A homesteading kind of day


A little sandwich bread for the week thanks to my 40ish year old Joy of Cooking.


A pan of frozen tomatoes from the garden abundance of 2012 willing their way into spaghetti sauce (with DH’s deft assistance.)

This year’s winter garden is crawling along the cloudy days. Cabbage and chard, broccoli and kale, garlic and onions, and some pea and lettuce sprouts crossing their leaves for the harder freezes being over for the season.

I don’t think I would’ve managed a winter garden this year without DH. He hauled the manure and turned it in. He gathered (*cough* nicked from the curb *cough*) leaves for insulating (and feeding) mulch. He’s kept a mind on the watering and an eye on the forecast. He’s been truly wonderful (per usual, honestly.)

Why all of the extra help? The ankle is still healing and physical therapy is progressing, but these days, more than that, is all of the energy I’ve been allocating to growing something else ๐Ÿ˜‰



14 comments on “A homesteading kind of day

  1. Shannon says:

    Oh my gosh! That is just fantastic news to read. Very excited over here that you are collecting your gardening supplements from the curbside. Kudos from DirtNKids. ๐Ÿ™‚

    No really. A baby!!!! (There just aren’t enough exclamation points for that bit.) Super cute baby bump. Oh, how I look forward to new little gardening buddies in this world. Congratulations to the both of you. Please do drop me a proper line (a/k/a/ email) so we may continue this conversation off-line.

    As for the veggies, we pulled our last Romaine heads. Alas, I only had time to throw 10 of those plants into the ground, but since I put them in the exactly the spot from where my compost pile had been recently flipped, they grew into beautiful heads lickity-split. And delicious too. We also have chard, brussels sprouts — a first in my garden — and red cabbage. Your tomato pot has me plotting and planning in my head for getting tomato plants ready indoors. Yikes — next month is only in a couple more days.

    I don’t need to tell you to have a Happy New Year. Looks like you’ve got yours all mapped out already. Cheers, Allison.

    • plumdirt says:

      Thanks! I don’t think we’ve found enough exclamation points ourselves either ๐Ÿ™‚

      Let me know if the Brussels sprouts work for you. I got some good leaves off mine, but otherwise just grew really tall caterpillar food before the buds grew to an edible size.

      I let myself run out of seed starter and need to start my tomatoes and peppers this week or I’ll be behind!

      Happy New Year to you and yours as well!

  2. OHMYGOSH!!!! How wonderful! Congrats to all of you….When will the Newest Gardener make his/her debut?
    The Happiest of New Years to you, DH and the Bump!

  3. Karen says:

    Congratulationsโ€ฆhow wonderful. I don’t have to wish you a happy New Year, I know it will be. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Robbie says:

    Congrats!!!! What a joy , a new life:-)

  5. Ooooh, that last, telling photo! Congratulations plumdirt, it looks like a very happy life ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Bread in the oven AND a bun in the oven too?!? ;). Congratulations!

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