Monday, December 6, 2010

Day Dreaming Again

Here I go again, working my day job, dreaming of "retirement" and going full time with Maggie's Garden. It seems that since I made the BIG decision to give it a go, people have been walking into my life with news, encouragment, advice, and great ideas.
 Today I met a nice old rancher named Gary who by accident was at a jobsite I was working at this morning. We started our conversation talking about drainage at this particular site. Before you knew it, we were talking veggies, eggs, apples, honey, and which Farmer's Markets in our area would work best for what I sell. He has been doing Farmer's Markets for years and had some great tips.
So.....I am off into my fantasies about growing things and selling them to people who enjoy fresh flowers, eggs, fruits, and veggies while trying to stay focused on my day job. In fact, my afternoon break is over and back to reality I go!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Time Is Flying!!!

Bad Blogger I am! Started to blog then disappeared....Been very busy around the place and getting ready for Christmas.
The big news is that the greenhouse is built! I am so excited, I rushed to put all my potted plants in there since we have been having day after day of hard frost, I'm talking 25 to 28 degrees. Now I know that in alot areas of the USA that is the high temp. for the day but in balmy Northern California that is a hard frost! We typically get a day or two now and again but the last 2 weeks have been very cold. Anyway, good timing on the green house! I will post pictures of our new green house soon.
Planted lots of Peonies this last week, first try with those. Expanding my inventory of cut flower plants for this spring.
Exciting news! Found a woman who is chucking the California dream and moving back to her home state of Virginia and wanted to find a good home for her chickens. She "interviewed" me and looked a pictures of my flock and coop/pasture. She was very happy about where her girls would be living and gave me a great deal on her 43 chickens, yes, 43 more.........

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

First Frost

Scurrying around covering all my tender plants, citrus trees, potted plants last night before the first frost of the year. With that and the time change on Sunday, I am definitely changing gears full time now.
It's hard to change gears, besides I love to procrastinate, when it was sunny and hovering around 70 degrees a couple of days ago!
Anyway, everything is covered and safe for now. Inside the house, I remind my husband that the beautiful new greenhouse has not been completed yet and I need it yesterday! He shakes his head and quietly chuckles at my urgency.......he is thinking about my procrastination, I just know he is! He promises me that next weekend he will try to complete it.
Maggie's Garden has been a life long dream of mine and it is soooo close I can taste it!
 How wonderful that I can realize my dream and actually give it a go! I am truly blessed!

Garden Hint: Give yourself and your plants, especially your roses a shot of potassium. Eat a banana a day, save the peel, and bury it close to the base of any plant that needs potassium to thrive. You both will feel better for it!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Welcome to my new blog!

Hello there!

I have been inspired by my daughter in law to start blogging.I love reading her blog everyday.
I hope that you visit often and enjoy my page.
I will be writing about the daily life on our little farm.
Be patient with me while I learn the ways of blogging. Here I go!
My husband and I finished putting the tin roof on the  outside chicken coop today after work. Actually, he was up there doing all the work, screwing the roof panels down. I would occasionally walk over to ask if he needed help and he would always say "no, maybe later".
This is from the same man who swore that we would not have chickens since they were "too much work". Bless his heart, he can never say no to me when he knows that I really want something. The way I went about getting the chickens in the first place was pretty underhanded I must say. While he was deployed to Iraq for 8 months, I proceeded to build a large chicken coop (with help from a neighbor). When we would talk on the phone, he would always ask me what I was up to. I would just tell him I was keeping very busy around our property, building and growing "things". He assumed I only meant flowers , vegetables, and structures to house plants in. Hah! Once the coop was completed, I told him what I had built.....too late to say no to chickens! So, after 17 years of hearing "no chickens", I started my beloved flock of various breeds of chickens. 4 years later and I believe that he is enjoying them as much as me even if he would never admit it!
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