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garden update and swap

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As much as I hate to admit it, things have turned to corner toward fall in the garden and in nature. Apples are ripening, the fall flowers are out (my favorite color combinations), the summer garden is dying off and the fall garden is getting greener, and pumpkins are being harvested! The fall flowers are the best! The meadow by our house is full of goldenrod, ironweed, cardinal flower, Queen Anne’s lace, turtlehead, and others. It is truly glorious.

I’ve harvested about a half bushel of acorn squash and a few butternuts, but the piece de resistance (excuse the omission of the accents) was the first large pumpkin from the garden. Unfortunately, it looks like these pumpkins will all be ripe well before the jack-o-lantern making time of late October–which was the reason Hythe wanted pumpkins in the garden in the first place. We might just have to have September jack-o-lanterns. I’ve explained it and he seems ok with that. He is also looking forward to pumpkin pies–as the first pumpkin had a few rotten spots on it, so it only stayed on the porch for a few days before going in the oven. I’ve been making quite a few apple tarts (or galletes), and now the children are expecting pies every night. But, fresh apple sauce is sufficing.

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Found these in the garden, left after I picked them up empty from a house and then went to weed the garden. They got left and have been “decorating” the garden since. I need to get them to the recycling bin, but I like the stories I can make up in my head when I see them about why they are in the garden.

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Turnips, carrots, beets (those rabbits have munched two rows and I’ll need to replant), lettuce, and radishes are coming along very well. The potatoes have all died now, and we’ll dig the rest this week, I think.  I need to do some weeding too!

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Finally, I put together a package for a blogger in Alaska last week and mailed it off. I was participating in a blog swap organized by Amanda. I did this in the spring as well, and it was lots of fun to think up homemade gifts to send. This time, I sent flower seeds from my garden (larkspur, poppies, calendula), some walking onion sets (not sure how they will do in Alaska), a lavender sachet, garlic-herb salt (made with garlic and herbs from the garden), soap, and a hand salve.

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The past week has brought with it a few special things–not the least of was a special girl’s birthday. But, there were some other treats, too.

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I absolutely love the first flowers of spring. They are so sweet, yet hardy–bringing beauty and letting us know “not to despair”, winter will soon be over. I certainly am ready for some color and green-ness to come our way. Waiting (patiently) . . . .

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I got a sweet package from my blog swapper. Melissa from Sqrl&Bee drew my name and sent a beautiful trivet (on my dining room table–loved by the family) and some wool dryer balls (have not used them in the dryer yet, but the children have enjoyed throwing them at each other and William gave us a great juggling act–best juggling balls yet!). She also send a lovely hand salve which I have been using liberally since I’ve been able to get out to dig weed and spread mulch in the garden. Those two chores in the spring dry my hands out like nothing else.

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This week has also brought some warm spring weather which I have truly enjoyed. It pulls us all to be outside, working and playing. There is actually snow on the ground this morning, so it has turned quite chilly now. We enjoyed the warmth while it lasted.