Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rosy Posy Apple Cozy

We got an early start this morning to send Oona off to Sprout Camp. It was her first ever summer camp adventure, and she was bubbling with excitement. She was so proud of herself for making her own sandwich and gathering all her supplies. I had hoped to drop her off myself, but little sister was having a tantrum, so Daddy stepped in. While she was away, I started to think about kindergarten starting, packing lunches, school supplies and what we might "need". So I took Elsa on a wildflower walk and pondered back to school craft projects. I had remembered seeing an apple cozy in the great sea of Pinterest posts, and decided my apple loving girl could really use one of these to keep her apple safe from bruises in her lunch bag. So after lunch I dusted off my crochet hook and set to work on this quick and cozy project.  I improvised the project using puff stitch granny circle. Oona was very excited when she got home to see what I'd been up to, and is already using it as a hat for her doll, hehe. It also made her want to have a go with the yarn and do some finger crocheting. Now I have one more to make for Elsa, who has been playing kitty with my yarn all day, both to my joy and frustration.

P.S. For summer reading, I'm finally getting around to reading "Under Wildwood"... the second book in the Wildwood trilogy.

Joining in with KCCO over at Frontier Dreams .

Sunday, July 17, 2016

In the Garden: Red currants and Raspberries

Raspberry girls

Picking red currants.
Kids garden looking like a miniature jungle.
Amaranth , gourd, carrot, snap peas... the kids garden is a crazy mix this year!
Day Lily
Morning glories, nasturtiums, and edamame all growing around "The Fairy Thrown".
Onions, lettuce and beets
Red cabbage
A friend

Tomato Patch.... with a rogue squash.
Purple basil
Pumpkin patch
My raspberry pickers. The garlic is about ready to harvest.

Old boards put down for paths in our mandala garden.

Know thy enemy!
Red currants

The roses have been making a splendid show.
A space to relax. We're growing nasturtiums, morning glories and moon flowers on the edges to climb it.
Comfrey leaves drying for homemade Comfrey Tea plant fertilizer.
Hollyhocks in bloom.
I'm hoping that this Holly hock and sunflower beside it reach the porch roof this year.
Radishes flowering.
A view of our wild kingdom.
Little Digger... not the onions, please!
Dutchmen's Pipe shading the sandbox.
Kale seed pods. Kale is amazing! I can't believe how many seeds one plant produces.
My first year growing beets.
The nasturtiums are in bloom.
Mint, catnip, sage, oregano and Vietnamese coriander for drying.

Another berry patch to feast from!
Black Raspberries

Radish Seed Pods and flowers

Border flower patch
The berries are coming in (or rather, coming into my little ones' mouths), summer flowers are beginning to bloom and herbs are being gathered. The garden feels like one big science experiment this year, trying out new companion planting combinations and new varieties of plants and letting some things go to seed for next years planting. We have an over abundance of lettuce, and I will have to pull some of it soon to make room for the next round, but I do hate pulling anything before it's run it's course. I do have a section of lettuce I will leave to go to seed. It's so wonderful to see new flowers opening everyday. Sometimes I think I could do away with all the veggies and just do flowers, but that wouldn't be very practical, and I do love all the feasts the vegetable garden brings to the table. I need to harvest my beets to make some beet dye. A new round of snap peas and beans and carrots have just gone in the ground. I'm also trying to grow cumin and rosemary from seed.... I have no idea if they will grow at this late date, but I've had the seeds kicking around for a while and just figured, what the hay! I'm thankful for some rain last night so I won't need to water everything this morning. I don't think I ever appreciated rain as much as I do since I started gardening. What are you appreciating in the garden right now?

 Here's my previous garden posts from this year:
And here's post from previous year: