Through his work, Richard has talked to a man who is interested in leasing us land. Apparently Richard's boss has been talking to land-owning customers about what we're looking for and trying to do - pretty amazing to have support from unexpected places - and as a result he approached Richard! We are hopeful, but are obviously several steps from putting a shovel to the ground.
We have received our seed mix lists from Justin at NRCS, and they're long lists. Instead of a few plant species there are two batches of nearly ten species! We would split our land, seeding half with one mix and half with the other so that the entire growing season is covered.
Lately we are getting more and more people coming by for produce, and I just love being able to have them walk through and point to what they want. It's just a cool experience. Sharing our goals - letting them know what they're supporting - is wonderful. Savanna will tell them what everything is too if she is outside with us, which I just love since I don't drill her or anything on the kinds of plants we have, she just catches on. We are even able to sell the catnip that we originally planted to keep the cats in a certain area of the garden. It has flourished and I figured "why not?"
I will be taking pictures of our garden again this week, and will post them shortly after. It has grown a TON since the last photos were posted.
We have several more wild bees showing up now! Hopefully they will pollinate the tomatoes like crazy.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We love the quick setup, ease of use etc of our strip beds BUT it turns out the animals love to be at ease in them! Crazy Lucy (cat) loves to lounge on the young seedlings and Jesse (Bassett/Bordercollie pup) thinks he should sit in the tomatoes to drink out of the little water dish I have in one. They're only a foot tall, so apparently it's like an animal throne lol. I'm hoping that me running them out will get the "don't get in there" message through. Not holding my breath though - I've found that once they like a spot it's pretty hard to convince them that it isn't wonderful.
Posted by Erin at 9:00 PM
Monday, July 12, 2010
The rest of the front flower bed. Bees have been coming through regularly and I should be able to start collecting seed soon. We have flowers in almost every planting bed. This bed only has the large, nasty/noxious weeds pulled. Food beds keep me busy enough with the weeding.
There is somewhat of a lull in gardening, mostly I maintain right now. Still weeding grass, watering of course, and dragging Fort Rabbit around the lawn. If we have enough to sell at Farmer's Market, we will be going this Saturday. I have been thinking up value-added products that are easy to do and use the things we have the most of - I'll be implementing them soon! We'll even have something special for cats (due to the mass of catnip growing in the "wild corner" of grasses, trees, catnip and mint).
Our rabbits should be butchered this weekend, but if Richard continues to work every day (as in 7 day work weeks) then I'll have to find time to do it in the evening after he gets home. When the kids and passerby aren't around to see me thumping rabbits on the head. Ugh. I can hardly believe that these are even considerations I'm making.
On a positive note, we were encouraged by a farmer friend to be unafraid (not dumb, just not fearful) of making a big push to get us started on a grander scale. He says not to pass up on a good thing just because we're afraid of failure. Nice to hear things like that from someone who knows better than we do about these things. It makes me wonder what gems of advice I'll have when I've got a few more decades of gray on my head.
Posted by Erin at 9:58 PM