Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fiddling Again.

Last night I took Laurel to a Fiddlers performance. I really wanted video of her singing ‘Shenandoah’ (her performance made me cry, by the way, along with several other members of the audience) but this was a performance for a banquet, and all the clinking and clattering of the plates and silverware was so distracting it would have completely taken away from the performance itself.

So y’all will have to make do with ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ and ‘Flop-Eared Mule.’ Still a lot of clinking and clattering going on, lots of people walking back and forth, but at least these songs are more able to overpower that. Laurel plays harmony in the duet that begins at about 1:00, and starts singing at around 1:35.

Enjoy.

What February Looks Like.

February 19 harvest

I estimate I’ve saved $30-$40/month on produce (significantly more than that if you consider the veggies we have are grown organically, without pesticides or chemical fertilizers) since we put up the hoop house in November. At this rate, it really will pay for itself before too long!

This is probably the last of the brussels sprouts. I’m actually losing plants just because they exhaust their life cycles, rather than freezing them to death in a traditional garden. That’s really something to see. The chickens are grateful, because they get all the spent broccoli (some of our plants have flowers in the hoop house), brussels sprouts, etc. The only issue I fear we’ll have is dandelions. Several are blooming in the hoop house right now.

After last summer’s abysmal garden, I’ve renewed my faith in this hobby thanks to our bountiful winter harvests. Now I need to get motivated and start my summer seeds. I’ll probably have them under the lights in a couple of weeks. Here’s to a great gardening season!