55 Things #19 – Celebrating May

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In the U.S. We have a couple of holidays that we celebrate in May. The first is Mother’s Day which is always celebrated on the second Sunday of May (May 10, 2020). The other is Memorial Day which is observed on the last Monday of May (May 25, 2020).

For those who don’t celebrate these, or might want to get an early start in celebrating this month, I thought I would share with you some other options.

May 2

According to Days of the Year.com May 2 is Naked Gardening Day. As much as I love gardening I have to tell you that I will not be celebrating this day. I certainly won’t judge those who opt in, but I can imagine this activity being both uncomfortable and dangerous. No Thanks!!! I do, however, believe that there was a time and place when naked gardening was the way to go. The time was “In The Beginning” and the place was The Garden of Eden.

May 4

According to World National Days.com May 4th is Respect for Chickens Day. This is another day that I won’t be doing anything out of the ordinary. I always treat our chickens with respect. I greet them with “Hi Girls” as we arrive at the farm and they run up to the car; I thank them while I collect eggs from the coop; and I bid them a “good night gang” as we close them in the coop at night. So however you might decide to celebrate Respect for Chickens Day you can be assured that our chickens are being respected also.

May 7

World National Days.com also lists the first Sunday in May (May 7, 2020) as World Laughter Day. This is a day that I would like to see everyone make an effort to celebrate. In fact I think everyone should make an effort to laugh at least a little everyday. So why not start your celebration today?

Will you be celebrating any of these?

If you could pick a holiday for everyone to celebrate what would it be?

Do you have a good joke you would like to share?

 

 

 

 

Asparagus Season 2020

I mentioned in one of my recent posts that we had been working in the asparagus patch and it seems that we completed this work just in time for the season to begin. While walking through our asparagus patch on Monday I discovered the first two shoots poking up through the soil.

Last year our asparagus crop was a bust. It was April 23, 2019 when I posted on my blog that I had noticed the first shoots popping up. But the rainy cold spring that we had seemed to stunt our crop. I picked enough for two meals, but since we were seeing very few spears emerge we decided to let what did come up go to seed in hopes of producing stronger plants this year. It seemed like only about 20% of our plants were even producing through the month of May.

We didn’t really pay much attention to the patch for most of the summer but in early fall when I walked through it I realized that most ( 80-90%) of our plants had leafed out and gone to seed. We were quite surprised and truly grateful that so many plants had survived. Even though the amount of rainfall we had in the spring was record breaking we knew we needed to make some changes in the asparagus patch to try to prevent a repeat performance.

My husband started in the fall by removing the welded wire fence that enclosed the area, then after cutting the patch down he dug some trenches to allow for water run off. We monitored it through the winter since we had more rain than snow this year and the drainage trenches were working well.

We decided to just use plastic deer netting around the patch while the asparagus is in season to keep the deer from running through and nibbling on the spears. My husband pounded the metal posts in.

We also decided to burn off the dead plant debris and all of the weeds that had begun growing up. Hopefully this will have destroyed any asparagus beetle eggs that may have been left in the patch and eliminate them as a problem this year.

 

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Here is a photo of the patch after I burned it off.

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This is the flame thrower/torch that I used to burn of the weeds and debris.

My husband and I then worked together to put up the deer netting on Sunday. As I mentioned I saw the first two spears poking up from the ground and with over an inch of rain forecast over the next three days all we can do now is pray that we don’t see that repeat performance.

Have you been enjoying any outdoor activities?

 

55 Things # 18 – Thunder and Lightning

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On April 7th while many people around the world marveled at the spectacular super moon, my husband and I witnessed a different incredible act of nature. Our daytime weather was warm and partly sunny but storms were predicted for the hours between 7:00 and 11:00 P.M.

In the evening the sky clouded over cancelling any chance that we would be viewing the pink super moon. Shortly after dark the radio reported a severe thunder storm warning was issued for the county to the North – Northwest of us. A short time later the warning was repeated to include our county. My husband went out to take a look at the sky and a few minutes later he called me outside, “You have got to see this light show!”

As I walked outside the first thing I noticed was the continual roll of thunder. It was not the loud booming thunder that accompanies a lightning strike as it hits the ground, but a continual roll more like the sound of a freight train. The thunder was constant for the next 10 minutes or so while we stood in front of our house and watched a light show more magnificent than any fireworks display I have ever seen. Lightning bolts zigzagged from cloud to cloud sometimes two bolts meeting each other midway. At the same time there were continual flashes which illuminated the sky behind and above the clouds.

When we first started watching, the show was in the sky to the North – Northwest, but as the storm moved closer it permeated the sky to the West and East as well. The show was still going but as the rain started we retreated into the house.

This storm brought to my mind the following song.

Isn’t it true that in the midst of a storm what scares us most might just noise?

Thanks for reading and be well. 🙂

Did you see the pink super moon?

Our Little Piece Of Earth

Several blogs that I have seen this morning have reminded me that it is Earth Day. In fact it is the 50th year that this day has been celebrated. It is really just a coincidence that I have prepared a post with lots of pictures of our little piece of this earth but I invite you to have a look around.

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Even though we lost all of our bees over the winter we still have two hives that have some honey in them. On the days that are warm and sunny they are being visited by what we assume are wild honey bees. Since there is little available for them to forage this early in the year these bees are eating the honey that remains in the hives. It is good to know there are still honey bees in the area.

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Daffodils are blossoming and the bushes in the background are forsythia just beginning to bud out. We have never had the forsythia blossom so fully. Last year we decided not to prune them but to wait until after they are done blossoming this spring. It seems to have worked.

Yellow is a happy color. 🙂

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It shouldn’t be long before the forsythia is fully blossomed. I think it will be a stunning backdrop for the pond.

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These small daffodils and white hyacinths were planted 5 years ago in memory of my husband’s mother. My husband had bought them for her to brighten up her room when she was in the hospital. After she passed away we brought them home and planted them in the prayer garden. They are the first daffodils to blossom every year.

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The garlic is doing well. I love seeing them come up in neat, orderly rows.

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These small red shoots are a peony bush the I planted last year in memory of my Aunt Shirley. I am so happy to see it coming up.

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I spotted the first dandelions to open. They were growing in the middle of my oregano patch so I will likely dig them out. Personally I love to see dandelions in bloom they just don’t belong in my oregano patch.

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Above are cosmos and below are primrose. Both were added to the prayer garden last year. They were given to my husband by a lady whose home he was working at while he was working the landscaping job.

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The cosmos continued to flower all last summer and were not touched by the deer, but the top growth on the primrose died off after being transplanted. They then formed new leaves but did not flower. I guess I will find out this year if they are deer candy or not.

 

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A cardinal was visiting the chicken yard. This is not unusual. Many birds (and rabbits, and squirrels and even deer) visit that area since there is always food available.

 

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Blue berry bushes are beginning to bud out as are apple trees (below).

IMG_6435We witnessed something we have never seen before on Sunday. Honey bees were foraging in the daffodils.

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We have had daffodils growing since before we began keeping bees and if you have been following my blog for very long you know that I always watch to see where the bees are and what plants they are foraging.

 

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This is the first time in eight years that we have seen the honey bees collecting daffodil pollen. Since I am not skilled enough as a photographer to get a picture of the pollen attached to their bodies you will just have to take my word that they were collecting pollen to take back to their hive.

As I was working at the farm on Monday I noticed this egret land near the pond. He or she quickly swooped up a tasty treat. I’m not sure if it was a frog or a fish.

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It then continued to make it’s way around the edge of the pond.

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It was about 45 minutes later that I saw it fly away so I can only assume it left with a full belly.

Not everything that is happing at the farm is as passive as this appears.

On Sunday I decided it was time to start preparing the ground around the apple trees for the companion plants I am going to put in.

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Since my husband was working in a different area, we put Ranger on a tie near where I was working. When he saw me digging in the dirt he decided to come and help. I have to admit that he was much more efficient digging with his paws than I was with a trowel. Unfortunately after digging for a short bit he sniffed the area and realized there were no mice hiding in that ground, so he was done.

I finished removing the grass and top layer of soil around the base of the tree – only six more to go. I will then be planting chives which are said to ward off insects and prevent apple scab and nasturtiums which are also reported to repel insects. We won’t know until summer if these methods are working but lets all hope that I’ll be posting pictures of beautiful apples later this year.

Now this post is getting long and we’re heading out to work in the asparagus patch (it should be coming up soon) so I’ll save the information about the work we are doing there for another post.

Thanks for visiting and until next time be well.

How are you celebrating earth day?

 

55 Things # 17 – Good Advice

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People are often unreasonable and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If your are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are honest, people may cheat you.

Be honest anyway.

If you find happiness, people may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

For you see, in the end it is between you and God.

It was never about them anyway.

                                                                ~Mother Theresa