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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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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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Let me start by saying, I can’t wait for my baby to get here!! 🙂

The nursery is prepped, I’m big, partially immobile, and baby is kicking like a champ! We can’t wait to meet him!

Then I’ll say, I’m feeling stifled, and a tad frustrated today. Normally, I sail through this time of year cleaning seedling trays, organizing seeds, and generally being excited about the upcoming season. This year, I’m 8 months pregnant, and all that business requires energy that I just don’t have. *harumph* So I’m pouty.

I’m told it’s totally normal to feel like a big, ol’ lump during this time of pregnancy. What I wasn’t prepared for was the weird brain numbness you get. I just can’t remember anything! And then there’s the cold, and the snow, and the inability to get up off the couch without assistance. For a Type-A, usually-has-it-all-together, always-on-the-move type of gal, this whole business is a tough pill to swallow.

So, I laid in bed last night ruminating on all the things I need to do in preparation for the spring. There’s a ton, and I’m certain I won’t remember them all. But, for therapeutic reasons, I figured I would share some of them here, and perhaps my readers might have suggestions and tips on ways of reducing my workload prior to and just after Baby gets here. So here goes!

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1. Separate Rhubarb Crowns: I have beautiful rhubarb that’s been here, probably as long as the house has. Unfortunately, when we had our roof put on, the roofers didn’t seem to care about the crowns, and trampled them….seriously trampled them…I’m praying not to death. The soil needs re-worked because it’s now compacted, and the crowns are large and over-stuffed, so as soon as they start to come out of dormancy, I’d like to split the crowns, and rejuvenate the soil. *Fingers crossed there’s anything left of them*

2. Prepare chicken accessories for the high tunnel: I’ve been wracking my brain on the best way to accommodate all the new girls coming in a few months, that will be housed in one of our tunnels. It’s the perfect set up. They work the soil, kill the sod and bugs, and fertilize, while I recover. Come fall, we can move them to the other tunnel,  prep the soil, and plant cover crop. But, we need nesting boxes, waterers, roosts, etc., for them to be able to stay in there. As today is my day off, I’ve spent a significant time googling, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

Nesting boxes:

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Feeders:

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Roosts:

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All portable, and temporary. Perfect for high tunnel chickens! Now, just to come up with a clever watering system.

3. Figure out how to water plants in the high-tunnel: We have enough drip tape for one high tunnel, but the nearest water source is 300 feet away. That’s a lot of garden hose to stretch across the yard. So, I’m trying to figure out a rain catchment/watering system that doesn’t involve water from the faucet. Keeping in mind that we also don’t have electric run either. I’m thinking rain barrel, drip tape, solar-powered pump. I don’t have it quite together yet, though. Anyone have ideas?!

4. Usual chores: And of course, I won’t be able to run the tiller, shovel, bend over, or just be useful overall, until about June. Way too late in the season to start bed prep, and get seedlings planted. So, we either miss out on A LOT of things I like to grow, or I find volunteers/inexpensive help to take over where I can’t once the weather breaks. (I think this is the most nerve-wracking part for me!)

5. General prep: Regardless of how tired I am, I need to get off my hind-end and get the pots/trays washed up, the grow lights set up, and my seeds organized. Because, although I don’t have enough brain power to remember exactly when I’m supposed to start everything, I know there are a few things (onions, leeks, celery, eggplant) that will need started sooner, rather than later.

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Well, I think those are the most recent farm-related things weighing on my mind. And now I feel better. 🙂 Thanks for humoring me.

*I’m open to suggestions for ways to reduce labor this coming growing season, so if you have any tips or tricks, please share!

**We’re also accepting volunteers!!

-Linde

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Welp. It’s January already! Seeding starting time is just around the corner. And I. Cant. Wait! I was quite spoiled this Christmas by Farmer Rich. I got a sampler pack of heirloom seeds from Baker Creek (my favorite GMO-free, heirloom seed provider.)

049There’s a little bit of everything in this can! 50 packets ranging from pumpkins to flowers. I can’t wait to get them started!

In other SUPER exciting news, we’ve placed our order for our high tunnels and they should be up by late March or early April. Wahoooooo! We decided to go with a small, up-and-coming, local company called TunnelVision Hoops. They do quality work. (We know, because we visited one of their tunnels, not knowing it was theirs, and Rich and I both started drooling! :)) And they’re really active in the sustainable, locally grown food movement, especially in the Cleveland area. We’re meeting with them on Tuesday to finalize the plans, so stay tuned. I can’t wait!!

We’ve also placed an order, along with our super supportive neighbor, Mel, for 13 chicks that will be hatched out February 4th. What are we getting, you ask? (The following pictures are all from Meyer Hatchery, where we ordered from. Click on the link to go directly to their info page about that chicken.)

australorpAustralorps: This is the variety of our Flo. She’s our best layer by far. She’s laid consistently, except for a few weeks while she molted. So, I figured you can’t go wrong with  a few more strong layers! They lay brown eggs.

goldenwyan Golden Laced Wyandottes: Beautiful, hardy, and lay light brown eggs.

SLWS1 Silver Laced Wyandottes: Isn’t she gorgeous! Also hardy and a good layer of brown eggs.

AMAS1 Easter Eggers: These ladies are fun!  They come in all shapes, and colors, and lay various shades of blue and green eggs! (The egg is the same, just the shell is fun colored!)

Because OUR baby is due in March, Mel’s offered to raise our little chickadees until they’re big enough to be outside. At that point we’ll have the high tunnels up, and plan to use them in one of the tunnels to help turn the soil and fertilize, while we prep the other one. So, we should have eggs for sale, consistently, starting in August or September. I can’t even explain to you how giddy I am about all this. 🙂 Thank you, neighbor Mel! You TRULY are the BEST!!

In other news, we’re in prep mode for our new little farm hand to arrive. I’m due at the end of March, but all signs point to me going earlier (fingers crossed!). I had my Ohio baby shower this weekend, and it was lovely. Everyone was so generous. We feel loved. But who knew such a tiny baby needed so much stuff!? Now the task is to find places to put it all in our tiny farm house. Regardless, we can’t wait for our little bean to get here. ❤  My parents came out for the weekend to attend the shower. My mom, the most talented woman I know, offered to paint something special in our nursery (appropriately green and woodland animal themed). So we decided on a tree with owls to go on the wall with the crib. Here’s a sneak-peek:

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I’ll be sure to give you the complete tour once it’s finished. In the meantime, a great, BIG, Thank you to my Momma! I know the baby will love it. 🙂 We can’t wait until it’s done.

So, that about covers what we’ve been up to these days. We’ll just keep getting busier as the months pass, and the baby comes! If any of my readers in the Cleveland area like to get your hands dirty, we are happy to take volunteers, especially since I’ll be out of commission a few weeks into planting season. Comment, or send us a message if you think you might be interested! We’d be happy to reward you with yummy, fresh vegetables.

Check back soon!

Linde

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I just harvested half of what will likely be our last big harvest of the season for Roma tomatoes. They’re perfectly ripe and ready for canning or the sauce pan! I’m reducing the price to $1.50/lb because I have so much, and I don’t want them to go to waste! Please let me know if  you’d like some!

There’s also been a few additions to the “For Sale” page.

Thanks for checking in!

-Linde

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CSA Week 12

Well, it’s week 12. We did it! We reached the number of weeks we guaranteed our customers! Wooooo, I was nervous. Being that this is the first year, and there was a massive drought, we didn’t know what to expect. But I think it went well! And it will continue to go well for a few more weeks. (Now that I think of it, we actually had 14 weeks of goodies, we just took 2 weeks off in the middle. 🙂 ) The corn will probably be ready next week, as long as whatever is knocking over the stalks and eating the cobs cuts it out! (raccoons, I’m looking at you!) So what’s in this week’s share?

( I gave up on the crate, it just wasn’t cutting it!)

  • pie pumpkin
  • acorn squash
  • red and yellow banana peppers
  • 4 baking potatoes
  • mixed potatoes (total of 6 lbs)
  • onions
  • jalapenos
  • bell peppers
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • leeks
  • eggplant
  • 3.5lbs cherry/pear tomatoe
  • 2lbs roma tomatoes
  • 2lbs rutgers tomatoes
  • 2lbs green beans
  • a bunch of puny Parisienne carrots
  • ONE zucchini (no squash or cukes this week? Are we sad? NOPE!)

 

There you have it! Week 12!

-Linde

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