Luckie’s New Ride

The big news of the day comes from Luckie Beaule.  Wow!  As in Bow Wow!   She has a new ride…a new set of wheels!

Hey You

There is a person at the Toyota dealership in Bristol who walks each new buyer through all of the things that the new automobile features.   The only thing I was interested in was in how to fold the back seat down so that the doggies could ride.   Seriously who cares about blue tooth when you live so far out that your phone doesn’t work most of the time? 

Here’s a full view of our Luckie in her new chariot.

New Truck

Our old Ford F150 was getting unreliable.   It was time for  a change.   We’re all happy!  Even the cherry tree is weeping with joy.

CHerry Tree Dandruff

Tomorrow is a big day here at our hobby farm.  We’re planting green beans.   Mike bought three different kinds, but it’s the half runners that I’m looking forward to growing.   Last year, it was 100 degrees when the beans arrived, and I just let them die.   I hope this year is different, and I get a good crop.

And…in case you’re interested, here’s an updated photo, taken today, of my yukon gold potatoes (planted with no planning, no hilling and no problems).

Taters In May


Tater Head

In Mendota, Virginia, we usually plant potatoes on Good Friday. I don’t think anyone thinks much about why we do this, but I Googled it once, and it’s an Irish tradition. However, it was so cold that I missed this date.

This evening I decided to plant them in the raised beds. I have no idea if the “signs” were right, but I knew that if I tripped over that bag of potatoes sitting in the garage one more time, I was gonna….you get the picture. I have purchased organic potatoes from Southern Exposure in the past, but I didn’t have great luck with them. This year we purchased the potatoes from Southern States. Mike loves Southern States.

Seed Potatoes

Yukon Gold potatoes are my favorite.

Potatoes Yukon

Most everyone around here halves their potatoes if there are enough “eyes” on them. I only halved a few of them. Mostly I just put them in the dirt.

Potatoes Halved

I planted 18 per bed; four beds total. I have 72 potatoes planted. One year our granddaughters just stuck them in the dirt (similar to what I did tonight), and they did great. I’m hoping!

Potatoes Raised Bed

No hills, no planning, no help from Mike who is laid up with his new knee. I can tell you one thing…it’s not as much fun planting potatoes by yourself. Hate to admit that.


Raised Bed Garden

This is my raised bed garden.  There are actually six 4 x 8 raised beds.  The one in this picture has salad greens.  We need to eat from them every day to keep them from bolting.

Salad anyone?


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