|Digging potatoes with Grandpa Paul, Summer 2012|
There are definitely signs that spring is approaching. Even before I noticed the daffodils and tulips emerging from the ground there were other indications that spring was coming. The first sign was the increased body count on the bridge across the Umatilla River. In just one trip into town I counted two skunks, one porcupine and one opossum pancaked into the tarmac. If wildlife is on the move, spring must be on its way!
On Tuesday we had sunshine! Temperatures were in the 50's, but the sun was shining. I opened my new gigantic package of Costco gardening gloves. I cleaned out flowerbeds and planted strawberry starts. It was good to get my hands back in dirt, even if I did break a nail. On Wednesday I complained all day about aching bones. How can so little work create so many aches and pains?
Last year was our first effort in vegetable gardening. We had a lot of fun gardening with the grandchildren. We learned quite a bit from our initial experience. I canned tomatoes for the first time and filled our freezer with anything I could blanch and freeze. We are still eating last summer's bounty, although we are down to only a few remaining onions and frozen peppers. As we plan for this year's garden, we are paying attention to varieties that best fit our tastes.
|This summer we will stagger planting of radishes so we have them all summer,and we will harvest them before they grow to the size of baseballs!|
Tuesday evening, after my day in the garden, I made soup for dinner. Every ingredient came from the freezer. Every vegetable came from our garden. The beef came from a little farther away...we bought half a beef from our neighbor across the road. There's something very satisfying about growing our own food. I'm not going to be milling my own flour any time soon, but we will be eating our own fresh vegetables.
I am so glad that spring is almost here. Do you think it's safe to take the snow tires off my car?