Tuesday, May 1, 2012

the first of may

It's the first of May. To me, a holiday and the first real day of the growing season. I have so much ahead of me in the garden, so much to plan and till and plant. So far just a bed of garlic, peas, and greens is popping up. But there will be more and if I can get a rototiller over here I will plant a proper farmhouse garden, corn, pumpkin and potato patches. These are the seasons to me. Green vegetables mean spring and summer. Corn means August and pre-fall. Pumpkins mean pure fall. And potatoes mean winter. I want them all, because a potato onion soup from Cathy Daughton's recipe on a bitter winter's day tastes so much better when the onions and potatoes are your own. In fact, I would think it would be fun to grow some soup as a community. All of us plant some potatoes and onions—farm, suburb, or inner city pots on fire escapes—and harvest, store, and make soup together in December? Anyone interested?

I digress! It is the first of May and a new litter or rabbits was born, out of Meg's Salad Doe (the gray chin's name is Salad) and my Silver Fox, Gotcha. That makes three litters of rabbits! My freezer won't have room for a fall pig with all these chickens and rabbits. (Not a bad problem to have).

Tonight my head is wrapped around garden plans and new life. Inside the farm house tonight I am enjoying a heating pad and a beer and a streamed episode of Game of Thrones. My body is less sore than yesterday and I look forward to my lesson Friday at Riding Right to prepare for my first ever Dressage Test/Schooling show. I don't have all the fancy show clothes, but a coworker who will be there keeping score is willing to loan me her jacket and collar and I can use my own breeches and half chaps. I won't look posh, but just showing up in the arena and giving a show a try is a thrill. Wish us luck!

32 Comments:

Anonymous Smedette said...

You can count me in for a community soup! I already have potatoes and onions growing.

May 1, 2012 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

Where are you streaming Game of Thrones?

May 1, 2012 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I was thinking of planting potatoes this year, so when soup-making time rolls around, I'm in.

May 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Jenna, you should get a pressure canner and learn to can some of your meat. It is easy to do and that way all of your meat is not in the freezer. Not good in an extended power outage.

May 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Jenna, you should get a pressure canner and learn to cann your meat. It is easy to do. That way, all your meat is not committed to the freezer. That's not good in an extended power outage. I have a combination-some frozen, some canned. I don't like to have all my eggs in one basket :).

May 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Just remember you and Merlin are a working team in that show. It's supposed to be fun and educational with no place for nerves. He's listening to your body and your voice and depending on your confidence.

You will be brilliant!

May 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am excited for your first show. I have recently started Dressage lessons myself. I had my 4th lesson tonight and my lesson horse put himself into frame for four glorious trotting strides. It was unbelievable. I wish you all the best.

May 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am excited for your first show. I have recently started Dressage lessons myself. I had my 4th lesson tonight and my lesson horse put himself into frame for four glorious trotting strides. It was unbelievable. I wish you all the best.

May 1, 2012 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger LindaSue said...

Read all five of the books 3 times already. Bought the dvd set of season one too. I love to read and they are a great read. By this fall we will be on our own little acre with a 12 x 36 shed that we are making into our little house.

Love potato soup, I use leeks in mine. How about posting the recipe.

You are doing great as usual. I can't wait to get started. Keep it up gal.

May 1, 2012 at 11:26 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

Wishing you all the best! I wish I was closer to join in on the soup idea. We are spending the summer looking a land up that way, so maybe soup in December! Have a wonderful day!

May 2, 2012 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

Wishing you all the best! I wish I was closer to join in on the soup idea. We are spending the summer looking a land up that way, so maybe soup in December! Have a wonderful day!

May 2, 2012 at 5:59 AM  
Blogger JulieG said...

Good luck on your show. Posh isn't everything, Paris Hilton proves that.

I know that I know I have am not a horse person, but you sure make it hard to remember that. :)

May 2, 2012 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Your soup garden idea reminds me of a program in our local schools here putting in "pizza gardens." The kids help grow tomatoes etc., then learn how to make pizzas with the fruit of their labors.

May 2, 2012 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Farmin in WV said...

I am growing onions and potatoes along with a lot of other veggies. It is amazing how much it takes to feed a family full time. I get many laughs at the number of filled canning jars at the end of the season.

May 2, 2012 at 7:29 AM  
Blogger CallieK said...

Happy May Day - it's a holiday for me too and my favourite day of the year!

May 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Onions and Potatoes are in. Looking forward to the soup.

I love your post on beauty.

May 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Pit Stop Farm said...

It is a magical, yet busy time of the year. The peas and onions are doing well so far. I tilled under the ground cover 2 weeks ago - this weekend I plan on tilling in about 35 yards of manure and setting out my transplants (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts), the peppers and tomatoes will need to wait a little while longer. In the coming weeks, I'll also begin direct seeding just about every veggie known to man (chard, squash/zuc, beets, carrots, beans, cabbage, cucs, pumpkins, melons, acorn squash, corn...). Additionally, if I'm lucky, I'll also take a trip up to Jenna's neck of the woods this weekend to pick up a couple mini-nubian goat kids. Then, in a few more weeks, 4 varieties of baking potatoes and 100 sweet potato plants will go in the ground.

Somebody recently asked me when I will slow down and relax. To me, this is relaxation. Maybe not relaxation in the same sense as others think of (ie. sitting on their rear end all day), but relaxation knowing that I'll have a large summer and fall harvest, knowing that only organic foods will provide my nourishment, knowing that I'm doing something positive for my family and the environment. In fact, there were some chemical compounds recently identified in dirt that are released during digging which have a calming effect on people. I didn't need a study to tell me that....

May 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger ebwhite said...

Count me in for the potato onion soup. In December, my onions will be store bought since my crop (in Southeast Texas)of onions is almost ready to harvest and will be gone by December. I will be cheering you on the day of the show.

May 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger ebwhite said...

Count me in for potato onion soup in December. The onions will be store bought, my crop here in Houston will be harvested in a couple weeks and be gone by Fall. But the Summer soups, think gazpacho, with my crop will be grand. On Dressage/Show day I will be cheering you on.

May 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

I'm always up for soup. I have my seed potatoes in egg cartons sprouting in anticipation of planting in the next week or so and onions will be in not long after. They and parsnips are always in first. December soup it is!

May 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Knit Picky Knitter said...

Good luck Jenna! I'm getting ready to plant onions but not sure if I have room for potatoes. Never tried potatoes before, hmmm...

What website do you use to watch Game of Thrones?

May 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

Count me in for "The Soup Project".

May 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Catcoco said...

And have fun at the show !

May 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

Jenna, what shoe size are you? You are more then welcome to borrow my show boots. I believe they are a 8.5, been years since I have used them. Hoping to get back in the saddle this year but I don't see show's in my future until the kids are a bit older.

May 2, 2012 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I watch Game of Thrones on Amazon Prime, right here on my 9 year old Mac!

May 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Holly, my calves are HUGE! I need customs!

but thank you, they saidI can wear my half chaps!

May 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Count me in on the community soup! I have onions, leeks and potatoes growing already.

May 2, 2012 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Yay, Salad! I love that damn rabbit. She's a great mother/ Give her a kiss on her fluffy head for me.

May 2, 2012 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Misty said...

You needn't depend on a rototiller to start your garden. Spread a couple inches of compost over the proposed garden. Spread a layer of brown cardboard over it, then a nice layer of straw (which I recall you don't have an abundance of there, but leaves would work just as well. Hay might have too many seeds in it to be useful). Let it get rained on or water well. Cut slits/holes where you want to plant. That's it. That's all.

I have done this right over mowed grass and it works well. Thank Ruth Stout for the heavy mulching method. Worms work up from underneath and the mulch composts from the top down. I haven't used a tiller in years.

May 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM  
Blogger Lorie Hyten, adult services said...

Go for it Jenna! My first school show my horse, River, picked up the wrong lead and bucked. The judge wrote a note - "Great flying change of lead!" although, of course, the test didn't call for it! Ha! I have been so enjoying your adventures with Merlin. Horses have been/are the passion of my life and River and I focus mostly on dressage. Good luck with the show but mostly HAVE FUN!!!
Lorie Hyten

May 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger pawsfurme said...

I highly highly recommend a salt bath to get rid of aches and pains. 1/2 cup of epsom salt and 1/2 cup of sea salt, give or take on each amount (could be plain, himalayan, or celtic, doesn't matter) and some essential oil (I use lavender). Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes at the end of the day of hard work, or in your case, hard pain and the achey pain hangover should be greatly reduced, if not eliminated (at least it is for me).
I absolutely swear by salt baths. Works like a charm after a day of coop building and straw/hay/poop shoveling.

May 2, 2012 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

So how exactly do you cook rabbit? Do you have any rabbit cookbooks?

May 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM  

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