Spring Peeper Farm Update

| 8/6/2010 4:01:36 PM

For the last two weeks every morning I say "tonight I'm going to blog", then tonight shows up and I'm too pooped to pop, let alone blog. The last two days I've had a major chest cold. That didn't help matters.

It's been so long I don't know where to begin.

The gardens are all put in and for the most part they are doing well. It's been the driest year for a long time. We've been in this house now for 18 years and I've never had to water my garden. This year I had to invest in 200 ft of garden hose to water the garden. That's not good. Mind you, two days after I got the hose it rained so hard we thought we had to go dig out the ark! Murphy's Law I guess. If you want rain spend a fortune on garden hoses.

Half-eaten cucumber plant

Last year I couldn't grow a carrot to save my life, this year it's greenhouse cucumbers. I planted two that I grew from seed myself and something ate them. So I bought 2 from the garden centre and again something is eating them. I can't see what it is. One of them just died, so I'm giving up. I'm not planting another one. We'll have to do with that lonely plant. The cukes in the garden seem to be doing well, I prefer seeded cukes anyhow.

My pumpkin patch. Well ... that's another story. Dave cleaned and tilled the old pig pen so I could plant giant pumpkins in it. I grew the plants from seeds. I nurtured the things till they were old and strong enough to go outside. Well guess what!?? The ducks ate the plants!!!!!!!!! I just can't win. So off to the garden centre I went again (well really it's where I work, we have a garden centre there also) I bought 4 plants, planted them and Dave put a fence around the darn thing! So far so good.

Nebraska Dave
8/7/2010 6:47:26 PM

@Lisa, don’t be discouraged. Many times I’ve not been a happy camper with my first try at things. In fact some of the things I’ve tried have been inedible to the family but by golly I ate whether I liked it or not. I wasn’t going to waste all that time and expense. I did make some awesome elderberry pancake syrup once. However, I didn’t tell anyone that I was really trying to make jelly. The family loved it. Why spoil it for them. I found through experience that if I just keep trying each time it would get a little better and pretty soon a lady hunted me down for my bread recipe at a potluck dinner. I sure didn’t tell her about my first attempt to make bread which became part of a display at church. It looked really good but was hard as a rock and never spoiled for months. They finally took the display down and threw it out. I’m not sure exactly what went wrong but I finally got the recipe down to where the family would hover around the oven waiting for the bread to be done. I had to bake five loaves at a time because two would disappear in the first 30 minutes out of the oven. There’s nothing like hot bread out of the oven torn apart, because you can’t cut it, with real butter oozing down into the crevices. Some times the good life can be exhausting but in the end it’s all worth it. Some of the best memories come from the hardest years of life. Thank you for taking time to blog.

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