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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

IT'S BEEN RAINING EVERY OTHER DAY BUT I'VE KEPT BUSY

Today, it's raining again. We have had a day of sun and a day of rain, a day of sun and a day of rain all spring it seems.  While waiting for fair weather to work outside I've been working inside making a bed skirt from a very old bedspread. I won't say how old it is, you'll think I'm crazy for holding on to it for this long. It was way too short for the newer thicker mattress and the backing was falling apart. It was quilted from the factory and the thread was very flimsy so it was relatively easy to take apart.




Since the skirting was too short, I had to add another section to make it long enough. I used a white cotton sheet I bought at a Value Village a long time ago, it was like new. It's been sitting in the linen closet all this time. You can see the mattress on the floor on the right. Now my boxspring doesn't show.



I baked some lemon pies from scratch. 



While the sun was shining I put together a raised bed I bought on special at Princess Auto about a month ago.  I bought 6 in all...I planted some carrots called Yaya. I hope they are as nice as they claim. I have a blogger friend called Yaya. I hope they are as nice as she is.


I picked fiddleheads on our land by the side of the river. We couldn't pick last year because the flood came while the fiddleheads were up and Health Canada thought that they would be contaminated. This year, the flood came early before they came up so they were deemed okay to pick.


I know they look disgusting but after many, many baths the little brown skins that protect the tender fronds will all come off.






Here they are blanched for 2 minutes and then drained. I used my salad spinner and it makes the job so much faster. This is a delicacy that we look forward to eating every spring. At our Co-op they sell for $4.99 a pound.


The peas, onions, spinach and kale are all growing nicely.



The spring bulbs and flowers are growing as well as the lawn and dandelions. I've been pulling dandelions every day to try to keep them at bay.

Today, a rainy day, I posted on my blog to pass the time before dinner.
I hope that you all have a great weekend and Happy Memorial Day to our friend in the USA.


Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.
Hugs, Julia

Saturday, May 18, 2019

UPDATE ON MY SEEDLINGS & FLOOD DAMAGE IN THE YARD

I think it's high time to show you some progress on my seedlings.



Here is my Morning Glory growing along with the ginger indoors. This was my first blossom and as of today, I have had three blossoms. There are a lots of buds on the plant. It wants to twist around the ginger leaves but every day, I just make the tendrils climb on itself.



There are more shoots coming out from the ginger plant.




My seedlings have grown and I've been putting them outdoors to harden.


I 've been digging sod with lots of weeds at the end of the garden and I have amended the soil and planted 8 blueberry bushes.

I have three double rows of assorted peas, three rows of assorted onions, some spinach and kale planted. Everything is starting to grow. Today I planted two rows of Cylendra beets. I like them because they are long beets and are great for slicing.

I'm still cleaning up from the flood damage on my lawn and gardens. I'll spare you from showing flood pictures but instead, I have included a mini sample of the damage that I have to deal with.



The Daylily flowerbed has been cleaned but I haven't replaced the soil yet.  I didn't lose as much topsoil as last year because I didn't clean the dead debris last fall.


Branches I picked up from the back lawn. They will be cut for kindling.



The path to the back garden behind the hedge. There is mud everywhere.




Everything is toppled and covered with mud in the garden shed.


My swing seats move from the gazebo to the back flower garden by the hedge. I wanted to move them up before the flood but my husband thought that the flood would not be as bad as last year, but it was. I was disappointed. My tulips were buried under mud and debris.



I have cleaned a lot but haven't taken pictures yet. I'm just doing what I can and the rest. I have pruned two of my rose bushes, weeded and removed all the bricks and replaced the landscape fabrics under the bricks and added some mulch. There are two of them but I'm only showing one bed.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry for waiting so long before posting. I wish you all a great weekend. I hope you'll enjoy doing whatever you choose to do. For us, it a long weekend. Victoria Day.
Hugs, Julia