Sunday, February 24, 2013


Over the past week I inventoried my seeds, cleaned out old seeds, compiled a list of what I needed, scoured catalogs and finally placed some orders.  I placed orders with Pinetree, High Mowing and Johhny's.  I wish I could find everything I need in one catalog to save on shipping costs but then again I like supporting more than one of my favorite catalogs.

I ordered a bunch of lettuce seeds with high hopes but the order might prove to be foolish since the past couple of years I seem to be the only person on the planet who has a hard time growing lettuce.  I ordered a few of my favorites that needed refilling (Napoli carrots, Lacinto Kale etc..) and a few other items for fun just to try ("watermelon" radishes and such).  I am looking forward to the arrival of my seed packages, it means the possibilities of a new garden are around the corner!

Monday, February 18, 2013


Last week the ground was finally dry enough to dig up some carrots and parsnips.  I have been harvesting a little at a time because I am curious to see how well certain items will keep in the ground.  The Napoli carrots are doing great and super sweet.  I have left a few in the ground to continue to test them.  The parsnips are OK, the cores are very woody and they should have been pulled awhile ago.  The leeks unfortunately did not make it through the deep freeze and snows, they are still standing but beginning to break down.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Super Late

I should have ordered seeds weeks ago.  But life and work have put my gardening plans on the back burner.  I am hoping to use this long President's Day weekend to inventory my seeds, finish going through catalogs and finally put in my orders.  The first seeds are going to need to go in the ground in about a month!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Roasted Chicken

When the weather is as cold as it has been nothing is better than warming up the house with a roasted chicken for a winter meal.  Of course I also made a good amount of stock from the carcass too.

Monday, February 4, 2013


At the Cincinnati Nature Center, where we went on our hike, they have an area set up as a bird preserve with numerous bird feeders.  We were surprised to see so many Cardinals.  Against the white snow all the brightly colored birds were beautiful.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Snowy Hike

Not much has been going on in our world other than work and living the routines of life.  After the recent warm up we had it then quickly got cold again and we got a light snow.  We decided it was the perfect weather for a snowy winter hike.