Seriously. What happened to Spring? A few weeks ago, people were breaking out the shorts and the sandals. Everyone was certain Spring was here to stay. But Mother Nature has her own sense of timing, doesn't she?
This reminds me of a joke that I remember from elementary school. It goes like this: If March winds bring April showers, and April showers bring May flowers . . . what do May flowers bring?
PILGRIMS!!! (Get it? May flowers = Mayflowers?)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I had to stop by Earth Fare on my way home from work today, and was greeted by this lovely scene when I entered the shopping center. Being that I'm still not adjusted to Spring coming so early (after living in Indiana for 14 years), this was quite a shock to my eyes. I couldn't stop looking at it. Lovely!
|So-called sour weed.|
The thing is, when I looked up sour weed on the internet, I found all kinds of references to something else. Some of y'all will probably know what I'm referring to. LOL! Anyway, I can't seem to find out what this stuff in the photo is. Could it be red sorrel, perhaps?
If anyone has any ideas, let me know.
|The view from the tractor seat.|
Actually, this is my Dad's tractor, an International 140 IH. We don't know the year because he bought it used (very used), but it was made sometime between 1958 and 1979. It's very basic, and a little scary to drive because the brakes are weird. It's pretty busted up as you can see, but it gets the job done. And it's RED, so you know I like it.
I learned how to plow last Saturday. Now, this may surprise you that I didn't know how to plow already, being that I'm a country girl and all. But Dad is very particular with his tractor and doesn't let just anyone drive it. :-)
For the record, my row was rather straight. Everyone was impressed. Maybe I could have a career in farming after all?
|Let me tell you, this is a hard row to hoe.|
So I guess we won't be growing spinach.
In the meantime, the carrots are looking fantastic. They'll need thinning in a few weeks. And the baby bok choy . . . wow, if that keeps up, it's going to be beautiful. Everything else is on target.
We planted a few more things on Saturday:
- 20 pepper plants (cayenne, green bell, red bell, yellow bell, hot banana, and sweet banana)
- 100 sweet onion plants
- An entire, very long row of sweet corn
- A half row of golden beets
- A half row of early peas (which really, we should have planted two weeks ago)
|Everyone's pooped after a long day on the farm . . . even Chelsea.|
Sunday, March 13, 2011
|Cody, just moments before the frolicking started.|
At one point, we came across a yard with lush green "winter" grass (sort of like the kind we had in our yard in Indiana). Chelsea decided to sit down and rest a bit. At first, Cody wasn't so sure. But then he plopped down on the grass . . . and it felt so good, he rolled around in it. Over. And over. And over!
|Chelsea says it's time for a break.|
|Cody lets it all hang out.|
Yes, it's spring here in Carolina! And we're (almost) as excited about it as the dogs are. :-)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This afternoon we drove up to Lake Norman to see some of my extended family. My cousin Bill retired recently, so we celebrated that with a retirement piñata, which is sure to be the next big thing at Baby Boomer retirement parties. The weather was perfect, so we were able to relax on the patio overlooking the lake . . . while wearing borrowed straw hats (because it was a straw hat kind of day).
BUT BEFORE we went up to Lake Norman, I met cousins Ginny & Tom at a South End deli called The Common Market. I'd read about some of their sandwiches being "Best in Charlotte" in Charlotte Magazine, and was not disappointed. I had the black-eyed peas and spinach soup and the mid-eastern wrap, two of the many vegan items on the menu.
It was a great day! Now I have to go set my clocks up an hour. Hope y'all don't forget to do the same.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
|"Natchez Thornless" Blackberry, planted Saturday, 26 February 2011.|
In fact, things are blooming here already: daffodils, Bradford pears, cherry trees, forsythia . . . and allergy season has begun. :-)
Anyway, last weekend we planted a whole bunch of stuff in our gi-normous garden, including:
- Zesty salad mesclun mix
- Spicy salad lettuce mix
- Red sails lettuce
- Jericho lettuce
- Tennis ball lettuce (seeds from Monticello!)
- Bright Lights Swiss chard
- Five color Silverbeet Swiss chard
- Broccoli raab (rapini)
- Red core Chantenay carrots
- Red Russian kale
- Bloomsdale spinach
- Gourmet beets blend
- Detroit dark beets
- White stem Bok Choy
- Red potatoes
- Gold potatoes
I planted seven blackberry bushes - three Natchez thornless, and three Arapaho thornless. (Believe me, you want thornless blackberry bushes. If you like your skin.)
Last but not least . . . I planted a dwarf Seckel pear tree and a Red Fuji apple tree.
Mom says we should have potatoes by Easter.
I just bought a whole bunch of Jiffy peat pellets. This weekend I'm hoping to get seeds started for a medicinal herb garden. I'm also hoping to buy some herb seedlings for a kitchen herb garden. Let's hope the good weather continues!
One final note for this entry: we ordered 25 Rhode Island Red baby chicks! They should arrive in about 3 to 4 weeks. Exciting!