It’s that time of year. I realize that many of you already have your gardens in the ground but not long ago we had snow fall. So I’ve been waiting for our soil temperatures to rise enough to begin planting. We’ve been getting a nice mix of rain, sun and warm temperatures so now is the time to get seed in the ground.
I got the Jerusalem Artichokes, also known as Sunchokes, in the ground a couple of weeks ago. Some of those are planted where the pigs will be able to feed on them, and spread them, in the fall. Others are planted in reserve areas where the pigs can’t get to so as to produce more tubers we can dig to plant in new spaces.
Most of our seed is simply dropped by the plants in the field and grows there. Some gets moved by the livestock when they eat it and poop it out somewhere else in their nice riche manure.
Other seed I have saved – now I sort out my envelopes and jars. Our bought spring seed arrived last week so today Will worked on setting up mixing barrels the field seeds including grasses, millets, legumes, brassicas and beets ready to do the mixes that I had determined we would need for each of the many fields. Depending in part on when they’ll be grazed and soils they get somewhat different mixes.
Meanwhile Hope and Ben helped me plant lots of pumpkins, sunflowers, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, marigolds, day lilies and hollyhocks.
We still have a couple of acres of pumpkins to plant plus a lot more sunflowers and other things. Pumpkins, sunflowers, mangels, beets, turnips and brassicas are good foods we can easily grow in our climate. All this will make good eating for the livestock in the fall and winter.
Outdoors: 57°F/42°F 1″ Rain, Mostly Overcast, Some Sun, Misty
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F
Daily Spark: “Our food system belongs in the hands of many family farmers, not under the control of a handful of corporations.” -Willie Nelson, Vounder, Farm Aid