My dear readers, I admit, I’ve neglected you. Honestly, I’ve felt a bit guilty about not having posted any witty and expert-sounding tutorials or book reviews and once again have found myself not blogging because I can’t seem to keep up with what the other bloggers are doing. Yes, I’m odd. Shame on me. I apologize. ‘Nuff said.
The weather has been very odd this year. Our temperatures have mostly been running about 20 degrees below average on both the high and low end which has put us behind on getting the garden in. The cabbages are finally through sulking and beginning to grow.
We’ve been battling black cutworms. . .
And seem to be winning after we placed cutworm collars made of tar paper.
Our 2 small wheat patches, about 1,000 square feet altogether, are just about ready to head out and we look forward to having a bit of our own wheat to grind. This is hard red winter wheat and we have one more small patch of white spring wheat. Spring wheat isn’t usually grown in Oklahoma but we had success with a seed plot of it last year and are hoping for a small harvest this year.
It it warms up normally we will be planting sweet potatoes, okra and cotton sometime on or after the first of May. The sweet potato slips we began cultivating in February are doing well. These are ready to go into pots.
Spring also means wonderful wild edibles. We let lamb’s quarter go to seed each year in order to perpetuate this yummy and nutritious green. Also, April (actually starting the end of March most years) means morel mushrooms. They’re a bit picky, requiring both warm temps and adequate moisture, but we’re beginning to find some. We know to hunt for them when the redbuds bloom and the asparagus begins to come up. We praise God for his provision of good food just for the picking.
Please feel free to post or send me your questions or comments. Help me to know what to write about, what is helpful or edifying. Thank you all and may the Lord bless you in your homesteading endeavors.