Plan B


| 3/23/2013 11:26:06 AM


Tags: spring, pig, homestead, hen, chicken, garden, vegetable, garm, The Homestead Redhead,

This week off (since my weeks and weekends are reversed from the rest of the world) has gone by entirely too fast.  Working Tuesday night really took away a lot of homestead work time.  I am however beginning to figure out this whole sleep schedule with working night shift which has been a big improvement.  I have been falling asleep to ocean waves on a sound machine app I downloaded and it has been great.  It’s making me crave a trip to the beach though!

For the last two days, I have been doing pretty much nothing but cleaning the house.  Besides the normal house work, I got started on some Spring cleaning.  This meant organizing closets, cabinets, cleaning out my computer, and cleaning other parts of the house that aren’t normally in my cleaning repertoire.  I am absolutely exhausted!  Tomorrow starts my work weekend, so I am grateful to have tonight to rest.

With all of the cleaning I have been stuck inside for the most part, which has been alright since the low last night was in the 20′s.  Looks like that groundhog was mighty wrong this year!  Despite the below freezing weather outside, my seedlings have been growing at a ridiculous rate.  My beans, despite the tiny pots they were transplanted to, have already flowered and are growing tiny beans.

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I am surprised they are producing with as little space as they are confined to.  With the extra few weeks of cold, all of my seedlings are outgrowing the greenhouse and the transplant pots.  As any ER nurse knows, you always have a back up plan (or two, or three, or four).  From failed equipment, to lack of supplies, to a patient crashing and there being no help available, it is vital to think creatively.

I decided that since there is no warm weather in sight, it was time to go to Plan B.  This involved taking the seedlings from the greenhouse, that were out of space, and transplanting them to the large containers that were reserved for other plants.  This way they would only be transplanted once instead of multiple times until the weather was warm.  Luckily, most vegetables can grow in containers so they should be happy living out their days in confinement.  I haven’t decided what the extra space in the raised beds will be used for yet.

joan pritchard
3/26/2013 11:47:10 PM

Great pictures and you sound so contented, even if on a difficult schedule. I guess that is the way of the world these days, but there will be a day when you can wake up and just enjoy. Those work days just make it possible.





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