English: ‘Clootie’ Well, Munlochy, Black Isle. The rag well at Munlochy is one of two in the district, the other being at Culloden. More common in Ireland, these wells are still resorted to as ‘sympathetic magic’ destinations whereby an afflicted person leaves strips of clothing in hopes that their ailments will be cured by substitution.…
English: Herb garden seat Sissinghurst castle garden seat planted with herbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The Vernal Equinox has come and gone, and at this time of year, many people feel the urge to grow something. Those interested in herbal magic might fantasize about an herb garden of their own, where they can harvest what they’re…
In early February we went to Orlando, courtesy of Mark’s parents. One day was spent here:
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When we returned, I had a lot of planting to catch up on. Here’s the list so far:
February 13 – Onions and shallots (Copra, Red Bull, Candy, Bonilla) in greenhouse
February 22 – Broccoli (Fiesta, Thompson), cabbage (Danish Ballhead), and leeks (Giant Musselburgh) in greenhouse
March 3 – Celery (Giant Red) in greenhouse
March 9 – Tomatoes (Beaver Lodge, Cordova, Frazier’s Gem, Gill’s All Purpose, Heinz 2653, Old German, Oregon Spring, Persimmon, Sweet Million), tomatillos (Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry, Mexican Strain), hot peppers (Early Jalapeno, Habanero, Holy Mole, Mulato Isleno, Relleno Chile, Big Jim), and lettuce (Salad Bowl) in greenhouse
March 10 – Peas (Canoe) and two rows of spinach (Spaulding) in a raised bed (had to stop due to downpour)
March 14 – The remaining rows of spinach (Spaulding) in a raised bed
Today I need to pot up the cabbage and broccoli, and snip any onions that are over three inches high.
I’m pretty sure that both Gracie and Zinnia are pregnant. Prancer is just a sweetie. All three goats have been assiduously testing the garden fences and, as a result, have been confined to their enclosure/playground until Mark and I can correct our obvious mistakes. 😉 Not that they mind, what with the weather being so biblical lately. Madeline lets them out to browse and plays with them during the sun breaks.
Two of our ducks went missing at exactly the same time. Either a pair of predators got them, or they’ve gone to the underbrush to be broody. I will know one way or the other by the first week of April.
We bought three lovely Buff Orpington hens from a nearby acquaintance. That brings the hen total to eight. Rob likes his new ladies. 😉
My children and I have been participating in the kinderGARDENS project over at The Inadvertent Farmer. My ten-year-old started a fairy village, while my four-year-old became my garden helper. In the beginning, it was all about building and landscaping.
Meanwhile, my little garden helper decided that the strawberry beds were the most important of all, and that the resident bunnies needed a cake.
The fairy village was in a very shady location, but it began to look like something was growing.
Despite the shade in an already cool summer, my ten-year-old discovered that “If you build it, they will come”.
The fairy village didn’t see much in the way of flowers this year. However, there was an abundance of blackberries for a feast.
Plans are already afoot to expand and relocate the fairy village next year. We’re thinking alpine strawberries would be a good fairy crop. 😉
The weather combined with the shady location of the fairy village produced much in the way of grass and moss, but very few flowers this summer. However, a recent foray deeper into the woods brought an abundance of blackberries, so the fairies celebrated with a feast. The festivities were caught on camera by my ten-year-old.
We thought it was rather clever of the fairies to use one of the oyster shells from the beach as a berry bowl. 😉
No problem getting hands dirty here! 😉
Yesterday, I needed to pot up some hot peppers. My four-year-old really wanted to help, so I put her in charge of filling the pots.
Her reward was the first full-size tomato of the season.
My ten-year-old went to her Fairy Garden to take photos, and this is what she captured: