Archive for July 2nd, 2004

Garden Update

Everything is growing really well! We’ve had some cool weather lately so it’s slowed some things down, like the tomatoes and maybe the corn, but everything else is getting really big! I’ve only had to weed once and it took me about two minutes! LOL Love having garden *boxes*! 🙂

Last Sunday, I dug up potatoes in one of the individual boxes. One of the branches on the plant was completely yellow and wilted. I wasn’t sure if the plants had a definite life-span so I just dig them rather than risk losing them. I wish I had waited…there were about a dozen small potatoes growing nicely and a bunch of teeny tiny ones that would have all been sooo much bigger come September…but oh well. The plant still had a branch that was looking ok – just fine so it probably would have continued supplying those growing potatoes well. This was an experiment with these boxes anyway so I don’t feel *too* bad…

The lilac in the back yard bloomed wonderfully a few days after the one in the front yard and even more pleasing – it’s fragrant too! Last year, for some reason there weren’t many blooms and I didn’t really think they smelled. This year tons of blooms and the smell was heavenly! Yay!

Speaking of blossoms, our first zucchini blossom opened up yesterday and the second did this morning. The bush beans also have several blossoms that will probably open today…they looked like they were just beginning to last night. The peas don’t have any yet… The tomatoes have some but it will be another handful of days or so before they will be opening I think. My geraniums haven’t bloomed yet either. One took a hit and lost a major branch which I rooted and planted. Both are doing well but I didn’t expect that they would bloom this year. The other one though…looks great but hasn’t yet either. I think I’ll give it some Miracle Grow…that should help…the soils probably pretty worn out in that pot.

The turnip leaves are huge! The actual turnips are coming along nicely too… But those leaves! Wow, I forgot how big they can get. I’m looking forward to eating those too. 🙂

The Hollyhocks are coming along slowly. They are a perenial and I’ve never grown them before (started some last year that didn’t make it) so I’m not sure how far along they are supposed to progress this year. Perhaps next year is when they really get their height, etc. I guess I’ll have to do a little reading…

I found out what that stuff was I was calling skunk cabbage. It’s a wild celery – Angelica lucida – I believe. They are edible but…bleck…I’d rather starve I think. Especially if I’m allergic! LOL Anyway, that’s the closest I’ve found in an old Wild, Edible and Poisonous Plants of Alaska booklet I have. The illustrations are black and white…sooo it kinda looks right…but I’d rather have a nice clear full color photo to look at and compare to. More research would probably turn up what I want but I haven’t had the time.

That’s about all for gardening right now. “Grow, plants, grow!”, is all that’s left to say. 😉

Happy Gardening ’til next time!

Ok, this is turning out to more than spotting. If this indeed is my menstrual cycle, this weekend would be perfect in getting over this as it usually lasts about 4 days. Please pray to this end…that this is my cycle, it completes itself over the long weekend and that by the time I go back on Tues. or Wed. for a blood test my hcg level will be ZERO!!!

Please continue to pray that I heal fully from this miscarriage. I started bleeding a little more heavily today. I’ve had “trace” amounts for 2-3 days (finally!) but had some heavier spotting last night (just before bed) and this morning. I doesn’t surprise or concern me too much…I usually bleed for six weeks after birth, have about a week off and then start right back up with my period (despite exclusive on demand breastfeeding). But, I’d really really like to wrap this up once and for all. Yes, expenses are a driving motivator…but so is the desire to just be whole and healthy naturally (as possible). I was supposed to go in this week for another blood test but dh was too swamped to swing it. I didn’t push the issue anyway because I do want to give my body enough time so I can see a significant difference in results. I was kinda thinking anyway that I’d like to wait ’til after the holiday weekend. So, please pray over the next few days that it be God’s will to heal me up! 🙂

It’s been overcast and gloomy and off-n-on rainy for a week+ now. Ugh. *July* usually has this kind of weather… It came early so I’m hoping it will end early too. I hope this is not what we have to look forward to the *whole* month of July!!! Bleck.

The chickies are really getting big! In fact, the Golden Comet looks like a miniture hen now. Completely feathered out and little comb growing well. The Buff Orp. and Silver Wyn. are pretty much there too…combs are not quite as far along and they have a bit – just a bit – of down left on their heads. The other three are still in various stages of getting their feathers and still look a little funny with baldish spots. 😉 They certainly love to get out of the carrier in the morning. I still put them in there at night as we are still using the large garden box from last year to put them in and want to protect them from bears and such. We put boards spaced out over the top now though so we don’t have to “chickensit” all day during the day! 😉 We are having so much fun with them! Getting to know their different personalities (they all had names by the end of the first three days btw! 😉 ), watching them catch bugs, etc. They definitely know me as their caretaker and will come running (most of the time) to see if I’m going to feed them. I generally feed them 2-3x per day…it’s been 3x lately because of this cool poor weather we’ve been having…but visit them more often but every time they come expecting something. Silly birds! 😉 Probably because we do slip some extras in every now and then…one day we found a bunch of slugs under a board…Yummy! they gobbled them right up much to the childrens (except ones 😦 ) delight! We found a couple of earthworms once also but I really want the earthworms to stay in my garden so unless the children find them elsewhere they won’t have that delicacy. Speaking of which, since it’s wet out there now, there are probably a bunch more slugs to find! Will do that when I’m done here…

I’m going to update my garden journal now and then be off to catch up with the children and their chores! I’m not sure if I’ll be back again soon so…

A blessed and happy and safe ***Independence Day*** weekend to you all!!! 🙂

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