Monday, March 15, 2010

March Days


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."
- Charles Dickens
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"Each leaf, each blade of grass vies for attention.
Even weeds carry tiny blossoms to astonish us."
- Marianne Poloskey
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Yes, my cat loves attention.

I thought my sister looked lovely today. This shawl she's wearing she just finished crocheting. She didn't use a pattern, which amazes me! But I guess I'm the same way when it comes to not using a recipe when cooking (hehe). So we're even!...yet, so different :)

~Pear blossoms



My dad pruned both the peach and pear trees, so this summer I'll be diligent to thin the fruit the correct way so we'll get a good harvest!


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Weeding
This is our "Monkey grass" (or do we only call it that in the south? ) Well, we had to uproot quite a bit so that the grass will grow in it's place!
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I had to hold this branch still while the honeybee pollinated the bloom. The bee pollen on its back legs is amazing isn't it? ...well, ok it's not that great, but I'm just excited that there are bees around, so that I'll have a better vegetable yield in the upcoming garden, lol!


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My Mother and I moved about 6 roses into new areas, planted over a dozen new ones, and I've also moved many other plants (from last year) into the front. It's been alot of work, but we're motivated by the agreeable weather :)

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Remember my red onions?
Well, it seems like the more rain we get, the faster they grow!
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Did I ever show you our cotton? Well, this is about how much we had blow in on the road this year (last year was double the size) Even though it isn't cleaned, I can still use it as decoration or bring it to Living history events...
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I decided to make "newspaper pots" for my plants. That way, I can just put the pot straight in the ground w/ out disturbing the roots.
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You just cut 5 in. strips of newspaper (no color ads though) use a soda can or cylinder container to wrap the paper around. Fold the bottom and use glue/tape etc. to hold the fold together.
Slip the formed pot off, and fill w/ moistened soil and seedlings.


Tomato seedlings
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Mom's english peas
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Peach blossoms. They've finally opened!

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Oh. I am *so* excited.

My father went in on a bulk order and purchased 20 blueberry bushes! They're about 3' tall, so I'm guessing they are 2-3 years old. Anyway, we dug a row of deep holes for the plants, but then it started to rain. and thunder. and lightening filled the sky. SO....

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We had a problem.

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If the holes fill with water, it will take days for that GA clay to absorb it all, and you know me, I couldn't, shouldn't, wouldn't wait that long to get those *wonderful* plants in the ground. So we all ran outside in the pouring (I'm talking buckets) rain, and scrambled around for things to cover the holes. I laugh in amazement that we were dragging 8 ft. pieces of tin, large boards, plastic bags, anything to cover the holes in record time.
After it was all done, we went inside to rest. Well the next day, I checked on the holes, and what do you know, they were all filled with water. And I mean to the brim. why me?

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When dad came home, he was determined to get those plants in, so he scooped out all the water out of the holes, dug them deeper, and mixed in peat moss.

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In Conclusion (lol) the bushes are finally in, the sunshine is out.

And I'm never digging a hole before a storm again! :)
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After the rain...
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The fields are now clear, anticipating Spring's planting
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'And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises,
A morning without clouds,
Like the tender grass springing out of the earth,
By clear shining after rain.' 2 Samuel 23:4
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"Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD."
Ezekiel 1:28




40 comments:

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Your family has GRIT and DETERMINATION Mia! SUCH BLESSINGS!
Glad you finally got the plants in!
I'm wondering something about the newspaper pots as my friend recently gave me a similar idea by cutting empty toilet tissue tubes into fourths and folding up the bottoms...but what about watering?
Won't these type pots meet demise from the moisture of watering the plants? Will they hold up on their own? Or must I place them in other containers for support?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated :)
Blessings and JOY!
~Judy~

sweet locus lane farm said...

I just made all my pots today too. I use the bottom of my spice bottles to make the pots. I worked well last year with the exception of spinach, that works better just planting straight in the ground.

Our snow is just melting right now. What i wouldn't give to have 20 blueberry plants. That is a treasure in itself. You are truly blessed.

Lorie said...

My dear, you all have been busy. I laugh with you regarding the GA soil. One of my first garden experiences was in GA. We were stationed there 2 years and I grew my first big garden. It was a challenge growing in that soil. But the Lord does reward our diligence.

Love the idea of the paper pots. The paper will compost faster than the peat pots and cost much less too.

May you have a glorious week in the Lord.
Blessings,
Lorie

regina barnett said...

Love your blog..My Mother indroduce me to you.. Love it..

Laura said...

Beautiful!

Sophia said...

Ooh, Mia, you're so lucky- cotton just blows straight into your yard! :)

I love all the fruit blossoms we're getting this time of year- thought here in WA the weather is sort of confused :P

Mia said...

Thank you all for the encouraging comments!!

Ms. Judy,
I like the idea of paper rolls! Yes, the newspaper does get weakend, but the seedlings wont be in them for more than 2 more wks, so hopefully they'll make it. I guess if the pots are thick, that'll help.
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Sweetlocuslane farm,
It's about that time of year to get the pots ready eh? That's fun that you were doing yours around the same time!
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Dear Ms. Lorie,
Yes, although here, we have 100% sandy soil in the garden area...it amazes me that only a few ft. away can be totally different soil!
Thank you!!
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Ms. Regina,
I'm so glad you stopped by!! Thank you :)

In Christ,
Mia

Mia said...

Thank you for your comments,
Laura & Sophia!

Cinnamon said...

Mia~ What lovely pictures you have!

I was wondering if there's a pattern you can share for your sister's skirt? It is sooo pretty!

Thank you for the newspaper pot idea. I love it!! Now where am I going to keep them all?

~Cinnamon

Lindsay said...

Beautiful pictures, Mia!! I especially like the one of the peach blossoms. So pretty! :)

Miss Jen said...

Dearest Mia,
How lovely!! :)
Your pictures and quotations
were all so beautiful!!!
Spring is indeed upon us! *sigh*
I love the yarn your sister used
for her shawl~ such vibrant
colors! ;) What kind of yarn
did she use?.. Cotton, angora etc..

Love~ Miss Jen

Love Abounds At Home said...

I love your pictures! Maybe one day I'll get to put my hands in some Ga clay :)

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

Loved the pictures Mia! God's creation is so amazing.
Blessings,
Kelsey

gail said...

Hello Mia,

We also had a lovely rainbow that went right over our home on Sunday. From the top of our road when you looked back it was amazing to see. Really enjoyed your post today.

Blessings Gail

Kate said...

I'll be placing my seed and plant order soon! Our snow is almost gone here (though it is quite likely we could get another storm but I think we're in for an early spring.) If the weather continues as it has by next week I should be able to start some yard work.

I love seeing how your little homestead grows and blossoms. I look forward to harvest pictures and am trying oh so hard not to envy you your fresh peaches! :)

~ Maria ~ said...

Oh how wonderful Mia, that you have been able to plant things in the ground!

The shawl looks just lovely ;) This shawl is not hard to do...just continue to increase a stitch until you have the desired width!

Thank you dear friend for stopping by the cottage...I know how busy your lovely family is this time of year :)

Blessings,

Maria

kpaints said...

Greaat post, Mia! Love the quotes too. Your photos are wonderful, love the peach blossum, it will be quite awhile before we see that up here in WA. Our weather is snow one day and 50 the next, crazy!

Megan said...

Beautiful pictures! (as always!) The peach & pear blossoms are so pretty! Glad the blueberry bushes are finally in! How long until they bear fruit?

Your sister's shawl is beautiful! She reminds me of my sister who also knits & crochets! She just recently knit a pair of socks for one of our little sisters. They look like she's been knitting socks for years, but this was her very first pair!

Eryngium said...

Your cat looks like my cat!

Brittany said...

It's only been a week and already I am missing my wonderful southern weather! I miss my south! It's so beautiful there....*sigh*....enjoy it for me will you?
Love me,
Brittany

Western NC Mountain Women said...

Mia, Thanks for your help and inspiration.I am excited to try some of my seedling starts in paper pots.
I so enjoy your blog posts!
Thank you for letting us visit.

Leslie
True Mountain Women

Western NC Mountain Women said...

PS I can't count the times the good Lord has cooled me down with his cold rain showers, on my planting days. I think it may be a tradition. (Now thunder and lightning is a different story) Glad ya'll got them planted!

Leslie
True Mountain Women

Blodgett said...

I must say, you are an incredible photographer! As my son says, "You have a gift"!! Thanks for sharing your trials, laughs and beauty. God bless~ Mrs. Blodgett

in a world of my own said...

You've reminded me that I need to plant some seeds for starters! I haven't even gotten seeds yet! Hmm...

Jennifer said...

I absolutely loved the newspaper pots idea! Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been saving all my newspapers 'just in case' I needed them for anything. I 'needed' seed pots so thanks! Your pictures are fantastic by the way!

Lisa said...

I really miss you all "|

Looking forward to getting together :)

Samantha said...

Ohhhh SPRING!!!! I wish it would stay here for good! We've had weather in the 60's these past few days and now are supposed to get 7 inches of snow this weekend! UGH!

Your pictures are beautiful, I love your sisters outfit, the peach and pear blossoms must smell heavenly, the newspaper pots are so cool and I LOVE BLUEBERRIES!!!! We've been going through them like crazy! Would you mind sending some wayyyy up north? LOL

Keep up the good work Mia! You and your family have been such an inspiration to me!

Marqueta said...

Dear Mia,

What a treat to have you stop by my blog, and to invite me to yours! Today is my "computer day", so I've been able to visit you for a bit, and I'm so glad I did! What an inspiring young lady you are; I hope that my daughters will grow up to be just the same way, loving the simple things of life.

I will try not to be jealous of your blossoms and warm weather! :) What a blessing to be able to have your garden up and going already, and to have the berries and flowers, too.

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family in your homesteading adventures.

Love,

Marqueta

Lucy said...

I really fancy the straw bonnet.

Beautifully Veiled said...

Mia, Just wanted you to know that my daughters and I have been following your blog for about a month now! You are so precious! You (and of course your lovely mother) are a real inspiration to my girls and me! Thanks for all you do, and for being such a light for the Lord just by being you!
Linda in North GA

Beautifully Veiled said...

Oh Mia, I was wrong. I actually have your blog link right by my blog link on my computer and I just click it every day!!! So NOW I'm actually following you!
Blessings,
Linda in North GA

Katheryn said...

I love the newspaper pots, I would never have dreamed of that idea. Thank you for sharing your creativity and insight, it is a joy.

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Ms.Patricia said...

What a wonderful post. It was very inspiring. The photos were just beautiful.
Thank you so much for the comment Mia.

Patricia

Mrs. Bridget G. said...

Again i am awestruck from the beauty of your photos. Have you ever considered trying your hand at professional photography?

I like the newspaper pot ideas, but how do you keep from ruining the paper when you have to water the plants?

Leah said...

I love all the photos! I'm surprised no one else mentioned (or noticed) the second rainbow in your last picture! We were blessed with at least three double rainbows last summer and I was able to get pictures of them, too. It had been a hard spring and promised to be a hard summer but seeing those rainbows and remembering God's promises to us were such an encouragement to me!

I love the idea of using newspaper to make pots for seedlings! We may just have to give them a try!

Laura Lee said...

Mia!
Love your oufit, can't wait to see more pictures of you! The Lord has definitely used you as a voice of femeninity to our feministic generation. Keep writing, you don't know how much of an impact you have on people.

In Him,

Laura

sarah in the woods said...

The newspaper pots are a great idea. Lovely pictures.

debbieo said...

Mia, I love your blog and your lovely clothes. I like that you want to stay home and not run out into this ugly old world.
Come visit my blog sometime.

Melissa M. said...

Lovely pics!

And the idea about the newspaper pots is really good. I told my mom about it, as she is trying to grow tomatoes, and she said that's just what she needed! :)

Mia said...

I'm so glad you all like the newspaper pots idea! I now have my seedlings in the ground, and the pots survived (lol), so I'd definetely recommend it :)

Mia