Monday, March 23, 2015

March Gardening "to do"

 I think our growing season is around 145 days due to our location. 

Plant onions, potatoes, and rhubarb
Direct sow peas, radishes, spinach, and leeks

Make sure to cover rows at night for freeze protection

*If you do start seeds indoors - start tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard, and eggplant

I don't know about you, but I rarely use all the seeds in a packet.  They are normally good for up to two years, but after that the germination rate plummets.  In an effort to be more mindful of this, I have decided to host a seed exchange in early April.  My friends will bring the seeds they've ordered and we can each take a few that we would like to try.  This should cut down on the packets of seeds each person needs to order and provide a wide array of plant varieties for people to choose from.  I'm really excited about this!   

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Del

Two weeks ago during a snow storm, my husband and I checked out of our winter wonderland to go experience some San Diego sunshine.  We stayed at The Del which is an amazing beach front resort built in the late 1800s. We toured the area, walked on the shore, ate amazing food, and just relaxed. We went sailing for the first time and saw dolphins, sea otters, and a sting ray.  It was a quick get away that went by in a flash, but I am thankful for the experience.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Conscious Box

I recently read a blog post on Winding Ridge Lane'.  She did a review of the Vegan Cuts subscription box. I've wanted to sign up for a monthly box subscription for some time now.  I'm really bad about buying myself anything.  I get buyers guilt like nobody's business.  I decided to stop contemplating and just do it.  I signed up for a 6 month subscription to Conscious Box. I like this one because it is a mix of food, beauty, cleaning, and vitamin products.

This was February's box. It felt like I was opening a Christmas stocking, trial sizes of different products. I really like the idea of this. I can try something out before investing in the full version or just discover new products.  

Friday, March 6, 2015

An old Roman proverb: Don't trust a woman's heart, the waves of the sea, nor the March sun. 

On a positive note, we have seen Eastern blue birds and Yellow finches at our feeders which is a sure sign of spring.  (not pictured above)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This Week in Gardening

Okay, so I'm using the term "gardening" loosely here. It's still cold and the ground is still frozen. Based on historical evidence, Spring will eventually make it's way onto the stage, while Winter throws one last fit before he exits.

That being said, there are a few garden-y things you can do to until we actually have warmer weather.

  • Plan your garden lay out
  • Look through seed catalogs, take seed inventory,  order seeds
  • Read about gardening.
  • Clean the leaves of your houseplants
  • Pre-sprout seed potatoes
  • Prune raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and fruit trees
  • Mow asparagus ferns
  • Start seeds indoors:  lettuce, cauliflower, celery, broccoli, and cabbage
I've given up starting seeds indoors. I must be doing something wrong because they never survive. I only direct sow now, which limits by growing season, but eliminates the temptation to curse.

A picture of what is to come...I can't wait!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Old Screech Owl

This backyard cutie is hard to ignore. He likes to frazzle the chickens and get them all worked up despite being half their size. But how can I hold a grudge against him? This is the second year we've been blessed with his presence living out his winter in this tree. I love watching him.

It was one of those peaceful afternoons in the wilderness when the whole forest dreams, and the shadows are asleep and every little leaflet takes a nap. Under the still tree-tops the dappled sunlight, motionless, soaked the sod; the forest-flies no longer whirled in circles, but sat sunning their wings on slender twig-tips. Robert W. Chambers from "In Search of the Unknown"

Monday, February 16, 2015

"The prairies had been his school..he had a natural refinement and delicacy of mind such as is rarely found...His manly face was a perfect mirror of uprightness, simplicity, and kindness of heart; he had, moreover, a keen perception of character and tact that would preserve him from flagrant error in any society." - Francis Parkman