Winter Break and Planning

After a long break from posting, I am back at least to say hello to everyone who reads my blog and hope you all are doing well.  My garden is at rest since fall.  Not much digging to do yet, but potatoes should be planted in March so I do have my pick axe and shovel ready.

Since I was blessed to make it to 70 years of age this January, I started thinking about how to make gardening easier for me, especially the digging and pick-axing part, so I rounded up eight empty feed tubs my daughter uses for her cattle. I drilled holes in the bottoms, put in a layer of small rocks and old wood pieces and will fill the rest with some organic garden soil.  Really looking forward to see how this works out and if I can make my containers produce healthy vegetables like you see in all those seed catalogs!

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As always, never giving up hope that this year will be a great year for an abundant vegetable harvest.  Haven’t had such a pleasure in several years, but this may be the one. Grasshopper plagues, drought, late killing frosts, and garden pests have really contributed to disappointments in gardening the last several years. But I will not give up. I really do appreciate all the people who can grow beautiful and healthy organic vegetables and I strive to be one of them. Learning how to do so never ends.

So what am I doing while awaiting the next planting time?  I’m enjoying looking at all the seed catalogs! What a fantastic array of vegetables God has created for our eating pleasure.  Getting orders ready for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Seeds from Italy.

Even in winter, the garden is a lovely place. I feed the birds there, take pictures of them, sit and read on warmer days, watch my little dogs play, and await every evening to see what kind of a sunset show there will be!

Blessings to you all.

The most common bird in my garden is the Mockingbird, Arkansas’s state bird. This one taken today as I was out with my 3 little dogs in the garden.

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A sunset show photo from last night over our pasture and round bales.

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Feasting on Dandelions!

Eating dandelions has become quite a fascination with me this spring.

007I have always loved the bright yellow dandelion and occasionally pick its leaves to put in our salads, but in all my 68 years have never thought about eating any other part of the plant until I recently read this article about making dandelion jelly.  Dandelion jelly?!  My Slovenian grandfather used to make dandelion wine and from what I remember it tasted quite good.  Dandelion wine, dandelion jelly and dandelion greens in salads.  What next?

Yes, dandelion fritters!  Although I haven’t tried canning any dandelion jelly yet,  I do want to try dandelion fritters!  Deep Roots at Home blog has a recipe for this tasty sounding dish.

I told my daughter I needed to find a cookbook for dandelions.  It wasn’t hard to find one and I plan to buy this book The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook by Kristina Seleshanko.  Kristina has a wealth of information regarding the healthful benefits and culinary uses of dandelions on her blog.

Happy dandelion feasting!

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