The SUN is SHINING!
The birds are “chirping”.
My chickens are laying EGGS!
It’s almost SPRINGTIME folks!
It’s time to plant the garden!
We gotta get ready!
What do I do first? Then? Next?
( Sound familiar? )
We in NORCAL are ready to…
GET OUR HANDS DIRTY!
We have 3 raised gardens…
And an extra large garden.
Yes…We have our own windmill.
( NO..it does NOT pump water…BUT IT LOOKS SO COOL!)
Last year… 12 ft. tall SUNFLOWERS!
Corn, tomatoes, garlic, onions, tomatillos, cilantro, peppers,
green beans, squash, pumpkins, grapes
In the beginning…(sunflowers)
And our helpers…
Our granddaughters & grandson LOVE DIRT!
Best friends with WORMS!
(Put your coffee grounds into your garden…worms LOVE THEM!)
We also have 2 chickens…
Snow white (Black..I know…SNOW WHITE has BLACK HAIR)
and Rapunzel ( She used to have yellow feathers..)
Granddaughters named them…
Thank You, Disney!
We also live in the suburbs…NO FARM!
We just grow what we use & use what we grow!
So Valentine’s DAY is usually the “day”.
START YOUR SEEDS!
Plant your garden!
We use seed starter kits.
( Lowes, Home Depot, etc)
We put one seed in each “pot”, water daily,
and keep in the sun…
(Usually on MY kitchen table for a while). 🙁
As the seeds sprout…we move them into a small greenhouse outside for acclimation.
As the seeds gain height and leaves…
We plant them in the gardens.
We try to plant/ sprout / acclimate/ plant in the gardens
at different times.
That way we always have produce ripening.
I also have herbs:
cilantro, parsley, basil, rosemary, chives, mint
growing year round.
This year we are trying something new.
( In addition to what we already have..)
Straw Bale Gardening!
Researching it now.
(I think I may propose this one at school too).
Great for growing plants in a small space!
A NEW garden!
We have ALL of this summer produce!
What do we do with it?
(You can only eat so much…so fast!)
* This year SANTA brought him a new pressure canner!
Happy hubby…Happy wife! 🙂
Salsa, spaghetti sauce, tomatoes.
ALL kept in storage for WINTER!
I dehydrate…I dehydrate WELL!
I Love my dehydrator!
My new LOVE is
I can’t wait to dehydrate them this fall.
Persimmons to snack on…ALL YEAR LONG!
And ALL from the gardens!
According to FARMER folklore,
The farmer’s timetable for planting is:
“When you can put your bare behind on the soil
& it is WARM…
time to plant!”
I haven’t actually tried that…
I think I will wait for a little more SUN and make a good GUESS!
It’s almost time!
Get your gardens ready..it’s time to
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY! 🙂
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