I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. We’ve been working like CRAZY on the homestead getting ready for spring. Over the winter we had a lot of trees cleared to make room for growing more food, so we’ve been prepping these areas for planting.
I have 20 blueberry bushes coming next week which will need to be planted right away. We’ve had truckloads of compost brought in to amend the hard clay soil- not a cheap investment but necessary for what we’re doing. We were blessed to have a few truckloads of woodchips dumped at my grandfather’s house for FREE from a local tree trimming service so we’ve been bringing that home by the trailer load to mulch the garden with. Lots of scooping and spreading going on around here!
I have a lot of plants growing under lights indoors just waiting for the last spring frosts so they can be transplanted into the ground. The “Green Lint” cotton I’m growing just for fun is doing well, so I’m excited about that! It’ll be neat to clean our faces with organic green cotton balls! I’m also growing Indian Shot Canna Lilies from seed and they’re looking beautiful. The seeds of these particular Cannas were used for ammo in the past because they’re so hard and perfectly round. I thought it would be fun to grow an ammunition of sorts for the boys to play with.
We gave all of our chickens away to some friends. We’ll be rebuilding the chicken coop and reworking the run area to have two separate grazing areas, so it worked out better for us to re-home the hens until we’re fully ready for a flock again. To be honest, it’s been kinda nice not to have to worry about taking care of the chickens for a while. My mother-in-law is generously supplying us with her excess fresh eggs in the meantime.
The new raised bed garden in the front yard is slowly being filled with good soil, and I’ve been transplanting herbs around the fruit trees to begin building permaculture guilds. I’ve also planted two mulberry trees, a goumi bush, a flying dragon citrus, and two mayhaws in our new food forest area. We’ve planted a cover crop of rye grass and Austrian winter peas to add nitrogen to the soil and to hopefully keep weeds down until we’re ready to plant more in this area.
So far in the garden I’ve planted potatoes, peas, carrots, radishes, turnips, and beets. I transplanted cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts a couple weeks ago, but once again I managed to plant too soon and the cold killed them off (even though these are cold hardy crops. Go figure). So unfortunately I’ve lost all of my brassica seedlings. Didn’t I do the same exact thing last year?! One day I’ll learn.
I finally gave in and had to visit the podiatrist to have an ingrown toenail cut out, which has been extremely inconvenient. Hobbling while pushing a wheelbarrow really slows you down, but I guess you just have to do the best you can. Hopefully it’ll heal soon so I can get back to full speed ahead!
On a more personal note, we’re still taking care of my grandfather full time. He’s doing well physically. His mind is going ever so slowly. Today he picked up a napkin, held it to his ear, and said, “Hello? Hello? Hello???” Then he handed it to me and said, “Here, maybe you can get an answer.” Some days you just have to chuckle.
Happy Spring to you all! I wish you a great gardening year!