Sunday, April 10, 2011

Getting Started

So, it's spring and in full swing around here!! It's been in the 80s and this prompts us to get our rears in gear as I already feel we are falling behind. We are embarking on yet another new area of life. We have decided to give our hand at small scale farming. We are feeling like now is the time to try it and if not now, when? We have roughly an acre to work with. It sounds like a lot, and it is, and it's overgrown and in a horrible state. And there are hills. Lots and lots of hills. We are working on it. We keep reminding ourselves that next year won't be nearly as hard since everything will be cleared and ready, mostly.
Hubby and FIL have been doing a lot of tree and shrub clearing. It seems that over the last decade or so that wherever the trees have decided to drop seeds, they have grown uninhibited and completely untamed or cared for. If they fall through the garage (which is apparently what happened to the garage a few years ago) then so be it and it stays where it lays. We have found trash and all other types of nonsense in the yard since we started. It's very disheartening but we are forging ahead. There is a lot of weeding and planning happening right now.
We did get the first round of potatoes in the ground, and that was an amazing feat in itself. lol It was my first go at our huge rototiller. It worked out and I felt it for a few days. I also weeded one of the garden boxes that was already here and planted a whole bag of gladiolas. They will be in bloom just below an adorable birdhouse. I can't wait! I also got the onions in and some of them appear to be going pretty well and we are thinking of replacing the ones that aren't. I have another garden box cleared that is awaiting planting. It will either be filled with garlic or spinach seeds. I also have plans of a strawberry patch, but that will have to wait for another day. We have seeds to start indoors and lots more work to do. It's a hard life filled with work and long days, but it's the best life I could ask for.

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