diggin in the dirt

This weekend was diggin’ in the dirt weekend.

We are so far behind in our vegetable planting this year.  Winter that just would not let go and personal demands kept us from the soil.  Mr. Cottage and I were anxious to get out and get to work.

A new tiller was purchased.

new tiller makes quick work of it

new tiller chug chugging away

Beautiful soil just waiting for me to get my hands in.

Seeds of hope.



Furry help.

Betsy says wait for me I want to help

Betsy says wait for me I want to help

Sunday has been cool and damp.  I dodged raindrops and planted as much as I could until I was chased in-doors.

3 rows of lettuce

3 rows of lettuce

2 long rows of sunflowers and zinnas

sunflowers and zinna's

sunflowers and zinna’s

Are you wondering about the toilet paper yet?  I read somewhere recently, but I can’t remember where, about using tp to mark your rows.  Put the paper in place, dampen with a mister bottle, add seeds according to directions  then mist again, cover.  It was a little more time-consuming but it made a big difference in being able to see the seeds and keep the spacing as they should be.  I’m a believer!

If it was good enough for my grandmother then it is good enough for me.

marigolds planted around the tomato

marigolds planted around the tomato

I read a lot of debate as to whether planting marigolds around tomato plants help keep harmful insects away or if they attract them.  But like I said my grandmother did it, she was old school farm lady, and she was successful at it.

A hearty country breakfast made with left-overs, gave us energy.

A left-over baked potato and a couple of pieces of left-over ham.  A handful of eggs, and milk.  A sprinkle of cayenne and a handful of cheddar.  The top was sprinkled with parmesan.   I had one sheet of puff pastry left in the freezer.  That was placed on the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish followed by the potatoes and ham topped with the egg and milk mixture and a little cheese.  Baked for about 35 minutes – a quick and hearty meal.


Berries with a sprinkle of cinnamon and raw sugar

Sbreakfast berries-001


Hope you all had a good weekend.

See ya later, bye