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, May 24, 2017
Random-ness ~ Garden
Handmade thank you notes went out to a few people. Hubby said if I thanked everyone at my party, it was not necessary to send another thank you out. Anyway, I made these by adhering scrap fabric to cardstock, then used a marker to make dashes around it, and on the back I have a stamp that says " Inspired by Life, Created by Hand, One-of-a-kind art created by......." It's a circle stamp and I sign it.
I'm having trouble with my lavender seedlings. They came up, but are dying off. I have tried different amounts of rain water, and put them in a sunny window. Even so, they drooped over and only few remain. So delicate to work with. Not sure I want to order more organic seeds yet. I want the real plant, but sheesh.
Organic baby bellas were on clearance, so I bought several and sliced them up. I dehydrated them for the next upcoming winter. They will come in handy for many recipes.
Tomatoes that I started indoors are now planted. I even put in the stakes so I didn't have to go back out and do that chore. This is just the beginning of the rest of my planting. Hubby helped me plant 24 bell pepper plants last night too. I also planted a flat of marigolds in the flower beds, another new rosemary plant and more chives (I lost a lot of them over last winter for some odd reason, possibly field mice).
Started some fermented cabbage for Hubby and I. The kids won't eat it, but we will. After getting sick last fall, I am making sure we get fermented foods, as well as pickled foods.
Now, if the rain would arrive like it was supposed to, then I won't have to go out and water the popcorn we planted too. There will be a lot of grass in the popcorn patch this summer, but I don't care. Hubby didn't till it a second time, and it was a bit messy, and I wasn't telling him. As he tilled the remainder of the garden, I dropped the seeds and said a little "grow" prayer for the popcorn.
I am so, so, so, tired today. Last night, upon returning tools to their proper place, Hubby and I were stumbling on our own feet we were beyond tired. He had to go to work before helping me, so I knew he was tired. I even got some weeding down in the flower beds and got the coop cleaned. The run has yet to get put in, but I pulled the fencing out of the overgrown grass, so maybe after this rain I'll accomplish that task.
My knees hurt, my back hurts, my arms hurt. I quickly forget how much muscle and joint is needed to put the garden in. I'm not complaining...just sharing my painful truths.
I just checked the weather. Looks like 90% chance of rain at 1pm. I won't have to water my zinnia seeds either. Thank goodness. Although that leaves me time to plant either cucumbers or squash, pinto beans or even green beans.....I'll skip it today.