Thursday, June 7, 2012

Mulching and Mowing

We are back to hotter weather, upper 80's.  We did get a little pop-up shower of 1/4 inch a couple of days ago which was very nice.


I got out early yesterday and mulched the strawberries and was surprised to find the ground almost too soft to walk on.
You can barely see the plants but they should take hold soon and begin to grow.

I also lost complete control of myself with having the mower back with sharp blades and ran it down a couple of passes in front of the berry patch and the asparagus row!  So much easier than pulling or hand cutting those tall weeds.  I was pretty pleased with the results.

This picture is to make Sue feel good about her weeds.

There is about 3 feet of ground next to the row of strawberries that I can now till.

I may hit the asparagus next. I already clipped part of it.  Behind this area is the berry patch.

I found a volunteer melon of some sort with two melons the size of oranges on the vine.  I hope it wasn't a hybrid.  I placed some hay under the melons to keep them off the soil.



This morning I finally planted two hills of crook neck squash and zucchini.  I also began hilling up the sweet corn.  I want to plant some very old sunflower seeds but the ground still seems a little damp to till.

I cleaned out my row of peppers, mostly red and yellow cheese from Ilene last year.  I dug up some volunteer garlic and got very small heads but I didn't want them to set seeds again.

That's the compost pile to the right, then volunteer tomatoes and then a patch of weeds waiting for my hoe.

Volunteer dill:

This little area may become my herb bed.  That is a thyme (white flowers) just to the left of the dill.

The garden is divided into a west side and an east side with a mowed path between that I enter from the backyard.

This is the west side,  out of range (almost) is the herb bed also on the west side.

The Peppers and hoop are on the east side. 


While waiting for a new dishwasher (more later), I baked our favorite Gina's Pound Cake.

 Gina’s Pound Cake (allrecipes)

This is the best and last pound cake recipe you will ever use.  etc.


3 cups white sugar
1 cup butter
1 (8 )ounce package cream cheese, softened
6 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon orange extract


Do not preheat oven.  Spray a 10 inch Bundt pan with vegetable oil

Sift together flour, soda and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and   fluffy.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.  Pour the flour mixture into batter and gently fold in with a spatula.  Stir in the flavorings.  Batter will be very thick.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Place cake in oven and set thermostat to 350°F.  Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until the top is golden brown and turn the oven off.
Let the cake sit in the oven for an additional 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool in pan for 15 minutes.  Turn cake over onto a cake plate and allow to cool while still covered with pan.

This recipe was taken originally from Allrecipes. I have found some really good ones there.  It is my go to site for anything I don't have in my files.

Lordy, this was long winded.  I am making up for lost time.


  1. My goodness, you have been busy and all looks GREAT there on the farm. That pound cake looks delicious too.

    Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

    1. I stay busy for short periods ... 2-3 hours seems to be all the energy I have these days.

  2. Your garden is beautiful and you have been busy, very evident.
    I see that delightful pound cake and instantly became hungry :-)

  3. Do you have any pictures of the peppers on the east side? I'm more of the veggie type.

    -Oscar Valencia
    Tree Service Queens

    1. Oscar, they haven't set any little peppers yet. When they do I will post pictures. I had lots of peppers last year but they were smaller than they should have been. I just froze them whole which worked great.

  4. beautiful pound cake - looks like it slid right out of the pan.

    1. Thanks to the aid of vegetable spray. You can't really get into those grooves in the pan without it.

  5. I can just picture you going to town on the mower with those sharp blades (ninja Glenda). LOL Hope the fix was easy and cheap and glad you've got it back.

    Oh, I could just imagine a slice of that pound cake with some fresh berries and cream. Be still my heart!

  6. I've heard about the benefits of mulching, but I've never tried it. Did you see a difference in the quality of plants that you grew? Did they seem to be healthier or larger? I've been trying to get a nice garden growing. Great work on the pictures.