Archive | April 2012

More Rotting

 Here’s all our food still decomposing! I’ve rotated it twice, and I need to make the mesh “sieve” to let the organic matter fall through to boost our garden soil, and I’m looking for a way to collect the compost “tea” that might run out so that I can sprinkle it around the crops.

 

Another view of both sides of the compost bin:

Indoor Planters

I’ve been using every type of tub, container, and bowl to start my seeds so they are healthy and hearty! I can’t wait to plant them once the frost danger is over. I’m thinking I’ll start them in June.

 Here is one of the containers with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and wax and green beans. I tried to start beans in an old egg carton, but there wasn’t enough room for the roots and they died almost immediately after sprouting. This container will give them much more room!

 

I also have a pumpkin plant started, and it has always gotten very big! Along with a zuchhini plant, too, but the pumpkin is more exciting to me.

I tried transplanting a few kale plants before they were ready and they withered pretty shortly thereafter. I have learned that I need to give them more direct sunlight immediately, so from now on, all my plants in containers will go outside during the day (it’s been about 60s-70s here) and will come inside at night. Those spoiled little seedlings.

Crops thus far

About a month and a half ago, Coen and I started a few indoor “crops” in a little seed pod planter that we got on a groupon special. I also at that time ordered a bunch of organic seeds from an online site, www.groworganic.com .

About a week before the end of February, we planted a few rows of veggies outside. Here they are as of today:

 

 Our lettuce…a little mixy-mix. It looks bigger than it is in this photo…the rock is about an inch and a half wide.

This is our cover crop of winter cereal rye. Once it is about to flower, we’ll till it into the ground to create more organic material and also some air pockets in the soil. Our soil is very rocky and brittle, so I’m hoping this will help it out. We’ll also do a garden-wide cover crop come fall. Then we’ll sick the chickens on it. 🙂

 

 

 

 

I think that these are carrots. I should have labeled. You can see the “junk” we have floating around our flower beds. So far, weeds haven’t been much of an issues, but we’ll have to thin the crops here pretty soon once we see which plants are the bulkiest.

 

 

 Spinach in a different bed (started a few weeks ago).

 

 

 

 

 I’m hoping this is is kale, but I’m not sure.

 

 

 

 Sweet peas! (I’m fairly sure.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first-planted, super spinach! I can’t wait to eat it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching Up & Great News!

Hello, followers and fellow “dirty blog” lovers (so affectionately named by my friend Katie)!

I’m finally catching up on our goings-on from the past few months and we have some great news! We can have laying hens!!

Our friend Mike is raising them and our three lovely ladies are in the “awkward teenage stage” and he put it. They are mostly black in color and are being handled by Mike and his first grade daughter for us.