A Time to Till

Spring is spriiiiiiinging, folks! The time has come for the great spring farmstead effort to begin. For us, this means clearing all the piles of manure that are no longer frozen into rock solid heaps, organically fertilizing the pastures with llama beans and horse manure, harvesting rocks from, leveling and replanting last years pig pasture, cleaning up all the random messes we left last fall, and tilling and prepping the GARDEN!

It’s a lard load of work we’ve had going on for the last weeks and still have ahead of us, but it’s so absolutely amazing to get to be OUTSIDE again and back to the natural state of having dirt under my fingernails 100% of the time.

At the end of the growing season last year, we moved our meat hogs into the garden to finish out the plants and root around and till everything under. They made really great work of this task, and also helpfully located all the rocks that we didn’t manage to till out last year. Sighhhhh.

 

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The Detrimental Effect of Procrastination on Gardening

(And what I’m doing about it.)

 

Anyone who knows me for the procrastinator that I am, probably won’t believe this, but I’ve already got my garden planned for this coming season. The seed catalogs came, I saw all the yummy fruits and veggies I could possibly plant, and I then I conquered that sh*t. My seeds are even already in the mail!

But I have a dirty little wannabe homsteader secret…

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Not So Fried Green Tomatoes

Green Tomato Pico de Gallo

Last week, I murdered my Roma Tomato plants. It’s true. I have pictures to prove it.

But it was all in the name of that beautiful Pico de Gallo there. And in the end, it was worth it. I’ve included the recipe below, so you too can have a taste of the glory.

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In the Garden

It’s kind of amazing to look around my little bitty garden of containers and raised beds and know I raised almost every plant up from seeds that I planted myself. I get such a feeling of fulfillment and contentment watching everything grow and give back, little by little.