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Sunday, June 6, 2010

The little surprises in life

Little surprises in life can be nice once in a while. But for the most part I don't like surprises. Although today when we went to the garden to pick peas, I didn't find as many of them as I had expected but instead I had a lot of ripe strawberries. The plants that were set out this year have bloomed and dang I didn't know they had that many berries on them. I have read and been told that you must pick off the first years blooms to force the plants to produce runners. Well these are making plenty of healthy runners. So I picked the ripe berries. Had about a half gallon of them to make jam later. Some of the strawberry runners have already taken root pretty well. They do need to be mulched to keep the weeds and grass down. The pea harvest was much less than expected this time around. So what we did pick will be supper tomorrow night and the vines can be plowed under now.
When I went to the summer kitchen to hull strawberries and string peas, I checked in on my new baby chicks. Gosh they are hardy little fellers. I think they eat many times their weight in food each day. In one day they are starting to show lil wing feathers. So the little birds are off to a good start.
The weather is supposed to be a lot cooler tomorrow. Maybe I can get some more things done in the yard that I want to do. Like cut more herbs to dry, dead-head flowers, fertilize some of the perennial plants and other odd jobs as I come across them.
Till next time, blessings from the McGuire homestead.



Pokeberry Mary said...

I know that's what they say, but I've established beds a few times and I never got around to picking off blooms. What happens is the first year you get some, the next you get more and the year after that-- bonanza.

stella said...

Hi Mary, I tend to agree with you on not picking off the first blooms. After all that seems such a waste to me. And be dang they are making a ton a runners without my help. Now I just got to get all the little runners rooted and moved. lol Like I need something else to do this time of year.