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Spring Preparation

I've been very busy the past few months preparing for Spring. A lot goes on before it gets here.  I receive dozen of seed catalogues which I diligently look through.  This part I really enjoy.  You'd think I could purchase all my seed from one source, but that's not the case.  My new seed variety this year is organic seedless watermelon which is quite pricey.  I purchased the seeds, heated grow mat, grow light, potting soils, and cell trays to put them all in.

What & How Much to Grow

Deciding what and how much to grow can be overwhelming in the beginning.  When the gardening catalogues start arriving at my house, I sit down and browse through all of them.  Everything looks wonderful.
However, I must remember I'm getting older and just have so much energy so I stick with the basics.  First I decide what top 3 vegetables our family eats throughout the winter.  Our top 3 items are green beans, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  It's a very dreary winter if we don't have these in the pantry waiting to be eaten.

Gardening Replaces Minimum Wage Job

Gardening contributes to our psychological, spiritual, and physical well-being.  It can also contribute to the financial well-being of the family.  USDA estimates food costs for a household of four at different financial levels.  The information is found on their website athttp://  The thrifty level is $146 a week or $584. a month.  Low cost level is $191. a week or $764. a month, moderate level is $239 a week or $956 a month, and liberal level is $289 a week or $1156 a month.

Decision to Garden

The first step in planning a garden is to decide if you really want too.  I know that sounds simple, but if you are not emotionally committed to the garden season you will fail.  What is it worth to you to have a garden?  There is a monetary value on a garden. I will talk about that in my next article.  You also have to make a financial and physical commitment.  I can't help you with the physical but will give you tips to save money by selecting cheaper seed catalogues and making your own growing containers.


It was a successful morning in the garden.  I picked over a 5 gallon bucket of Organic produce.  There is approximately 4 gallons of cucumbers which I'll use for bread & butter pickles. Tomatoes of various ripeness, zucchini squash, baby kale & lettuce, mint, dill, chard, & zinnias for our dinner centerpiece.  The greens, dill, mint, tomatoes & cucumbers will be used for a fresh salad for our evening meal  Zucchini will be fried and the rest processed into zucchini relish.

Garden to Table

Garden to Table

In May southeast Oklahoma received historically rainfall.  We saw over 30 inches of rain in the month of May alone.  I thought I'd never get to put away my rubber boots.  As a result of the record rainfall amounts, most of the Spring garden washed away several times.  Since I'm an old-timer, I decided to plant a fall garden (on raised beds).  I planted zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuce, & herbs.  The tomatoes survived the Spring rains.


My favorite recipes are ones that are taped to the inside of my cookbook & I can no longer read.  For example, my pecan pie recipe. I really can't read it so I decided to record it on my website.  I'm sharing tips I've learned over 45 years of baking.  Tips you won't find in a cookbook unless I write one.

4 T. butter or margarine
1 cup light corn syrup (cheap brand)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup white sugar
4 beaten eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup pecan halves


Picking for two hours in the dense, tangle of thorny vines yielded 16 cups of organic blackberries.  Since it is so close to the fourth of July, I decided to make a fresh cobbler.  I usually don't share my recipes but decided to make an exception.  Hopefully there is someone that will enjoy the superb flavor of this cobbler.  Also included are my secrets for the perfect cobbler.

2 cups white flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 2/3rds cup vegetable shortening, 1 cup ice water with 1 teaspoon white vinegar in it.


The past few months I've been thinking about all the cookbooks I have. I've probably purchased 5 in 2014.  I read them like magazines & set them aside. Recently when I was looking for a cornbread recipe in the recipe drawer, I undiscovered this treasure, "Royal Baking Powder" booklet.  The cover is gone & it looks like a mouse ate the lower front corner.  I assumed it belonged to my mother.  Curiosity got the best of me and I goggled it.  The cooking booklet was published in 1922.

Baby Chick Sleeping on Waterer

I recently incubated 32 fertile eggs from our hens.  It was more time-consuming than I anticipated.  Every day I checked the temperature to make sure it stayed between 97 degrees to 100.  If to cold, the eggs don't hatch and if to hot, the chickens die.  I also had to make sure there was water in the bottom of the incubator to add humidity.  After 21 days, the eggs started to hatch.  When passing by the incubator on my way to the washing machine, I heard chirping.
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