Saturday, March 28, 2009

snow and sprouts !!!

What a difference a week makes! Went from to hot, to very cold in one week. We got a couple of feet of snow the last few days, which is much needed moisture, so we'll take it. My seeds are protected just fine and coming up like crazy. Even the bell peppers emerged today, finally !! wooohooo!! my seed starting box is such a hit that many friends now want to use it to start their seeds, but they will have to wait, I have another round of planting to do this week :). Enjoy the photos !!

Monday, March 23, 2009

holy crap, a flower!

Here is a photo of the first official thing to bloom in our yard!!! woohooo!!! Its awesome, and I can't wait for more to pop up. I thought the rose bush was dead in the front yard, but found some new growth on it this weekend, wooohoo!!! I am also posting a photo of the His Royal Highness Sir Artemis McFartemis aka: dahmer kitty....who came outside long enough to eat some grass, and bite the head off of one of the flowers, geez, I get it, he was hungery! lol ! Yesterday we got the last of the taller pickets up around the garden, then relaxed in the shade since it was so hot, so there is a photo of that as well. Hard to believe it was 76 yesterday, and its about 35 now with rain and snow in the forcast, YEAH spring in Colorado! Many more pics are to come, as all the seeds (except for the stubborn bell peppers) have popped up! My seed box is working great so far, I have tilled the ground, am ready for manure and compost, making a few raised beds, and waiting for the last frost!!!!

Have a wonderful day, go play in the dirt!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Spring !!!

Here are some before and after pictures of the bush I ripped out last night :) wooohoo, now I have easy access to my garden gate, YEAAAAAAAAAA. Then there is also a picture of the newly tilled ground!!!Enjoy

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Worms, Rocks & Roots OH MY!

Today tilling the garden I found a lot of stuff that just should not be there. Tons of plastic, glass, and trash, I think the previous owners used this space as their own personal trash dump, GEEZ! I dug up about 20 large rocks, well, boulders really that were buried deep, not sure if they were trying to grow a rock garden, or what! I also found a couple of nice big worms, always a good sign!! On the seed front, the onion, and chives popped up a little bit today, I can't wait to see them tomorrow!! wooohooo spring!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Squash & Cucumber coming up!

WOOOHOOO, over the weekend, more plants popped up out of the dirt, I love it when they are just beginning to grow. I wish I had a time lapse camera. Also, found a bug in my dirt while I was turning it over today. Not sure if its your average caterpillar or cutworm, its amazing how many website out there are dedicated to worms and garden insects. ;)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sunflowers are sprouting!!!

WOOOHOOO!!! the sunflowers are the first to pop up out of the dirt, after only 5 days!!! I can't wait to see more seeds pushing up through the dirt :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Cozy warm

2pm, 107 degrees, and the seeds are happy cozy warm in their earth blankets, soon they will be ready to stretch their roots and grow!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Homemade seed starter box

Here are pictures of the seed box I made. I found an old glass door at Uncle Benny's, and attached it with hinges to a plastic tank we made in the shop. I used foam tape that is put between a topper and a truck bed to seal the window and the box. It went outside today, it was 55 degrees when I put it out and by 2pm it was 107. I got most of my seeds planted for now except for those that I will wait to sow until about 4 weeks before planting. When I left the box was down to 69 degrees, I can't wait to see what it is in the morning, I am storing it inside at night, and back outside in the daytime. I used to start my seeds in an east facing bay window with just saran wrap or plastic lids, and it worked great. However, I have since moved and do not have a good window to use to start the seeds inside the house. So, I made the hot box to keep at my shop during the day until the seeds get big enough to be out on there own. ;) hoooray spring time. Enjoy

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Finally a place of my own to grow!

Spring, a time of rebirth, new growth, a time to clean up the winters remains, and begin to plan a new. This year spring brings me so many changes, a new relationship, a new home, and fresh new outlook on life. I have always wanted create this blog about homesteading in modern times. I have read my grandmothers memoirs about homesteading in Nebraska, and been inspired by her journey. Upon their arrival, they not only had to build the house, they had to plumb it, heat it, and grow food. in today's world when we can merely get in our car and drive to grocery store to purchase food, call a plumber for water, and just have the energy company but a bill in our name, its exciting to think of how we would have fared back then. I hope to keep track of my goal of creating a homestead in the city here on this blog. I will have to start small, vegetables and sustainable changes around the house. I am hoping with fruit trees, water saving ideas, canning, and eventually down the road some animals, I can create a mini homestead here in the city and provide my family and friends with fresh food, and fresh ideas of what is necessary in life. Whats not necessary is the ipod, iphone, tv, or anything else remotely connected to sitting around disconnecting from each other and mother nature. I hope to get people off their butts and in the dirt!! enjoy, and please let me know what you think, check back soon, pictures of my cold box seed starter will be coming soon!
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