Monday, March 20, 2017


We have been eating a lot of soup lately.  So yummy on cold days and gets more veggies into us!

Coco knows just where to snuggle in on cold days!  My Mom made that quilt.  It is out of polyester.  Remember those days!!

My new garden gadget!  Will it be useful??  Does anyone else use one?

My patient son-in-law Craig, digging dirt out of the strawberry bed to move it where I think it will get more sun.  Remember - I do not plan ahead when gardening!  Guess I had better work at that fault!

Grandson Travis came over and helped Craig move it to where I think the strawberries will get a little more sun.

I laid the strawberries all out ready to plant this morning.  They have been in the crisper a couple of days.  I think maybe they sent them a little too early for our zone 5B.

They are planted!  Hope I got them just right!  Can't be too deep and can't be too high!  Fussy!!  Guess I have to cut the first blossoms off until August.  Will be so hard waiting!  Sure is nice to have a raised bed and not have to get down on my hands and knees to plant them.  You might say I am a spoiled gardener!

Dan and Elizabeth gave me this beautiful spade years ago.  I thought it was too pretty to use so it has been hanging on my wall!  I decided to use it this year.  Do you think planting with it will help my strawberries to grow better!

Two beautiful pink flannel pieces to make up hopefully before too long!

My two new magazines to read.  I love my garden and farm magazines!  Would you believe I married a city slicker!  This is the first day of spring.  Yippee!  Enjoy!


Cat Lover said...

I was considering making soup yesterday but we ended up with a mild day. Not so today!
So glad you were able to get your raised bed moved.
I love Mother Earth Magazine too. You just reminded me to get the recent issue.
Have a good afternoon!

EllenMB said...

Hi - I think on your pretty shovel to be sure to rinse it off and dry it off after using so the metal scoop stays nice and doesn't rust! -Ellen

NanaDiana said...

Love that you got your strawberry 'patch' moved. Hope it does really well for you...and that you have lots of big juicy strawberries.
Love magazines- home or garden ones-although I am down to two subscriptions now. Hope you have a great week- xo Diana

Betsy said...

Happy Spring! I'm glad you have everything situated and your strawberries planted. It's still too cold here for much of that. I like your little shovel. It looks perfect for using in your raised beds. I haven't made soup lately, but we had a nice roast late last week and I warmed up the leftovers today. They were really yummy!
Blessings, Betsy

Granny Marigold said...

I've never thought if getting a soil thermometer but it's a great idea. I'm always sowing seeds too early and the soil is cold. Maybe with a thermometer I'll be more patient??

I hope your strawberries thrive. It must be hard to cut off the blossoms the first year!!

Margaret said...

I have my hand up! I love my soil thermometer - it is especially useful in the spring when you need the soil to be a certain temperature for sowing things like peas. I'm also a huge fan of Mother Earth News and just recently subscribed to them - I used to like Organic Gardening until a few years ago when it became more about pretty pictures and less about useful information.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Cat Lover, Hope you got your soup made! Enjoy your Mother Earth News reading! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi EllenMB, Thanks for the advice on the spade! I do hope to use it but keep it nice. Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi NanaDiana, I am hoping for some strawberries come fall. So hard to cut the blossoms off this summer. So hard not to give into temptation to magazines! One of my weaknesses! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Betsy, We haven't had a roast in quite awhile and I have been thinking lately of buying one! Love soups though. Our weather seems to go up and down! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Granny Marigold. I hope my soil thermometer is not a waste of money but will be helpful. Hoping my strawberries will do great! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Margaret, I am glad to hear that someone likes the soil thermometer! I liked Organic Gardening best in the old days when it was just a small magazine. Nancy

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