Garden thoughts, random pictures and a late summer update

We’re two weeks into August and I’m coming to terms with the fact that we never really got to building the new garden this year (sniff sniff). Energy and resources have been diverted to our newfound poultry needs, and a few big storms and downed trees thwarted any progress we were about to make. However, there is a little bright side to this sad story. I’ve continued to do some reading and little bits of weeding/clearing in anticipation of finally getting started. In doing so, I’ve learned two happy things…First, we have more wild berries (raspberries and gooseberries) than I realized. The further we got into the trees and underbrush, the more we found. I’m super excited about this, and Chris is like “yeah, neat” (trying to sound excited) because apparently he grew up with bountiful wild berries around his house as a kid so he doesn’t exactly have that we just hit the jackpot excitement that I do. (Berry photos below were taken a few weeks ago) Second cool thing I’ve learned is regarding the stinging wood nettles that basically cover our property and that I have complained about in the past. I was looking into how to get rid of them, naturally, when I came upon several garden forums where I learned that they are, in fact, edible and very nutritious! Yep, they are! Seriously some guy was even trying to locate some to grow on purpose! They can be substituted for spinach and other leafy greens (have to be cooked or dried so you don’t get stung eating them) and apparently are packed full of nutrition! I thought my dog was just a wierdo for eating them constantly, but now I understand. Hey, the chickens love that stuff too! I’ve dried a few bunches of them and have drunk my first cup of nettle tea. So what if it tasted like spinach tea. I’m gonna try to love it. So I guess we have a sort of garden already, right? Right. I feel a little better now.untitledIMG_2104

A little path I cleared for the berries

A little path I cleared for the berries

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Nettle tea…great if you love watery spinach

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Hunter and Landon just returned from a week up north at hunting camp. The house is always strangely quiet when even one kid is gone. But, I guess I got used to it because only a few hours after they got home I dropped them off at their friends house and then 9:45 pm rolled around and I realized that I had FORGOTTEN about them. It was early enough that I was able to pick them up without anybody suspecting my little mistake. Whew, safe.

Is it obvious I forced them to take this photo with me? Ha! Also- forgive the rubber boots/yoga pants combo...I was moving chickens around right before we snapped this!

Is it obvious I forced them to take this photo with me? Ha! Also- forgive the rubber boots/yoga pants combo…I was moving chickens around right before we snapped this!

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random cuteness

Braedan and the twins spent their mornings at vacation bible school this week. It was a little foretaste of what’s to come for Gigi when they all head back to school next month. She actually didn’t seem to mind. I read her bunches of books and I think she sorta liked having mom all to herself for a while.

Braedan as St. Damien

Braedan as St. Damien (in the white cloak and hat)

Braedan in the red cape- Horrible phone photo

Braedan in the red cape- Horrible phone photo

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The weather has been hot and sticky and we’ve escaped to the antique store a few times over the last couple of weeks. Braedan is into it. He loves it. So glad I have someone who actually begs to go with me! I found a great egg basket there that I can’t wait to fill with fresh eggs, some old kitchen tools and cast iron pans. There is so much goodness to be found there. I love not buying new. I love knowing that someone else has already used this stuff. Chris thinks I’m weird when I say things like “Hey I need a new skillet, I’m gonna run to the antique store.”  Whatever. Braeden gets me.

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Awesome antique egg basket (These eggs are fake)

Awesome antique egg basket (These eggs are fake)

I hope you’re all enjoying these last weeks of summer!

 

 

 

 

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