Monthly Archives: May 2016

Asparagus and Raspberries

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Today we built an Asparagus bed. It was one of the main objectives for when we had the tiller….ooops! Forgot to till a spot…so we improvised. Recycled lumber to the rescue.

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12 Precoce D’Argenteuil Asparagus plants. Technically your supposed to transplant in the fall…well that may work in warmer climates, but here  won’t take the chance of losing these.

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My sad Raspberry bed. I had transplanted SO many canes and seedlings from my mom-in-love and a family friend. As you can tell they are having a hard time taking. Not giving up they may shoot up yet.

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Raspberry leaves.

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Then there is the WILD Raspberries! Flower buds…loads of them. 😀

Dream big garden dreams and get your hands in the dirt! It’s good for the body and soul.

❤ Drisana

 

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Pinterest page

I have started a Eternal Bloom Farm Pinterest page …

I just need to figure out how to put a Widget(?) on my sidebar so you can check it out. I am so not computer savvy….UGH! I miss my blog on Multiply(when it was still around) it was so stupid user friendly. HAHA! Yes, I just called myself stupid.

Anyways, I will be pinning things on Gardening, Homesteading, recipes, and whatever takes my fancy and/or may interest you.

❤ Drisana

 

 

Innovation and Peas

The Frost tried to take my Corn and Squash plants. The thick frost cloth didn’t protect them enough. So I had to come up with a way to make little hoop houses……

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Tom Thumb Corn, Boston Marrow squash, Patty pan squash, Black Beauty Zucchini and Butternut Squash

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WIRE!…I had to wait and make sure Bill didn’t need it first.

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Bill helped me make 4 small hoop houses for my garden beds. We still have enough wire and plastic to do a few more garden beds.

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I finished making all my garden beds and started planting seeds YAY!

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Milena helped my plant Peas(Homesteader, Tall Telephone and Green Arrow). I also planted Mesclun mix, lettuce mix and Romaine seeds in front of the peas. I works well to keep the ground damp. 🙂

Today I planted, with a little help from Milena, 2 types of beets, dill and Kale. I planted Nantes Carrots, Kohlrabi and radishes. I have yet to plant beans, spinach, numerous herbs and veggies.

I transplanted a Gazilllion and one basil plants into small pots and into the greenhouse beds. My Sage and Thyme plant that I bought at Honeysuckle Garden Centre got a spot in the greenhouse until I can find a good spot in the garden.

I must apologize for not posting on the blog much lately. We had a 13 hour drive one way to drop of Seren at her Dad’s last weekend. It is a draining trip but one that must happen. The bonus is we got to see our Dear Friends, Leslie and Mike and their daughters, for a day before heading back up here. We get to do the trip one more time in 2 weeks. ❤

I want to also say thank you for being here. I appreciate that you are taking your time to read my babble.

❤ Drisana

Dandelion Syrup

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Dandelions picked and petals removed from the greens.

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After simmering for an hour, I left the petals overnight. Then strained into cheesecloth and squeezed.

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 added sugar and a touch of honey then slowly boiled down the liquid to half the original amount.

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Ladled into Jars…

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Into a hot water bath for half an hour(cause I always do it a little longer)

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Ten Jars of liquid gold…

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Liquid Dandelion goodness to put by for the winter dull drums!

I didn’t use a specific recipe. It got rave reviews from Miss Milena and the Dada guy.

❤ Drisana

Planting

I spent most of the afternoon potting up my Hanging baskets with annual flowers, Petunias, Trailing Lobelia, and Nasturtiums. I added a Marigold to my recycled containers. My Mom-in-love works for the Village as their landscaper, which means she always has pots left from trees and plants and flowers. She gave me 6 lovely sized pots to use.

All my hanging baskets in these photos were found in the junk in the garage when we were cleaning it out. Score!! I got rid of most of my planters when we moved. 😦 Including my lovely big blue terracotta set.

My Squash plants were getting a bit big…especially my Boston Marrow plants!! So I figured it was time to plant them out. I planted one pot of each in the empty Strawberry bed that I can’t afford to fill this year. They will be happy in there. Lots of goodness to feed off of.

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I definitely have “Gardener back” tonight. Ow! Lol…:D Even with the owie back, I am one happy woman…My nails are cut very short and dirt still becomes permanently stuck there. My knees ache from kneeling and my jeans and t-shirt are filthy. But inside I am giddy with being able to play in the dirt.

❤ Drisana

Butterfly

Milena caught a Satyr or a Zephyr butterfly this morning with her net.  It wouldn’t fly away. It happily of hung out on her hand for the longest time. 🙂 She now interested in watching butterflies. Perfect timing. I am expecting to get a kit of Painted lady caterpillars in the next few weeks from a friend.

We aren’t sure which butterfly it was.The underside was lighter than the photo shows. These two butterflies are often confused. We think it is a Satyr as it’s underside and top were lighter in colour than the Zephyr. The size of both is very similar too…Both Satyr and Zephyr butterflies live in similar regions as well.

Another great learning moment.

❤ Drisana

 

* * * Goddess Girls * * *

‘Allo Mes amis!

It has been almost a month since my last book review! That is WAY too long a wait for me maybe, I don’t know about you guys.

Alrighty then, let’s get started!

The title of this book review, Goddess Girls, is also the name of a book series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams. I only have two of the books in the series:

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As you can probably see these two so far are focused on two of the Greek Goddesses; Athena and Aphrodite. A quick note for those of you who are not acquainted with these Goddesses: Athena is the goddess of Wisdom and the good side of war. Also weaving. Aphrodite is goddess of love and (of course) beauty.

So, the first book I’ll tell you about; Athena the Brain, is about Athena when she’s a bit younger. In the beginning she’s living with her best friend, Pallas, with no idea who her parents were, until she receives a letter scroll from her dad Zeus. She’s invited to attend MOA, Mount Olympus Academy, where she meets all the other Goddess Girls, Aphrodite, Artemis, Demeter and a couple minor goddesses and all the God boys. She enters the Science fair and has to try and keep the mega secret, secret from the horrible Medusa.

The second book; Aphrodite the Diva, is some what similar. Aphrodite is failing Hero-ology, so she decides to try to get some extra credit by making up a lonely hearts club for mortals. Only thing is one letter gets torn in half and needs to find it! She meets Isis, the Eygptian Goddess of Love, and they get into a serious fight to find out who is the true goddess of love. Will Aphrodite win?

Both of these books are great for ALL ages and are funny! I love them both!

Happy Reading!

Seren