Happy Easter!

We're having a glorious summer-like Saturday here at Poppy Corners.

 Huckleberry flowers

Huckleberry flowers

To all you Mid-westerners and East-coasters, I'm so sorry - but it's in the high 70's here today. I'm actually a little bit sunburnt after working in the garden today. 

 June-bearing Strawberries

June-bearing Strawberries

I decided to pot up the tomatoes one more time. They've been growing in the cowpots very nicely, and while I like the fact that the cowpots are made out of manure, they tend to let the seedlings dry out quite a bit, which I don't like. Also, I'm not planning to plant these seedlings in the ground until very late April or very early May, to avoid the problem I had last year - an unexpected cold wet week in April. 

 Carrots with Cilantro

Carrots with Cilantro

I bought some black plastic half gallon pots and more potting soil and moved all the tomatoes into them. I also gave them a diluted liquid fish feeding. 

 You can see how dry the peppers look in those cowpots.

You can see how dry the peppers look in those cowpots.

I have one raised bed standing fallow because my Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts crops failed (possibly due to Joe the dog, digging). So I put the pots there, and put a row cover in place. I'll leave the pots outside overnight, but cover the bed with row cover, which should protect the seedlings and keep the space underneath a few degrees warmer than outside. Now I just have to remember to cover it at night and uncover during the day. 

 Harlequin flower

Harlequin flower

I've left the peppers in their cowpots for now, they are still very small, but I will also leave them out under the row cover. 

 Fingerling Potatoes

Fingerling Potatoes

Tom's been working on getting drip access into the new raised beds, and I've been sowing more wildflower seeds and doing a a lot of weeding in the pollinator beds. 

 a native bee on Salvia

a native bee on Salvia

Today was also my annual egg-dying experiment. The last few years, I've been trying out natural dyes. This year, I wanted to try out a new way of coloring the eggs using commercial dye. I saw this in some magazine months ago.

I filled some old recycled containers with different grains - rice, quinoa, popcorn, and grits. Then I added some dye.

I shook the boiled eggs (just white ones from the store, I didn't want to waste eggs from our own chickens) in the dyed grains, and this is how they turned out.

I like them but I don't love them. Next year I'll try something different!

Tom and I had a fun cooking class this past Wednesday with Epicurean Exchange, it was a gift from my mom. This class was all about French Desserts; we made Creme Anglaise, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Souffle, Crepes Suzette, a lemon tart with a short crust, and some ice cream. We enjoyed it very much and I came home with three dozen eggshells for my tomato planting in May - that's how many eggs we went through in the class!

 Chef Charlie

Chef Charlie

I hope you're all having a wonderful Easter weekend. Maybe some of you are even on Spring Break, in which case, enjoy!

 Mock Orange

Mock Orange