Gardening and Food

September 5th, 2012

Proof that we did have a garden this summer!

While the deer enjoyed most of the garden, there is still plenty of produce to go around. We have many heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber (including little lemon cucumbers seen here), carrots, leeks, and different greens still available in the garden. We have also just planted kale, peas, and carrots that will hopefully be ready for fall. Garlic was harvested a month ago and is now hanging in our root cellar!

May 10th, 2012

Huge daikon radish and salad from the hotbed!

So much green!

The strawberries are on their way!

March 12th, 2012

Rakes, wheelbarrows, chickens, and a bunny were involved in some bed preparation in the garden this weekend. With the sun shining and all of us outside we let the chickens and Milo the bunny loose in the yard to run around while we were raking the beds and building the greenhouse.
The hot bed has also been planted with strawberry spinach, kale and spinach for salad greens, and four different kinds of radishes.

The chickens getting all the good stuff out (worms) before we attack the beds.
The beds are nearly ready for planting. All we need is a little more compost and a few more weeks of waiting and we will be planting carrots and radishes out there.

March 4th, 2012


We recently got a load of compost from a fried who raises mules out by Target Range. Some of the compost we put in the garden bed behind the house (we’ll spread it out later on other beds as well). The rest of the compost went into the Hotbed where it was packed down to increase the heat production of the compost. With the compost, the soil will stay warm and we can plant into the hotbed in the next few days. We plan on sewing salad greens and then in early April, we will harvest the microgreens and plant tomatoes which will grow in the hotbed for the rest of the season.


Our seed orders cam in! We ordered seeds from FedCo (a co-op supplier) and from Horizon seeds in Oregon. FedCo has a great seed catalog and online selection. Horizon has a great selection of specialty herbs. We obtained a copy of the PEAS planting schedule for this year and made our own planting schedule accordingly. We divided up our seeds into bags labeled by approximate planting date to make finding the right seeds easier. A link to our planting schedule is provided below.

Copy of FLAT Garden Schedule 2012 – Based on 2012 PEAS Schedule

We will be starting many of our seeds in the PEAS farm greenhouse which has  excellent potting mix and heat to encourage the seeds to sprout. Once the seeds have sprouted, we will transport them to our greenhouse (which will be built March 10,11) and later to our outside garden beds.

Seed Bags sorted by planting date: