I started Little House in the Big Woods today and I have completely fallen head-over-heels in love with Laura and her family. I'll probably finish it tonight. I've borrowed all the other books from Ben's mom and I'm sure I'll devour them all before the month is through.
I've started a market bag for taking to the Farmer's Markets with me on the rare occasions I go. (I wish I could go more often and am trying to do so.) It's bright red and I'll continue it with a mesh pattern on the sides. Hopefully I have enough to do the whole bag, but I figured if not then I have some dark green of the same yarn and I'll make it a strawberry!
I have a BAJILLION little green tomatoes. But I am terribly sad (almost heart broken, actually) to report that I have been finding blossom rot on a lot of them. I know what causes it (lack of calcium in the soil) and how to fix it (add calcium to the soil... heh). Unfortunately the way to fix it requires me to do so before the plants go in ground. I did try putting a bit of eggshells around the plants when I put them out, but having not really planted tomatoes before I know now that I didn't put nearly enough, and I just scattered it on the soil, not mixed it in. And to be honest I didn't understand why you needed to put the eggshells, I just heard it was a good idea to prevent the blossom rot. Now I know. Live and learn and try again next year. I'm hoping the farmer's market and maybe my grandmother can supply me with enough tomatoes for canning this year.
A question for those of you who know plants: We have quite a bit of shaded flower bed in our front and some in the back. Do y'all know of some flowers we could plant that like mostly shade? I'm not particular about the color, I'd just like something I can stuff my beds with. Hopefully a low-to mid height plant since we already have tall covered. I am hoping for plants that will give more flower than green leaves as we have a bunch of green now with the lilies.
|Canteloupe. Ants for scale. Hehe.|
Everyone has asked when I am due, and I've been trying to email and reply to everyone. But for those I have missed/haven't gotten to yet: This little one should come in early March! The twins birthday is on the 13th, so maybe we'll get three birthdays in one day? ;)