Saving and buying and trading and planning and planting…Oh my!!!

Saving and buying and trading and planning and planting…Oh my!!!

I have finally completed my list of seeds…What I have and what I want.  While I have not begun planting yet…I plan on starting the babies inside next weekend…I definitely have (almost) Spring Fever!!!  Here are all of the seeds that will go into the ground this year somewhere in our yard!  Some were saved from last years harvest, some purchase, either locally or online and some were traded.  I still have a few I want to purchase, but am having a hard time finding the peanuts and the soy beans! (The multiples are different types, just not written in detail here.)

Saved
Sunflowers
Morning Glories
Cosmos
Peonies
*Dr. Suess 
Tall Wild Grass
Butternut Squash
Pie Pumpkin
Pumpkin
Beans
   Pinto
   Black
Squash
Zucchini
Corn
Purchased
Bean Bush Trio
Garden Beans
Peas
Snow Peas
Spinach
Carrots
Carrots
Carrots
Corn
Tomato
Tomato
Tomato
Tomato
Tomato
Ground Cherry
Beets
Lettuce
Lettuce
Arugula
Jalapeno
Jalapeno
Peppers
Peppers
Tomatillo
Cucumber
Cucumber
Watermelon
Eggplant
Sunflowers
Convolvulus
Nasturtium
Wildflowers
Dill
Dill
Rosemary
Echinacea
Chamomile
Basil
Basil
Sage
Traded
Kota Tea
Cosmos
Still need/want 
Valencia Peanuts
Snap Peas
Nasturtium
Soy Beans
*The Dr. Suess flowers are flowers that came form a wildflower mix I got last year and have no idea what they are.  What I do know is that they are tall and crazy and beautiful and straight out of a Dr. Suess book!

Side view of one of our “wagons” – a 5×6 raised bed we built last spring
In the meantime, we have garlic and onions growing happily in one of our raised beds turned hoop house AKA The Wagons!  The beets we planted haven’t done anything so I replanted today.  Fingers crossed!  I also planted some spinach at the front of this bed today.
Side view of “wagon” #2 – a 4×6 bed we built last spring
In this bed, we planted cauliflower and a bunch of kale.  Truth be told, we planted very late in the fall last year, so not much worked.  A little (literally) kale here and there, but zero cauliflower.  I planted a lettuce mix in here today.  These “wagons”/hoop houses have plastic that goes over their tops and gets held down onto the beds base with clamps.  It keeps it several degrees warmer in there throughout the winter which allows us to grow throughout the year.  At least, it WILL allow us to grow throughout the year when we work out all the kinks and figure our how to PLANT throughout the year 😉

On another note, we let the new babies outside for a few minutes today to soak up some sun.  They were very excited!  All except the one we call Prim.  She’s the biggest of them all but spent the whole time crying like a baby while the other three were perfectly content!

Prim and Gimpy.  When we first got this round of chicks, Gimpy was the biggest and had a hard time standing up.  Now Prim is a whole head and chest taller than the others.  She’s either one big chick or a stinkin’ rooster.  Only time will tell!

I was quite UNmotivated today…Luckily, my lovely partner was quite motivated!  While I sat in the sun on the computer and looked up various gardening-type websites while keeping her company, she tore up an old bed, cleaned the chicken coop and picked up dog poop!  My heroine!

Two of our five chickens excitedly searching for worms and other proteins unearthed in the tear up!

I did, however, find the motivation to make 21 flour tortillas from scratch!  YAY for tortillas with no hydrogenated fats (which are not only bad for you and your heart but will give me a wicked migraine)!  Then, I put some butter on one, added on some Hatch chile, garlic and salt and sat down (again) for a nice little snack.  A little piece of Heaven in my hand!  Hey, what can I say?  I can’t be super motivated all the time!  A girl needs some down time!

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Written by Melissa @ Ever Growing Farm

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