I spent part of everyday in the garden this week, and all day Saturday. January is like fall, winter, and spring to me; it gets cold enough that the apples finally lose their leaves, it’s cold earlier in the month, and then the third week of January comes and everything is beautiful, especially in the middle of the day.
I spent a lot of time transplanting and pruning last week, moving things to where they’ll get more sun, pruning the espaliered apples (I still have more left to do this week with the saw).
I planted more seeds in the garden this week, using seeds that I purchased last year.
I moved Swiss chard and artichokes to new places in the garden. This should give me a better yield and make better use of my garden. I moved the chard to partial shade (full shade now but that will change as the sun gets higher as the year continues). I moved the artichokes to where they will get more sun.
I thinned turnips and transplanted the thinned seedlings in the garden.
I planted the center circle in the back with johnny-jump-ups that had self-seeded and a few seedlings that I had been growing somewhere else. I had exactly the right number of plants!
I dug up and moved another grape vine to an area with more sun. This vine has never done well, is slow growing, and only gave me 2 grapes last year. That is all it has given me in several years. I know it may not produce the year it is transplanted (the one I transplanted last year didn’t give me any then), but like the other one I moved earlier this month, it wasn’t giving me anything where it was, so transplanting should make a difference, next year if not this year while it grows some new roots.
The place I moved it to had a blackberry, so I dug that up and moved it to where the grapevine was, as they need some afternoon shade with our burning temperatures in May (when they are ripe). We had aded more dirt to this planter last year when we put in the white garden, and I had not done anything to the planter since then. When I went to move the blackberry, I discovered that three new plants had formed, from a couple of vines being partially buried (they formed roots). I cut them and planted them. I don’t know if they’ll make it but I hope so!
I took cuttings from the afore-mentioned grape and stuck them in rooting power, and put them in the garden as well. I did several, hoping for one that takes.
I dug up two euyonomous stems that I had rooted last year (but I did these on purpose) in the garden by the same way that the blackberries rooted. I moved them to another place in the garden. It will take a few years for them to grow into bushes.
The children made a fort with the branches that I pruned last week. We let them do this for a few days each January when I prune.
During naptime, Winter practiced her archery on a homemade target. My husband made it with hay bales that we received for free from someone who was using them for archery here and then had to move just a few months after moving here. He put them on a large wagon that we were given from my dad a long time ago. When she wants to practice she can move it from the patio to the garden, and we have her do it when everyone is inside.
I watched two shows for free on Hulu, and Downton Abbey on Pbs.org.
I attended a service auction activity with women from church. Everyone filled out a questionnaire based on services we had recently done, including questions like, “Did you hug someone today?”, “Did you say ‘I love you’ to someone today?” and we were awarded points for our answers, which translated into play money dollars.
We also filled out papers for each service we would be willing to do for someone else. Many services included food items.
I won the auction for a basket of tomatoes from someone’s garden (she has a greenhouse so she gets tomatoes a month earlier than I do and in much more abundance), and a month’s worth of eggs and goats’ milk from my friend who has chickens. I don’t know how many that will be, but I do know that her chickens will lay more once it warms up more, so I will probably wait a bit to redeem it.
(My own service offers were prune rose bushes, clean windows, teach someone to make French Bread, salad dressing, and other things at my house, and a 1-hour garden consultation). All of the women enjoyed the activity so much that they have decided to make it an annual activity.
With such nice weather, the children had lots of fun playing outside.
What did you do to save money last week?