6.5.15

Lately








Here's what we've been up to lately...

::  Mike and Cole finished up the herb spiral.  It tuned out even better than I could have imagined and I have so much to say about it, that I'll save it for another post.

::  Devouring Wintercress.

:: Anticipating Serviceberries, a whole month early this year.  If we can manage to beat the birds to the delicious fruit, that is.

:: Each day, we're planting as many seeds as we can.  Potatoes are in the ground along with carrots, onions, rutabagas, radishes, leafy greens, garlic, chives, basil, cilantro, dill, anise, Sage, and Summer Savory.  

:: I couldn't bare to let left over dye from a custom crown go to waste, so I threw in a skein of merino and let it sit over night.  The yarn turned out a lovely shade of green.  The color reminds me of fiddleheads and I'm going to make this with it.  I'm still working on the little sweater from last week, but I keep ripping it out, trying to figure out what stitch pattern I want to use. Speaking of fiddleheads, I need to take a walk down to the woods and check for them today. Last night we had a good rain {hallelujah, the rain barrels are full again} and I bet they've all popped out of the ground. {Joining Ginny}

:: The chickens have also been enjoying all the seeds we're planting, so I insisted that we get the garden fence up pronto.  Four hundred feet of fencing.  Fifty hand dug posts.  Two days.  It looks gorgeous and keeps the chickens out, but remind me never to do that again.  The official measurement on our main garden is 114 ft. sq, which seems quite manageable for our first year homesteading.

:: Homemade bread rising next to a warm window.  Because having the excuse to go check on the bread was a nice distraction from digging fiftyish holes by hand.


What's been going on with you lately?



14 comments:

  1. I am so envious of your spiral garden, makes me wish I had something other than a grey thumb for plant hospice lol. And that green has me swooning, going to look amazing worked up!

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    1. Haha! If anything grows, it will all be to Mike's credit. He is much better at this gardening gig than me.

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  2. Oh my, I now want a slice of warm homemade bread slathered in butter. I love the spiral path, and would love to see photos once the herbs grow. And the yarn color is vibrant, springy. I think that hat will look great in that color.

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    1. It was sooooo good and lasted all of about five minutes!

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  3. Sooo much to love in this post! The herb spiral! I can't wait to hear more about it. Fresh bread, amazing. And what a relief from digging so many holes. I'm a little crushed, as it seems like all of the plants I started inside didn't get enough light in this apartment, and are all dying.

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    1. Oh, no. We had the same thing happen last year when we started our plants inside.

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  4. I love the herb spiral it reminds me of wizard of oz when she first sets off. I am imagining that shade of fiddlehead green and I know it's beautiful. How nice you are keeping it for yourself.

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    1. I love the reference, Karen. It's going to have dill at the inside of the spiral, too!

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  5. Love the spiral, does it get higher in the middle. Can't wait to hear more about that. I have mice or voles in the greenhouse. I have planted some things three times! I think we might have some different obstacles to deal with as a result of our mild winter this year. I'm looking at water catchment options now. My neighbors think that's crazy in the NW, I'm not too sure. I'm curious how your well is working. Or water supply in general.
    Traci

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    1. It's nice of you to feed the mice this winter. I bet they loved your tasty greens. ;) The spiral does get higher in the middle, by about two feet. We were going to make it three feet, but we got tired of carrying in dirt. We're still working on the well. We thought we'd hit a rock last year, but it seems to have shifted enough that we can keep going! In the mean time we've been using rain water and it's been more than adequate for our needs.

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  6. The green of the yarn is gorgeous and love the spiral.

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  7. Love the spiral, I'll be back to reaad about it! The green is great too. Sounds like a good productive season for you.

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