Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vegetables for early spring

My vegetable garden is almost ready to plant......last year we had such a cold wet spring the even though I planted my green beans under hoops covered with plastic they still froze and I had to plant them again......This year I really don't think that will be a problem. Im chompping at the bit!!!
I can't wait to get started. I found this website that had a list of early spring vegetables to plant....I'M READY!!!  Now it's raining.........

Vegetables for early spring

Vegetables for early spring

Basket of carrots

Even under quick hoops, you won't want to plant frost-sensitive vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers anytime soon. However, there is still a wide selection of crops to choose from for your spring garden. I've highlighted the easiest ones in the chart below.

VegetableStart from:Notes
BeetsSeedsBeet seeds can sometimes be difficult to germinate. As with other root crops, beets need loose, loamy soil.
BroccoliTransplants The more advanced gardener can start her own seedlings either inside or in a quick hoop. Otherwise, buy sets from the local feed store when night temperatures have risen into the high 20s to low 30s Fahrenheit.
Brussels sproutsTransplants The more advanced gardener can start her own seedlings either inside or in a quick hoop. Otherwise, buy sets from the local feed store when night temperatures have risen into the high 20s to low 30s Fahrenheit.
CabbageTransplants The more advanced gardener can start her own seedlings either inside or in a quick hoop. Otherwise, buy sets from the local feed store when night temperatures have risen into the high 20s to low 30s Fahrenheit.
CarrotsSeedsWell-drained, loamy soil is mandatory. Carrots are slow-growers, so weed carefully to give the seedlings breathing room.
CauliflowerTransplants The more advanced gardener can start her own seedlings either inside or in a quick hoop. Otherwise, buy sets from the local feed store when night temperatures have risen into the high 20s to low 30s Fahrenheit.
CollardsSeedsSpring greens are some of the easiest vegetables to grow. In addition to collards, spinach, and Swiss chard, consider trying some Asian greens for variety.
LeeksSeedsLeeks take a long time to grow, so I generally prefer the perennial Egyptian onions instead. As with other root crops, leeks need loose, loamy soil.
LettuceSeedsLeaf lettuce is my earliest harvest of the year because I always plant it under quick hoops. You can cut leaves within a month of planting, but be sure to seed a second bed as soon as you start eating the first --- lettuce becomes bitter within a few weeks of first harvest.
OnionsSeeds, sets, or transplants.Getting your onions to germinate out in the cold can be a bit tricky, so you may choose to start them inside or under quick hoops to ensure they have time to grow before summer heat stunts them. Select a variety appropriate for your day length (short day in the south and long day in the north.) Many gardeners simplify planting by buying sets (tiny bulbs) from the local feed store, but onions grown from sets usually don't store well.
ParsleySeedsParsley is grown very similarly to carrots, but you pick the leaves a few at a time for the next year rather than digging up the root.
PeasSeedsSoak your seeds overnight before planting to ensure they sprout quickly. Erect a trellis for them to grow on.
PotatoesCut up pieces of potato, each with two eyesHill up your potatoes by adding soil or dirt extending a few inches up the growing stem once the plant is about eight inches tall. This prevents the new tubers from being exposed to sunlight and turning green. If you're planting early into cold soil, consider cutting your seed potatoes a few weeks in advance and laying them out in a bright spot so they'll presprout.
RadishSeedsSome gardeners plant radish seeds in their carrot rows. The radishes come up quickly and mature before they compete with the slower-growing carrots.
SpinachSeedsI find that spinach plants usually bolt in the spring, so I generally focus on other varieties of leafy greens.
Swiss chardSeedsSwiss chard seeds can sometimes be difficult to germinate, but otherwise Swiss chard is perhaps the easiest green to grow and will keep producing all summer.
TurnipsSeedsLike other root crops, turnips prefer loamy, well-drained soil.

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's spring, and I'm outside

It's spring, and I'm outside..........working on the garden expansion, putting in blueberries,blackberries,raspberries and grapes.......also getting the garden ready for planting......spreading loads and loads of wonderful rich composted horse manure and shavings (grin) An early spring here in the mountains will have me putting in my vegetable garden 5 or 6 weeks early!!! wooohoo, it is such a struggle here with our cool temps to really get a garden off and going very early and then early fall frosts keep us from being able to grow things like watermelons or pumpkins because they freeze before they are ready.....This year it just might work.  I'm going to give some pumpkins a try, the girls will love it!

Getting started back walking/jogging trying to get back on track for my fitness and weight loss goals.

  Watching chickens, they are funny. Waiting on one hen to hatch a dozen eggs but she is taking longer than she should???.........should be any day....The goats are bred, I think.......we are hoping to get some kids this summer and goats milk too :o).......I made homemade buttermilk the other day from fresh goats milk and it was wonderful! I made some ranch dressing with it also and used some for baking...........Last week I  took a class on making homemade mozzarella cheese at a raw milk dairy near by....I'm going to make some today.....not sure what to make with it though.

I'm working on my new bible study, "Stuck"'s going good. I am seeing more and more of a pattern of how my expectations that I put onto others keeps me disappointed with them and how this is not good for me or for them or for our relationships.........learning to just love and give a whole lot more grace :o)

Exercise Out-of-Doors

Every woman should take a certain amount of exercise out-of-doors. It is necessary for good health and good nature too. If by doing so you will be obliged to leave some of the work in the house undone, who will know or care one hundred years from now?

[Thomas’s Farmer's Almanac]
Blessings to All, and remember God is sooo good, all the time!!!
Happy Spring~

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Upcoming Mission to IRELAND!!! | Harvest Ministry

I am Praying for Ireland, for Jon and Ann Dunagan from Harvest Ministry who are going on a missions trip to Ireland......I am praying that the peoples hearts will be opened to the Gospel and that the Lord's will be done in these places.........That the pastors will be encouraged and that many lives will be touched because they went. click on the title link and read the details of their missions trip.  This is a wonderful ministry! 

God has placed in my heart a desire to be involved with them, to support the orphans at the Guma Na Yesu (Keep with Jesus) Children's Center in Uganda - East Africa and to pray for the needs of the children, the workers/teachers and the missionaries that so selflessly devote their lives to care for the widows and orphans of this world and to share with them the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  James 1:27 tells us that this is pure religion.......

Jennie Allen Stuck

I am looking forward to beginning  this journey with a group of woman from my church.
This sounds like a good one. I will share along the way.

Sunday, April 8, 2012


I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies

Friday, April 6, 2012

Christian Seder - About Seder

I am so excited!!!   Tonight my family will attend our very first Seder dinner. It will be held at my mom and dads church (they have been in years past). Although I know about and understand the Seder/passover dinner I have never acually gone to one and I'm excited!!!  This will be a fun way to teach my grandkids more about the true meaning of Easter and why we celibrate it. I am so very thankful for the opportunity to shape their hearts and mold these traditions/truths into the very fabric of their beings. I do not take this opportunity/resposibility lightly.

I found this picture on the internet and if you click on the link below it will take you to a website that will explain more about the Seder dinner if you are interested in learning more. Also on  Jewish Voice there is a video clip from the tv program that aired this week that explains it very well. once your on that page just click on the link that says The Messianic passover Seder. I love learning more about the Jewish roots of Christianity. 

Christian Seder - About Seder

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hillsong United - Nothing But The Blood

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus

This week I will be spending a lot of time contemplating on Palm Sunday, the next five days, Good Friday and the Cross and Easter, Resurrection Sunday. So much to think about and I feel very humbled.
Thank You Lord Jesus for the beautiful cross, thank you for shedding your precious blood for the atonement of my sins.......What can take away my sins? NOTHING but the BLOOD of JESUS!