I made these in 2004 and posted a review on PR here. The issue at the time was to wear them outside of the garden or not, since they were considered “cute” by some but strictly verboten by other fashion experts. I’m glad I saved them through my skinnier years, they are quite handy now.
I need to make more bibs. They are so comfy in the garden and as dirty as I get there’s no chance I’d wear them into town, so the viewing public is safe from the terror (sarcastic grin)
I’ve not been sewing so what have I been doing? Not typing, not posting but working hard, helping out on the CNC router at Hello Wood Products, and cooking and baking. Got a new sourdough starter from King Arthur Flours that really is pleasing 🙂 But the cutting table in the garage is now a potting table. Here’s why:
We’ve put in a new 4′ high fence and finally tilled up the old cow pasture that has been our back yard. I have never seen deer in our back yard and only found tracks going through once so a 4′ fence ought to do the trick.
We’ve cut down a pair of 30′ tall Black River Birch trees
and bags of chips for the mulch and compost pile shown here with HusPartner’s great 8′ tall poplar bean stakes. The wood is easy to work and won’t warp. I’ve salvaged barn siding of old poplar to make an 8′ round table years ago and it was super tough to get the nails out. Tough wood when it dries, not expensive either.
This has been a slow to make garden because of all the rain and mud and wildly swinging temperatures.
Some beans can handle the wet and low temps and others do not want to show themselves
while the peas are happy with temps in the 50’s and 60’s
Doesn’t she look like a parrot who is hanging on for dear life?
I figured that a tomato with the name “Mountain Fresh” might survive through the cold
whereas the Beefsteak tomato will want the heat
and Sweet 100’s Cherry tomatoes will grow anywho
and I always plant them near a holly tree so they will have support.
One year a single plant climbed the 15′ tree and started to cross the roof. 🙂 We had to stand on the running board of the truck to pick! Good plant.
But most of my plants were started from seeds. Here is a flat of my current favorite heirloom: Cherokee Red
next to a few Celosia I am experimenting with
and here’s a tray of various basils, parsleys and a row of oreganos
The okra, Swiss Chard, Spinach, tomatillos, squashes, pole beans, onions, plain parsley, cilantro, jalapenos and pimento peppers are already planted out in the beds. Some will undoubtedly have to be replaced as our wild weather and flooding makes them unhappy.
I’m going to have to wait for warmer weather to plant the corn. Since I’m running out of room I’ll plant in a spiral so there is a better chance of cross pollination. No, I didn’t think that up. It’s a trick I read about when researching Southwest Indian culture and planting practices.
Imagine what a wonderful “maize” (maze) you could make with simply a half acre! No, I won’t do that. HusPartner has been wonderful help in putting in this garden and letting me till up the backyard after 11 years in this house, but I won’t push my luck.
OK, it’s a first year tilling this ground and nothing in the gardening universe is guaranteed.
Except that I’ll be out there in the cool mornings in some new bibs, getting dirty. I’ll show you more about bibs in a week or so, I hope, fingers willing and the creek don’t rise.