It’s strawberry season in Michigan and we have picked our first five quarts of berries. 🙂 This years berries are smaller than we have seen in past years, likely because of the dry spell we had as the berries were beginning to form, but despite the smaller size they have the sweet wonderful flavor that we have come to expect from our homegrown berries.
If you live in Michigan and want locally grown strawberries now is the time to look for them.
These are the new kids on the block – the chicks we bought earlier this year. When we bought them from the farm store we thought we bought black Australorp chicks. Instead we got a mixed bag. While the small one in the back looks like a black Australorp, two look like barred rocks and while the one in the middle is a beautiful bird, we have no idea what breed he might be.
You might remember that we started out with six chicks. sadly two of them fell prey to a racoon.
We had hoped to get at least one rooster out of the six and at this point we have identified two which we are certain are roosters and a third which we suspect might be a rooster but are more hopeful of it being a hen.
Recently our evening have been spent around the chicken yard, watching chicken TV, and being on the lookout for racoons. The chickens enjoy the evening visits especially this particular evening when my husband was passing out treats. 🙂
Will you be shopping for locally grown produce this year?
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A Psalm of David. 1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
As I read the headlines and wonder where this world is headed this scripture comes to mind. I find comfort in these words. Perhaps you will as well.
In any war it is important to have a strategy and that includes the gardener’s “War On Weeds”. I don’t think it is possibly to have a garden that is perpetually weed free, so I don’t know that it is possible to truly win the war. I am going to share some tips, though, that might help you win some of the battles.
The Plan Of Attack
We have learned over the years that pulling weeds when the soil is moist is the best approach. When the soil is dry the roots are reaching deep into the earth searching for water. This makes digging them difficult and pulling them next to impossible. When the soil is moist the roots are relaxed and can be pulled out much easier. Weeding in the morning when the soil is moist or after a rain will make your work much easier.
Keep Your Enemy In Check
Most plants will reproduce by forming flowers or seed heads. In order to keep the plants from multiplying (often exponentially) remove the weed before it forms flowers or goes to seed.
Know Your Enemy
Being able to identify the type of weed and how it grows can be most helpful in ridding it permanently from your garden. Plants that are annuals and are pulled or cut before they go to seed should be gone for good. Other plants that are biennial (taking two years to mature) or perennial (come back every year) will need to have their entire root removed otherwise they will continue to grow back. Some perennial’s, like Canadian thistle and sow thistle, have roots systems that run horizontally under ground. When the shoot/plant is pulled and detached from the horizontal root it will, in a quest for survival, send up several more shoots. (A loosing battle.) However cutting the shoot/plant at ground level will deprive it of the ability to perform photosynthesis. That particular shoot may grow back and need to be cut another time or two before the plant (root) dies.
In the past we have had much success in getting rid of thistles from lawn or field areas by mowing the area throughout the summer. This year as I weed my prayer garden I am on a mission to eradicate thistles, so I am cutting them with the intention of coming back once a week to cut any that are starting to grow back. Wish me luck!
Each year the first color we see in the spring is yellow.
Then as spring progresses and the yellow flowers fade away we see a lot of purple.
When we landscaped the berm that boarders our pond we planted forsythia bushes alternated with lilacs. Once the forsythia is finished blossoming the lilacs begin. On a breezy day the lilac fragrance fills the air.
The lush green of the trees evokes a feeling of peace and harmony.
The daffodils that ushered in spring have been replaced by Iris’s, chive blossoms and salvia.
The dandelion blossoms turned to puff balls that were scattered by the wind. They have been replaced by white clover that will offer the bees a bountiful food source throughout the summer.
These are but a few of the delightful changes I have observed in the past week.
I received this message from WordPress on Saturday. It’s hard for me to believe that I have been blogging for 5 years. It’s even harder to believe that after 5 years WordPress is changing the rules. To their credit I was given fair warning that these changes were coming and I have had adequate time to learn how to use the new editor. I just haven’t!
I guess the problem is that I don’t like change. I subscribe to the philosophy of “if it’s not broken don’t fix it”. I still use a flip phone and I don’t text; I take pictures with a camera; I still write checks to pay my bills; and I prefer to use a map or have written directions to get where I’m going. You might think I will be offended if you call me old fashion. I won’t. I will take that as a compliment.
For me the WordPress classic editor worked fine. I personally had no complaints, but I suppose when you are trying to please hundreds of thousands, perhaps more, (I really have no idea how many people use WordPress) there will certainly be people wanting something more, new or different.
This is my first post using the new editor. It is pretty basic and there is much more to learn. As much as I don’t like having to learn to use the new program, it is a choice I will make because blogging is important to me. You may not notice a difference in the appearance of the blog, and since I do not blog on a regular schedule you might not even realize that it is taking me longer to create a post. As I go through this leaning process if you do notice differences please bear with me as the support of my readers is what encourages me to keep blogging.
My hope is that it will come easy and I will continue to enjoy blogging as much as I have in the past. If that is the case perhaps WordPress and I will celebrate many more anniversaries.