Getting back into the swing of things…

The last few weeks have been crazy!

First I had finals week.  Let me just say that going back to school as an adult feels very odd.  It’s one thing to have finals week when you’re 18, but when you’re 28 it feels strange to say it.  Regardless, finals went well.  Straight As in all my classes!

Then came Spring Break (another oddity), which I was expecting to use to get caught up on blogging, gardening, organizing my house, etc.  Unfortunately nature had other plans for me inasmuch as I caught the PLAGUE.  I very rarely get sick but when I do it hits me like a ton of bricks.  This time was no exception.  In all of this, I was also working 3 days a week, so blogging kind of fell by the wayside.

I did manage to accomplish some projects, though!

First up, to continue the UFH challenge theme for the month, I made chevre (that’s pepper on the top, in case you’re wondering):

On the gardening front, I got two of our beds tilled and amended with compost (aka chicken poop!) and gypsum.  The chickens had a field day out there with me looking for worms.  My husband moved a lot of our shrubs to other spots in the yard to make room for the vegetables I want to plant.  We also put in some raspberry bushes that we still need to trellis.  I’m a little nervous about putting in berries, since we have an entire hill of blackberries behind our house that we have to attack every year with machetes, but he really wanted them.  Hopefully with the trellising they won’t get too out of control.  More on the yard in another post.  Speaking of the chickens, though, look at the gorgeous eggs they’ve been laying!

Also, I finally managed to get my seeds started for the year!

My set up is certainly not state of the art (unless you consider old paint cans state ofart), but it works.  I already have some sprouts coming up: peas, kale, and onions!


2012 Seed Order!

I was a little late getting my seeds ordered, so hopefully I’ll have time to get everything started and in the ground relatively on time! I ordered my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, which specializes in open-pollinated, non GMO seeds, many of which are fabulous heirloom varieties. Here’s my list for 2012:

  • Violetta Precoce Artichoke
  • Ojo De Cabra Bean
  • Royalty Purple Pod Bush Bean
  • Blue Lake Bush Bean
  • Missouri Wonder Pole Bean
  • Cylindra Beet
  • Atomic Red Carrot
  • Tendercrisp Celery
  • Delikatesse Cucumber
  • Parisian Pickling Cucumber
  • Rocky Top Lettuce Mix
  • Blue Curled Scotch Kale
  • Bianca di Maggio Onion
  • Tall Telephone Garden Pea
  • Sugar Snap Pea
  • French Breakfast Radish
  • Pink Beauty Radish
  • Cocozella Di Napoli Zucchini
  • Tondo Scuro Di Piacenza Squash
  • Butternut Rogosa Violina Gioia Squash
  • Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkin
  • Table Queen Acorn Squash
  • Five Color Silver Beet Chard
  • Genovese Basil
  • Slo-Bolt Cilantro
  • Dill

Other things that we want to plant but will not be doing from seed:

  • Thornless Raspberry Bushes
  • Grapes (I have a couple of Pinot Noir vines and a Tempranillo vine going in pots right now)
  • Asparagus (we decided to go from spears)
  • Possibly Bluberries

Things we already have growing:

  • Hops
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Thyme

What are you growing in your garden this year?