Monday, July 5, 2010

Tanya's Flower Garden Update

We came home after 8 days away to learn we'd had three days of good rain and to find the gardens had grown substantially.  Tanya spent two days cleaning up the flowers and then started on the vegetable garden.  She is getting a pail of cucs every day now and has no idea what to do with them.  Lena will make more into pickles but even she has a limit.  Andrei's Tanya doesn't want any as she would just have to move them when they go to their new apartment.

Our little freezer that we paid $500 for three years ago is almost full and we have corn and beets yet to harvest.  We can now buy one twice as big for the same price in a local store, so the idea of freezing foods to preserve them rather than canning everything is slowly catching on.

Tanya has lilies blooming from early spring to late fall

This is "Masha's flower garden"

Nothing says Ukraine like Hollyhocks

Two year old Climatus in our front flower garden


  1. What are you planning on feeding the whole neighborhood or are Ukrainian winters that bad?

  2. Can you sell them, the way people here do with excess produce?

  3. I've had a look at Tanya's wonderful garden.

    I think I'll just go away and cry for a while. If you want to know why, take a look at my back yard in "What's a Bear to Do? (2)"

  4. The garden has to feed two families and we also give stuff to a third family though they have yet to show up and actually do any work in the garden. (When it is your granddaughter's family, what is a person to do? I am looking for a Russian translation of The Little Red Hen)

    I tease Tanya that she can sit at the side of the road with her pails and jars like the other old Babushkas with their extra garden stuff but I don't think she is ready for that.

  5. Maybe you need to go to the train station and make some money with the cucs. Pull your weight a bit. It is significant.


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