Thursday, January 20, 2022

Sourdough Bread Fail

 So I got some sourdough starter from a friend and I have made a lot of things with starter but bread has never been one of them. They tend to come out ...well bad and today's bread was no exception. I am definitely going to have to find a better recipe than the Rustic King Arthur one that I chose this time. I started it yesterday and gave up on it rising any better by 11:00 this morning and put it in to bake.









The bread itself tasted fine but it was very dense and the crust was very hard. I haven't given up, I'll just be trying a different recipe next time.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Seed Starting Time


 It's seed starting time here in Georgia. I am so excited to be able to have a little garden here but I am trying not to go overboard and plant too much. I have just the two beds. I believe they are about 4 ft. by 4 ft but I haven't measured they may be larger. I am not good at judging size just by looking. Right now one bed is about half full of dirt and is growing some nice looking kale and one rosemary plant. I hope to get that one more dirt for it  this spring and get the other one filled. 
Anyway, about the seeds. I bought them from eBay and I have some from Baker Creek as well but the ones I started early were from eBay. I just found the free shipping just way cheaper than any of the seed catalogs. Not exactly as reliable  maybe, but I was willing to chance it. 
For tomatoes I chose Floradade and Bradley.  I mainly just wanted a good determinate variety. I find the indeterminate just way too big. I planted 8 of each. I know that will be too many but some probably will end up in some planters I have. For peppers I planted just 4 of a white bell pepper and 4 ofrom seeds from a grocery store pepper. My daughter got some great peppers from a grocery store pepper last year and I wanted to try just for fun. I also have two of a white pattypan squash and 2 of a yellow crookneck squash. Probably too early to start those but I had 4 squares to fill. And the last set has seeds from my Easter cactus house plant. Also just an experiment. I have never grown one from seeds. 
They all just sit on a shelf under a grow light and we'll see how it goes. 

Monday, August 2, 2021

Raised Beds

 Well, all did go well and we are finally home owners! It isn't exactly my dream home of 5 acres in the country though. We are in town...a small town but still in town. We do have a nice little flat yard and a decent sized back yard so we'll just make the most of what we have.

There have been a few projects already. The little "garage" beside the house turned into a workshop for Phil. We bought some wood and he built some doors for it. We plan to paint them the same color as the roof eventually. 






I, of course, had to have flowers so I planted daylilies all down one side of the house and made a flower garden on one side of Phil's workshop. 


 


And yesterday we got a start on my favorite project so far. From the start, I never liked those beams at the front of the house. They were in a square around the very front of the house and just made no sense, made the yard look smaller and made mowing difficult. But there were eight of them. Just enough for two nice raised beds. Phil worked on pulling them all to the back yard yesterday....no easy task as they are incredibly heavy but he got them there! And now I have these wonderful big raised beds!




I am just so excited! Unlike our other house that was surrounded by trees, these beds will sit in the sun most of the day. Also the ground here is a more sandy consistency instead of that hard red clay so I am sure things will grow much better. It's really too late in the season to have a garden this year but maybe I'll have some fall greens or something if I can get soil for them this year. 

I'll leave you now with a few pictures of other things. 




Painted bunting




female summer tanager





Recent painting




Curtains I sewed for my craft room








A few pictures from inside the new house.