Garden Update

We had a busy day yesterday – Reed came over after lunch and we planted our pumpkins and our “canning” garden. We go carried away last January and ordered twice as much seeds as we had room for — and it’s a BIG area! You know how it is in cold dark January – you want a little taste of summer so you order seeds — and more seeds! Ha!

Here’s Reed – a farmer outstanding in his field! Ha!

And here’s Reed,planting onions – lots of onions – for hot dog relish along with green and red peppers and cucumbers. I also added just two tomato plants for sliced eating tomatoes, no canning.

I remember buying so many onions last summer – especially small ones for slicing in bread and butter pickles. Not this year – they’re in the ground waiting for rain.

Here’s a quick look at the chicks – they are so sweet and of such a variety. Reed is taking his on Sunday. Won’t he have fun?

And take just one guess who’s sleeping under this cupboard.

Such a silly picture of EJM!

I’m taking it easy today – too much hard work yesterday and too much sun. It’s a reading, resting, sewing day to recuperate. Old ladies need more than one day of rest per week!

19 thoughts on “Garden Update

  1. Carol T

    Indeed we need to take it easy! The trouble is we cannot believe this is the case, right? 😂

  2. Marilyn

    Thank you for saying you need a day to rest. You work so hard at so many projects outside that I have wondered how you have so much energy. I need to rest in between hours of work…work an hour and rest, then work another hour and rest again. Just glad someone else needs rest.

  3. Paula

    Glad you are reading, etc and resting from all this work you have been doing. I am so happy for Reed that he is interested in what you have to teach and you are interested in teaching him all this good farm stuff! How did white feet get under that cabinet? Paula in KY

  4. Kathy Hanson

    I agree, Old ladies really do need more that one day of rest per week!! Good thing you are taking one today after all the work you have done. So sweet to have Reed doing so much with you, how much fun for both of you! EJM has himself quite a nice napping space! Always fun to see your blog!

  5. Patty McDonald

    Reed is a terrific kid and you are so gracious and kind to spend your time teaching him. He will remember you all his life as the lady that taught him everything. When I was young, an ‘old’ farmer neighbor (in his late 60’s) from Oklahoma, took the time to explain so many things about farming….raising pigs, milking cows, raising beef, growing vegetables, quality of hay, having a pond and stocking it with fish…..on and on. He also was a Christian man that lived his faith. I’m now approaching 70 and credit him with my love of the country life and as the strongest Christian I’ve ever met. In 70 years, Reed will still be crediting you with his farm knowledge and a terrific Christian lady.
    Love the chickens. How are your roosters getting along? We have 1 Banty rooster and he rules. Doesn’t chase me just stomps his feet and doesn’t like me touching his hens. So relaxing to sit and watch him with the hens.
    Glad you are taking a day to relax. YOU ARE HUMAN!! I think we tend to think of you with super human strength and fortitude. God bless your day. Patty McDonald

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Patty – I have 3 roosters and Fred rules – he’s too aggressive on my hens, if you know what I mean, and I wish I could find him another home! Daddio is terrified of him and that makes me sad and upset when I find poor Daddio hiding to get away from him. I would hate to kill him but things would be calmer in the barnyard without him.
      Thanks for those kind words regarding Reed – I wouldn’t want to be a bad influence on him – ever! We’re both looking forward to Sunday when he picks his chicks to take home. Then Debbie and Deloris have to move back here because they will pick on the chicks.
      I’m enjoying my quiet day very much.

  6. Brenda archambault

    Your hard work, and Reed’s too, will pay off when the crops mature. I’d give anything for a ripe sliced tomato right out of the garden instead of the tomatoes available in the market around here.
    Please take a “Mary day” or two, catch your breath, put your feet up, and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
    Does Reed know which chicks are his, or does ownership change on occasion? You’re doing a fine job being a surrogate mentor/grandmother and someone he’ll always look up to and never forget. Nor will you!

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Brenda – there is one specific chick with a brown spot on its head and the other two are breed specific. Their names are going to be Alta, Edna and ? – can’t remember. Isn’t that cute?

  7. Debra Lindeman

    So love reading your blog and catching up with your news. That is a lot of hard work in the hot sun! Would love to hear whatbyoubarw reading these days.

  8. Diana Weirich

    Give EJM a hug for me. I lot my Punkin (Siamese cat) this week to kidney disease. She was only 4 1/2, way too young to lose her. I am heartbroken. But I know she’s waiting for me with my other furry friends lost over the years.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Diane – oh, I am so sorry to hear that! We lost Faye, our JRT mix, to kidney disease at age 4 even though we tried everything including the best vet care at Iowa State University. Kidney disease is very sad to experience – I will meet your Punkin along with Faye someday at the Rainbow Bridge!

  9. Diane

    Yes, rest is good; you could even do more than one day–imagine that!! Love the farmer outstanding in his field:) He’s a great kid. Your chickens looks so cute. Ernie Joe sure knows where to hide and stay cool. It will be great to have all of the “fruits” of your labor in the fall. Yum.

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