Monday, November 26, 2012

My Black Friday Helper

Living so close to the second-largest mall in New York State just makes me want to hide in the house on Black Friday.  It’s hard for me to believe that people think it is fun to wait in line for a $12 popcorn popper.  An astonishing number of people even go on Thanksgiving night!    

After we spent Thanksgiving Day with our cousins in Brooklyn, they came and stayed with us here in Nyack for a couple of nights.  My 5-year-old niece Xeta and I spent much of Black Friday outside in the garden.  She helped me feed the chickens and rake leaves.    

Then she asked what we could plant.   All my flower bulbs and garlic were already in the ground, but it was such a beautiful day and I had such an enthusiastic helper.   The sun was shining and the temperature was in the low 60s.  We didn’t even have jackets on!  It definitely seemed like weather that could still germinate some cool weather crops, so we’re trying some kale, cabbage and lettuce.  I have a row cover that I’ll put over them and hope for a head start on some spring seedlings at the very least. 

One of the other fall projects that Xeta helped me with is building up the beds,  We put compost, chicken litter (wood shavings and chicken manure) and shredded leaves and grass on top of the vegetable beds.  Throughout the winter, the mixture breaks down and in the spring the beds are fertile and ready for planting. 

I can't believe this is my 400th post on this blog.  I started it in 2008 and still have ton of tons of things to write about -- the problem is finding the time.  When I look at my first blog post...oh my lord was so pathetic...  I'm grateful for all the friends I've made through this blog, around the world and locally and hope to continue to write about everything under the sun. 


Ashling said...

Congrats on the milestone 400!!

So the wood shavings aren't too acidic for growing veggies?

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I would like your niece to visit our garden too. She really looks she enjoys helping in the garden. Thank you for helping me trying to ID our succulent plants.

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

Your niece is adorable and such a great helper!! You're both so lucky to have each other!! I would rather put pins in my eyes then go to the mall on Black Friday. BLAH!!!!! : )

~ Wendy

Paula said...

Congratulations n your 400th post. Seems many moons off for me, but you give me faith that it can be done! Always enjoy yours and learn so much.