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Garden Update: June 20, 2014

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There's not a whole lot happening in our garden yet. We had a very late spring. I usually plant Memorial weekend but waited an extra week because the evenings were so chilly. We are starting to have a few red strawberries here and there. The patch looks a little sad this year because I think I got a little too carried away in thinning it out. Oops.



I direct-seeded corn, beans, peas, and carrots and probably only 1/3 of them sprouted. Not sure if it was the seed or the weather that was bad. I only pretend to know what I'm doing... I will replant those rows this week.



Since we were on vacation during the middle of May I didn't start any seeds indoors. I "cheated" on the peppers and tomatoes and bought plants at local plant sales and greenhouses. So far only one pepper plant has been eaten by a deer or rabbit. 



In other growing news, I have my first peony! My co-worker gave me a plant when I first moved to the farm 4 years ago. I honestly didn't think the darn thin…

Yarn Along: Surprise Storyteller

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I'm linking up with Ginny for this week's Yarn Along.



Knitting: It's a Surprise!
I'm working on a surprise gift so I don't want to spill the beans on what I'm knitting but some of you may recognize the pattern. This pattern has some crazy-big charts. Any guesses?  And, no, it's not a bikini bottom even though the top photo kind of looks like it. LOL.
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish in Colorway Goldrush Tonal

Reading: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
I admit that I haven't been reading very much these days but I have been listening to this good audiobook. A young woman (Sage) befriends an old man (Josef) who she meets at her grief support group. After some time Josef comes to Sage with a strange request: to help him die. As Josef begins to explain his past regrets as a Nazi soldier, Sage, a Jew, wonders why she should help this man after the horrible things he did.



2014 Garden Plan

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This is what I have planned for our garden this year. What actually ends up growing is another story...


Wine-Tasting Bike Ride

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Last Saturday Christian and I checked out a new-to-us recreational trail about an hour south of our farm - the Mascoutin Valley State Trail. We drove to Berlin and parked our car downtown near the public library. After biking south just a few blocks we got to the trail. 


The trail was easy riding - crushed limestone and a few sections of boardwalk with very little elevation change. We rode through scenic farm fields, wetlands and forests bursting with spring flowers. The wooded sections offered us some much-needed relief from the hot sun.


About 8 miles down the trail we came to our destination - the Vines & Rushes Winery. I had never hear of this winery before but, thanks to Groupon, we are now friends. A nice sign was located right next to the trail and a mowed path led right up to the winery.


The winery had 10 different wines for us to try. (Tasting is free.) All of the wines are made with grapes from Wisconsin and some of them use Vines & Rushes own grapes. They are still grow…

And the Sun Gods Smiled Down On Us

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Christian snapped this picture of our solar system on Monday evening after a little rain shower passed by. 



"When there's a huge solar energy spill, it's just called a 'nice day'."

After Our Morning Walk

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The dew has been extra heavy in the morning and leaves the dogs drenched after our walk. 


They sure are cute with spiky hair but I don't like how they think they can nap on my bed while they're still wet!