Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring yardwork!

It is such a beautiful Spring day in the Ozarks so I decided to get some yard work done. What hard work! Of course it doesn't help that I have some kind of a "head-thing" going on & can't breathe & have heat flashes. A friend who has helped Mike & I in the past with our yard is suppose to come & take care of the yard for me but I'm not very good at waiting. If he can take care of the yard then I can devote my time to the garden. I'm having it tilled on Saturday & then I'll put some early things in.

My sisters & I are going to Mansfield to a seed place where they have all the old seed varieties. I planted some of the heritage tomatoes last year & they not only were delicious, they produced until really late. I think I could live all summer on tomatoes, onions, arugula & basil. Those are my mainstays but I'm going to try Brussels sprouts, several varieties of peppers, green beans, snow peas & of course, my herbs.

I tried to grow Brussels sprouts last year for the first time & didn't have much luck but I had a great crop of tiny green worms. I ordered Jerry Baker's natural gardening book off PBS last weekend so hopefully, Jerry can help. I had that same problem with broccoli & always felt like I was eating worms when I tried to eat it. I would love to be a totally green gardener but I can't control the bugs without help. If anyone has any advice, please let me know.

Growing peppers saves me so much money. I cut them up & freeze them & they last me all winter. I didn't grow chili peppers & needed some for a pot of soup. Judy picked a small can up for me & they were 99 cents. That's crazy when they're so easy to grow.

Hope every one's Wednesday is as beautiful as it is here in the Ozarks. Peace!


Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Ahhh....I love to get my hands in the dirt! But, I'm a flower and plant kinda gal. It's about time for me to get after it, myself! ~Mindy

Kenda said...

Jan, I would really like to start a garden, but I'm not sure where to begin! It seems a bit overwhelming. I'm curious about Mansfield and the old seed varieties. You know what a perfectionist that I am. Hope that you're feeling better! Hugs, Kenda

summersundays-jw said...

Kenda - You just dig a hole & add some good mulch. Ck. out Heritage Seed Co.'s website & read his letter & it explains. I'll get a catalogue for you tomorrow. I love my garden.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Mark and I are thinking about a garden this year. Something small and real simple. I may need you to come over and walk the yard with me to see where would be the best place. Love you and hope your weekend is filled with lots of Joyful moments. Katie

PS~ tell all the Leola's gals that I spotlighted Leolas on my most recent post. I am also bringing a car load down tomorrow!