We love gardening and in preparing for our trip, we chose to only do a spring garden this year, skipping cucs, squash, corn and melons, so that we could leave the garden tidy and ready for fall planting when we return. We store our leaves from the fall, along with grass clippings and use them in our raised beds to keep the weeds down and feed the soil. Then, till it with our compost when it is time to plant. We have so many bee and butterfly wildflowers this year, and I love seeing those pollinators in action.
I also like trying something new each year, because I get bored easily. This year it’s growing asparagus from seed. It takes three years to be able to eat the stalks, so I figured this was a great summer to start! They are actually from the fern family, which I think it interesting. Once you have a bed of asparagus, it will last 20-30 years.
Our plan is to take our eggs with us, and we eat a lot of eggs! Our Americana chickens lay blue/green eggs. I just love how they are all so different, as are their personalities. We don’t wash them until we are ready to eat them, so they generally last 2-3 months. The “girls” and kids played in the playhouse this weekend.
I have heard wonders about the Instant Pot, so I thought it would be worth the investment to save the time that typical Crock Pots require. Since we are driving quite a bit, we wanted to avoid eating out all the time. So, I am pinning recipes for my Instant Pot as well as for my Grandma’s cast iron skillet, and trying to figure out the convection oven microwave, since that will be new as well!
We realized today and Alice and I share the same birthday! It must have been meant to be. Both of us born on August 25th, although I am nine years older! We slept in Alice in the driveway over the weekend to test the air condition and start organizing. We have a 30 amp plug outside.
We are going to miss our backyard and summer nights outside (maybe not the mosquitoes though!)