Spring is Coming

Is it nearly spring? It’s pretty darn close!

Our own little spring chicken arrived…or pig, actually, judging on how much this kid eats! haha. It takes a lot of fuel to tank up a 10 pound baby! We’re settling in, and learning a new rhythm slowly. I was lucky enough to have my sweet mother-in-law come for a week to help out, and keep my house running, while baby and I recuperated. I was so grateful for the help, knowing that laundry and dishes were still cycling, and that my older girls were happy and learning. Nana even managed to teach my oldest to read a clock, count by fives, and recognize different coins. Not bad for a week’s work for a kindergartner!

I was surprised to come home one afternoon and find a large package on the front step- I had assumed that my bare root blueberries would ship in March, not early February! It’s tax season around here for my husband, so extra work is never timely, but my bushes were packed well enough to leave them wrapped tight for a few days until my husband could put them in the ground today. (I love working with One Green World nursery, near Portland, Oregon.) I settled on three different kinds of high bush blueberries: bluecrop, liberty, and duke. The duke is an early-fruiting, so we should see crops the end of July, and the liberty and bluecrop and mid-fruiting, so we’ll see fruit in August. I decided not to get a late-fruiting bush- I couldn’t find any GLOWING local reviews for any late crop bushes, and thought that a month and a half of harvest would be plenty, especially if each bush produces the anticipated 15-20 pounds each if they thrive. So, three blueberry bushes are in the ground, with lots of peat, and we’ll pick off the blossoms for the next year and cross our fingers that 2012 brings bushels of berries!  Besides, I wanted all the space I could get for a raspberry patch next to the blueberries 🙂  (Raspberries and rhubarb need to be transplanted this month or next, and then I’m done with my “permanent plantings” for this year.)

We’ll be picking blooms off of the strawberries we planted in the Fall, as well, until July. I guess then I’ll find out if I got June-bearing or ever-bearing berries. If they’re June berries, we won’t see a crop till next year, but if they’re ever-bearing we should get a half crop! I’m not sure my oldest can stand the suspense, she’s really looking forward to berries this summer.

I checked my larger worm bin today- definitely not happy campers, about fifteen were climbing the sides trying to leave. I gave them some ripe banana peels, and more dry newspaper, and a promise to give them all the veggie scraps this week.  Our smaller, indoor, worm bin is doing well.  Those worms are much smaller and slower eaters than our new guys in the garage- I keep forgetting that!

The osso plums are starting to bloom in the back woods, and all our bulbs are pushing up through the ground.  I’ve found myself scratching my head, trying to remember which green clumps are crocosmia, tulips, day lilies, daffodils, or various other bulbs we stuck in the ground before the winter!  Mostly I know, but I’m still looking forward to seeing everything bloom!

No pictures today- it’s pouring rain today, and the wind is howling, and I seem to spend most of my free time either nursing the baby, or nursing myself back to health.  (It involves a fair amount of sitting, an unseemly amount of ibuprofen, and a strong batch of seaweed soup.  Oh, and some cookies.  They’re pretty important, too.)

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3 Responses

  1. Fast healing. Seaweed soup, yummy. We don’t eat that here on the E.C., but we should, it’s a super food! Do you make it yourself? Does it come dried?

    • Alexandra- the soup is so good! A Korean friend brought it over, it’s traditional to give it to women who have given birth, it’s very high in iron and helps healing. I don’t eat a lot of meat, so I feel amazing after a bowl of this 🙂 It has a slight sesame flavor to it- if you’re familiar with “seaweed salad” sold in asian delis, then this has that same kind of flavor. The seaweed is nice and thick, with crunchy stalks. Very tasty. This looks close to what I’m seeing in the bowl http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/korean-style-seaweed-soup/Detail.aspx

  2. The seaweed soup sounds delicious!! And I’m sure your yard will be amazing.

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