This Week Around the Homestead
This week has been a busy one around the homestead.
Work, work, work and get ready for another Market that is… rained out again! Our farmer’s market is becoming a wispy dream thanks to the crummy weather we have had the last six weeks or so. And as usual, there is hope for success next week.
On the family front:
The pace has been different: my husband has been out-of-town on business, so I’ve been a single mom all this week, until Saturday. It hasn’t been as heartbreaking and gut wrenching terrible as I thought it might be, just different. The Munchkin and I have done our best to hold our heads up and not miss Daddy too much. That is the hard part. Keeping busy has been distraction enough to keep the heartache at bay for the most part. We have a lot of love in our home and a great family dynamic that makes us very proud.
On the gardening front:
There are tomato and jalapeño pepper seeds that have been started indoors this week in old egg cartons. They are ready for germination and will spend about six to eight weeks indoors before they are planted in the big-girl garden outside. There is a mystery mix and some purple heirlooms as well, so we will see what we get from that. The suspense is killing me! As the seedlings grow indoors, they will be treated to their very own fluorescent bulb and a small fan to simulate the natural breeze- this is advice from one of my homesteading gurus. This fan treatment will help them be sturdier and hold up better against the wind. Very much needed for anything we have in our yard, as we have no shelter created by trees. We are totally exposed.
Hugemongus load of dirt should be here one day next week, as well as timbers to finish the framing for the new beds. I really can’t wait for this to be done!
My husband has quite ambitiously set out to build planter boxes for our back patio! The frame for one is finished in out garage and looks pretty good. They will be the full length of a fence picket (about six feet?) long and about a foot wide. I’m thinking this will provide the perfect place to re-establish my herb garden that was washed out last spring. I think we will have three or four of these planter boxes, and I’m excited to fill them. Let’s hope I can practice some restraint when ordering from the seed catalog!
In the kitchen:
There will be plenty of time tomorrow after working in the nursery ( baby nursery, not plant nursery) to submit my January entry in the CanJam. This month’s recipe is Orange and Grapefruit Marmalade. Full recipe and instructions with photos to follow!