A Sneaking Suspicion

Project 365.4-2

Some of you know that we recently moved into a new home.  We upgraded from a half acre lot in a subdivision to 3 acres in a more rural area.  I love love love my new home, but the one thing I do miss from subdivision living is the oppurtunity for walking the dog.  The road we now live on is fairly well traveled, and there are no sidewalks, so there’s really no where for us to take our daily walk.  So instead I’ve gotten in the habit of taking Tucker out and letting him run around the yard while I meander after him with either a cup of coffee or my camera.  Most of our 3 acres is in our backyard, behind which is a 50 or so acre pasture with cows and assorted livestock which endlessly fascinate my Bassett Hound, and we both enjoy our ramblings around the property.  Even though we’ve been moved in for almost 2 months now I still seem to find something new each time I go outside, and today my discovery was this (these actually; there are maybe 10 of these right behind my grapevines).  They are small shrubs, or bushes, and I have noticed them before but have never really looked very closely.  Because they’re laid out very precisely in two rows, I’m fairly sure they’re another edible something or other, and I strongly suspect that they’re blueberries, but I’m not 100% sure.

Project 365.4-1

I know it’s a little hard to tell, what with the foliage all hiding away for the winter, but anyone have any ideas as to what they might be??

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Garden of the Future?

forlorn winter garden

The lovely folks who previously owned our home were serious gardeners.  Serious.  In our front yard there are herbs of all kinds, greens (arugula, spinach, kale, and several as yet unidentified varieties), strawberries (!!!), eucalyptus, azaleas, hydrangeas, etc.  There are concord grapevines in our side yard, and in our backyard almost a quarter acre of garden.  Of course it’s pretty forlorn looking now; I mean it is the dead of winter (if by dead of winter I mean 62° and sunny).  Anyway…I have a lot of planning to do if I want to live up to the expectations of my new abode.  I have big plans for peppers, tomatoes, corn, okra, squash, and melons.  Problem is I don’t know all that much about it.  I did pretty well with my tomatoes last year – I did grow a 14 ft tall cherry tomato plant (for real!), and a 1 lb 9.2 oz tomato, but I didn’t have to plan anything to do it.  I mean I stuck those suckers in the ground, watered them regularly, fertilized them semi-regularly, and picked them when they were ripe.  It’s probably not as complicated as I think, but I’m still a little intimidated by the thought of a garden with so many different plants.  And grapes??  How in the world do you take care of them?  Apparently it’s kind of complicated and you have to prune them back just so in order for them to grace you with a crop.

Oh, who am I kidding?  I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  It’s going to be a lot of work, for sure, but the rewards will be Awesome.  With a capital “A”.  I’m hoping to can, freeze, pickle, or otherwise preserve a significant part of my crop so that I can cut down on my grocery bill and enjoy the fruits of my labors through next winter.  Wish me luck!