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March 19, 2018
The Peach “Tail” from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

While holding a branch to keep it from flapping in the wind, I was able to get a photo that shows how long the peach tail looks on these newly formed peaches. Now, every time you look at a fully formed peach, you’re going to be wondering where the tail went! 

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Baby Peaches! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

As soon as I got outside to take pictures, the wind began blowing. We have lots of little peaches. Our plums all get ripe at almost the same time but our peaches spread out over about six weeks. This is the first tree that will ripen . Two of the other trees just now have...

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March 18, 2018
Tomatoes from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

At the end of last year’s garden, I had injured my knee from so much stooping and bending and whatever else went along with gardening. The grass burrs had taken over and I said “no more gardening!” Vince said he would help with this year’s garden but he always says that. He gets home from...

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March 17, 2018
Plums from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

We have baby plums and the trees are loaded! I knew I’d be able to see them today. All five trees are just covered. Some will fall off but I’ve learned . . don’t count on anything til it’s done. We could still have a big hail storm or an infestation of giant grasshoppers that...

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March 16, 2018
Oh, No . . You Don’t! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday morning I was out piddling in the orchard, watching the fruit trees grow . . and I noticed a chicken suspiciously sitting in the sand pile. My first thought was that she was sitting on a nest. We seriously do not need any more chickens. I walked over to her, picked her up and...

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March 15, 2018
More Blooms from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I can’t stop taking pictures of the blooms! The best news is that we have blooms forming on two of the apricot trees. The bark on that branch, at least in this picture, looks a lot like a cherry tree, but the trunk of the tree doesn’t. Today, which may not be the same tomorrow,...

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March 14, 2018
Blooming Rosemary from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

You’ve probably figured out by now that I love anything that blooms. Through the years, when we’ve moved into a house, most of the landscaping shrubs go. My motto has been: If it doesn’t bloom or we can’t eat it, we don’t keep it! Seriously, if I’m going to water and weed, I want flowers...

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March 13, 2018
Weather Underground from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Some days . . most days . . I bite my tongue in the interest of avoiding a ruckus around here. It was towards the end of February that we got our little weather station and Vince installed it. I immediately did all the online stuff but never could get our station to communicate with...

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March 7, 2018
Electric Bill from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

There are days when I think about things – how things are vs. how things should be, and sometimes I laugh and sometimes I wonder what’s the world coming to. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve been on the phone with our electric company about our electric bill. I lost count at 4...

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March 6, 2018
Litchi Tomatoes from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Last year I started these litchi tomatoes from seeds. I transplanted them in the garden but kept a couple in pots. I brought the potted plants into the greenhouse and they’re doing great. Can you see the thorns? The covering on the fruit also has thorns. These things are impossible to pick without drawing blood...

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March 5, 2018
Fruit Trees from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Of course I’d be disappointed if we don’t get fruit but seeing the blossoms is pretty exciting too. We can still have a late freeze or a hail storm, or grasshoppers . . pleasel . . not grasshoppers! I’ve learned not to count on having fruit til I have it picked and in the house....

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Stuffed Chickens from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Not stuffed as in . . baked in the oven stuffed. 

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Elderberries from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The elderberries I ordered from Stark Bro.’s are amazing! I ordered 10 bare root plants. They were shipped very quickly, arrived in perfect condition and within 2 days of planting, all had green sprouting everywhere. There are shoots coming up from the root, from the woody stems. Can you see more green sprouting through the...

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March 2, 2018
Chick Days Are Here from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Yesterday, on one of my many trips to town, VInce asked me to run by and get chicken feed. I drove up to Tractor Supply and saw this sign: I had to sit in the car for a few minutes and have a heart to heart with myself. I almost called Vince to tell him...

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February 27, 2018
The Weather Station from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Vince did get the weather station up and running yesterday evening. Nothing is hard for Vince. He can fix anything and make everything work. I always tell him “You can fix everything” and he says “I can’t fix you!” but I tell him I’m not broke and he gives me this look like . ....

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Spring is So Close! from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I love early spring but the problem with spring is that summer is on it’s way and I do not like summer at all. Bugs. Heat. Dust. Snakes. But, for now, the trees are all budding and that makes me so happy . . really, I’m kind a kid on Christmas Eve. I walk out...

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February 26, 2018
A Weather Station from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

The other day I was visiting a friend and she showed me their little weather station. I said “I want one!” Really . . I need one. The weather matters a lot to me because I need to know how much rain we get. OK . . let’s just scratch that .. the short answer is...

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The Elderberry Order from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Because several have asked, I ordered the elderberries from Stark Bros. Nursery. I ordered late on the evening of February 21 (Wednesday) and they were delivered on Saturday, the 24th. I’m impressed! The were very well packages with damp paper around the roots. This is the collection I ordered – it has a Johns and...

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February 21, 2018
Elderberry Juice from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

I’m a huge fan of elderberry juice. I’ve been drinking a glass of juice (made from the concentrate) three times a day for the past few months. Vince will drink if I hand it to him and say “drink this!” but he doesn’t want to drink it. This morning and after lunch, he did drink...

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February 20, 2018
A Stormy Night from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Having a dog that’s afraid of storms, is almost like having a baby in that it definitely interferes with my sleep when those storms come through at night. Rita and I were up around 2 a.m. and again at 4. I was dreading getting through the day with so little sleep. Vince left about 6:40...

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