Monday, April 1, 2013

It Will Be A Busy Summer

 Forgive me for not posting much.  I will take photos throughout my days and mentally write a post, but by the time evening rolls around I just want to sleep.

Our weather has once again changed and so I'm hopeful that Spring is here to stay.  During our last nice streak (two weeks ago) I planted some broccoli and spinach seeds.  I'm happy to report that they have emerged from the ground and will soon need some thinning.  The nights are still below freezing, so I'm covering them with a light cloth.

We are getting ready to start construction again on the house.  This time we are tearing down a deck, and replacing it with a mudroom/laundry room and a master suite.  I'm excited to finally get the laundry out of the family room.

Bye Bye ugly deck!

Materials ready!

I have also added more vegetables to my window.  Nathan made me a temporary shelf to hold everything.

  Currently planted: 
(bottom left to right)
Parsley, Giant Sunflowers, Cilantro, Sage, Marjoram, cucumbers

(top left to right)
tomatoes, bush beans, pole beans, broccoli, green peppers, celery, asparagus

I have containers and seeds for zucchini and several types of hot peppers, but I just haven't gotten around to planting them yet.  I am still debating whether or not I should just plant the zucchini straight into the ground.  I've had excellent luck with that in the past, but then again that was a different growing zone.

I have also made some big changes to the garden.  That will have to wait for another post.  My computer is being especially slow to upload photos today.  

Happy April Fools Day!!


  1. I'm glad to hear things are moving along. I don't blame you for not updating your blog. It's hard work homesteading. :)

  2. Can't wait to see the addition to the house! :)
    I would wait and plant the zucchini straight in the ground. They grow pretty quickly.

    1. The packet says 50 days to harvest so hopefuly they are right.

  3. Excited about your new laundry room.
    I can't imagine gardening in your climate.
    I thought I lost my potatoes last week due to freezing temps mid-week. One overnight low was 29° !!!
    I didn't do what you have done and throw a sheet over them. I was distraught. My priorities need tweaking! ;)
    Anyway... I looked today and noticed that everywhere the brown spots (dead potato plants) were...there are little bits of green pushing through and it looks like they might make it! Yay!

    I'll check in again...and see how things are going whenever you post. Don't worry about it.
    Like Rachel said... homesteading is hard work!

    1. I read about that on your blog Pat. Hopefuly your other plants and trees are ok.

  4. Oh yea, one more thing.
    Cindy mentioned planting the zucchini straight to ground.
    Have you tried Hugelkulture gardening?
    We did that our first year to garden in 2011(once we got back into gardening) ...and it worked great both years we used it for cukes, zukes, and some tomatoes around the bottom ends.
    Our climate gets so warm here... it really was no need. We just had the materials handy!
    But for colder climates I hear it is really wonderful.



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