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I am SOOOOO happy to report, we just got word of the most recent zoning code amendments, that will soon head to city council for approval. It looks like they took our concerns seriously. And, although there are restrictions now, when previously there were no restrictions, in regards to agriculture and agricultural animals, we think the restrictions are fair, and well thought-out. Rob Franklin and the planning commission obviously took our suggestions to heart. And we wanted to thank them for that! So,

Thank you Solon Planning Commission for taking us seriously!

We had some doubts and you proved us wrong.

The current recommendations are not final. They have to be approved by the planning commission, and then head to the council, but I’m sure there will be no further detrimental changes to our cause.

A quick summary of the current code amendments include:

  • 3 chickens/10,000 sq ft for a max of 20 chickens, unless you have over 10 acres. (We don’t see a reason to have more than 20 chickens on a property like ours, so we’re cool with it.) They’ve banned roosters, which might have been something we would be interested in the future, but it’s a compromise we’re willing to accept. Roosters can be aggressive, so we understand their thought.
  • 1 goat, sheep, etc. per 1/2 acre, max. of 5, unless you have 10 or more acres. Again, we think this is fair, and won’t affect our long-term plans.
  • They included set-back requirements for animal houses, size limitations for animal housing, etc. All reasonable and understandable, both for respect to the neighbors, and health of the animals.
  • They specifically listed vegetable production as an accepted accessory use.

I’ll keep an eye out for any zingers that might be thrown in as the amendments head to city council, but we are VERY satisfied. That being said, we also owe YOU a huge Thank you! So many of you came to meetings, wrote letters, and made phone calls to support us. It warms my heart, and means more than words can say. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We would never had such a success with the city if it weren’t for your support.

Viva La Chickens in Solon! 🙂

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Thanks again!

Linde

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  1. Baby Beet Greens
  2. Kale
  3. Mustard Greens
  4. Radishes (Don’t mind the appearance, I just hadn’t washed them yet!)
  5. Peas
  6. Mixed Greens
  7. Basil
  8. Green Onions

No chemicals, and no GMO! Just hardwork and love went into these veggies!!

We have lots of extras, so most of the above is available for purchase! Come and get it!

-Linde

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He’s 12 days old today, and by far the best thing that’s ever happened to us!!

Delivery and recovery have been quite smooth. And he’s a terrific baby, so transition to home has been great. I took him on his first stroll in the garden yesterday…

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Hard to tell, but I think he likes it. 🙂

Thank you to all of you for the thoughts, prayers, and well wishes.

We are truly blessed.

-Rich and Linde

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Actually, I’ve got 120 feet of peas. So, that’s more like 1440 peas.

It was BEAUTIFUL this weekend. It was spring, no doubt about it. Days like today are the ones that cheer you up, and keep you motivated, after what seems like FOREVER worth of grey, dreary days. And we took advantage!

My wonderful husband spend his Saturday cleaning and organizing the garden, since winter snuck up on us, and we didn’t get a chance in the fall. Today, he cultivated two of our raised beds, and planted the aforementioned peas.

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I’d like to say I was helpful. I tried to assist, but I look like this…

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So, bending, and moving in general, is kind of out of the question.

I did clean the coop, as the girls happily pecked and scratched, and dust bathed. They’re happy to be alive now that the sun is again shining.

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Our pups also got some exercise, and a special treat! (Note the big ol’ bones.)

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But, alas, it’s all fun and games until someone get hurts….

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This ferocious beast wanted his bone….meanie.

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We got a chance to sneak over to Neighbor Mel’s to check on the new chickies. They’ve been moved from Chateau Cardboard Box, to an AWESOME mansion in her barn. They are cute, sassy, and happy. Mel’s taking wonderful care of our bird babies.

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And to end a wonderful weekend, Rich grilled me some burgers.

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What a man. ❤

Next weekend, we hope to get onions, potatoes and other cold crop seeds in the ground. We’ve got to squeeze it all in before the 21st!

Stay tuned!

-Linde

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I’m doing things a little differently this year.

I learned a lot last year. I went big. A HUGE amount of the same varieties of vegetables. It was well intentioned. For example, I planted something like 20 roma tomato plants with the intentions of doing major canning. But, you know…”well made plans” and all. So, this year, I’m going smaller quantity of more varieties. Things I’ve never grown before, and I’m pretty excited about it!

 I’m enormous, and the baby is due in 3 weeks, so it’s just easier to prepare this way. As you can see this time last year, things were busy and a little scattered. This year, I’m working on getting and keeping things more systematic.You can see in the picture above that our pool table has been sacrificed for our seed starts. 🙂 It’s only temporary, and definitely worth it!

 The weather is different. Last year, we didn’t really have a winter, so I was essentially planting and harvesting from February until November. It was awesome, but it made things tricky, and a little disorganized. (Plus, the bugs were TERRIBLE and we lost a lot of crops from them, and the crazy drought.)

 012    I’m still using organic or all-natural soil and fertilizers. And of course, all my seeds are organic or heirloom. I used the two fertilizers above (fish emulsion and seaweed) last year, and I found them pretty impressive. I used Jiffy organic seed starting soil last year, and I wasn’t impressed. It felt mostly like coconut husk, and the seedling roots didn’t seem as strong, so this year I’m going with a new brand of all natural seed starter:

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It’s pricey, but has a really nice texture, so I’m hoping it’s worth the investment, and I get strong seedlings!

It feels so nice to get my hands dirty, and watch my little seeds sprout. So far I have green and purple eggplants started, asparagus (which will be a fall planting, and won’t be harvested for a few years), multiple types of flowers, and all my cold weather seeds started (purple cauliflower, 3 types of cabbage, baby choi, broccoli, etc.), onions and leeks and celery. I plan to get my tomatoes and peppers started within the next few days.

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This flat contains brussels sprouts and marigolds. It took less than a week to get here! I’m so excited to see little green sprouts again. It seems like it’s been so long!

Remember, I’m happy to plant extras if you’re interested in purchasing chemical-free, GMO-free seedlings from us. Just let me know what you’re interested in growing this year! A quote from a happy customer last year:

“I need egg plants, the ones I got from you last year were Great!”

Stay tuned, because things are just getting started! 🙂

-Linde

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Should be full of seeds in the next few days!

If any of the locals are interested in purchasing seedlings from us again this year, please let me know so I can have enough of what you want. We have many varieties of different vegetables, so just ask! Check out our “For Sale” tab for more information.

-Linde

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I may have gone a little wild with the end of season sales. 🙂

(And the hubs got me the variety pack from Baker Creek!)

YEAH! It’s like Christmas all over again!

 

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