Tuesday, March 27, 2012

And So It Begins...

Last year's seed packets.  Guess what?  Those seeds are still good and perfectly usable.  So, I'm going to be using them this year too.

Watermelon, cantaloupe, yellow squash, rosemary, basil, carrots, lettuce, corn... my gosh there really are just too many to name.  Except for the hollyhocks.  Hollyhocks are so beautiful that they deserve to be mentioned and planted next to our front door.  I can't wait to show you a picture of that when they are finally planted and have bloomed.

Don't hold your breath though because I'm not.  That photo will have to wait until next year because that's how long it takes them to bloom.  UGH!  Sometimes I think nature hates me because she can just be SO cruel.

I'm a wee bit behind on starting my seeds this year.  What can I say?  It's been a busy few weeks with Sweets living in Georgia and me being stuck up here in Indiana.  I've been spending my days writing, building things and pulling my hair out with the dogs and chickens.  Who would have thought that chickens could change any part of your life?

Before I started researching chickens and having them in my backyard the only thing I knew about them was from Grandma Caruthers.  She told me to always make sure that a chicken was kept up off the ground in a wire cage for two days before you turn it into dinner because they eat their own poo and it will make the meat taste better if that is out of their system before "that moment."  True story there folks.  She also explained to me how to salt cure pork but I don't plan on getting pigs anytime soon although it's actually good to know.

Anyway, I'm getting off track here like I always seem to do...

The seeds that I am using again this year are all safely planted in one of two starter trays.  Keeping the soil moist, keeping Spuddy off the kitchen table and the tray in the bay window sun will hopefully lead to photos of baby plants here in the next week or two.  I still haven't started my tomatoes which is something that I definitely need to get onto with the quickness or I'll end up with store bought plain jane red tomato plants this year.  Not in the plans but necessity can sometimes over rule "the plans."

I inspected the garden area again and have decided to go ahead and plant more lettuce and the sugar snap peas in the next day or two.  I LOVE sugar snaps and hopefully this year since I'm getting them out a lot earlier, they will do better.  Last year's heat killed them off quickly which was a real bummer.

There's already lettuce growing in the same spot that it was last year.  That's a good thing for the chickens!  Lettuce has become their daily snack in the evenings.  They no longer stand there like a bunch of little idiots looking at the lettuce like it's going to kill them if they touch it.  They dive right in and enjoy it.  Good for a controlled environment.  Bad for my plans of letting them into the garden on occasion because that plan is now nixed since they would demolish the lettuce patch.

So... I guess what I'm getting at in my own long winded way is that spring is here!  I've started my garden plants!  I'm getting excited!  And that chickens really do love lettuce.  :)

On my next post, I'll show you the projects I've been working on.  I've gotten up close and personal with power tools and I think I really like them.

Happy Tuesday!



PS: I started my Tuesday off perfectly by remembering to put the trash out by the road two weeks in a row.  You don't understand, that's a big accomplishment for me.  It was Sweets' job to put the trash out by the road.  Not mine so along with mowing grass, this is all Greek to me.  

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