So my blog share is really just about what I've been up to. Let's start with my garden:
PEAS: didn't turn out due to the insane heat we experienced this summer.
TOMATOES & ASPARAGUS: stolen by one of natures creatures, likely deer and rabbits.
CUCUMBERS: due to my raspberry bush being grossly overgrown it swallowed up my cucumbers so I couldn't get to them without being attacked by a hoard of wasp (I learned my lesson about how closely I plant things).
STRAWBERRIES: looked healthy but didn't produce a single strawberry because of the early spring and refreeze we had.
APPLE TREES: still not producing apples. I learned from an organic farmer that it's because I purchased the large apple trees and not the dwarf. Apparently it may not produce for 3 more years.
PEANUTS: didn't grow - don't know why
BLUEBERRIES: deer ate them all down to little nubs.
LAVENDER: one bush died and the other is doing ok.
So what did turn out perfectly? Shallots, beans and raspberries! This is the first year to plant shallots and beans and I've planted a raspberry bush a year for the past 4 years. Thanks to my friend Teresa over at Homestead Notes (growing, writing, creating) and her advice on what book to buy I learned when to harvest the shallots and beans so not only did they grow well I was able to harvest them before they rotted. My raspberries were in a happier mood than last year, producing and producing and producing lots of yummy fruit. They must love heat!
And speaking of feeling creative, productive and having such an awesome friend, Teresa sent me a wonderful little package of goodies this past weekend. The package included a recipe for pumpkin pineapple muffins, 3 little cloth bags with gifts inside, a pretty handmade card and this:
Colorful, interesting fiber to spin! The pinkish fiber is cotton and the silky looking blue fiber is tencel. I've never spun either so I'm looking forward to seeing how it spins.
Thank you so much Teresa for the wonderful package and for knowing what I enjoy so well.
Now I'm off to knit :-)