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Even a black thumb can harvest in Springfield!

It's true, I'm more of a city-chap and know nothing about farming or gardening.

In Florida's sand I couldn't get any of the food groups to thrive (even the chickens were starving).

But now I'm in Springfield Ohio where one of the driving forces behind anyone wanting to endure the Ohio Cold Winters is perhaps the longing for the Ohio Spring, Summer, and Fall Harvests which deliver bountifully in Springfield's soil.

We have awesome soil in Springfield!

Stuff just grows all by itself (without my having to hold its hand every step of the way).

In fact, Springfield is the antithesis of Florida!

The goal as of late is to plant only perennial vegetables and berries so that I don't have to do anything but maybe pull a weed or give some water.

I can handle that much.

Despite general neglect of not being watered or mulched, Grapes made their arrival at our small Homestead in 2018

(planted in 2016 or 2017)

Garden Drinks Year-round

Garden Drinks

My name is Grapes

Frozen Berries

Harvest Drink

 photo of Grapes

Jars are capped and frozen.

Primarily around here there is only water to drink otherwise.

Throwing a few frozen body parts from the vegetables and berries into the blender (that were harvested the year before), and adding a splash of honey and water, is a hand-off to the blender to break-up the hydrating monotony with a Frozen Beverage Treat.

In fact, honey makes anything taste good. For instance one time I threw a potpouri garden bag of frozen berries and vegetables into the blender unaware of the hot peppers (!). While still unawares, I added too much honey (more than usual), but the drink ended up one of the most interesting drinks (all the way down even).

The process has been to prepare 5 or 6 Mason Jars each day, filling the jars about 3/4 of the way full, and then dropping them in the freezer for later enjoyment.

After they are frozen, one is opened and water or juice added to the top, pending the great thaw.

Photo of frozen Springfield Grapes

 photo of Grapes

Last Year's Harvest Berries

Another neat twist to the drink is to not clean the blender after making peanut butter!

Prepare the drink of honey, water, frozen cucumber slices, and any spices that are desired, and after preparing peanut butter, leave the residue in the blender for a unique nutty taste.

Apparently the oils from the peanuts turn the cucumber drink into a milky treat!

Make Your Own Peanut Butter

Failed attempt to create a greenhouse to permit early starts of seedlings for next year's planting.


 photo of a Skeleton Green House in Springfield Ohio

Erected and braced in pvc and vertical steel, along with a decent door, proved to be a total waste of time and materials.

Truth be told, the winter caught me off-guard.

A tarp over the contraption availed little, God had other ideas.

This proposed Greenhouse was knocked down in a freak end-of-winter wind-storm which was caught on video.

I'm not complaining though, more thought should have gone into where I was placing the pseudo-greenhouse.

You can watch the thing get destroyed by the wind on the next page.

 photo of a not-so-Green House in Springfield Ohio

Springfield has a new Free Dump Site (okay it's my house).

Oftentimes various citizens within the community dump off their unwanted bio-friendly stuff, in doing so allows for some great repurposing.

Recycling Fencing in Springfield Ohio

Repurposing somebody else's fence!

The photos show a fence laid sideways (the red stuff). It was cut in such a fashion to be utilized as a porch skirting.

After the skirting went up, it was time to neaten the landscaping blocks that skirt part of the driveway.

Recycling in Springfield Ohio

Recycling Landscaping Block in Springfield Ohio

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