A Lovely Spring

After the artic blast we had in February, we cut all the rose bushes way back. They are now rewarding us with lovely buds and blooms! In fact, everything is looking good. Tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, squash, eggplant, corn, and strawberries are growIng along with all our regular plants. We were even able to share nearly 100 plants with neighbors in our annual spring giveaway. (We propogate too many plants and often start too many from seed! Our obsession is the neighborhood’s gain.)

Here is a look around the back 40 (40 feet, that is!) and at some of the blooming plants too

Mustang Grape Jelly

Weaving was interrupted for a spell due to mustang grape season. These tart little guys grow wild along our local creek, so Mark & I headed out for our annual July tradition of picking, washing, boiling, and straining the grapes to get as much of the lovely juice as possible. Dodging poison ivy and chiggers and spending hours in the hot kitchen is worth it once you taste that first tangy-sweet bite of homemade jelly. Now I can head back to the loom!