Sunday, April 19, 2009

Little Dinosaurs

The baby chickens turned 1 month old on Thursday. They're pretty much fully feathered, and we've started to let them outside during the day. We put them in the cold frame, which is no longer being used for plants, which protects them from the wind, keeps them warmer, and provides at least a challenge to our cat, who thinks they look delicious. It's still too cold for them to be outside full time, but we're hoping that things will be warm enough in a week or so to get them out of our closet for good.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Seed Organization

We've collected 80-odd seed packets from last season and this, and I've sorted them on dozens of occasions, to pull out all the cold crops or seeds to start indoors or what have you. I kept dreaming of building myself a little seed organizer to keep things straight, and I finally got around to it. I used a nice wooden "inbox" that a local law firm was getting rid of, and have temporarily put in cardboard dividers, which I'll replace with something sturdier when I get around to it. I sorted the seeds by hot, cold, hot (start indoors) and flowers.

And while I'm talking about organization, I might as well post my Planting Spreadsheet. Yes, this is incredibly dorky, but I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in using a spreadsheet to manage the complicated list of needs for all my crops. The spreadsheet helps me remember when to plant things, and helps me decide where to plant them (by keeping track of light, water, and soil requirements). I don't know if this will be useful to anyone in there own endeavors, but I'll throw it in for good measure:

2009 Planting Schedule 2009 Planting Schedule WhittledDown

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Farmers Market

Spring has sprung at our Farmers Market! Today is cold and rainy/snowy, but inside the Farmers Market was buzzing with activity. Farmers are offering spring greens, and lots of veggie, herb and flower starts. Our Market has a "recycled plants" guy, who sells cuttings from houseplants, mostly. Today he was selling "refugee" iris, strawberry, raspberry, and lamb's ear, salvaged from homes where they were unwanted. Because these perennials have been dug up from a yard and not nurtured in a greenhouse, we can stick them in the ground right away. They were cheap! We bought some of each. We're going to try the raspberry in a whiskey barrel planter, where it will have access to better soil.