Monday, February 24, 2014

Spring is almost here 
With Spring coming nearer and nearer, anticipation of digging in the dirt begins to fire up the gardening juices.  I'm so done with looking at seed catalogs and reading garden books.  Down in the deep dark bowels of the basement where the seed starting station resides, life has begun it's long journey to maturity.  Onions and now cabbage seeds have been sprouting and are becoming stronger and bigger every day.  Perhaps even today chives will begin their life cycle under the grow lights.  As snow gently falls outside and the ground remains frozen solid, it feels good to play in the potting mix for seed starting.  So in a way the gardening year has indeed started.

These are the onion sprouts that were started in a plastic tray.  With a little TLC, they have sprouted up to about five inches and now have been transplanted into square two inch fiber pots.  They are still healthy and strong.  The cabbages on the same shelf have just popped up their little shamrock heads and will be transplanted into the fiber pots in a couple weeks.

Winter provides allot of time to browse magazines and read books about gardening.  The greatest new source of gardening information last Winter has been Youtube.  I stumbled across a guy in Minnesota that has invented a container garden system that is self watering and will work great with my rain water collection system.  It uses float valves which keeps a continuous supply of water to the plants without the need for timers.  I'm going to give it a try this year and the see if it's worth the effort.  All indications look positive.

One of the requirements was to use food grade buckets for the containers.  Fareway has bakery buckets for a dollar each.  Here's a picture of one of the buckets.  I don't even what to know what Berthas No. 1 Bun Smear is used for.
Here's the ingredients for "Bun Smear".  Seriously, I'm not sure some of these are even food.

 I have been working on cleaning up my basement.  Many wonderful finds long forgotten about were found.  This is an original set of Foxfire books from the mid 1970s when there was only three books.  Elliot Wigginton was a English teacher that started these books as a research project to keep high school students interested in English.  Turns out over the next couple decades the set grew to 12 books of simple living and a some what must have to new homesteaders.  Practically everything needed to live off the grid is contained within the covers of these books.  It's really fun reading these books again some 40 years later.

This has become the year of doctor appointments.  Mine are rare and after the escapade with appendicitis, things have settled down to normal for me.  What ever that is.  However others have been tapping into my abilities to transport and deliver people to appointments.  My mother in law is in process to have cataracts removed so doctor appointments are scheduled to receive the go from normal doctor and heart doctor.  St. Patrick's day will be the left eye surgery at 7am with follow up the next day at 10am.  This last week another friend needed a ride to ER for intense vomiting and diarrhea.  Then again the next day for same symptoms.  The year has started out like no other year that I have known.  Pray that I stay strong and healthy.
Until the next time remember a bumble bee is considerably faster than John Deere tractor. 


  1. Well, glad you are hanging in there and getting in some seed starting to boot! Grateful for people like you that reach out to help others who need a helping hand or a ride. God bless you!

  2. Hi David
    Well, I'm back online and I must say--the very first post of your I've read made me laugh ---Bertha's #1 Bun Smear---What a hoot. And if you need to know chemistry to read the ingredients, it's a safe bet you don't want to eat it! Ha!

    Loved those Foxfire series. What a treat having the original set of three. Good books are always fun to reread. This winter had me dragging out my Northwoods Reader series by Cully Gage. He writes humorous short stories about growing up in the early 1900's in the northwoods of Michigan. Wonderfully portrayed and quick reading. Always interesting to see how people survived way back....

    I'll remember that about the bumblebee. Hope I never need that advice-LOL!

    Enough babbling. Happy Spring, David!

  3. Hi Dave,
    I have a strange request, please. I am a regular reader of the Chiots Run blog, but since about March 2, I have been unable to view the pictures or the blog or make a comment. I see that you're a fairly regular commenter over there. If you don't mind, pass the word along that I'm having trouble with the blog. I don't know if it's on my end or theirs, but they will know if they've made a format change.
    Bonnie Knox (I usually post as bonnie k. on the Chiot's Run blog)

  4. I have the same collection of Firefox books, passed onto me by my father. Most people I talk to have never heard of them so I was glad to see them here.

    I have to say, I had a good laugh over the "bun smear".

    Praying you and yours will continue the year strong and healthy.

  5. I'm with you Dave. I'm ready to quit fooling around with starting plants in the basement and get out and start digging in the garden instead. It felt like spring here today. I'm ready!