Grow Write Guild #20

Friday, January 31, 2014

Describe winter in your garden in 10 words or less: 

Perfectly composed of glossy magazine photos in my head.

This post is written in response to the writing prompt found here by You Grow Girl as part of the Grow Write Guild.  

Calf #2

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On Monday I went out to check cows and found this little bundle had made an appearance.  In these first two photos she is just hours old.

On Tuesday we caught her and gave her a dose of probiotic and put in her ear tag.

I adore that pink nose! Her coloring is the most unique of any of our cows.  I am convinced we should keep her even if she is a tiny little thing.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

My amaryllis bulb is blooming and bringing a bright spot of color and growth to the grey January days.

27-year-old Christmas Cactus

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

This cactus has quite the history.  It was given to my husband's mother when he was born.  She took a cutting off it and gave me the original plant after we got married.  I was terrified I would kill it since I am not very good at house plants, but thankfully it has survived.  This is the first year it has put on such a good show of blooms so maybe I am finally succeeding at this house plant thing (knock on wood).

Grow Write Guild: My Plans for the 2014 Growing Season

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

January is a great month of garden dreaming and planning.  The holiday busyness is over and the next thing to look forward to on the calendar is spring.  My mailbox is full of seed catalogs and I am counting down the days until I start my tomato seeds.

Goals for the 2014 Veggie Garden:
1. Continue last years successes of lettuce, yardlong beans and tomatillos
2. Find a paste tomato that I love to grow and eat.  I have had plenty that taste good but the plants are weak and frustrating to grow.  Recommendations, anyone?
3. Try growing dried beans.  We eat plenty of dried beans so I am not sure why I haven't done this before.
4. Grow squash successfully.  The squash bug population in my garden is unreal, but this year I will try again to outwit them.  Let me know if you have any tried and true methods.
5. Grow things, mainly peppers, with the goal of creating my own seasoning blends.  Fresh Treager smoked paprika, I think yes!
6. Can and preserve more of the harvest.

 I also want to grow a cutting garden.  Last year I dabbled in cutting the things I already had in the garden for flower arrangements indoors, but this year I want to take it a step further and plant a specific patch just for cut flowers.  I am envisioning dahlias, craspedia, bachelors buttons, zinnias, pincushion flower and more.

This post is written in response to the writing prompt found here by You Grow Girl as part of the Grow Write Guild.

First Calf

Friday, January 10, 2014

Our first calf was born on January 3rd, 2014.  This cow was one we had recently bought so we weren't sure when she was due, but when we went out that morning, there she was.  One down, nine to go...  


Monday, January 6, 2014

This is a series of photos I took during the week of freezing fog.  Everything seemed so much more lovely with a heavy dusting of frost.