Friday, June 19, 2009

Garden Update 6/ 19/ 09

Sorry for being late with my post, but we were being pestered by some people who had targeted my friend's blog... and since we are linked there , we were targeted too. I was watching pretty closely as my blog counter reached almost 500 hits yesterday, at least 80% of them people who are against what we live and believe. We were even accused of "bashing that little girl in the face" on their site... as if anyone could think we would hit our precious children and cause an injury like that. Sheesh. I will admit, though, I came very, very close to making my blog private. I am sorry if that happens... just letting you know if it goes offline, that is why.

But since it seems to have calmed down today, I will post my garden update..

We all worked really hard on Monday and Tuesday to get the weeds under control. The garden looks great!!! We have cucumbers growing - maybe another week or so. We have one solitary cauliflower growing, but lots of cabbage. Our broccoli has great foliage, but I have yet to see a single head, so I think that next week I will pull it up, along with the peas which are about done, and plant corn and beans, since we don't have much of either of them surviving in our rocky soil.

Pam- is it too late entirely to plant beans and corn?

A friend of mine asked me what I do when the beans grow off the top of the poles. She and her husband cannot reach all of them. N- after thinking about it... you will have more than enough green beans... go ahead and cut them off. You'll be sick of picking them all anyway. ;)

We are winning the weed game, we are going to have an abundant crop of tomatoes. Hopefully we will be able to have lots of watermelon and cantaloupe... this pregnant Mama could eat an entire melon a day. I am dreaming of watermelons... yum yum.

How does your garden grow?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bible Bee Schedule Week 5

I am late posting this... but here it goes:

Category 1:
John 5: 24
John 10:10
John 14: 5-6
John 14: 21
John 15:5
John 15: 10-12
John 15: 16

Category 2:
Psalm 139: 1-6
Psalm 139: 13-16
Psalm 145: 1-6
Proverbs 3: 5-10
Isaiah 40: 28-31

Category 3:
Psalm 145: 1-10
Prov. 1: 10-19
Isaiah 42: 5-9
Isaiah 55: 8-13
Jeremiah 17: 5-8

We are trucking along... last week was a really good week for most of the children's memory... they had the verses memorized and passed by lunch every day, and breakfast for a couple days...

They said that as they are doing more and more memory, it is getting easier to remember them. I am thrilled that they are hiding so much of the Word in their hearts. I am getting a lot of time to ponder scripture also as I am quizzing them!

Yummy garden drinks

We have been experimenting with some of the herbs from the garden. I recently made some really good "lemonade."

2 Lemons washed, and squeezed into a pan. Put the rinds in too.
25 leaves of lemon balm (can use lemon verbena too)
2 cups of sugar (My family doesn't eat a lot of sugar, I think we could use less)
4 cups of water

Boil for 5 minutes. Strain into a gallon jar, fill with water and put in the fridge.

Very yummy and so inexpensive!

I also tried this with an orange, and leaves of pineapple sage. It was a bit watery. I may try to add some tea bags next time.

Do any of you have any ideas of ways to use lemon balm, pineapple sage, or cinnamon basil?