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.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Puttin' Up Peas

I keep forgetting to share this new front door rug.  It's already getting a bit dirty.   I get to see it every time I have porch time.

Thursday I waited for the sun and wind to dry out the garden before I attempted to enter it.  It's a fight with thistle this year.  It's everywhere.  I have blisters, even though I used gloves.

Good news!  I got to the other side of the green peppers, and the beets, but it is still very wet.  And I am not certain yet, if the entire row will survive.   I left the weeds in between the rows, but weeded out the plants and in between them.  The extra weeds under my feet helped prevent me from sinking too much.

Friday, I had to make another library trip, but I needed to once again wait for the garden to dry out. Thankfully, we had an entire day of no rain.  The sun even appeared once in a while.

The snow peas are on, and I will hopefully get more today.  The shell peas are on, but the plants themselves are half the height of the snow peas.  I'm worried our harvest will be small for those.  I did not plant enough green beans this year.  I don't know how I messed that up, but those plants look good despite weeds.

We are still getting some greens.  If the weather gives us a break, the spinach might be okay.  Otherwise, it will be the first to die off from too much rain.

We have squash on now, but I can't get in to weed - too wet there too.

I'm a bit worried I won't get any more radishes.  I checked that too, and it's in a wet area.  

 (this morning)

I started to weed out the broccoli, but it rained last night again, so this morning I have to wait and see if it will stay dry.  The weeds in that garden are  taller than the plants themselves, and the broccoli is already on the plants.  It's a race against the rain this year.

It will be an interesting year, as to what get harvested. 

Update on Hubby's sister.  She is doing well since she was taken off her life support.  So far, she is breathing on her own and the doctors are pleased with her progress.  Thank you for your prayers.  Yesterday, they had her up and sitting in a chair. 

As for me?  This week my nerves have been unraveled at the seams - some events I cannot explain.  I hope to get a steaming cup of tea, regain normal blood pressure, rid my head of the nuisance pounding, and find calmness in my life once again.


Mama Pea said...

It's amazing you're getting as much from your garden as you are what with the over-abundance of rain. Just shows those plants are tougher than we sometimes believe.

We're in the midst of an all-day rain here today. Hubby and I just came down from doing some rearranging and more sorting in the attic. It's looking pretty good right now. We needed this rainy day to get that done.

May the problems that are making your life difficult right now sink into all that mud you have and never be seen again. Hugs.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Thanks Mama Pea. I hope to have a less difficult week next week.

Michelle said...

This year seems to be a bad one for everyone in one way or another. Ours is no water. The county has put us on restrictions on what we can use. Add to that the bugs that are coming out looking for water. My poor garden is being eaten alive. I have near seen this much destruction from bugs before. They are eating whole plants down to nothing.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Michelle, I wish I could bottle this rain up and ship it to you. It continues to rain here.

RB said...

Sending love and prayers to all up there, especially for SIL.

Have a cousin in Port Clinton, and the pictures of standing water in his driveway and yard had me telling him maybe he better move his car where his boat is and put his boat where his car is cause there was less water standing by the boat. LOL
Ya'all haven't seen an old man in a nightie building a big boat with a bunch of animals standing around waiting for it to be done, have ya?

As for us, we could use some of that rain. Thankful we planted our 'maters in pots this year. We usually do it so we can move them should the farmers around us begin to spray but this year it came in handy for moving them under the trees cause they were burning up in the direct sun and 95+ degree heat each day, unusual for June, even here in southern North Carolina.

Just have to keep on keeping on, KNOWING God has a plan, even when life or Mother Nature weather aren't exactly working in our favor.

God bless.


Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

RB, I have to keep reminding myself that it's God with the plan and not me.

RB said...

I think we all do Kristina.
Luckily, He's an understanding Father - with a perfect plan for us to prosper and be in good health. (3John1:2)
God bless.