Wow the past few days have been very busy here on the homestead. We like many other gardeners, and homesteaders are getting into our “busy” season.
With the vegetable and flower gardens, firewood (good bio-mass fuel, but that is a whole other blog post), coupled with blogging , “paid” work and the rest of the homesteading chores, time seems to be a waning commodity. Of course this is the norm with gardeners, homesteaders and farmers.
Why do we all work so hard on it ? First of all we love it, and like you, we know “it’s just the right thing to do”. It makes all the difference to us (and probably most of you too) knowing that we are helping ourselves, our family, our friends, our neighbors and our earth.
The veggie garden is starting to take shape again. We got our cool weather crops planted in the garden yesterday and today.
It includes: Lettuce (Ruby Red, Black Seeded Simpson, and Iceberg), Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, and Spinach we also planted our Beets, Carrots, Onions, and Garlic. Most of the rest of the vegetable garden planting is done until mid May or so. That is when we will put out our tender and very tender plants.
As for the flower gardens all of our spring bulbs are going great (although we could use some rain here in the Catskills) Krokus are up and blooming as well as the daffodils. Our hyacinth and tulips are growing , but as of yet have not bloomed. Again as with the vegetable garden most of our planting consists of tender annuals that can wait until mid May. We will plant some pansies which can handle the cool weather and frost quite well. (And we are sure to get some more frost.)
We can hardly wait until the first of June, by then we will be enjoying fresh lettuce and spinach salad as we are planting our Corn, Tomato’s, Peppers, Squash, Cucumbers and other tender varieties.
As usual we are super excited about the prospect of eating 100% pure organic veggies this year, as are the rest of the family (remember to make it a family affair) We don’t know how excited we will be about weeding and picking cabbage worms off of the broccoli, but it is all worth it in the end.
If you are a gardener we would like to urge you to go organic too! It’s not much different than gardening with chemical pesticides and fertilizers and there is mountains of information on the internet on organic gardening. Like right here on NY Homesteader.
If you have any questions about how to go organic on your homestead, please by all means, leave us a comment and we will help out as best we can. Or just leave a comment and say hello !!
Peace and Prosperity,
Rich @ NY Homesteader
Click on the photo below for a great guide to start you on your way !!