Strawberry Season

Strawberries, lettuce and spinach from the gardenStrawberries are in full swing. We have been enjoying strawberries on pancakes in the morning, mixed into green salads, sliced and marinated in balsamic vinegar for spinach salads and in the evening on a scoop of ice cream. Oh, and several times throughout the day, a walk through the garden for a handful to eat as I go. Continue reading

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Garden Producing

The garden produced many meals of spring greens, radishes and green onions and delicious rhubarb for pies and cakes over the last month. Now it is starting to produce a greater variety with larger quantities.

The chive plant was about to go to seed so I chopped the whole plant off about 2 inches above ground level, removed all the stems that had begun to develop the beginnings of seed heads, and snipped the rest into tiny pieces. Left overnight in the dehydrator at the lowest settling dried them out nicely and I will have enough chives for recipes throughout the winter. Continue reading

Daffodils Make An Appearance

Daffodils breaking the surface.The daffodil bulbs have broken the surface and can be seen near the frontĀ  of the driveway.

I always look forward to seeing the bulbs start to send up their foliage. It gives me hope that we will be seeing other signs of spring soon, and it also reminds me that I need to attend to the strawberry plants before they start coming out of hibernation. The berries need a light coating of fertilizer on one of these rainy days so that the nitrogen can soak into the root system before the leaves start growing.

My Fall Strawberries

Cleaning up the garden the other day gave me a chance to pick a bucket of strawberries.

A bucketfull of rocks painted to look like strawberries.No, these aren’t the sweet berries that we enjoyed so much during the beginning of the summer. These are the rock decoys that I had painted and scattered throughout the strawberry patch in hopes that it would frustrate enough birds to ensure a crop of berries for me.

I’m really not sure if the theory that I put into practice works. Birds seem to peck along at the leisure when there is a decoy laying around or not.

I have noticed however, that humans are drawn to the decoys as they step into the patch and I constantly have to answer for my odd display. Seems to me the birdbrains have the upper hand on this game of confusion.

Interrupted Weeding

A cat hides out in the strawberries just inches from the garden hoe.I had been attempting to get the hoe in and around some of the strawberry plants. The buttercups are really a nuisance and the strawberry plants are getting too big to get around them well but I wanted to chop enough of the interloping ground cover so I would still get a good crop of fruit.

And to make matters just a little more difficult, the barn cat Boaz decided that he needed to keep a close eye on me and the long stick I was using around HIS strawberry plants.

Boaz would snuggle in and around the bushes as close as he could. Most of the time he was right where I wanted to hoe. This task was short-lived. It wasn’t long before I set the hoe by the garden bench and spent some quality time snuggling the mangy barn cat.

He acted surprised that I chose him over messing around the berries, the purring proved that he was appreciative.