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Spring Jobs, Using old ladders in your gardens and yummy Eggs in a Nest

Jean SmithSpring is a time of new birth and rejuvenation. It's when we look around and simply stand in awe at the beauty surrounding us... forsythias vibrant yellow... the sweet aroma of apple and cherry blossoms... lavender lilac bouncing in the breeze carrying the scents through the open windows...  searching out the first tips of rhubarb and asparagus. 

Spring... there isn't quite anything as perfect in my mind.

Yesterday I was walking to the greenhouse when my feet went 'squishhhh' in the mud... I loved it, especially wearing flip-flops. Yes, I know it was cold, but it was almost 85 degrees in the greenhouse when the sun was shining! Neil was helping me and his feelings were a tad bit different... more of exasperation from the heat- he likes the cold.  I'll take the heat and a sweaty brow any day of the week over bundling up to keep warm.

Spring is also a time 'to-do' lots of stuff! As most of my dragonfly readers can testify, I strongly encourage lists- for everything! Garden and yard projects are no exception.  I love the feeling of making the list and scratching off each item as it's accomplished. I'm a visual person and I think that's why lists make so much sense to me... plus they keep me on track. 

Scanning through my yard and gardens I'm seeing the multitude of things I need and want to get accomplished this season.  I have a couple windows of opportunity before and after my 'busy' times, so I must utilize that time wisely.  I thought it would be interesting to share this years list with all my dragonfly friends... now don't be alarmed when you see it... I have lots of helping hands around our farm!

My list of outside jobs to do this year...
 

  1. Painting:
  • back of garage
  • potting shed
  • front of greenhouse
  • back of hoop house
  • repaint back door where dog scratched

   2. Fix arbor in front of hoop house- put new lattice on sides and top
   3. Put post up at small herb bed for wisteria
   4. Move raised beds from beside hoop house to cut flower raised bed garden
   5. New flower bed around potting shed
  
   6. Plant:

  • Pink climbing roses at back corners of potting shed
  • Rose of Sharron at back corner of house in back yard- (see photo)
  • Rose trellis on front of house at living room window

  7. Finish Patio:

  • planters
  • floor and sides

   8. Ladder trellis on side of garage over tea bed in Potager

Number eight is one of the topics of this post. I often talk about my love for garden junque, it's one of my favorite things about cottage gardening. I love being able to artfully incorporate what I absolutely adore, even though some people consider it trash. There are oodles of items that can be used, but lets look at old wooden ladders today.

A few posts ago I mentioned this ladder trellis- well I stopped the other day and took a photo of it... not the greatest, but you get the idea.  I plan on doing this on the side of my garage over the tea bed in our Potager and planting... you guessed it, a climbing rose... but first I have to find them! So if you read my guest post at Flea Market Gardening  ( http://www.fleamarketgardening.org/2013/04/04/flea-market-windows-how-to-make-a-decorative-mini-greenhouse/ ) you'll understand how patient I can be!

Uses for ladders...

 

  • Ladders can also be used in your flower beds to put potted plants on (see photo).
     
  •  I also have a ladder on one of the columns on our front porch that a climbing rose uses. 
     
  • Lattice/ trellis- I have a few ladders that go across the top of my pergola for the vines.
     

To many they are just something to climb up, but on my list, they have a much higher calling ;-)

Spring is here and greens are coming in abundantly... and so are the eggs! Here's a yummy recipe to use what you have- Enjoy friends!
Soft Boiled Eggs in a 'Green' Nest

1 Bunch of Chard, Kale or Spinach, stems & ribs discarded
1 1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Red Pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
4 Eggs

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Chop your greens into bite size pieces and toss in the oil and seasoning to coat evenly. Spread evenly in the bottom of a 10"x10" glass baking dish and bake for about 30-40 minutes, till crisp.  Remove from oven and divide into 2 bowls and create a 'nest' with a hole in the center.
2. While greens are baking, bring a 2 quart pot of water to a rolling boil and gently lower eggs into water, turn off heat and cover.  Let eggs sit in water for 6 1/2 minutes for soft boiled eggs.
3. Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and let sit for about 1/2 minute.  Working carefully and quickly, peel eggs, and place in center of nests.  Season and serve immediately.

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Happy Day,
Jean

nebraska dave
4/21/2013 1:25:47 PM

It appears that the issues with the GRIT landing page and comment section has been resolved. I'm looking forward to hearing about what has been happening on your gardening/homestead this last month. May GRIT blogs live and prosper.