Posts tagged ‘gardening’

Putting up peas, a homey little task

I’m so excited. I froze my first batch of peas from my own garden this weekend. It was a whopping 4 small freezer bags. But still. Its from my garden, and I can use them in stir-fries in the depths of winter when spring seems a hundred years away. I’ve actually picked and froze another 2 bags since then, and there are still more to come. So I have high hopes for at least 4-6 more bags. Not to mention what I’ll get from the fall crop I’ll plant in August.

It’s such a fun little task. Picking peas. Washing them. Snapping off the top. Blanching them. And finally portioning them in freezer bags to use to make a tasty stir-fry for Chuck.

Tomatoes are coming next! I already have a couple small green ones. I love the summer.


June 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm 1 comment

Our Bees Came!

Actually, they came about 2 weeks ago, but I’m just now getting pictures up.

Our Bees are here!

Tying them up tight.

Getting them settled in their spot.

Pulling the plug

All suited up

Fireing up the smoker

Putting our hands in a hive of bees!!

Even I helped move some frames!

May 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm Leave a comment

What the wall in my backyard is made of

There is a wall in my backyard.

One that really needs to come down. All this growth is taking up like a third of our backyard.

But look at what that big ugly mess is made out of!

And it smells great too.

I’m not looking forward to missing the wild roses and honeysuckle (?) next spring.

I just need to buy some new plants, equally springy that won’t take up my whole yard.

May 6, 2010 at 6:40 am Leave a comment

I liked brains when I was a kid

Look at my Brains! Well, that’s what we called them when we were little. I think they’re actually called Celosia, but to me they’ll always be brains.

What makes these brains so cool is how healthy they are! The first time i ever saw one was on the research flower gardens at Penn State University. The things were large, and had a spherical shape. To a kid, it looked like everything I’d ever seen in books about brains.

Ever since then I’ve seen them here and there, but they’re always really little, have terrible root systems and really don’t amount to the big brain shaped plant I remembered when I was a kid. But these are huge and awesome. And it’s only May! In July, I’m hoping for a little walk down memory lane. 🙂

May 3, 2010 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

Can I brag on my garden?

It’ll just be a moment. I’m just so excited about how well it all turned out. See?

I can’t get over how organized it is. Very few weeds, I can actually see the edge of each patch.

And I love the view outside my kitchen window. I love my little deck. It’s like I have a whole new room in my house.

And I’m ecstatic over the first flowers off my rose bushes. This red one came from a bush that hasn’t had a proper rose gardener for years. They just needed me to bring out their stunning beauty.

And this one… well I practically tried to kill it by waiting 3-4 months after I bought it to plant it. oops.

K. I’m done bragging now. 🙂

May 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

Chuck’s Favorite Flowers… to kill… (insert dramatic music)

One single time that Chuck liked the dandilion in our yard. He still killed it.

March 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm 4 comments

Our Anniversary Weekend

When I was a little girl and dreamed of my wedding someday, I thought my parents were very weird to pick March for their wedding. There’s nothing romantic about March. Then I met Chuck. Then I dated Chuck. Then I wanted to marry Chuck so badly, the date didn’t matter. How long could we plan a wedding in? Three months. That put us in March. And God in his delightful sense of humor and sentimentality landed March 7th, my parents anniversary, on a Saturday in 2009. So, as is often the case, you grow up, and come to find out your parents were pretty smart after all.

But in spite of getting married in such an unromantic month, on March 7th of 2009, when it should’ve been 40 degrees, and bride and bridesmaids should be shivering, it was 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky. It might as well have been June.

Wasn’t it a gorgeous day?

It wasn’t quite that warm this year. But it was still 60 out, and brought back very fond memories of that very precious day. Here’s some of the beautiful hints of spring we saw this weekend….

Building the strawberry patch, with the new circular saw I bought him for our anniversary.

He wants corn in our garden so bad. There’s no homeowner’s association in our neighborhood yet, but there probably will be one by the time we ever move out to prevent our kind from ever moving in again.

Starting Seeds

Healthy roses… I love my roses…*sigh*

Look at them come up!

Trees budding in the front yard

Cute flowers that will be soon meet their demise by either round-up or mower. But for now, they’re keeping our spirits high in anticipation of the beautiful weather.

more pretty weeds 🙂

March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

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