Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Strawberries Take Two....

As novice strawberry "farmers", 2 rows of strawberries were planted back in 2010 and had a couple of great years....

Our first 2 rows were planted.
The next year they exploded in growth!  Quickly went from 2 nice rows to a true "patch". 

 Enormous strawberry and tall plants!  We the crop was larger than expected!

My son Jake (at age 4) was eating them straight from the vines but we did manage to make several batches of freezer jam.  My daughter Kylie suggested we just squeeze the berries instead of slice which worked out quite well! 

Freezer jam a huge success!
Everyone enjoyed the freezer jam!  Jeremy even said it tasted just like his Grandmas. (I took that as a nice compliment.) 

It was a bit runny but I thought I'd have plenty of years of practice to find the perfect consistency. 

Well, I was dead wrong, 2012 brought us nothing....besides seeing the plants grow and not produce much any.  After advice from my Uncle Roger and learning about mother plants and their "runners", we are replanting this year!

I've already ordered my berries from Gurney's.  3 varieties some say they are as big as peaches!  So we will see.  We are thinking about going with the raised bed option.  

Anyway, you'll be seeing our progress once spring comes and we can actually be outside.

As of today, the farm has about 2 feet of snow within the last week and 40 mph winds.  We'll take the weatherman's word for it....Too cold to find out!

Advice welcome!  Just comment on this blog post.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Please Bring on Spring

And as the weather tends to yo-yo in mid-February in Missouri,  60° yesterday and now 30° today (actually it's like this year round; you just never know what you are going to get).  But it does get you thinking of Spring when you have warm days in the middle of winter! 

Plus after spending a week cruising the seas and basking the sun, we are all going a bit stir crazy coming back to the cold and winter coats!  And Yes, we cruised with Carnival but we have been back for a few weeks and weren't at drift like the Triumph was. 

My kiddos showing off their souvenirs from Jamaica.  
Jeremy and Grandpa Randy holding up the bar at Red Frog's on the ship.

All the seed magazines are coming in the mail and in my inbox is full of "Free" offers if you place your order now.  That means Spring is on the way, right?

I have been keeping Jeremy busy with home improvements while it's too cold to go to the farm.  I'm sure he loves that!  Hanging crown molding throughout the entire house minus the bedrooms and picking out paint colors.  Talking about bathroom renovations and trim upgrades; I'm sure Jeremy is ready for Spring as well!

SEND SPRING SOON!  Here's a glimpse of what's to come!

Fishing....I know, it's a whopper of fish. 
Garden Harvests
Roadside stands
 Zip Line Fun
And best yet....Family Fun! 
So if you see Spring, send it our way!   We are all tired of hibernation mode.  Lots more fun when the weather is warm!