Sunday Quotes

Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
~A. A. Milne

Education Choices for your Children with Private School Innovator

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Private School Innovator. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Education is incredibly important to every family that has children.  I remember when my oldest was 2, I started to think about school, and what would be right for us.  It was around this time that the public schools were starting 4 year old programs and kindergarten was turning into a full day, instead of the half day that I had when I was in kindergarten.

Education is such a personal choice.  Every child learns differently.  Even looking at my two school aged children right now, they both have completely different learning styles.  I want to make sure that whatever schooling option we choose for our children, it is what will make them excel in the future, and prepare them to be amazing adults that contribute to our society. 

There are so many different options these days for schooling.  Public school, private school, charter school, homeschool.  How do you make the right choice for your family?

We consider our schooling options on a year by year basis.  Currently we are homeschooling.  We have considered public school, but feel it isn’t right for our family right now. 
Then there is the private school option.

Private school is something that we have seriously thought of in the past.  But, when you say “private school” there are about 100 different things that can mean.

There are religious private schools, Waldorf inspired private schools, schools that are geared more towards science and math, others are geared more towards the arts.  How do you make a decision?

I was really excited to find out about Private School Innovator.

Private School Innovator is a free online tool that helps to match up families with private schools.  They become a facilitator between the family and the school.  Having someone else look through all the different private schools based on your family’s specific criteria is a wonderful idea!

I know when we have looked at private schools in the past it has been incredibly overwhelming.  There are so many different schools, and so much information, it can make your head spin.

Private School Innovator realizes this, and wants to help families realize that private school is, and should be, available to everyone.

I think that cost can sometimes be a barrier when considering private school, but when you fill out your profile, tuition cost is part of it.  That is what is so great about this program, you get to put in your own criteria.  Then Private School Innovator will e-mail or call you and contact the schools on your behalf.  I love this idea.  It takes a lot of the stress out of researching the different options.

You can find more about Private School Innovator by visiting them on Facebook and Twitter.

How do you make schooling choices for your children?  Do your kids go to public school, private school, or do you homeschool?

yarn along

I completed one whole dishcloth this week!  Woohoo!  I think that must be some type of record for me.  All kidding aside, it was nice to have a project completed in just a couple hours of knitting.  Now if I can make a few more of these, I will be happy.

I was actually thinking it should be an ongoing project so that I can have them on hand to give as gifts.  I need to do better about having gifts knit in advance of the holiday season so that I am not trying to cram everything in as soon as Halloween is over!

I need some new knitting inspiration.  Once warm weather hits I have a hard time being motivated to knit.  I mean, I want to, but no project seems to hold my interest for very long.  I always think I will sit outside and knit, and I always set out to do that, but then I get up to putter around my garden.  Perhaps some new yarn would help.

So many of you lovely knitters seem to order so much of your yarn online, how do you do that?  Do you just know that you will love it?  And what about colors?  Or do you generally order what you have purchased in person before?  The selection at my LYS isn’t quite as vast as I seem to see each week in the yarn along.

My reading, well, not so many books are being read, but I am constantly having samples sent to my kindle.  That should count for something!  I love to read the samples to see if I want to buy a book, or request it from the library.  But, since I am out of Amazon gift cards right now, no book buying can happen, instead I make a list and hope the library has the books.  Unfortunately my library hasn’t had a lot of the books I am looking for lately.  So, we continue on with kids reading for now!  Harry Potter, Little House on Plum Creek, and The School Story are the current reads with the kids.

What are you working on this week?  Where do you buy your yarn?

Garden Progress

I know that last week I talked about how we typically do all of our planting on Memorial Day weekend, but wouldn't you know it, it did not happen this year.

Part of me wanted to get it all done, but when I woke up to 37 degrees on Saturday morning, I decided to wait.

We didn't even end up going to the greenhouse this weekend, which I think is a first since I have lived in this house.  I make it a point to go every Memorial Day weekend because that is when the best selection is.

My husband did get all the garden beds cleaned up though, so now I have a fresh slate to work with.

This week the kids and I will be taking a field trip to the greenhouse to pick out what we would like to grow, although I am a little leary of planting this year.

Why?  Well, if you were reading last year, you may remember that we had a bit of a woodchuck problem.  We caught and disposed of 8 woodchucks last year.  When I say we, I mean my husband.  Woodchucks are fine, as long as they are not eating my garden.  Once they cross that line, I have to get rid of them.

I was really excited when my mom (who lives at the end of our dead end street) had a family of fox move in under her shed.  I thought for sure that we would be rid of the woodchucks for this year.

Imagine my surprise when Emma and Jack ran in this weekend and told me about the cute little woodchuck that they were watching eat the clover next to the chicken coop.

"Just put up the fence" you say?  Well, unfortunately we need to buy new fencing this year which I did not realize.  So, we will see what we can pull together for fencing, and then see what we end up planting.  

In the meantime, I will be setting the trap again, and hoping that the woodchucks have not learned what it is...

How is your garden growing?  Do you have any pests that seem to return year after year?

Sunday Quotes

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
~Margaret Atwood

Top 5 Apps for the Summer! #BetterMoments

This post is brought to you by #BetterMoments.

I can’t believe that summer is right around the corner!  It doesn’t seem possible with the how cold this spring has been, but I know it is coming.  I am so excited to be able to get outside in the garden, and enjoy everything a New England summer has to offer.  It really is the best place to be in the summer months!  Here are the top five apps to help plan your summer fun.

Hipmunk is a great tool to find the best hotel and flight rates out there.  It searches hundreds of travel sites, making sure that you are able to find the best rates and the most convenient schedule for you.

Google Calendar is a great way to keep everyone’s schedules organized.  My husband loves to have everything digital.  It is great to have the push notifications and know exactly where everyone needs to be and when.  The ability to sync calendars across multiple devices is a huge help when trying to get to all the activities summer seems to bring.

The Yahoo Weather App offers tons of detailed information on everything weather.  It has information on wind and precipitation as well as sunrise and sunset times – which are perfect for those days at the beach.  Seeing the sunrise at the beach is probably one of my favorite things.  Don’t get caught off-guard by a thunderstorm coming through!

It seems like I am constantly documenting my days with the kids (and my garden).  Snapseed offers pro-level photo editing capabilities in a user-friendly interface.  It is great for perfecting photos that you take with your iPhone 6.  You can also easily share the photos by e-mail and on Facebook and Twitter.

Summer is a wonderful time for sports.  People are able to keep track of their favorite sports teams with The Score app.  It provides news and scores from a bunch of leagues and events.  You can also get live updates so you are never out of the loop.

Having access to these apps on your iPhone 6 or other mobile device is great, but not if you don’t have the signal to use them.  I love that US Cellular has such a high quality 4G LTE network, and that they have national coverage.  No matter where I am this summer, I will be able to keep track of what is going on!

If you have kids that are going to be out and about on their own, don’t forget to download the Parent-Child Wireless Agreement so you can all be on the same page with what is appropriate cell phone usage. 

I was compensated for this post as a member of the US Cellular Better Moments Brigade.  All opinions are my own.

knitting and reading

I took a little break from sock knitting so that I could knit something a little quicker.  I decided that I needed some new kitchen washcloths, so I am using some cotton yarn that I have in my stash to make new ones.

We don't use paper products in our home, and so rags are always needed to wipe up some spill or wash something - I do have three little kids of course!  I find that my knitted washcloths stand up so much better than what I buy at the store.

With that in mind, I decided some new rags would be good to have on hand.  Plus, this specific cotton yarn was calling to me when I was going through my stash the other day!

As far as reading goes, I am doing a lot of reading with the kids, and not so much reading for myself.  

I decided to go back through Make it Happen by Lara Casey to do all the journaling questions that are in the book.  It is something that I wanted to do while reading the book, but realized I needed to read the whole book before I could wrap my head around some of the thought provoking questions.  

I am planning on going back through several of the books that I read at the beginning of the year and had journaling questions in them.  I want to continue my word of intentional for the year, and the journaling related to these books is a large part of that.

What are you working on this week?  Do you ever go back to books that you have read, or are you a read once and done kind of person?

garden progress

I am always amazed at how much the garden can grow in such a short time frame.  Last week we had a couple days with a lot of rain, and then a lot of sun, and my garden turned into a huge weedy mess.  Can you even see the garden beds in that mess of dandelions?

This week will be spent cleaning up that garden space for planting next weekend.  In Maine the normal “planting day” seems to be Memorial Day weekend.  At least that is how it was when I was growing up, and that is what I have continued to do right along. 

I know that there are a lot of really great gardeners and farmers that start planting way before Memorial Day weekend, but I am not one of them.  There are years that I am out there early planting peas, but this year was not one of those years.  The snow lasting until the middle of April may have had something to do with that.

My hope is that between now and next weekend I will be able to get outside and get the garden cleaned up.  We shall see how well that goes.

Next weekend will be our big trip to the greenhouse.

It is something the kids and I look forward to every year.  It is always fun to see all the different flower and vegetable varieties that they have growing there, as well as having the kids pick out the seeds and seedlings they think belong in our garden. 

I tend to let them pick most of what we grow, for some reason when they pick out the plants, they then want to eat the vegetables those plants produce.  And I am all for lots of healthy vegetables!  Many of the vegetables tend to be purple, purple beans, purple peppers, purple tomatoes – purple is good!

My idea was to back off on the garden this year.  With a new baby I’m not sure how much time I will have to get out there and weed.  I mean, there will be time, but I’m sure that time will be used up in other ways, like sleeping…and sleeping.  But, I know that when I get to the greenhouse, I will want to buy all the normal things I buy, and the garden seems to expand from what I plan every year.  This year will most likely be no different.

My rhubarb is growing well.  I think it has quadrupled in size in the past week.  This week I will definitely need to pick some of it and start making rhubarb sauce, rhubarb pie, rhubarb custard pie and then freeze some as well. 

The garden to-do list is starting to get a little long for this week!

How is your garden growing?  Do you have a lot of planting ahead, or is it all already in the ground?

Sunday Quotes

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
~Marcus Tullius Cicero

Apothecary Extracts Tea Tree Oil Review

I love tea tree oil, but finding a decent brand can be difficult in my area.  I was so happy to be contacted by Apothecary Extracts to try out their tea tree oil.  It did not disappoint!

First, it came in the most adorable little box, which I loved!  I like items to be pretty when I receive them, and the little box this came in was awesome.  I am always concerned ordering anything liquid in the mail, there is obviously the chance that it can be broken or leaking.  Neither was the case with the tea tree oil.  It was delivered in a careful fashion, so there were no issues during shipment.  It was also shipped out extremely fast.  I placed my order on March 30th and it was delivered on April 2nd!  

When purchasing this tea tree oil, the manufacturer e-mails you an entire book on the benefits of tea tree oil.  It was an amazing resource.  I know a lot of the benefits already, and use it often in making my own cleaning and beauty products, but to have the information all available in a nice little e-book was a definite plus.  The company really wants you to have a great experience with their product, and they are amazing on customer service and anticipating what the customer may need.

I love to use tea tree oil in homemade laundry soap, as well as in wipe solution for cloth wipes and cloth diapers.  It also works great as a cleanser for skin infections.

Overall, I think this is an amazing product and I was very happy with the service that I received, and I will definitely be ordering from them again.  The cost for what you receive is great, as essential oils are typically quite expensive.  I was expecting to receive a smaller bottle, but this will last me for quite a while.

I definitely recommend this company for future tea tree oil purchases, and can't wait to check out what other products they offer.

I received this product as well as compensation in return for my review.  All opinions are my own, and I never endorse a product I don't believe in and use myself!

Beech-Nut Organic Baby Food Feature and Giveaway!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It is that time already, time to be thinking about baby food.  Honestly, how is that even possible?  I swear I just had Lucy a couple weeks ago.  No?  Oh, yeah, I guess it was the end of last year.  Baby’s first food is such a milestone!

I have always been big on homemade baby food.  I want to know what is going into my kids, all of them!  Baby food seemed like a relatively easy thing to make at home, just mash it up and there you go.  But, the issue for me, is when we leave the house.  Yes, it is possible to bring something with you, but it can get messy and complicated, and honestly, leaving the house with three children is complicated enough; I don’t want to make it more complicated when I am trying to feed my baby.

I was happy to see that Beech-Nut has come out with an organic line.  You can find it at Babies “R” Us, Kroger and Wegmans retailers.

Organic food is so important to me.  I want something that I know contains no GMO ingredients.  I want something that is using the minimal amount of pesticides possible.  If I can’t grow it myself, I want to know that it has gone through the hoops of becoming certified organic. 

It was really exciting to see Beech-Nut take the same approach as moms everywhere; creating a line of baby food that is as flavorful, and healthy, as what we make at home. 

The food comes in cute little honeypot glass jars and features the USDA-certified organic seal – which shows me that it doesn’t contain GMO’s.  The colors are bright and vibrant and remind me of the foods that I prepare at home already.

I love the different varieties they have available as well.  Since we are just starting out, we like the Just Sweet Potatoes, but there are other varieties as well – Just Apples, Just Carrots, Just Pears, Apple Pumpkin & Granola, and Butternut Squash Black Bean & Cumin.

Beech-Nut uses a gentle cooking process that does not add excess water or artificial preservatives.  It doesn’t cook away the nutrients which is oh so important.  I want the food that goes into my children to be healthy and nutritious.  They are letting the fruits and veggies shine!

I think the fact that they use the gentle cooking process, it improved on the smell of the baby food.  It smelled just like my own sweet potatoes do though, so it seemed like a good alternative to me.  I did try a bit, and it seemed to taste like regular mashed up sweet potatoes.  I love that it was like feeding what I would normally make.

Since this is just the beginning stages of eating for my littlest one, I think that color and texture are important – as is the smell!  All of which were pleasant for me as the parent, and sometimes I think that is a more important gauge than whether or not it is spit out (baby’s first food people!).  I’m sure that my little one is less concerned about what color the food is, and more about the texture and taste which seemed to be good for me!

When you are giving a first food, you expect it to be spit out, but, there weren't any unpleasant faces, just the pure wonderment of what the heck I was giving her!

I was excited to see that Beech-Nut was awarded Product of the Year in the baby category for its 100% Naturals and Organic lines as selected by more than 40,000 consumers in a national, representative survey by Taylor Nelson Sofres.

You can find the Beech-Nut Organic line at the following retail locations and you can find your closest location here:

Kroger, Babies “R” Us, Wegmans, Price Chopper, Wakefern,,  Winn-Dixie, BI-LO, Stop & Shop, Giant Carlisle, A&P, Pathmark, Albertsons, Hannaford, Raley’s, Meijer, Nugget Market,, Harris Teeter, Shaw's, ACME, Shoppers Food and Cub Foods

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not knitting and some reading

I had to put my knitting on the back burner last week.  Why?  Because I had to plan the birthday celebration for this little girl:

Honestly, I think she is much more of a big girl now, and I don't know how that happened!  The years fly by so quickly, and there she is seven years old!

Knitting hasn't been on the agenda the past week, but I have made a little more time for reading.

I borrowed The Giver from the library.  I don't remember hearing about this book when I was younger and it was first released, but I have heard about the movie.  Since I love reading books before seeing the movie, I decided to give it a try.  I love dystopian novels.  It was a quick read, and I enjoyed it.  The end of the book kind of had me at a loss though.  It seemed like there was so much more that could have been written, but I guess the ending is how she wanted it.

I was happy to see there are three other novels out now, I love a good series, but I'm not sure I am going to read them.  I was hoping it was a continuation of The Giver, and it is sort of, but not what I was hoping.  I think I will enjoy The Giver as a stand alone novel and call it good.

I finished The Legacy Journey, but it wasn't exactly what I expected.  I was expecting more of a how-to on all the many documents Dave Ramsey suggests a family needs for their "legacy box."  Instead it felt more like a justification of wealth.  I'm not saying that wealth is bad, but I don't really need to read a book about how it is OK to have money either...I was disappointed because I have really enjoyed Dave Ramsey's other books.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Creating a Garden Journal

A few years ago I decided that I was going to keep track of my gardening.  I created a gardening binder and was on my way.  Unfortunately, that didn’t last long.  I couldn’t seem to keep up with it. 

I think that I was making it too complicated.

There is so much information that I want to keep when it comes to my garden.  I want to know what I plant, I want to know what grows well, I want to know where I am planting things, so when my children decide to remove the labels that I put out in the actual garden, I can remember what is where.  I also want to keep a record of weather, so when I think we are having an unusually long winter I can look back and see, no, it isn’t longer, it just feels like it!

This year I decided to take another stab at it, but in a much more simplified manner.

I chose to use a small notebook as my garden journal for this year.  In it I will write out what I plant, as well as a diagram as to where I am planting.  Then I plan to jot down how things grow, what the progress is, if something gets eaten by bugs or woodchucks, and the weather.

I think that having this simplified garden journal will be a large help.  I will have a record that I can look back on next year, without so many pieces of paper to keep track of in a binder.  My main concern is to keep track of the growth and how much of each plant I am actually picking from my garden, as well as weather patterns.

I have read about people keeping garden journals, and logs of everything that they grow, and I want to be able to do the same thing.  I figure if seasoned gardeners do it, it must be important!

I have been reviving my love of journaling all things lately, but have realized that I don’t want to keep everything in one journal.  I want to have them easily available for me to look for any information that I need.

Having this blog is certainly a help.  I have several years of gardening information in here that I can search for, and do search for.  But, having something in print form is appealing to me.  I am definitely a memory keeper by nature, and having a gardening journal to look back on each year will help me grow as a gardener, as well as keep the memories of each garden season available to me and eventually my kids.

Do you keep a gardening journal?  How do you plan for your garden each year?

Sunday Quotes

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
~Luther Burbank

Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

We have had a relatively cold spring here in Maine.  Because of that, I have still been roasting lots of root vegetables.  Recently I started roasting sweet potatoes and adding them to the other veggies that I love to roast (onions, white potatoes, carrots, portobello mushrooms).  

My kids love mashed sweet potatoes, and I love sweet potato fries, so I decided roasted sweet potatoes would be a great idea as well!  I have made them several times in the past, but they haven't been featured on our menu rotation until recently.

This is a super easy recipe that is great for a side dish, or snacking.  I have been trying to roast up a bunch of veggies on Fridays to have on hand for snacking throughout the weekend, although they often don't last that long.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
Coconut Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Peel and chop the sweet potatoes until they are about 1" size pieces.
Drizzle with olive oil or coconut oil - maybe 1-2 Tablespoons.
Sprinkle with sea salt, or table salt, whatever you have available.
Put in 425 degree oven for about 30 minutes, turning half way through.

I also like to sprinkle these with cayenne pepper, before baking, for an extra kick.  

The kids and I gobble these up, and they have been on the menu several days a week.

Sweet Potatoes are often thought of as a dessert vegetable, but they are a power house of vitamins as well.  One large sweet potato contains almost 100% of your daily recommended Vitamin A.  Vitamin A helps with cancer prevention and also helps to maintain good eye-sight.  They are also a great source of B6 vitamins.  While the sweet potato is sweet tasting, it is low on the glycemic index, so even though they are a starchy vegetable, they aren't going to spike your blood sugar.

Do you love sweet potatoes?  What is your favorite way to prepare them?

knitting and reading

Sock knitting is going well!  Not fast, by any means, but well.  I was a little concerned that the sock was going to be a little small for Emma, but we tried it on this morning and it fits perfectly, which made me happy.

The eyelet pattern was supposed to continue on the top of the sock, but it wasn't coming together after the decreases, so I scrapped it.  I think there may be some missing instructions, or perhaps an update, but since I printed out the pattern last year, I have no idea where to find an update.  I probably should keep better track of where I find patterns...

My reading has been severely lacking over the past month.  I made the mistake of looking at my Goodreads goals, 8 books behind schedule - ouch!  I think I need to find some easy fiction to catch up again!

I picked up Dave Ramsey's Legacy Journey at the library a couple days ago.  I am only on the second chapter, but am looking forward to reading it.  We aren't quite at the "wealth building" phase of our lives, but it is motivating to see the direction we are heading.  Plus, he seems to have a lot of really good information about insurance, and wills - stuff that I don't like to think about or deal with at all.  I figure with three children I ought to be a grownup about things even though I would prefer to bury my head in the sand when it comes to estate planning.  I just realized how boring this probably sounds to a lot of you, but I am definitely a nerd!

What are you working on this week?  Is the weather as beautiful where you are as it is here in New England?!

Mommy Guilt - Parenting is Hard!

I absolutely love being a mama.  It isn’t something I thought a lot about growing up.  I knew eventually I would want to have children, but I didn’t think about it all that much until I got pregnant with my oldest girl.

As time has gone on, and we have added number three to the mix, the mommy guilt came full force down on me.

I was trying to get dinner ready while simultaneously folding laundry and making sure Lucy wasn’t upset – pick her up, put her down, pick her up.  That is when this wonderful phrase was said to me “Mama, you never play with us anymore.”  Like a knife, right into my heart.

I stop and think about all the ways I spend time with the kids 

Then all the questions start to creep into my mind.

Am I really spending enough quality time with them?
Am I using my phone too much?
Am I reading to them enough?
Are we going on enough trips to the library?
Am I using positive reinforcement?
Am I yelling too much?
Do I hear what they are telling me, or do I jump ahead without listening?

I see myself involved in their every day because I am filling all the roles, the roll of mama, teacher, chef, organizer, maid – everything.  But, when I break out all those rolls, I can see that me as mama spending time doing these things, even if they are involved, are not exactly what they want. 

I think that adding Lucy to the mix has been difficult for them.  They want me to play, but Lucy is fussy, so I need to help her.  I am limited in the amount of time I am available to sit down on the floor and play a game because when I have an hour of time when the baby is sleeping, there are so many other tasks to complete.

Parenting is hard. 

I know that I am a good mom, even though sometimes it seems like everything is completely crazy.  Why do I know?  Because I am asking myself the above questions.

Sometimes the answers are not the ones that I want, and I realize I need to make a correction on the path.  Sometimes I need to talk to the kids individually, away from a heated moment, ask their forgiveness and really understand what they are trying to tell me.

My kids are still so little, but I see how much they have grown over the past year, how their opinions matter so much to them, and while they don’t always get their own way, they still want their voices to be heard.

While I know that I can’t spend every minute playing with them, even if I am home with them all day, I need to build in a few minutes to play here and there.  Even though I feel like I’m spending quality time with them learning and reading, they want more, and they want to be able to direct the play as well.

Balance is a difficult thing.

I don’t know if we can ever look at one day and say “yes, today was completely balanced.”  There are some days where I feel like all I do is cook and clean and organize, barely taking a break to breathe myself, and the kids are playing, but I am not as invested in their day.  There are other days where we spend the whole day together, laughing and playing, and nothing else is accomplished besides the bare minimums.

My goal needs to be that when I look back at weeks and months, I can say yes, my life is in balance.

This week I will be playing a little more My Little Ponies, and perhaps organizing file drawers a little less. 

The most important part is that I understand how amazing these days with my children, and how fleeting they are.  My oldest is going to be seven pretty soon.  That seems incredible to me, and it has passed by in the blink of an eye.  I want to make the most of every minute, and that little voice telling me “mama, you never play with us anymore, “ was the wake-up call I needed to put some of my requirements on the day behind me, and spend more time soaking up the love of my littles.

Do you feel like you are able to balance everything?  Do you have busy seasons, whether self-imposed or not, that require you to spend a little less play time with your kids?  What strategies do you use to work play into your days?

2015 Garden Season

Here we are, the beginning of May, and I haven't done a thing for my garden yet this year!  Starting seeds?  Yes, I had those intentions - they did not happen though.

I'm not sure about you, but we have had the world's longest winter here in New England, and I haven't felt like getting outside at all.  I think the morning temps still in the 30's followed by cold rain was starting to grate on my nerves.  

This past weekend it was beautiful though!  So I decided it was time to check out the garden and see what needed to be done.

This is what happens when you go and have a baby in the fall and miss the whole "putting the garden to bed" part of the year!  Overall it doesn't look too bad, and I am happy about that.

One pleasant surprise was to see my kale coming up.  I am assuming it seeded itself, or decided to stay through all that snow, I'm not entirely sure, but I was really excited to see how much growth there has been!  I'm not entirely sure what I am supposed to do with the rest of the old kale stalks since it seems like the kale is growing out of the old stalks - so any advice is greatly appreciated!

The rhubarb and strawberries are growing well also!  I planted perennial strawberries last year, and wasn't sure they would make it because I forgot to mulch them before the ground was covered with snow, but I am assuming the large amount of snow we had acted as a nice little blanket against the bitter cold we had, so it worked out in the end.

I have a lot of work to do out there, lots of weeding and mixing in some compost, but I think this gardening season will still be a great one.

Luckily I have a very warm and sunny week ahead, and I fully expect to take advantage of that.

Have you started planting yet?  Are you planning to try anything new this year?

Sunday Quotes

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
~Maya Angelou