Springtime at Terra farms, our grandiosely named bit of acreage in the country.
The birds are
thieving singing, flowers are blooming, the barn needs fixing, and Mrs. 101′s project/wish list grows ever longer… Longer than a list of a politician’s failed campaign promises. Longer than a sullen teenager’s litany of imagined slights from an older siblings. Longer than…. well, just long.
Springtime is just swell. While some readers up in the great white north are still snow-bound, April is a time for planning and planting, and taking chances with putting seedlings in the ground and hoping that early frosts won’t burn them. Well, they did. We had a couple of late freezes that burned the blossoms off two peach trees and the apricot, and laid waste to the flats of seedlings that were hardening off. Better than snow, though.
The garlic is going great guns, and we resolve this year to not let it go to flower. Hardneck garlic will throw up what are known as “scapes”, the stalks for its eventual flower. You want for the plant’s energy to be focused on growing a larger, stronger bulb, not expended on a flower stalk. Having said that, it’s all edible and good: the greens, the stalks, and the “bulbils”, the tiny little cloves that make up the garlic flower. The greens can be chopped up and used in salsa or cheese dip along with green onions. Garlic beds are also great places to plant young tomatoes. Some common garden pests like aphids don’t like the smell, and are kept at bay.
The cost for the garlic “seed” this season was exactly zero. We saved some bulbs from last yeqr, packed them away in a cool dark place, and planted them last fall after the first frosts.
Mich @ Oil and Gas ETFs covers investing options in MLP and AMLPs, with “The best MLP ETFs for Midstream Exposure”
Stock markets are on caffeine-laced steroids these days. What to do, what to do? JT @ Money Mamba with a few thoughts: When Markets Only Go Higher
Financial Uproar with “The Problem With Buy What You Know.” Not generally a good idea to invest that way.
Read this from Afford Anything, and then follow the links: “The Only Two Things You Need To Know to Invest in Real Estate.”
Work and Retirement
Are you really retired? Try Pauline at Reach Financial Independence for some definitions, or Darwin’s Money for some lively banter in the comments section. Darwin’s title pulls no punches, either: “Extreme Early Retirement – Mainly a Myth Except for Hippies and Drifters.” Single Mom, Rich Mom has a different take.
Sometimes you get the boot from a present employer. That’s what happened to Jose @ WiseDollar.org. That’s OK, one door closes, another one opens. The story has an eventual happy ending, but you’ll have to read other posts on the blog to find out. “The Axeman Cometh”
Last week’s post focused on health (and a bit of criticism to mainstream media), and here’s a companion piece from Righteous Investor. RI recently lost a great deal of weight through careful attention to a low-carb diet. As he points out in this article though, it’s physically challenging for diabetics and pre-diabetics with high blood sugar to engage in exercise. Diet change first, and then physical activity.
John @ Money Principle takes a balanced look back on Maggie Thatcher and her legacies. What a dame!
Lessons in critical thinking from DQYDJ.
From Making Sense Babe, 5 Ways To Effectively Sell Your Car, And Yourself
Thanks for dropping in. This was meant to be Sunday Morning Fish Wrap, but gardening intrudes. On the runway for this week, a fast way to make garden beds, perhaps a bit on shotguns and home security, maybe the long-delayed third part to investing in business development companies or what cigars to buy for weddings. Can’t decide yet.