Monday, January 26, 2009

Getting Down to Business

This weekend has ushered in the conclusion of our daughter's ballet. It was wonderful and now our real life can return to normal. (No more late nights sitting in the theater for rehearsals)!

Over the years, I have learned that to have a successful summer garden you need to start early. I have already prepared my seed order. With the extra seeds that we purchased last year, our order will be small this year. I still want to make sure I have enough to make it an extra year if need be. By using heirloom seeds, I could save seeds if for some reason it was needed. As intrigued with seed saving as I have been over the last few years, I have never gotten around to giving it a try.

I will be starting my broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seeds this week. It won't be long and we will be able to plant these early crops here in our area. I want to make sure my plants are big enough and strong enough when the time comes. I am also planning on starting some Romaine lettuce in the make shift greenhouse. This year I plan on cutting my cabbage plants down to half the amount I planted last year. I will increase the broccoli production though. EVERYBODY in our family loves broccoli and only a few eat cabbage. I still have a good batch of frozen cabbage in the freezer for our winter soups. I have never managed to grow enough broccoli to have any extra to freeze. We eat every morsel fresh from the garden. I may still not produce enough to freeze this year, but I want enough broccoli for every person to get their fill!

grace and peace,
julie

10 comments:

closer2667 said...

hi julie!what soup receipes do you have that would use cabbage?i've never used cabbage in soup and i luv cabbage?

closer2667 said...

hi julie!what soup receipes do you have that would use cabbage?i've never used cabbage in soup and i luv cabbage?

TnFullQuiver said...

Kay,
I always add cabbage to my homemade veggie soup. I love it with LOTS of cabbage, but my kiddos aren't so loving of cabbage! In order to please their tastes, I cut back on it.
grace and peace,
julie

Dreamer said...

Cabbage soup, yum yum!

I'll be watching your posts to clue me in as to when to start planting my seeds. I'm in a region that is just behind you as far as planting goes.

I'm going to try my hand at cauliflower this year.

Paige said...

I can't believe that you're starting to think about planting! When do you start putting things out? We're still months away, but I want to start a few plants so we can have a few planters fulls of fresh veggies for the summer...phooey on apartments!

closer2667 said...

oh also, i forgot to ask in prior post, may we have your receipe for salsa? thank you!

TnFullQuiver said...

Kay,
I'll look up my make shift salsa recipe and post it tomorrow!

Paige,
I know apartments aren't that much fun, but at least you don't have a HUGE house to clean!!! You are always good to come up with a solution to your dilemma so I am sure that you will do well with your container garden! Did I tell you that I miss you???!!!

Dreamer,
I don't know if I am the one to watch...it seems like I am always behind!!!

grace and peace,
julie

Paige said...

Haha. So Hope told you about the cologne, eh? She said Jake got a good laugh out of it. Dan did the appropriate boy thing and poorly stifled his laughter while I rushed to the bathroom to wash out my eye. And I miss you guys too! We keep talking about how much we can't wait to move and hope it works out on the job end of things!

djerger said...

I am going to watch your schedule, too, even tho you claim to be behind at times ;o) I wanted to thank you for keeping my family occupied on Sunday~they had a FABULOUS time...Sam especially can't quit talking about her visit and is fully convinced that she wants to live on a farm when she grows up...I gave her the link to your website so that she can keep up with y'all ;o) Thanks again, and God bless you!

Andrea Cherie said...

What a blessing they all like broccoli! It's one of the best veggies for us!