Gardening

Spring is coming!

So I have been MIA online, but busy as a bee on Future Farm where we have been preparing for spring. My husband built us two top bar bee hives using free plans we found online at BuzzAboutBees. We have beeswax and lemon grass essential oils at the

Top Bar Hive
This is one of the two top bar hives Steve built using free plans from the internet

ready for baiting and we plan to try to catch some “free bees” this spring. It gives a whole new meaning to the term freebies!

I also purchased quite a lot of bee friendly plants and vegetables from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Sustainable Seed Company, Bountiful Gardens and Outside Pride (on Amazon). Lots of perennials as well as rare annuals. There are some new things I am dying to taste (Orach, maypop, hardy kiwi, goumi) and some of my favorites (cucuzzi, salsify, tomatillo) that I can’t wait to plant. But first, Steve has to finish rebuilding the 1948 Farmall Super A and help me build our new 24’x44′ greenhouse from grower’s solution over the now defunct swimming pool. Currently happily inhabited by the largest bullfrog I have ever seen…

Farmall Super A, so jaunty and red!
Farmall Super A, so jaunty and red!

However, I’m a little impatient. I already have some baby plants growing in the window in the guest bathroom. The german chamomile, orach and speckles lettuce are the first to sprout. We also have an avocado, three lemon trees, a graperfruit and a bay laurel growing in pots until they are big enough to transplant, which might not be for a few years. We have planted LOTS of perennial flower and fruit trees and bushes in addition to the existing blueberries. The compost pile is growing it’s own crop of volunteers (garlic, avocados, and a the butt end of a celery bunch!). Our worm composting tower (I’m working on a DIY post about this) has got herbs, garlic and cole crops happily growing in it. There is even a pepper that survived the winter in a pot OUTSIDE much to our amazement.

We have lots of plans yet to put into action and plenty of perennial food forest plants yet to add. We did clear the fence so that we can repair and cross fence for a future flerd of goats, chickens, guinea hens, turkeys, and whatever other farm animals I fall in love with. Once the baby plants are growing happily in the greenhouse and the tractor is up and running to bushhog the field and prepare some growing space, we’ll be well on our way after only 1 year in our new home. I hope to find time to write more DIY and informational posts this spring, but we are also 6 months away from having our first baby, so we’ll see how it goes.

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