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Appalachia Sayings – Spread Out Like A Week’s Worth Of Washing

Spread out like a weeks worth of washing

During the recent cold snap I’ve had my seeds spread out in the kitchen like a week’s worth of washing. I’ve been studying on this year’s garden and making a list of what needs to be done first.

Sow True Seed has once again signed on to sponsor the Blind Pig and The Acorn garden as well as the Blind Pig & The Acorn Reporters @ Large planting project.

Drop back by in a day or so and I’ll tell you all about it.



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    Patti Tappel
    February 24, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    The blacksmith planted some of his seeds last week. I love (not) moving those cups of dirt around in the dining room!

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    February 24, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Yes I finally got snow! The kitchen project….is currently at a standstill LOL! Hopefully, it will jump start and get done before summer and canning arrives : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    Rev. RB
    February 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Never heard that saying before, but from my childhood memories of large family wash days, it’s a good one.
    Snow up to our backsides (well, almost) here in the NC sandhills, so we won’t be planting anything any time soon. sigh
    God bless.

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    February 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    What riches and potential on your table!

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    February 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Tipper, did you ever freeze your gathered seed from one year to the other. I froze some seeds and sent to mo. and they all come up the beyond neighbors said. I sent peanut green beans but the one I shared with said they didn’t like them. I love peanut beans to eat because they come in early and have a great taste, but I like half white runner beans to can. the half white runner bean is so much prettier in the can.
    Mama used to sow seed beds of all sort to transplant. I remember helping her with the good fresh black dirt from one season to the other.

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    February 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    My mama used to say “spread out like a hot breakfast”.

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    Peggy Lambert
    February 24, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Well, I just went stoging out in the snow to feed the birds. This is about stoging.
    My sister had went to the doctor one day and he ask how she had been getting along and she said, just stoging a round, He asked her what was stoging. She told him it how you walk when your legs just don’t want to move.
    Peggy L.

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    Peggy Lambert
    February 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Woke up this morning to 5 or 6 inches of snow. Could have lived with it. It all looks so beautiful. Little birds couldn’t find their food. We bought a 40 lb. bag yesterday for them to eat. Poor robins are still trying to find worms. I told them they should have stayed in lower GA or Fla.
    My little Dachshund gets lost in the snow.
    Peggy L.

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    February 24, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I am so happy to see the interest in gardening on The Blind Pig. I have never heard that expression about clearing the wash, but probably started back in the day when a week’s wash was done on a wringer washer. I recall dry clothes piled high, and some stuffed in the freezer. They ironed better when frozen. I was once given an ultimatum to get my clothes out to iron.
    It amazes me, Tipper, how you can stay so totally organized even with a garden. I am a terribly impulsive planter, but my garden usually does well. Knock on wood! I try to rotate, and I have shady areas and sunny areas. This is crazy, but I always like to plant some favorite at the end of row closest to house. It always gets that extra extra attention, that extra shovel of compost, and I can usually get it watered better. I catch plants on sale, but mostly grow from seed, or have them given to me from my wonderful neighbor. Won’t be long, and we will all be in gardening heaven.
    I loved Ethelene’s statement about the best gardening done in the cold of winter with feet propped up. Bet I’ve planted forty acres right from my chair this bad winter, and canned it all , of course.

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    Bill Burnett
    February 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Well, I’m spread out like a week’s worth of washing in my recliner watching the “Poor Man’s Fertilizer” pile up. It’s a tad over five inches deep in Bryson City and still spitting small flakes. Personally I hope the weather-people miss their forecast of more of this crap for Wed. & Thur. I consider SNOW a four letter word, I guess it has something to do with having to work in it for approx. four decades. My Beloved Wife, bless her heart, loves watching snow fall, I love watching it melt, I guess this proves to some degree the old adage that opposites attract. Everyone stay safe and remember in only four or five months we’ll be complaining about the heat.

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    Wanda Devers
    February 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I’m determined to raise my plants from seed this year. It’s so expensive to buy them, plus we’ve had two years of no habenaros because the plants we bought were similar in appearance & labeled habs but were a sweet pepper.
    Miss Eva Nell, we also hung part of the wash on the “bob wire” fence. Sometimes it would freeze stiff as a board. I don’t know how Mama stood it–imagine how cold wet hands were.

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    kat magendie
    February 24, 2015 at 10:30 am

    love “weeks worth of washing” 😀
    Just stopping by to say hello –

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    February 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    I may not get any gardening done this year because we won’t get back home until early May or later. Maybe I can get some Fall cabbage, turnips, etc out. I’ll have to beg and buy from others for the freezer.

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    February 24, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I have to admit that I cheat a little by buying plants already started – bell peppers. My planting of two or three plants won’t happen until the spring when I return to NC. I do, however, have some special seeds for squash that was discussed on Blind Pig. They are being kept safe until they get planted. You have a very big job ahead of you and the family. I see lots of seed packets.

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    Henry Horton
    February 24, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Yeah! Sow True Seed. Another one o my favorite recent discoveries. Looking forward to reading about. Snow here 3 1/2 in. Beyond gorgeous in
    Macon Co!

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    February 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Looking at seed catalogs and planning a garden has helped me keep my sanity during the coldest February in history.

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    b. Ruth
    February 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Can’t say that I have heard spread out like “a week’ worth of washing!”
    Did hear from a fellow, who’s boss was known to hire, on occasion, fly-by-night employees just to get a job finished… Would say, “When the cops drove down the street them guys would spread like a nest of cockroaches!”
    We have snow again this morning. Looks to be about an inch or so. You know what’s even more exciting, we might have more Wednesday night into Thursday.
    The children have been out of school since last Tuesday.
    I’ve been looking at some interesting seeds for planting this year! We have ordered our onion slips…from our usual Texas grower…already. We go together with my brother-in-law and split the order…We ordered leeks this year…Haven’t grown any leeks in a while…we split a bundle.
    I might try some of those little ball shaped zucchini this year. I think those would be great for stuffing!
    How’s the kitchen project going?
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…Did you get any of this snow last night or this morning?

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    Miss Cindy
    February 24, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I love the idea od looking out the window watching the snow at the same time you are studying the seeds and planning for next summer’s garden.
    Sow True is the best ethical heritage company! I hope you are planning to grow some herbs this year so we can start making our own remedies. That will be so cool!

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    February 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Well Tipper, your description about a week’s worth of washing is very familiar to me. When it came to a week’s worth of washing and the overalls and heavy clothing we had to hang out, we just used the barb-wire fence for a clothes line. That seemed like a mighty long line but it got the drying done – with no electricity!
    Cheers from a snowy ridge!
    Eva Nell

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    Jim Casada
    February 24, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Tipper–I’ve got an array of seed catalogs sitting beside my desk crying out for attention–among them Sow True Seed. However, most of my seed are ones I save from one year to the next, and a goodly amount of the rest I buy at the local feed and seed store where they weigh seed on scales the old-time way rather than having them in packets–much cheaper that way. However, businesses which send catalogs are always good for some new “must try” varieties.
    Maybe today will be a good day for all this since it’s pouring “poor man’s fertilizer” right now. I expect a good many, maybe most, of your readers will know what poor man’s fertilizer is.
    Jim Casada

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 24, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Did I read this on Blind Pig–or elsewhere–that someone’s Daddy said his best gardening was done in the cold of winter with his feet propped up near a heater (or a fireplace) in a warm room, studying the Seed Catalog? A lot of truth in that very necessary preparation for spring planting and good harvest later! My Daddy was always ready to plant important garden items and crop by “Good Friday” each year! And we always had “a mess of green beans” by July 4 each year!

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    Janet Smart
    February 24, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Your expression reminded me of an expression Mom said all the time and I still say every now and then when it’s time for supper. She’d say ‘clear the washin’ off the table so we got room to eat.’ I always wondered where that expression came from. (because there wasn’t actually any wash on the table, it was just a mess that needed cleared off)

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