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Kim PezzaThis is the year that I can get back to work in earnest.  After I shattered my ankle almost 5 years ago (you know you “did it up good” when your orthopedic surgeon says it was one of the worst she has ever seen), it was a long road to getting back to the garden, animals, harvesting and everything else that goes along with the homestead. Although there is still a number of problems, and I will not shed the brace 100%, I can now seriously start looking at getting some small stock again, now that I know what I can and can no longer chase (goats and chickens are still in but, alas and disappointingly, pigs are out), I can put in dwarf fruit trees so ladder work is minimal, and gardens can be raised or they can still be traditional in style. Either is doable.

So, getting a bit excited, I put a few things in a wee bit early. It looked like the good weather was going to hold, so I put in my pansies (for salads and garnishes), a Cherokee Purple Tomato, Early Girl Tomato, Key Largo Pepper and a Hot Portuguese Pepper. I did a long-term weather check, and temps seemed to be holding for the next few weeks. Now, it looks like the cold is returning. (The changeable weather and short garden time in this area really can take some of the fun out of things. It really makes one think long and hard about someplace warmer, with a much longer season and much less changeable weather.) I just hope that if we get a really late frost, that the weatherman announces the warning that day or evening, not the morning after……….

The other fun activity as the gardens start going in, is keeping the barn cats from trampling seeds and seedlings. They are usually not too bad, only about a week before they realize that they can’t sprawl out in the garden area like they do in late fall and early to mid spring. But, I can plan on having to prop up at least one or two plants. And…here they are…. 

First 2 Cat Casualties
First Two “Cat Casualties” 

Two of the Culprits
Little Grey, who had a paw in the pansy trample, and JJ. 

Well, I guess this year will be a bit busier than usual. Not only am I starting over in the farming department, I am also starting over at a new farm. I moved to my grandparent’s old farm. 1840’s house, more acreage, nice pond, but, I have to reclaim some of the land from over grown Christmas trees. It should be an interesting year! Stay Tuned!

5/19/2013 12:16:17 AM

Kim, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. My garden has to be protected from many wild critters and yours looks like it has to be protected from domestic critters. Life does throw us a few curves, doesn't it. I hope you can get back to gardening this year without too much trouble with the ankle. I think it's very cool that you have moved into your grandparent's house and are following the path of your ancestors. Do you have maybe a patch of rhubarb and maybe a few asasparaguslants that came from your grandparents growing any where on the property? Most homestead's from the grandparents here in Nebraska have those two things on the home place. Have a great day in the garden.

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