New Life on the Farm


Marie James head shotSpring is a time for fresh beginnings and new life. We have a few little sprouts around our homestead. 

We really enjoy gardening, growing flowers, veggies, and fruit. This is the third summer since we moved here full time. The first year we concentrated on finishing our house while we lived in a trailer. Last summer we planted some fruit trees, built a large raised planting bed, and put in a small garden. 

This year, we're expanding...just a bit. 

tomato starts 

The tomato plants we started in a storage closet are looking great! Well, maybe we got a little carried away with varieties. We like to have all sizes and types of tomatoes: some for sauce and paste, some big slicers for hamburgers and sandwiches, and some medium salad-size. And of course we love the teeny ones, so we have currant and cherry tomatoes. A friend suggested using purple tomatoes to deepen the color of sauce and paste, so we have a couple of those too.
pepper plant starts

Sweet and hot peppers and some other assorted plants are smaller but getting a good start. It will be a few more weeks before we can safely plant them outdoors without shelter. If you’re thinking about starting some seeds for summer planting, here are descriptions of how our daughter made her similar simple and inexpensive system: the shelf and light setup and the heat mats made of Christmas lights and rope lights.  It's a big improvement over last year's windowsill operation.
damaged tree sprouting new leaves

5/7/2012 12:34:00 AM

What an array! You have it all: veggies, fruit trees & berries. I certainly admire your ambition.

5/5/2012 2:20:35 PM

Marie, those pesky deer and rabbits can really be a nuisance, can't they? Here in Nebraska young fruit trees have to be guarded with tree trunk protection which is nothing more than chicken wire. The rabbits and deer will eat the bark off the tree during the winter months and kill the tree dead. It's a pain and extra work but necessary if trees are survive here. I've harvested a few carrots left over from last fall and a few radishes from the garden so far this year. Have a great day in the garden.

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