Friday, January 24, 2014

Prepping for Spring

This is the time of year when I really get the itch for Spring. I find myself spending hours poring over garden catalogs trying to decide what I want to plant in the coming year. I've really been wanting to try some different vegetables like garlic and potatoes.

I finally ordered some seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange. While I've spent years researching heritage breed livestock, I'm not terribly familiar with heirloom fruits and vegetables. I am overwhelmed with the varieties available! I was especially taken with the beans. So many dazzling colors and patterns!

                                 Tiger's Eye

                  Bumble Bee
 Jacob's Cattle

Painted Pony (I ordered this one)

I had a difficult time deciding on varieties, but this was what I finally settled on:

  • Edmonson cucumber
  • Black Beauty zucchini
  • Dwarf Blue Curled Kale
  • Christmas Lima Bean
  • Prize Pac choy
  • Painted Pony bean
  • Golden Sultan bean
  • Florence fennel
  • Ancho Gigantea pepper
  • Strawberry popping corn
I have pretty limited garden space, so some of these may get planted at my parents' farm. If our garden soil was cultivated I would have ordered some seed potatoes to put in the ground. I hate that we let the garden get away from us last year, but I'm eager to reclaim it as soon as we put this super cold spell behind us. (It was 5 degrees this morning - pretty cold for middle Tennessee!)

We were informed today that we will NOT be paying for propane until after July 1st. Such a huge relief! Now we can relax a little (and turn the thermostat back up to 68!). Without that looming heavy over us now, we can focus on other things...

I had to do some searching but I was able to dig up my construction plans for our rabbit shed (complete with coffee stain) that I drew up last year. I am SO READY to buy materials and get busy building, especially before Mark's family medical leave runs out. 

It looks like the Creme d'Argent breeder should have breeding stock available sometime in March. We should have everything ready by then (hopefully). 

I'm getting really excited about this year's projects!

We are still making the goal of moving out to my parents' property a priority, after we get the Xterra payed off. Setting up a yurt is still very appealing to us, because we won't have a mortgage to worry about. We could live there until we had enough money to build a real house. With one small child it shouldn't be too difficult to downsize our living space. 

We've spent the last few days tucked into our drafty ranger house, bundled to the teeth with the thermostat set in the low 60's. Now with it cranked back up to 68 I'm starting to sweat! :)

We took our 2 year old German Shepherd to the vet yesterday for shots, and discovered she now weighs 100 pounds! HUGE for a female shepherd. Most of the dogs pretty well ignore the new little person in the house except for her. I have a feeling they will be buddies.

It's hard to believe that just a few days ago it was in the upper 50s and we were enjoying a little trout fishing from our kayak below the dam! It was my first fishing trip since the day before Ian was born, so I was ecstatic. Hopefully we will have another nice day soon where we can leave our sleeping son with my mom again.

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