Winter makes a good prepping time. I can practice kitchen skills like sourdough or making cheese. Last weekend I canned 15 pints of beans. We also received our heirloom seed catalogs. Let the wheels begin to turn.
I have made decision that we need a permanent green house. Whether or not Nathan agrees that we do is still up in the air. After watching where the drifts form and how the sun shines, I think I even found the perfect spot.
|Future greenhouse location is where the dumpster is now.|
Plants that will be in the vegetable garden (or at least attempted) this year:
Carrots - Danvers
Tomatoes - Amish Paste, Crnkovic Yugoslavian
Broccoli - Calabrese
Cucumbers - Russian Pickling
Green Beans - Contender, Kentucky Pole
Cooking Beans - Hutterite Soup
Lettuce - Tom Thumb, Winter Density
Potatoes - Yukon Gold
Sweet Peppers - Emerald Giant, King of the North
Hot Peppers - Jalapeno Travelers Strain
Kale - Red Russian
Arugula - Roquette
Pumpkin - Undecided
garlic - undecided
celery - undecided
zucchini - undecided
The area below is to be my herb garden. I built it up and prepped it last fall. Of course I forgot to test the soil, so I'm just praying that I added the necessary minerals. Herbs are one thing that I have never had luck with. The soil could be perfect and I can still manage to mess something up.
We will also be growing sunflowers by the chicken coop for the chickens. Depending on what we can afford, it would be nice to plant a small plot of forage like Brassica or chicory/clover mix. From what I read, these forages are good for finishing stock over the summer, provide quality winter feed and would do well in our area. I could go on and on about plans for the pastures but I'll save that for another post.
For now I sit here, planing my garden and dreaming of warmer days, while the snow drifts outside.