Well, top of the morning to you! We hope this finds every one feelin just great, and you’re all off to a fine start today!
Rain…might have a shot at some the next few days. The percentages aren’t anything to write home about, only 20 and 30 percent chance, with a 50 percenter thrown in for good measure towards weeks end, BUT, it sure beats the chances we’d been havin!
We’ve been busy lately my friends as we’re preppin the garden and movin along with the greenhouse as well. Today we’ll try and get our lettuce, Romaine, Iceberg, and gonna try some Black-Seeded Simpson too…whatever that is! LOL! We’ll also be plantin some cauliflower.
We’ll be putting in some broccoli and cabbage once again. The cold got our first batch of these last two, so we’ll be using the age old adage…if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. LOL! Though it wasn’t all that funny while we were takin the little muthas up after the freeze!
Then, between the 10th and 20th, we’ll be plantin our onion sets, and potatoes. The potatoes though, might end up bein a problem?? Our supplier just got a batch of sets in…ALL rotten! So, I guess we’ll try and run some down in another couple spots…we’ll see.
But, like all things, gardening is not any different, you win some…you lose some!
The greenhouse. We’ll finish one bed today it looks like, in between plantin those few rows in the garden…in between rain showers! At least that’s what we’re hopin. We’ll get the bed finished for sure, but it’s the rain “we’re hopin for!”
We trenched our bed down 10 inches deep and 3 feet wide. This bed will be 50 feet long. We be filling it with Black Cow and a bagged garden soil, along with utilizing some of the soil we excavated from the trench as well.
Once we backfill the trench, we’ll literally make raised beds…we’ll probably be usin 2×6 lumber for them. We were goin to use 2×10’s…TILL I priced the dern soil at Lowes!! This will still give us 16 inches of good loose soil for the plants to root and grow in!
The existing soil actually isn’t very bad, but we’ll build a “screen box” out of 2×4’s with the bottom made out of hardware cloth, to shovel the dirt back into, catchin anything that doesn’t need to be in it. This on account we see a few rocks, AND some broken glass, but only just a very little. I sure don’t want to be digging around in there by hand and run up on a dern piece of glass!
I gotta tell you guys, this greenhouse is getting ole Deb and I excited. We know we’re goin to really enjoy this thing immensely! The bed we’ll be workin on today is actually goin to be our “juice bed,” or the one we’ll utilize for much of our juicing material.
Most know that Deb and I juice 20-25 different fresh vegetables and fruit each morning, and it is workin out well for both of us. Deb feels and looks great, and it’s such a shot of nutrition each morning…we love it, AND wonder why in the world we hadn’t started it before we did??
In all honesty, we believe EVEYONE should start juicing. Not to the extent we do maybe, but just to get some of “the goody” it provides for you! We’re total believers in it anymore!
You know, Deb and I are getting on up in age, I’ll be 27 next go around, and ole Deb is just a tad older than I am, (not really, but it makes for a better story! Anyway, with my bein “SO much younger” than her, on our first anniversary she took me down to…Toys Are Us!
Seriously though, we are getting a LITTLE age on us, but my point with this is simply we’re kinda set in our ways. Gardening being no exception. I’ve always believed that…tomatoes ARE GREEN, okra IS GREEN, etc., etc., etc…
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds showed us that this just isn’t the case, and you know, we JUST might be missin out on some dern good vittles! So when we put our order in, we shucked off “our blinders,” and ventured out into…the real world! LOL!
Let’s take a look at our order…
Bull’s Blood Beet (we needed to try the Golden Beets but forgot to order them. Our great friends, Judi and Brian of the CFP rave about them!)
Japanese Long Cucumber
Florida Market Eggplant, Listada De Gandia Eggplant, and Ukrainian Beauty eggplant (they were out of the regular Black Beauty)
Fife Creek Cowhorn Okra, Burgandy Okra, and we still have plenty of Clemson Spineless from last year.
He Shi Ko Bunching Onion, and Crimson Forest Bunching Onion
Anaheim Pepper, Corne De Chevre Pepper, Corbaci Pepper, Tequila Sunrise Pepper, Sigaretta De Bergamo Pepper, Sweet Chocolate Pepper, Emerald Giant Pepper
Pink Beauty Radish
Beefsteak Tomato, Rutgers Tomato, Homestead Tomato, Fox Cherry Tomato, Riesentraube Tomato, Mini Orange Tomato, Green Pineapple Tomato, Isis Cherry Tomato, Black Cherry Tomato
Jubilee Watermelon, Sugar Baby Watermelon, Georgia Rattlesnake Watermelon, Honey Rock Melon
Lettuce Leaf Basil, and Lemon Basil.
We’ll be ordering more herbs in the next week or so, BUT, we’ve got our work cut out for us anyway.
Once more, checkout this seed company. I know most of you guys already have, but for the ones who haven’t…you don’t know what you’re missin!
Well, we’ll be closing out for today, but before we do, I’d like to share a video with ya’ll. It’s just showin our garden durin our preppin stage, with a little on the greenhouse.
You guys can also see ole Deb…she’s GOT HAIR!! YES, she does! Her hair has ALWAYS been straight as a dern board, but since comin back in from when the ONE chemo treatment knocked it all off…it’s curly as it can be! Looks like she stuck her finger in a dern light socket!
Naw, I’m only pickin at her, but in all sincerity, I’m glad it’s comin on back, and boy, she is too! She hasn’t wore an ole wig in a couple weeks now. Ole Deb is BACK!
We hope all you guys have a great day, and God Bless you and yours! Deb stuck her head in the door and says to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!
Hugs from Central Florida…
Dub and Deb