My seedlings were successful this year with the grow light setup that I constructed but I will not have gotten them in the ground with enough time to grow anything substantial. My tomatoes should have gone into the ground in late April since I purchased Wall-o-waters from one of my favorite seed catalogs, Seeds of Change but we knew we were moving so I wasn't about to plant them in ground I wouldn't be seeing again. But we had a good harvest of alpine strawberries and peas. Jessi gets so excited when she sees red ripe ones that she can pick and devour! Yesterday we ate a few handfuls of peas too. If there's one thing that makes an early kitchen garden worthwhile it's fresh peas. They taste 100 times better than the ones in the store. Nothing comes close.
Here are the seeds that I planted this year so far:
- Lemon Cucumber
- Moon and Stars Watermelon
- Chanterais Melon
- Mesclun Lettuce
- North Pole Lettuce
- Speckles Lettuce
- Tangerine Marigold
- Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
- Shelling Peas - Maxigolt
- Basil - Genovese (for one of my favorite recipes - Roasted Tomato Basil Soup from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook)
- Pepper - Carnival Mix Bell
- Pepper - Hot Mixture
- Easter Egg Radish (did this as an experiment for Jessi because it's quick and is so colorful - but the moment she bit into it she knew she didn't like it too much)
- Swiss Chard - Bright Lights (unsuccessful)
- Teton Spinach (also unsuccessful)
- Mexican Husk Tomatillo
- Tomato - Marvel Striped Heirloom
- Tomato - Super Sweet 100
- Tomato - Super Marzano (for the Roasted Tomato Basil Soup)
- Tomato - Brandywine
- Tomato - Yellow Pear Heirloom
- Tomato - Early Girl
- Tomato - Fourth of July
- Viola - Johnny Jump-Ups
- Viola - Scotch Hybrid
- Sunflower - Miriam Edible (won't get to reap the success or failure of this since I used all of them up at the old house)
- Sunflower - Sunrise Sunset
The lemon balm, chives, alpine strawberries, and purple coneflower already in the garden are doing well and I will probably take them with me to the new place because they I feel that they are my babies too since I've been caring for them for so long. I love using the chive blossoms in salads and the chives in a compound butter with coarse salt and pepper. Slather it on some corn, wrap in tin foil and throw it on the grill. Delish! My rosemary plants died from the winter's cold and snow. But that's easy enough to replace from a local nursery. I use so much rosemary because I'm a potato addict and it's such a natural pairing. They taste sublime together with some olive oil, coarse salt and freshly grated black pepper and roasted in the oven.
I don't think I will be taking the garlic with me. I don't even know if you can transplant bulbs in the middle of their growing season. I'll have to research this sometime during the week.
Final Walk-though - well almost
So we had the final walk-through yesterday on the new house but I didn't make sure the water and gas were on so we are going to have to do it again on Tuesday. It was a huge mistake and I feel horrible. Luckily there was power so we were able to check the bulbs and outlets. Jessi was more whiny than usual yesterday, missed her nap (as often happens when we visit our new house) and we were at our wits end. And then what happens that makes me feel that pang of parental guilt? The little one wakes up today with a runny nose saying she doesn't feel good. It's enough to drive a stake through my heart. I wish I had been more patient yesterday.
The good thing I noticed about the new place yesterday is that there is plenty of room for a good kitchen garden (with enough sun), which was the last thing I was worried about (aside from every single cabinet). I tried to do some planting while we were there but the ground feels as if it has never been turned in the last 14 years. It's total clay. I'm surprised that weeds can grow in those conditions but they do! There is much composting and amending to do and I'm in no condition to be doing it this season. As of tomorrow I'm supposed to be on restricted activity (doctors recommendation in an effort to avoid the previous pre-term labor debacle). I'm going to need my strong (and not pregnant) husband's help on this.
We went through our first huge roll of bubble wrap last weekend. So today I had to get more - lots more. Yikes, the move is only 8 days away. We have the final walk-through tomorrow.
Mike packed up lots of the remaining storage stuff last night while I went on a McFlurry run. Yes, I did go to a McDonald's drive-thru (shocking, I know). But a pregnant girl has her cravings and I had just finished the pint of Ben & Jerry's the previous night (and there also wasn't enough of Mike's ice cream left). The best flavor in the whole world is B&J's Oatmeal Cookie. Hands Down. The Best. And to think I didn't even know it existed a month ago.
I finished the back and the left front to the Debbie Bliss cardigan for the baby. On to the right front. I love my Addi Turbos that I'm using for the ribbing. It's my first pair but I think I will need to get more. Now to figure out what project I will do next. Perhaps finish the cardigan or sweater I have so close to being done for Jessi. Naaah. It's no fun to talk about things that are almost done - it's much more fun to start new things.
It was fish day at Arts & Crafts class so we painted lots of fish for our paper fish bowls. This time I remembered to bring an old T-shirt for myself so I didn't ruin another shirt. Yippee! Then we went to our favorite park to go on the swings and had a run-in with some cicadas. The little one was horrified and she wanted to leave the park after that. Didn't even want to go down the slide. I tried to tell her that cicadas are nice bugs that only fly around and that they don't hurt, sting, or bite you. They might bump into you but that's it. I compared them to butterflies. She didn't buy it. I have to admit, they are ugly; not at all like butterflies.
Here's the baby blanket I'm currently working on (that will be done when the expectant baby is probably 10). It's the one that appears to be cream-colored. I started out with the plan that I would try the heart blanket but this being my first attempt at lace knitting, I wanted to poke my eye out after the 7th row. Rip Rip Rip! So the simpler cream-colored one it is.
Okay so my Mom said I needed to knit a jacket with a hood for the expectant baby. Feel free to weigh in with opinions of this pattern. It's from Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino book. I've already got the Classic Cardigan from the same book on the needles in dark blue with light blue ribbing (photo to follow eventually of the one in the book and what's currently on the needles). This hoddie jacket looks adorable but look at all the cables. My hands are getting tired just looking at them.
I messed up
I accidentally set the blog up as a team blog and invited some friends as members but what I meant to do was set up a blog and invite people to read it. So I'm going to turn off the "team blog" option. If you want to comment/question/ponder/rant go ahead and add your comments in the Comment section of a particular post. It's hard to imagine that one year ago I actually was very techinically literate and made my living in that way. Well I always did have problems reading and following directions. Perhaps it's my urge to challenge authority or maybe I'm just lazy.
Lots of packing going on
There won't be any complicated cooking going on over the next week and a half. I've just started to pack the pantry for the upcoming move to Virginia. Jessi helped with the spices, and what a big help she was, except when she took the lid off of the dry mustard and started sniffing it and then waving it around in the air for me and the dog to get a whiff of too. Just what I need, besides ingesting her own poop, crayons, Little People, and socks, Linky on dry mustard would not be pretty.
Taking the plunge
Okay, so I read all sorts of blogs (most recently, BabyTrain, from an old high school buddy. Hi Jenn!) so why not add to the web clutter as she did and join in on the fun? Now I have a place where I can rant about my vegetable and herb garden, cooking, baking, knitting, reading (blech, I sound so domesticated, my former high school self would frown upon the state of things but I'm quite happy, thank you very much), and life happenings in general.