Time Well Spent

Tonight I made time to ride my beautiful mare, Goldie.  It’s been far too long since I was last in the saddle, but tonight I made it happen.  We didn’t do anything strenuous, just walked around the pasture chatting with my kids and their horses, but it was so worth it.  Goldie and I have a special bond.  She can be good as gold, but every now and then she’ll get a little sassy.  She keeps me on my toes and I like that.  Same old same old gets boring.  That’s not my horse.  I love her for who she is.  We’ve covered lots of trail miles, Goldie and I.  I’ve shown her in some small horse shows and done very well.  She was top 10 in yearling longe line at the Texas state 4-H horse show when my daughter showed her.  Her sire is an AQHA world champion.  Her dam is a Buckskin world top 10.  She’s got it all.  And she’s all mine.  We’re a team, Goldie and I.

What I’m Growing This Year

I don’t think anyone can argue homegrown vegetables are so much better than store bought.  I try to grow as much of my own food as possible, and my garden consists of 18 raised beds for my vegetables, herbs, berries, asparagus and grapes.  I always go for the heirloom varieties for their superior taste, variety and hardiness.  Here’s what I’ve got growing this year:

Peas–Wando (not impressed so far) and Oregon Giant snow peas (eating lots of these now).

Lettuce–Red Butterhead and Green Butterhead (flavor is okay, not as good as heirlooms) and Rouge D’Hiver

Beets (Chioggia)

Carrots (Danvers)

Broccoli and Cabbage (lost to cabbage loopers AGAIN)

Broccoli Rabe–goats got into my garden and totally ate this

Pole Beans–Rattlesnake

Bush Beans–French Tavera and Provider

Soup Beans–Jacob’s Cattle

Winter Squash–Red Kuri, Musquee de Provence, Acorn

Zucchini–Costata Romanesco and Golden

Cantelope–Golden Jenny and Charentais

Cucumbers–Poona Kheera, Delikatesse, Lemon

Peppers–Aji Dulce, Marconi, California Wonder, Anaheim, Jalapeno

Tomatoes–Roma, Amish Paste, Brandywine, Early Girl, Cherokee Purple, Amy’s Sugar Gem

Eggplant–Diamond, Thai Yellow Egg, Rosa Bianca (these didn’t transplant well for some reason and I’ve lost a couple already)

Potatoes (Russian Fingerling and Red Gold)

What are you growing?  Old favorites?  Something new?