Thursday, May 21, 2015

You knew this was coming

I'm done with this adventure at this point. I gave it an earnest and honest try. I'll probably continue to try to garden, because dirt is fun for playing in. But, as far as calling it homesteading? Done. And done writing about it, especially.

I'm not going to delete the blog at this point. Some of the older posts may prove to be informative or at least entertaining to people that happen down this particular Internet rabbit hole.

It's been fun. I've met some cool Internet people. But, the content here has just gotten tedious.

Don't consider this a goodbye. Consider it a pause. I'll find another thing to blog about and share, I'm sure.

Until then.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Growing

Things are definitely growing around here. The basil is a bit out of hand, so I'll probably make a small batch of pesto to freeze and that'll take care of that. The tomatoes are doing tomato things. And the likely over planted buckets of squash are not too crowded at the moment. The eggplants are being eaten by bugs but seem to be continuing to grow. I have to wait until my innards calm a bit, but I'll get the other two buckets planted with some late herbs hopefully today.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Magnolias

So the two magnolia trees are blooming. The blooms are way larger than I'd expected. I mean, I can wear a single flower as a hat.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Blog slacking

Sorry I haven't been posting frequent entries. I'm still working towards homesteading and things along those lines, but I feel much less compelled to share every. single. moment.

Which is fine, really. I've been writing these posts, in one incarnation or another, since late 2008. And I've noticed things getting a little circular and kinda stale. Sure, it's a new area and all, but the steps are pretty well the same.

I'll try to put up at least one post per week from now on. (Yes, this one counts.)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Seed starting

We're fortunate in where we live. Winters are generally mild, spring comes earlier than many other parts, and the sun isn't quite as low as in the northeast.

There's nothing especially magical or secret about starting plants from seeds, generally speaking. Some seeds benefit from, but do not require, some extra steps like soaking. But, you pretty much just plant seeds in an appropriate medium, keep the medium moist, and keep it well lit.

Admittedly, there exist formulas and rules. Like, plant the seed at a depth 1-2 times it's height or whatever. Something like that. The example rule isn't one that can really be ignored, because if the seed is too deep it will likely rot before reaching the surface, and too shallow a depth will result in spindly plants at best.

Now, keep in mind I'm no expert. This is all based on what I've learned from doing over the years. But, it's not a super complicated process to start seeds. It really isn't. And you can keep quality seeds for at least a few years and still have them sprout. All the basil I planted did sprout, and it was probably 3 year old seed.

Related: I finally got the seedlings planted into pots. They got thoroughly rained on this morning and will get some wind later this evening. I may have over planted a couple of the pots, but I'm not horribly worried. We'll see how things go.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

gah!

OK. Things have not been going as planned. There are no beds because I never got the pine straw. I decided, since the neighbor offered to give them away, to use pots and 5 gallon buckets instead. Now I just need to get more potting soil. Soon. The basil seedlings are getting cramped.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Not dead

Not dead.

Also, spawn's cabbage just keeps getting bigger. It's finally starting to form the head I think.