Once I had this idea that I would only address one topic per post. I think I might have read that somewhere on "how to write a blog." I've given up on that. Along with, "if you want more readers, no cute titles, they don't "google" well. I don't think I've ever followed the piece of advice that a blog writer should pick one topic per blog. More and more, I find that I want to write about whatever the day has brought me that makes me feel creative. And that might mean mixing topics.... I don't think I could be accused of being a "specialist." Maybe that means that I will never excel at one thing, but I'm okay with that.
The wool quilt:
I knew when I started this project I'd really have to think about how I was going to sew the quilt together. Past projects with wool haven't been successful because I didn't really think about how the seams would work. Here's how I've solved the problem for the wool quilt.
1. Fold the squares right side to right side and sew the two inside layers together.
I'm going to add another layer, probably flannel to the back. The current back layer will become batting at that point. I'll probably tie the two layers together.
Walking through the garden tonight I noticed that I have the first sprout coming up of something I've planted outside. I had filled a cardboard tube with seed starting mix, placed it in the ground and covered it up with a mini hot house. The dogs have only destroyed one so far. I think this might be a workable solution for starting seeds in the garden and two playful dogs. I love it when a plan comes together!
Melinda, at One Green Generation has her seed list for the year up. I think I'm going to do this in rotations of what I'm planting. So here's what's going in the ground right now:
- Peas: Cascadia, British Wonder, Amish Snap and Blauschokker (shelling variety).
- Tomatoes (indoors): Italian Heirloom, Amish Paste, Gold Rush, Riesentraube, Yellow Currant, Matt's Wild Cherry, Carmello, Sun Gold, and Blondkopfchen.
Blondkopfchen is the only variety that is new to me. I'm trying to find a substitute for Sun Gold which is a hybrid but is so incredibly good. I will also get some Seattle's Best from my mother and will probably buy one Brandywine start.
- Cauliflower, Early Snowball.
- Uprising Salad Mix. This is a lettuce mix done by a local seed company. There are two small, organic seed companies in my area.
- Kale, Lacinato.
- Cabbage, Copenhagen Market.