Who’s Still Enjoying Their FREE Organic Popcorn?

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

I was just curious.  Who’s enjoying their Boom Chicka Pop organic popcorn from this post:  FREE Organic Popcorn Seeds?  I received 2 packets.  When planted, we had 2 rows of 15 stalks.

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

After harvesting, we had enough to fill 2 jars, 1 quart and 1 gallon mason.  We’ve snacked our way thru the quart jar this winter.  It pops up real well in the air popper and has been delicious when served with the apple cider we pressed ourselves.

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

So I was just curious.  How many of you are still enjoying your free organic popcorn?

 

Garden Update ~ 8/9

I’m really enjoying my garden right now.  The rhubarb, spinach and peas have come and gone.  We are deep into picking high bush blueberries and raspberries daily.

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

I love it when the harvesting of cucumbers comes at the exact time the onions are ready to harvest too.  Now I can make a couple batches of Bread ‘n Butter pickles!

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

These beauties are from the FREE Organic Popcorn Seeds I received from Boomchickapop.  We’ve never grown popcorn before but so far the results are good.  The stalks are taller than me now.

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

This plant is this year’s ‘Mystery Plant’.  Every year something springs up from the compost pile and I choose one ‘Mystery Plant’ to transplant. When I transplanted it, it was only 7 or 8 inches tall.  Now it’s as big as a bush!

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

It’s definitely of the squash or melon variety.  The boys keep guessing.  Sometimes changing their mind as the plant bears fruit and grows.  The mystery plant is an annual tradition here at the Hewson household.  It starts in the spring when we go to flip the compost piles.  If I spy a mystery plant prospect, I transplant it with much fanfare.  It keeps the boys interested in gardening.  They keep coming back to check on  it, looking for clues.  I love it when I catch them looking through our gardening books to try and solve the mystery.

Money Saving Maine-iac

Money Saving Maine-iac

What do you think this year’s “Mystery Plant’ is?

Seth’s ‘Omelet Garden’ and a Gardening Tip

This spring I set about pulling apart my herb garden that was becoming over run by weeds.  My chives desperately needed dividing.  My 14 yr. old was helping out with some of the grunt work when he became appalled with my throwing some of the chives in the compost.

He asked if he could put some in a pot on the deck so that he could use them in his omelets that he makes so well.

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I think he did a great job.  The plants are healthy and he is also regrowing some organic scallions in the pot as well.  I have to admit, I’m enjoying these herbs on the porch as much as he is.

Money Saving Maine-iac

Here’s the gardening tip:

Use a fork from your kitchen as a little hoe to loosen up the top soil of your potted plants.  This keeps the soil receptive to watering.  If you don’t scrape the surface, you develop a thin crusty layer that the water has a hard time seeping through, running off or pooling on top instead. 

Using the fork as a hoe also ‘weeds’ your potted garden.  When you use homemade compost, like Seth did, you sometimes get a few surprise weeds sprouting up.  🙂

Seth’s Omelet Garden will be easily transported inside in the fall, where he will continue to snip and enjoy the herbs.

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