Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

Things got more efficient after we began using a paring knife to slice down the seam of the pods to free the spring peas. “Everyone is getting a scheduled C-section!” Doug declared. It certainly made us faster as we shelled thirty-seven pounds of peas. Is it worth it? Hail destroyed the majority of our peas …

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My entire to-do list was shot yesterday.  The day went a bit like this, Pat came over while waiting for her car to be fixed and we spent two hours shelling peas.  Then we went to lunch and she went home.  I put Doug to work.  We spent four more hours shelling peas until the …

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3×5 feet of peas planted in early April.  The result?  Three servings of peas.  I kid you not.  Peas might be wiser to grow vertically up an existing fence leaving precious ground space for other veggies.  I used tomato cages for them to grow up on and it worked wonders and they looked great.  I …

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“Take me home, country roads, to the place…I belooongg!”  I was belting out my favorite John Denver song while tilling the sweet ground.  The few inches of leaves (from my neighbor’s trash last fall) and compost that I put on before the fierce winter weather did the ground good.  It is dark and fragrant.  The …

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