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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(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…
Continue reading “The Detrimental Effect of Procrastination on Gardening”
The hubs and I have gotten into the habit of taking our camera out with us pretty much everywhere- a habit we got out of when we started using the big Canon cameras we used (very temporarily) for weddings (and for a much more extended period of time) on commercial/product photography. They were just too bulky to take photos on the fly, and the instances of impromptu photo shoots and family photographs declined rapidly after we started using them.
Then about a month or two ago, we sold off our older (and originally very expensive, but now not worth diddly squat pair of Canons and their lenses) and we’re now toting a single Fujifilm X100T, and we LOOOOOVE it. I really can’t express enough how much we stinking love this camera. First of all, it’s adorably vintage. Second of all (and of course, more importantly), the image quality is phenomenal. But one of the coolest features is its portability, which allows us to pick up with a hobby that neither of us have pursued for years, and we’re having so much fun. 🙂
This little dude really gives you an idea of how gigantic this sunflower is!
I made a new friend with a velvety soft nose today.
Apparently, I piqued his interest, standing at the fence with my camera.
Such a gorgeous day, full of beautiful creatures!
photo cred to the hubs
photo cred to the hubs
Don’t ask, I have NO idea why his horns are duct taped to a piece of wood.
Photo cred to the hubs
photo cred to the hubs.
All the other goats ran off, but this little stinker came right up to the fence.
The textures on this enormous sunflower are absolutely gorgeous.
This one’s a little out of focus, but he was so cute, I couldn’t resist.
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.
Our ‘Ever Sweet’ day neutral strawberries giving it another go before winter
My Marketmore Cukes are coming in. I know, I know, it’s way late in the season.
The Early Girl is bearing tomatoes left and right.
If you look closely at this Purple Jalapeno blossom, you can see the pepper forming.
The Sweet Mint has been growing like crazy. Just add water!
I LOVE my fujufilm x100T… look at that amazing detail!
The Basil is looking lovely today…
I stalked this little known pollinator for a bit.
Here are my gorgeous Anaheims a.k.a. Future Chile Rellenos