Today's weather in my neck of the woods can simply be described as perfect. Monday was perfect as well, prompting me to go out to the garden to clean the yard up a bit. I raked out the leaves and pine needles from the larger portion of the garden yesterday, as well as cleaned up the patio furniture and put out the umbrella. Then I went into the house and planted seeds in the K cups I saved.
Cucumbers, tomatoes, and heirloom melon went into the small receptacles. Three of each were planted and covered with plastic to create a little greenhouse effect. I slipped on a large baggie over the seed cups not completely sealing it for air to circulate in it.
The task will be completed this morning so I left the planting equipment on the counter rather than putting it all away just to get it all out again.
This morning I turned the earth in the larger garden and put coffee grounds and egg shell powder in it. Then raked it over to incorporate the organic material and level the dirt. After a short rest the seeds for spinach, lettuce, radishes, carrots, and beets will go in. The crops will not go in the same areas they were planted in last year.
The garlic is growing nicely as is the strawberries, blackberry bush, and the small rose bush my daughter gave me for Mother's Day last year. All of these plants have new growth on them. How exciting it is that they all survived the rough winter we had this year.
This year I will add asparagus and tulips to the mix. I think both of these plants will go along the fence. It will be a couple of years before the asparagus comes up, but it's worth the wait to me.
The Swann's man just left. He was a bit ornery this morning because I asked what ingredients were in the ice cream. He didn't know each one so I could go online to check for myself. Well if you don't know and did not offer to grab a carton of vanilla to show me, I can only conclude that there are additives and preservatives. So, no, I have no need to go online.
I read an article yesterday that was specific about how food items are labeled. The word 'natural' is often currently used as a draw for a public that is becoming well informed. Wood pulp is natural. Shredded cheese is all natural, including the wood pulp that is now used to prevent caking. I guess the corn starch they use to use is too expensive.
I also came across a video that revealed what the numbers on those tiny stickers on fresh fruit and veggies means.
1) Four digits beginning with a 3 or 4 means conventionally grown.
2) Five digits beginning with a 9 means organic
3) Five digits beginning with 8 is code for a GMO product.
Please know I'm not pushing for any type of food item. My goal is to only inform my readers of the information I come across. Each of you will figure out what fits into your budget and lifestyle.
Here are a few pictures to confirm that spring is welcomed in my home.
|Isn't she a little cutie? I purchased this last week - at full price. |
There were only two in the store which was an indicator that none
would be available in an after Easter sale.
|I tweaked the center piece on the table to include only three items.|
I like it better this way
|My favorite flower. They're so happy and care free looking!|
Time to get back to planting. How's your weather? Are you able to clean out the yard and prepare for planting, if you plant? If you plant, do you start from seed or purchase plants? When readers share in the comment section, others have an opportunity to learn new things. Don't be shy, you're among friends here.