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Today while at the Springville Auction/Market, He Who Makes Me Smile bought a giant package of Sharpie pens for only $1!

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Except…our SIL pointed out that she new someone who did the same thing, and we needed to look a little closer to the name…

YES! A package of Sharpei Pens! SCORE!

Maybe they will refresh our pond?

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…means no internet out in the country. Sigh. Darn satellite internet.

Tis been a while since showing photos of the 18th Century Tavern. Not exactly all period appropriate but fun. We’ve used it now a few times with friends and family, which is the most important part to me.

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Hello there giant bowl of fresh organic lettuce!

I know this is going to sound so very basic and probably not worth saying, but it still amazes me that one package of seeds for under $2 can create so much produce.

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This morning I picked enough lettuce to fill four gallon bags. Each bag contains roughly the amount of two (or maybe three) store-bought bags of lettuce. Assuming organic bags of lettuce are about $3 per package, that would be $24 of greens. First cutting, they will grow again. And all I did was put the seeds in the ground and water…nothing fancy.

One package of seeds for $2 already saved me $22. AND produced much tastier salad (and allowed me to share with friends!)

Gardening. I love it so…

Yesterday I got lost in the weeds in the woods where our berries are growing….

BEFORE:

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There are bunches and bunches of wild blackberries along the perimeter of the woods in our backyard, but many of them are lost in the weeds and bushes and trees.

AFTER:

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But not anymore. I went apeshit on those suckers. Now the berries have room to breathe and get sunshine and grow big and strong! We also planted several bushes to supplement what was already there, but they are too tiny to grow berries this year, maybe next.

I grew up on a small farm. And on this small farm we had a small well. Or at least I THINK it was a small well, that’s what my grandparents and parents ingrained into my head “don’t waste the water!”

Now that I’m living in the country with a well and lots of gardens to take care of, I knew we needed to look into some sort of supplement, you know, I don’t want to waste the water.

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So we looked into rain barrels. But HOLY COW rain barrels are expensive at the big box stores! We looked at Lowe’s and the Tractor Supply store and for $400+ a pop, well…we needed to figure something else out.

Enter. Craigslist.

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Hello large rainwater holders! Yes, we will take two… $100 a piece! 300 gallons each. SCORE!

There’s something about watering the gardens with rain we collected that makes me happy. Maybe it’s just because I know I’m not running the well dry when watering flowers.

 

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Seriously, how adorable and old school is this pharmacy? Located in an old train depot…it kept the original charm.

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More seeds. BECAUSE I HAVE AN ADDICTION PROBLEM. Thank you Remy at the Sample Seed Shop for the fast shipping and amazing prices!

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I was VERY EXCITED to see this wee little eggplant growing today! I’ve NEVER had success growing eggplants. I’ve tried by seed and nothing, I’ve even tried a few plants and nothing but this year the plants I bought seem to be growing! HURRAH!

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Our peas are a-growing still…
 
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Beans are starting to climb in the porch garden!
 
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I picked all the garlic scapes today, I let them go too long and most of the stalk was hard but the rest of them I chopped up and threw in with the potato soup made with homemade ham stock.  YUM.
 
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And I picked the few pretty pink calla lilies. Honestly, I’m not sure where they came from…I like pink but haven’t ordered any pink flowers and I certainly didn’t intend on putting them in the red/white/yellow spring garden bed. After I cut them I dug up the bulbs and threw them in a planter for the pool room.

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I know the photo is blurry but it was the best I could capture. I’d never seen anything like it. Quite beautiful actually, but freaky. Almost radioactive colored. What the heck is it?

A little research led me to this conclusion. Welcome the Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle to Your Garden A beneficial little bugger that lives in the woods. Yep, I live in the woods. Bring it on little six-spotted tiger beetle, eat all those bad bugs!

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One of the onions bolted. Bad onion.
 
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Beetles are attacking the potted strawberries. I hate these things. I have to pluck them off by hand and then crunch them away from the plant. So gross. They don’t seem to be bothering the other plants too much though.
 
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And here is my friend the slug. Slimy little things. I only found a few in the peas today…none in the main garden.
 
 

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