Wednesday, June 25, 2008
A couple weeks ago I ordered The Well-adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling from our library and now, whenever someone new to learning at home asks me for some book recommendations, I will tell them about this one as well. What a fantastic book for someone new to learning at home... and also for someone who has been at it for years. I think it covers every cause for concern someone (or someone's relative) could ever have. It is a very empowering book, it gives all kinds of supportive information in a very straight-forward, clear manner as well as lots of stories from homelearners themselves.
One of my favourite parts is the story the author tells in the introduction, it starts out "Once upon a time, all children were homeschooled." Something that our society seems to have forgotten.
Monday, June 23, 2008
And so does kitty, see her there?
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Do anything that you want to do, but uh-uh,
Don't you chew on my tomato plants.
Being the Impatient Gardener that I am, I spent a ridiculous amount of time going around the garden and squishing the nasty things with my bare fingers....taking great pleasure in it too. It takes quite awhile to squish tiny little flea beetles off of 90 tomato plants. (I'm not entirely sure how I ended up with 90 tomato plants but I did) As I crushed them I thought of all kinds of nasty things about them, I even thought nasty things about all their relatives...and all their future relatives - and what fun that is, it's quite easy to come up with all sorts of rude insults for any little creature who would chew up the leaves of my tomato plants. In the evening I was back at it and when I came across two mating and told my husband about it he asked me if I had squished those ones too. I guess he expected me to show my usual admiration for all things to do with creating life and to spare them. But....I crushed them and felt especially happy that I had prevented another generation of these beggars from being born. E and I were back at it yesterday - squishing and some onion spraying. I learned that if you put them in a bucket of water, instead of squishing, they will find a way to crawl up the sides of the bucket. Better to squish, I say. Afterwards I went to check on the two onion spray test plants and to give them another dose of spray. As I breathed in the evening air I noticed that I was craving onion rings....Elvis would approve, I feel certain.
The Egyptian walking onions are....walking?? Now what do I do with them? The carrots are being eaten by little boys.
And the poppies are about to burst into bloom and then before I know it there will be loads of poppy seeds to be used in muffins, cookies, crackers and saved for friends.
And lest you think that gardening is all bliss, tomorrow I will tell you about the dark side of gardening - Flea beetles.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Another thing to love about gardening is the endless surprises one can find everywhere you look. This year we had some extra compost left over after covering the beds. Yes, I know...extra!?! How lovely. I left some in a wheelbarrow and some in a huge pot to use when I was planting tomatoes or topdressing things, and now there is something growing out of each.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
As I was out preparing an asparagus bed I heard a roar of indignation.
"I am so mad," he said. "Something has been nibbling at my berries."
With a sinking heart I joined him crouching over his plants. Sure enough. Something had been nibbling at his ripest berry. So, we talked about the possibility of it being a mama robin who needed energy to feed her babies and then he popped the remainder of the berry into his mouth. Will he continue to wait 'til they are ripe? I am not so sure that he will.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Pasta is a pretty regular dinner around here because it is quick, easy, filling and delicious. To make this, I cooked (slowly) some garlic in oil for a few minutes then added some broth and tomatoes and let it simmer for just a minute. Then I added greens (spinach) and herbs (parsley) at the last minute. Toss it with hot pasta and top with cheese. This time I used Gort's Gouda cow feta and boy, is it ever good. I added chick peas too because E had been snacking on some and I wanted to use up the rest.
And in a few months I will hardly be able to see the pathways for the tomato jungle that will be growing.
For some current flower garden pictures check here.