Today was a great day! Rachel, Brian and I were up and at the farmers market by 9 a.m. this morning. We showed Rachel around the market for the first time and then charged up on breakfast sandwiches and homemade cider before our ride down to the property. She loved it, as did we.
We arrived a little before my mom and dad because they stopped off to get fresh apples and tomatoes, so we waited around and took in the nice weather.
It was the first time they had seen Rachel since she started at JMU this year so we caught up for a while once they got there, and then we headed out to the garden while my dad started on the grass seed. We are trying something different this year- garlic. My mom bought the seeds which look like miniature onion seeds, and we planted a row or two of them next to the onions we planted the previous week. We’ll see how they do.
My sunflowers, although huge, were a pathetic site with their brown leaves curling and their large flowers falling over upon themselves. I got the snips and chopped them down. We tried some of the seeds, but they tasted very bitter and either needed to go much longer, dry out, or have lots and lots of salt added to them. That’s something I really need to research by next spring.
We dug up my pepper plants that were now so top-heavy they were lying on the ground, and took the last few peppers off and put them in bags. We pulled a bunch of green beans and I think Rachel, Brian and I are going to make green bean casserole with them this week. My basil is still kicking, so I grabbed another bagful of that as well.
After the garden work, we started on the grass seed and then headed in for lunch. My aunt showed my mother these new things called “apple pears” from Costco, so she cut one of those up, and it was the strangest thing! It had the texture and consistency of a pear, but it tasted like an apple! I am still not sure whether I liked it or not.
The grass seed program consisted of our regular dirt/seed/hay procedure and we also dug out zoysia grass plugs and relocated them to the front yard. Mid-way through all of this, my mom yelled out and got everyone’s attention. She had found a little baby box turtle crawling through the grass at her feet. It was the cutest thing, and we couldn’t believe no one had stepped on it.
The last time we found a turtle that small had to have been when I was only 8-10 years old. We have a photo of my dad holding it up to his glasses to give it size perspective, so we had him recreate the picture. The baby turtle was such a rare site, we took a bunch of pictures, and I just didn’t want to let it go. It must have distracted us for a good hour or so.
That turtle was faster than it looked, and when it started sprinting away from us we decided it was time for us to stop keeping it from its journey to wherever it was going, and we put it on the edge of the woods where it would be out of the way of the mower and our big feet.
We finished up the day with more grass seed, said goodbye, and headed back to JMU. The three of us made the Shuchart’s yummy taco ring (sponsored by my dad) for dinner, and then we took Rachel to Kline’s for the first time! It was a nice relaxing day away from school, which I needed after such a busy/stressful week.
Until next weekend,