“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What's Happing In The Garden

Spring has finally sprung around here. It is such a treat to see so many things blooming and growing. We ate our first salad and greens this week after thinning the bed. What a treat that was! We don't buy salad greens from the store during the winter so when that first salad is eaten we really enjoy it. We are about to transplant the salad greens from my MIL's to our bed probably this coming week. The cherry tree is just starting to bloom. Ohh it's fun to finally show our cherry blossoms after seeing all those pictures a month ago of all your spring pictures down south of us. We have been patiently waiting for things to grow for it was a very cold spring.

Here is my one single red tulip. I hope to buy more tulip bulbs this fall and get some more. I have so much yellow everywhere that I need some more red for there is never too much red.

Here is one of our most favorite herbs, oregano. I harvest and dry 4 gallon jars for the winter plus use all that I can fresh during its growing season.

Here is some of my yellow tulips in bloom.

And here is one of our rhubarb beds. I harvest it to make rhubarb juice and rhubarb raspberry juice to sell . It is like lemon aide but it is rhubarb aide.

This is one of our kids favorite plants... Sweet Cicily. You can eat the stalks and when the seeds go black they are good to eat. It has that Anise kind of flavor.

This is my MIL's salad bed and we will be taking some to transplant out of here soon. These are the type of salad greens you can keep picking and picking from for a long period of time. We don't grow head lettuce on our homestead. I am reading up on cold frames and hope to grow some that will last us through the winter.

Water Update:

We are now on the old well system. There was a mud slide above our water box that was the result of poor logging practices. ( no we were not the ones who logged it) The government has been supplying us with drinking water. The creek is clearing up and we hope to be back on our permanent system again soon. I am soooooooo thankful we had a backup water system and we didn't have the problem of mud running through our pipes. We had enough time to fill some jugs and then turn off the new system before we had problems. Thank you Lord. Sadly there were quiet a few neighbors that weren't so fortunate. But I have heard there was no harm done and they have been able to flush their systems out. And the creek is getting clearer and clearer each day. I hope there is no more mud slides to deal with.

I will leave you with one more picture.... our Forsythia and that is our house behind it.


  1. Your place reminds me of ours! I have never heard of rhubarb-ade or rhubarb rasperry-ade but I sure would love the recipe, would you share it please? :-)

  2. Wow! Lovely plants growing in your patch! I have never had raspberry/rhubarb juice! Sounds delicious! Do you have a recipe? How do you dry your oregano?
    So many things I don't know about! Thanks for sharing! Have a glorious day, Mary!

  3. Oh Sweet Friend....Praising Our Lord with you dear one!!!

    Isn't He awesome?

    Your pictures are just lovely, Mary! :-D Especially all the vegetables...I am doing the same here in the cottage...weeding, creating new beds, planting...I just love Spring!

    Love you,

    Mrs. M.

  4. Extremely fun pictures. It is so nice to grow things for our Family is it not? I have never heard of rhubarb-ale.

  5. Loved seeing pictures of your garden. I plant a few veggies each year and this year it's tomatos and salad greens...so far. :o) Oh, and of course, lots of flowers.

    I'm happy to hear your water supply will be fine and that you have clean water until then. Have a good weekend!

  6. BEE-utiful spring pictures!
    I have some romaine lettuce in a pot on my porch this year and we've enjoyed eating off of it. Didn't put anything in the ground this year with the hope of moving and all.

    Hope your water clears up quickly. So glad it wasn't a major problem for y'all.

  7. Very lovely pictures! I bet you do miss the fresh leafy vegetables come this time of the year. So glad your spring has sprung!

  8. Wow Mary - I'm so glad the mudslide didn't affect you too badly!
    Your garden is looking great with all those wonderful veges and herbs growing so well.
    We have been planting some winter vegies this weekend :-)
    Hope you are enjoying your Spring days up there lol!!
    I love your top photo!!

  9. thanks for the recipe link Mary. I make a Lemon Cordial which you might like to try when Lemons are on sale. It is a lemonade only nicer, I think. the link is on my blog.
    Have a great week!

  10. Mary,

    It must be nice to eat salad that you have grown from your own garden. What a special treat, indeed!

    You have some lovely plants in the your garden as well. I do like the red tulip. You are right, you need more of those. :)

    -L. Rose

  11. Beautiful pictures. So glad things are going so well. :)


  12. Mary, things are really blooming! We're just back from our vacation in FL (with Lori's family), and it's so nice to visit you again and see how your garden is growing! Here's to warmer weather and yummy salad!

    Christine :)


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