Winter months here allow us to take stock of the previous year and modify the yard accordingly. A few plants are being moved to other spots in the yard with the hopes that their new spot will encourage them to fruit.
Goumi, Chilean guava, aronia and high bush cranberry have been disappointments. They’ve grown beautifully, but have not produced any fruit. These are the ones that are being moved to other places in the yard. Now these over three year old plants are under an ultimatum, if they don’t produce anything this year then they will have to find another home! Can’t waste valuable growing space with unproductive plants.
WINTER GARDEN REPORT
The guys continue to tidy and prepare the yard for the onslaught of spring plantings. A new addition to this year’s garden are few lovely old concrete planters and bench that had been kept in the family from an ancestor’s house in the French Quarter, New Orleans. They certainly add nostalgic and beauty to the side patio garden.
There’s been a casualty to report, the monstrous banana stalk/bloom has fallen over and broken …. don’t know if it’s done for. The last rain weakened it and the wind must have done the rest. So far the prognosis doesn’t look good.
In the pantry, we are still working on eating through the canned tomatoes. Unfortunately, we polished off the canned peaches in a hurry. Then there’s the never ending (300 lbs) of dried tombocino squashes… which I am happy to report that we are slowly but surely making a dent in the huge cache.
The snow peas and broccoli add a most welcome change to the menu.
Just when one thought that we couldn’t find room for more plants, JD ordered some new herbs from Richters catalog. However, we’ve been quite good this year in that we’ve contained our urge to purchase many new veggie seeds. Of course, the current financial situation does help curb ones overzealous enthusiasm and appetite for more seeds and plants.
I think we are doing pretty well — holding steady, if we can just get over these next few months and once Spring rolls around and the garden starts kicking in, we can start to take chunks ( instead of chips) at the debt.
Speaking of seeds, this year we’ll be working with a friend of ours to donate seeds to a school in Kenya, Africa. Along with seeds, we be giving crayons and knitting caps for the children. This will be exciting to help children in other parts of the world and with this opportunity of having a mutual friend arrange everything we will feel a personal connection in the sharing experience.
The sourdough starter is looking promising. We made another two loaves last week and they are much better than our first bricks. The loaves are lighter on the inside and the texture is much better.
A friend of mine who’s a baker in a local restaurant advised that the starter (and loaves) will only get better over time. I’d like to get as many loaves “under my belt” – understanding and “feeling” the bread so that I can then transfer from baking in a gas oven to a cob oven sometime in spring.
I am tempted, however, to send a SASE to receive some 150 year “Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter”
COMING SOON TO NEWSSTANDS
We received a call from the folks atOrganic Style magazine, they told us that the article about PTF’s edible landscaping will be in the April issue.
NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS
We are trying to figure what workshops we’d like to host this spring. We’d really like to bring in knowledgeable folks who could give a workshop or lecture on subjects that we have yet to (and would like to) learn.
Friends and acquaintances have been urging for quite sometime for us to either “write a book” or “produce a video” — and we agree.
We have some digital footage that needs to be edited and so on, if all goes well, a video should soon be in the works. Once that’s done, we plan to revamp the website, making it more user friendly with readers being able to post articles and links (not to mention easier for me to update on a tight schedule!!).
We already have a new template and “flow chart” of how we want the new site to be organized. The biggest hurdle now if finding time to do and juggle everything…
Definitely a full plate — new job, produce business, homestead work and PTF — it’s quite overwhelming to think about it all, so we are just going to take one step at a time.
DEATH – TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Our Grandmere passed away suddenly Thursday night.
We are in shock, it was so unexpected. That morning she was up and getting her hair done, by afternoon she lost feeling in her legs and that evening she died on the operating table…. we weren’t even able to say goodbye.
Thankfully, we had a chance to chat on the phone with her a few days before. She was always interested in what we were doing and loved to tell stories.
We are going to miss ‘Mere’ very much, her soft Southern accent and humor… so many memories and yet so many regrets of “wish I could haves” that weigh upon one’s heart.
URBAN PERMACULTURE NIGHT
Friday night Jules gave a power point presentation atFlor y Canto about PTF and urban sustainability. A great crowd turned out, in fact, it was standing room only!
Now that we have a power point presentation, in the future we will be able travel and bring the PTF project message to others.
From people’s comments afterwards, the presentation was well received. However, one person in the audience did accuse us of using “stock photos.”
LIFE – GOES ON
Butterfly emerges from cocoon
Saturday evening, the monarch chrysalis transformed into a beautiful butterfly. It was fascinating to watch the butterfly slowly stretch it’s wings and expand into a gorgeous specimen.
A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeamand for a brief moment, its glory and beautybelong to our world.But then it flies again,And though we wish it could have stayed…We feel lucky to have seen it.Author Unknown
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