most of the winter has been real mild here, so mild that I’ve already got seeds started in the greenhouse – although, unfortunately, none of the tomatoes or peppers have come up yet!  and just one each of my spaghetti and zucchini squash.

Did buy seedlings of zucchini and a tomato plant which are also in the greenhouse, as are some potatoes already.

and now its chilly.  We’ve had several days of clouds and rain so no chance for the greenhouse to really warm up during the day.  So last night took some 3 day votive candles with big terracotta pots over them, and put them in there.   just went to check on them and those pots are too hot to comfortably touch!

Just enough warmth to keep the chill off the plants!!

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sharing myself

Awhile ago wrote a post for another blog I do.  and for some reason, it came back to my attention today.  In re-reading it, and in light of the BS that is going on all around us, it struck me that I did good with it.  Of course, like all blogs, its a matter of MY PERSONAL OPINION!   It may not be yours, but then again, this is my blog and where I express MY PERSONAL OPINION.  So am going to share it here, hopefully, with a link to the original post.  Never have done that before, so hopefully it will work!

The title of the treatise is “you cannot petition the Lord with Prayer”.

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spring is springing

Thanks to a seed warming mat, sunshine, and mild weather, have chard, spinach, rappini, endive (escarole) and lettuce coming up in the little kitchen planter box (little as in 8’ x 3’)

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When its time to actually plant these little ones, will bring in two more seed warming pads to just keep the space above freezing at night.  Usually, I’m starting seeds about mid-february, not getting ready to transplant!

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dehydrated rice

Had tried an experiment where I dehydrated some cooked brown rice to see how it would keep long term.  We’re not fans of white rice here and sometimes you just don’t have time to cook the brown – for one reason or another.

Running late today, so grabbed that little half jar of dehydrated brown rice and threw it into a pan with water and it cooked up just fine, thank you.

So guess I’ll be cooking up a BIG batch of brown rice and dehydrating it so I have “instant” rice on hand.  And I’ll put a little aside to see how it keeps long term.

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off the needles

Just off the needles.  This is a Mary Gavin yarn.  Took me about 8 months cause there were MONTHS when I didn’t pick up the needles at all.  But finally finished it last night.  Keep failing to take into account the weight of the yarn when I do the sleeves.  The body of this sweater alone didn’t look anything like this – the neckhole was so small, my head barely fit through and the edges were much closer to my shoulders.  and it was from that point that I measured to make the sleeves.  Fortunately, was running out of yarn and made the sleeves short!  The color is called Sapphire and is really much brighter than it appears in the picture!

new sweater

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like to get seeds planted during the waning / dark of moon.  For me, its the underground in the dark thing happening during the dark.  I’m not into planting by zodiac signs, but do pay attention to the moon phases somewhat.  So today was a hustle day to get some seeds in soil as dark of moon is tomorrow and its do it now or 4 weeks from now which will be later than I want to plant.  This is early, but can adjust for that.

So have planted seeds of Spinach, Lettuce, Escarole, Rapini and chard  (and peas along the back) and put them in the new planter along the side of the house.  Covered with the plastic cover (except for the peas) and put in a heating mat.  Will have to take a picture as soon as I can find my phone . . .

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work begins

So far its been a mild winter.  Last year let the garden go and tended to little.  This year, hope to keep it up much better.  Started yesterday with cleaning the greenhouse and repotting turmeric and ginger.  Had started two rhizomes each in a pot and they had ultimately all taken off.  The Turmeric is the green leafed plant, the ginger died back (but hopefully didn’t totally die!)

Adding bagged steer manure everywhere this year.  When I finished this, mixed some soil with the manure and planted a couple of potatoes that had started to sprout. 


Today want get some of the manure added to the asparagus.  and want to get some seeds started.  Usually I wait until after the second of February for that but the summers have been so hot that I need to get things out and going much earlier using season extenders for earlier harvests.  Otherwise, I get nothing – like last year!!

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