This past weekend we took care of things around the garden and outside of the apartment and even took time for a bit of free fun.
Sunday an independent radio station wanted to thank its listeners for supporting them by throwing a party and opening it to the public. There were four bands that played 70s rock music, one per hour in a covered barn, the same barn that holds the weekly farmers’ market for our town.
Food was abundant and delicious. Provided by the station were stacks of pizza from a local pizzeria, trays of baked chicken, cake and pots of coffee and ice water. The picnic was potluck as people were asked to bring a covered dish to share and their own drinks. The food that arrived was amazingly delicious. There was the perfect mix of salads, appetizers and main dishes. The desserts were fresh from the oven and as you can see below people brought kitchenware nothing disposable with the exception of paper plates.
I had my granddaughter while her mom worked and invited a friend and her son who is good friends with my little one to join us. The children had a great time as well making new friends and later kicking back to enjoy music with homemade (and I don’t mean from a microwave) popcorn delivered in paper bags.
The gathering of people came from all walks of life. There were young children, some as young as a year, one my granddaughter and her friend sat on the grass and played ball with for a while, bikers, grandparents and young families. People were friendly and interacted with all the children as if they were there own. At one time my friend and I noticed the little ones had moved and spotted them in another part of the field (still in our range of vision) talking to a couple in their early 60s I’d say. We headed over to ask if we should move the children away and were told not to worry they were enjoying talking to our kids. But it wasn’t only the children who felt free to roam and mingle.
Outside of the picnic this weekend, we did a bit of maintenance on the apartment building. The moss which grows up the brick outside my apartment needed attention. I received help from my neighbor’s son who loves to work outdoors.
I found the perfect tool for this job is a wire grill brush. It doesn’t damage the brick yet cleans without chemicals.
The gardens are doing well, many plants are starting to flower but things are way behind where they should be this time of year. We’ve had cold weather for almost two weeks now with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s and 50s at night. We’re still having lots of rain which is good but it needs to warm to ever get any food. The one good thing about the rain is that I have yet to have to hook up the hose to water the gardens. I see this as a plus in a couple of ways. First I’m not using water we need for drinking and secondly, I can say my garden is completely organic as I haven’t fed it any tap water with fluoride or other contaminants the system doesn’t know how to filter out yet such as pharmaceuticals.
Our largest watermelon is slightly larger than a pea which is not good but the flowers are everywhere so I am still holding out hope the weather will warm back up. We’ve finally spotted bees. Were they just late arriving? If so it’s very late but they are every where in the gardens now and covering the clover through the field.
I decided to try and help a few of my plants by feeding them compost. The food scraps I froze during the winter months were completely decomposed within two weeks. We gave it a good stirring then added compost around the plants which are slow growing along with the corn that while doing well I know pulls a lot of nutrients from the soil.
These plants were started in nothing but topsoil with egg shells and lime sprinkled over them. With all our rain I’m hoping the nutrients from the compost will feed them the nutrients they need to produce the most nutrient dense foods for us.
I am amazed at how easily the children trust me and don’t ask if it’s okay to play in the compost or have that ick factor knowing this is rotted food.
All in all we added compost to the above plants, along with the tomatoes, melons (both watermelons and cantaloupes). The children had the time of their lives with this task and after asked if I would make this the best day ever by letting them eat dinner outside.
This weekend I spent four dollars to provide a dish for the radio station’s picnic. I had a good time and the children are still talking about their weekend so I’d say it was a perfect weekend.