Monday, March 12, 2012

never feel poor

There are hundreds of tiny seeds outside in the little greenhouse, peas and lettuce, kale and spinach. I grow heirlooms because I feel like I am growing secrets. Plants only for those willing to seek them, you can't find them in stores. My Amish snaps, my Rocky Top lettuce, my Russian Kales purple as Puff the dragon. They are sleeping babes now, under warm comforters of soil and sunlight. But in a few days their will be a sea of green life. It never gets old. You never feel poor.

Warmest night in months tonight. This shoulder season has the windows open so I can hear the rain and a fire still burning. The kind of weather and circumstances that make it feel like you are camping on a weeknight. Between the pot of tea on the stove and the sore inner thighs I'm nursing with a shot of whiskey, I feel good.

I had a great ride with Merlin today. Probably because when I finally got to the barn he was warm and wet from either a day in the sunshine or a training ride with Andrea (our instructor). Either way, we groomed and tacked up and headed out for a nice couple rounds of the arena. His trot was the smoothest and most comfortable it has ever been. These past few days since he has arrived I have spent more time on horseback than ever before in my life. Having just one mount to focus on, and one rider, you learn so much. You get as comfortable with the motions and movements as you do a favorite bike or car.

Ordering chicks tomorrow for the Breakfast in your Backyard workshop, a great introduction to chickens here at the farm. We eat yummy egg-centric foods and talk brooding coops, and chicken care in general. If you are coming, please drop and email to remind me of your plans to either take home chickens or not?

As for all you cats coming to the Urban Homesteading class? Well, I hope you like Pizza because we'll be making cheese, brewing beer, and talking container vegetables and chickens for certain. Buckle up.


Blogger Becca said...

I always feel richer when I've got seedlings sprouting in the window or the garden.

March 12, 2012 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger PattyW said...

Lettuce, radishes, beets, spinach and more lettuces planted today in new cold frames made from old windows.

March 12, 2012 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

anyone starting broc yet?

March 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

I've got broc started but I don't know how well its going to do.

March 12, 2012 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Tarheelbilly said...

I started broccoli a few weeks ago down here in coastal eastern NC. If I can keep my wayward chickens out of the garden, I may get a good crop this year!

March 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM  
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March 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Lee Ann said...

Started kale, broccoli, onions, tomatoes and sweet peas yesterday :) Feels good to start the garden for another round!

March 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM  
Blogger Debi said...

No broc, but we did start lettuce(rocky top mix, also), spinach, and onion sets. Tomorrow we'll start our tomatoes, peppers, and various herbs.

I hope we have better luck with our garden than we have with our chicks. We've lost three this week, two of which I had to cull myself today. I've put down rabbits, birds and mice that the cats have maimed, but this is the first time I've had to end the life of an animal I raised from a baby.

I've always been in awe of you, and how you run your farm by yourself, but after today I have an even deeper respect for what you do.

March 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Ngo Family Farm said...

I wrote those exact words today about starting seeds -"it never gets old!" :)

March 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

A garden can make one feel rich indeed…absolutely in love with heirlooms—can’t wait to see all you have up your garden sleeves this year. It has to be very exciting knowing you can leave work and ride with Merlin…well worth those sore thighs that won’t be sore forever. Went out and spent quality time with my horse today as well. Even though I was beat when I left work, once I got out there and started brushing her down I felt instantly recharged. Have made a new commitment to get out to the stables at least twice a week plus the weekends since it’s so relaxing and I miss her instead of just the weekends for the most part during the work week. When summer comes I’ll double the time.

*I’ve got broccoli well on its way, but of course I’m in a much different zone…BUT this is saying something since I must admit it’s been a difficult plant for me to grow for some strange reason! Confident this will be the year I have a broccoli breakthrough.

March 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Onions, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, aand peas are up and gloriously green. I adore watching their progress from day to day.

Today, if time permits, more tomatoes and kale!

March 13, 2012 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Onions, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, aand peas are up and gloriously green. I adore watching their progress from day to day.

Today, if time permits, more tomatoes and kale!

March 13, 2012 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Onions, lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, aand peas are up and gloriously green. I adore watching their progress from day to day.

Today, if time permits, more tomatoes and kale!

March 13, 2012 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

where do you buy your seeds?

March 13, 2012 at 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm waiting for the chance of frost to be over. That's in April. April needs to hurry up and get here. I already have enough seeds to plant that will feed a small army!

I have no plans for broccoli or brussel sprouts. Both of those have not been easy for me to grow.

March 13, 2012 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

I've started onions, two tomato varieties, echinacea, and calendula. All indoors, though, nothing outside yet.

March 13, 2012 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I couldn't wait and started loads of seeds way too early. Last year, for some reason, we had a complete crop failure in our greenhouse and I had to buy ALL our starts (gasp!) so this year I started early in case the year repeated itself. At least I would have enough time to start over. But everything is doing well and I have huge cabbages and broccoli and cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and celery and onions. I’m not starting tomatoes or peppers until after the kid’s spring break. So at least I don’t have blooming tomatoes under lights :)!

March 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad and I are starting seeds a little later this week!! I'm super excited, we have all sorts to grow this year!


March 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger becky3086 said...

I actually have seen quite a few heirloom varieties in the stores and most of them are labeled now. We also have a nice section or organic seeds this year.
I am not too amazed by my seedlings. Too many things can happen to them. I am more amazed if I get a harvest.

March 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Radishes, 2 kinds of lettuce and peas are in. But the big news is that my chickens will be here April 25!! 6 Buff Orpingtons on the way, with a few Silkies coming as soon as the friend I'm splitting the order with puts in her order. I just wanted a couple Silkies but you know how hard it is to order a couple. I was about to give up when I remembered a certain author of "Made From Scratch" who went in with Diana on some chickens. I posted on a coupld of friends' Facebook pages and found somebody!

March 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Mama Forestdweller said...

I loved this post ~
I feel like my heirloom seeds are the most valuable thing I own.

March 13, 2012 at 4:44 PM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

JENA!!! I am so excited! My hubby called city hall and there are no laws against owning chickens in my town! I am getting citified chickens! Your book "Chick Days" let my husband think it was okay.

March 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM  

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