I transplanted some of the spinach seedlings into 4" containers today. I also left a notebook for N in a baggy to keep it dry. Now we can leave notes for each other. I also made us a greenhouse soap-on-a-rope by making a hole in a round bar of gardeners soap and running a length of garden twine through it. I hung it on the end of one of the benches.
I made the same mistake I make every single year. I started some seeds and did not label the flats. So I think I potted collards in four inch pots, but it could be mustard or kale. I think the kale got mixed in with the trailing snap dragons, but, again I am not sure because I didn't label the flats. The only things I can identify are the lettuce, spinach, and beets. I will promise to label the flats next year, but if my history is any indication of my future, I will be complaining about this again next year. I will probably do it again this year when I start tomatoes and peppers.
We made it through the holiday and had a great time. Over the next week I want to complete my winter garden with the rest of the veggies in the green house. We have spinach, more Swiss chard, lettuce, collards, beets, and kale. In a few weeks seed potatoes will come out and I will leave a space for those. Here pretty soon I will be starting tomatoes on top of the drier then move the the green house when they are an inch tall. Also need to start some more rose bushes. Time to get busy.
Well at this time it is not actually freezing yet, just down to 36. It is supposed to go down to 28 tonight. Below is a picture of the things I brought in from the garden. There is swiss chard, green tomatos, dill, fennel, basil, chili pequin (red and green), and one really ugly carrot. The bunnys will get the carrot, we will eat the rest of it. Most of the tomatos will turn read after a while. I just leave them in a bowl in the table. The boys will eat them as they turn red. I dont know if the green chilis will turn red the same way, but I am going to give it a shot. The red chilis will dry in the bowl after which I will put them in jars for storage. They make an awsome tobasco type sauce with salt and cider vinegar.
I have been fussing at the boys for two days about balls of yarn all over my office floor. Well, they didn't do it. It was Tisha. I caughter her in the act just didn't get a picture for evidence. Here she is a few minutes after her crime pretending she didn't do it.
I picked a few very large outer leaves off of our cabbage today. We tried making it like we make Swiss chard.
Saute onion in olive oil until translucent, stir in shredded cabbage, add 1/2 cup chicken broth and cook down (about 10 minutes) stir in two tablespoons balsalmic vinegar. This time I also added a little thyme, parsley, and a chopped up Granny Smith apple at the end.
It was good, but the swiss chard is better. Michael said it needed salt.
Below is a picture of the hats I am making for the boys' teachers this year. Kurt picked out those colors. I have to make a scarf and wrist warmers to go with that one and two more sets for Michael's teachers. Plus the Meme wants a set.
Our very pretty, very fashionable neighbor proudly showed me the reusable canvas bags she bought at Brookshire's for her groceries. She likes them because they are cute. Going green just got a cute endorsment in little old Crandall. She most likely will not think my homemade string bags are nearly as cool.
Larry has become crazy about the broccoli. He has decided it is his and we will cut it when HE feels like it. We had to eat store bought frozen broccoli for dinner (of course I steamed it), because he feels like HIS broccoli needs to be bigger.
Logan, Michael, and I cleaned up the deck this afternnon. The leaves are all swept and the pansies are in their pots. I took a before picture, but it was too dark to take an after when we finished. I will take a picture tomorrow and post it.