Sunday, April 27, 2008

Seeds, Seeds and More Seeds!

The massive package of vegetable seeds I ordered has arrived! It was a potluck assortment, so I had no idea what would be included. It was really like Christmas, sifting through them all to discover what was there. Now if only I had space for them all! This picture doesn't even come close to showing them all - there are close to 80 packets all together.

My life has become a game to see how much food I can plant in my postage-stamp, mostly shaded yard. There will be a second bed dug, for sure, along with lots of containers. On top of it all, I have a shipment of flower seeds arriving in a few weeks - a butterfly garden. I'm really looking forward to that, but I have to face the probability that I just won't have room for most of those right now. Ah well...later, I guess!

There's also been an interesting development with the laundry line. It's only been up for two weekends now, and we've already become so used to it that yesterday afternoon, we had the following conversation:

Me: I'm not sure I should wash another load today. I don't think they'll dry before the rain comes. Wait...what am I saying?? We have a DRYER.

DH: Yes, but do you see what's happened? You've already gotten used to not using it - that's AWESOME!

We actually like hanging the clothes so much that we sort of battle a little bit over who gets to do it. Labor saving devices? Bah! Who needs 'em? Clearly, not us.


  1. I am a bad girl and used my dryer yesterday. Hey,it was 46 and so windy that it blew my out door table into the pond. Is there a dryer rehab I can attend?

  2. Hi, I saw your comment over on Sharon's blog. Can you please tell me how you use honeysuckle vines? I have one in the yard and would love to find a use for it:> Thanks!

  3. alyclepal - I have a WALL of the stuff trying to cover my house and yard. I don't think I could begin to clear it away, since it's so invasive, so I've decided to make the best of it! I harvest the flowers, which are plentiful right now and dry them to use in tea, add to bath water, or use as potpourri. I also plan to try making perfume from them, so I'll let you know how that goes. Since they're so, well, viney, it's only a matter of time before my husband strips the leaves and uses it for cordage. It's my understanding that it also has medicinal uses, but we have not tried that. Here's a link with some info on that:

  4. The flowers have a nice sweet nectar you can suck out like candy too! I used to do it a lot when I was a wee lad.