get up earlier.
I spent a few minutes on the porch updating my garden journals. One is actually graph paper, so I can draw out the garden and mark where we planted what (and how much). Typically, I have great intentions to keep this going all planting season, but I tend to forget about it by bed time.
Tonight we are having meatballs with home canned mustard sauce, mashed potatoes with garlic and fresh chives, and home grown asparagus. That is, if I don't keel over before then.
Note: Pepper Mustard Sauce Recipe
I have a lot to get done today.
Oh, and yesterday, my goat-keeper daughter gave me the green light on using an abundance of goat's milk.
Those are the empty jars soaking in the sink. Cheese making has begun in our house this Spring. First up, is a batch of homemade ricotta. I'm thinking stuffed shells and/or crock pot macaroni and cheese. I just hope I remember to rinse it today and drain it.