Archives for May 14, 2015

Taming Things

Small Things-0494Small Things-0512The truth is that I am not very good at taming anything.  Well, I’ve tamed my fair share of feral kittens over the years, but that’s kind of the best I’ve got.  Beatrix will be officially 6 1/2 years old tomorrow (she’s counting), and she colored her entire body green with sidewalk chalk last week.  Wild Child.

(This strawberry ice cream recipe.  The reviews are good, but I didn’t love it.)

(Wooden figures from Sue Dow of In the Loft.  She created one of Larkspur in her FHC dress!)

(Accidental mullet.)

In the garden this week I have done quite a bit of taming, as I planned.  Cover crops were almost all cut down, and some proper vegetable seeds were planted.  Cucumbers, more lettuce (My first didn’t come up.  I’ve never had that happen before with lettuce!), okra, and maybe some other things too that I’m not remembering.  This year I’m not writing things down.  I left my flowers.  I do keep one bed just for herbs and flowers, and the truth is that I’d rather only grow herbs and flowers.  An entire garden of them.  Well, and strawberries.  Herbs, flowers, and strawberries.  I also opened up my beehives all by myself (without Jonny), poked around, and threw on a couple of supers, which is kind of a big step for me.  It has really been a good week.  My favorite kind: full of hope, possibilities, and hard work.

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And just look at what the goats have done!  They are clearing this stretch of easement bit by bit and then Jonny is going behind them with a plow.  There is so much multiflora rose and it’s crazy to me what the goats do to it.  They do leave the spiny stems, but the tractor takes care of those.  I am planning to turn this into a big garden plot for all the peas and sprawling things that I just don’t have room for in my raised bed garden.  I suspect it will be kind of a big mess by the end of the summer, but I plan to start strong.

p.s.  Just in case you are looking to tame your own children or maybe just your chore system, my sister is making some pretty nice wooden chore charts.  She recently set up a little Etsy shop, at the encouragement of friends and family.  You can read all about her system on any of the individual listings.  She’s been using these for over a year with her boys, so clearly it is working for her!

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