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Old 05-01-2017, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default May 2017 Homestead and Garden Thread

It's a chilly blustery day here and many folks are up to their eyeballs in muck and mud from the recent HEAVY rains. Hope everyone is staying dry and your gardens are thriving!
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I'm a bit behind this year, but I'm especially happy that the seeds I saved in the fall from some yummy cherry tomatoes we got from a local farmer and my own asparagus are growing really well. Peppers are also starting to sprout and now I need to get some herbs started. Thankfully it hasn't been too wet here this spring (and the snow's gone), so I should hopefully be able to get some stuff planted in the garden before too long - just gotta get some more compost in it first.
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A couple of recent pics. The planting has begun!
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Old 05-11-2017, 11:17 AM   #4
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The world is abuzz here! Over the last few days the crew has cleaned out the garden spot turned poultry yard. It has been deep tilled, dragged with the rake (to remove all of the landscape fabric from the raised bed project) and had a load of wood chips worked into it. It's gorgeous!! The next plan is to fence in that garden space or rather fence in the house yard and garden space to keep the critters out. Talk about coming full circle LOL.
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We've been cold/cool and wet here which is good because we needed the rain. The water table is finally back up to where its supposed to be.
I didn't feel like messing with cool weather plants and have been waiting to plant everything else. According to the extended forecast I can start planting come monday. The weather should be warm enough even in the nights to go ahead and get everything in the ground.
I do want to find another Sweet 100 tomato plant so I can pickle some for salads and sandwiches
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I had a credit at a big box store that had succulents on sale this week. I brought home two, a echeveria and a jade plant. Now lets hope I don't kill them.
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Planted sweet peppers, tomatoes and musk melon. Also planted russian tarragon, english thyme and sweet basil in my big window boxes

Tomorrow I'll plant the zucchini and the 2 sweet 100's along with the rest of my herbs on the back deck
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Things are marching forward here...at a snails pace but marching still. One of the fenced gardens is slowly being planted and there are signs of life with tomatoes, melons and squashes being the larger residents. The other main garden is still under construction and repair after the retaining wall fell during a gully washer. its now in the process of being rebuilt and once that is done we can fence it YAY.

The new chicken yard is still under construction as well and the girls are laying EVERYWHERE in the mean time LOL. On the upside, my dog food bill has gone down.

I've asked the universe for help and they sent me a good hand. Poor guy he doesn't know what he's gotten into but he's willing, ready, able and hungry. The farm has it's first intern! I'll have to look into what all that means paper wise but I feel confident we can get it worked out and perhaps find a grant to help so we can actually pay him.

I'm looking into Agri-tourism funding as well and hope something will turn up there. Still haven't heard from the Soil Conservation folks but I understand they award funding in May so there is still a possibility for something to come this way.

I'm still having to be very careful with my leg and I promise I'm being good, as good as I can. I did make a trip into town yesterday to see my dad and get some signage ordered. I will probably have to make another trip to see the insurance agent but I'm limiting my walking and using a cane. When I'm at home I'm using the wheelchair and that really helps. Drum's salve is wonderful and I can tell it helps.

Today my goals are directed toward the fund raising event we are participating in this weekend. It's a music festival and they are expecting 500-1000 people over the weekend. There are only two food vendors and we're one of them. Oh Boy
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