It has officially started on our farm. Last Sunday I seeded our transplant vegetables. These are the plants that we will be planting after they start in the greenhouse. We start the plants in starter trays--long thin slots that the seeds are put into to sprout. After they sprout they will be transferred to 6-pack trays where they will get their own soil to grow in. After about 6 weeks they will be nice healthy plants ready for mother nature. We will transplant them into the garden or raised beds in the greenhouse. Our focus this year--broccoli and peppers. We have started lots of each.
The broccoli has all sprouted and the rest of the plants (tomatoes, onions, peppers) are coming along. With this week getting into the upper 60s we should be able to put them back into the greenhouse to boost them along. Currently the starter greenhouse has no heat source. When the electric was run to the out-buildings, and the hole was dug, someone forgot to drop a gas line in it for "just in case" purposes. Hindsight, it is always funny to see what we should have done. Anyway, hopefully this year we can dig a line and add gas to the small greenhouse for next year's plants. My wife always loves my plans because they impact the yard in such positive, muddy, ways. We have been up here for about 4 years now and every year we have dug up the yard for a new project. Last year, the processing building. Before that was the electric to the barn and outbuildings. Before that was the gas to the house. We have had a mud line in our yard every year. She is hoping to go a year without soon, but I would miss having to scrape all that mud off my boots before I enter the doorway. And what about our oldest son? How can he pretend he is saving the beautiful princess by leaping over the alligator filled moat (my ditches) if I do not dig?
Anyway, it is all about progress and we are expanding yearly. We are very excited about our upcoming year and the potential we have to serve our community and local buyers. I would still encourage everyone to "BUY LOCAL". This has been at the forefront of our business for the past three years. We sell local and buy local (feed, supplies, building materials). Not everyone who has the "BUY LOCAL" sign follows their own advice, but that is another post. We will continue to support our local community and economy in our venture. I urge you to ask the people you buy from how they support the community. You may be surprised. I am finding out that some people with the "BUY LOCAL" banner are just on the bandwagon. They want you to buy local and support them, but they are not interesed in supporting other local businesses. They are still buying from big suppliers and chain dealers.
Margie's addition - And how can we forget, the little piglets that are too small to stay in their pasture because they slip under the electric fence also love the ditches. It's quite the sight to see dirt flying out of the ditch and it's not until you walk up to it that you see the little piglets in there having a field day...literally. So perhaps our pretend alligator moat scenario should really be saving the princess from destructive piglets. Let me add, our four-year-old son has the never pretended to save the princess...my husband is just making that up hoping to win me over with his reasoning.
I also want to add how wonderful my husband is by not mentioning last year's spring planting. It was about this time, when everything was coming up that I forgot to open the greenhouse door. Hundreds and hundreds of plants that my husband took a lot of care growing and tending to all withered and could not be saved. Needless to say I don't have a lot of responsibility this year with the plants, though if he needs me to tend to them he sends me lots of reminder e-mails and even calls on his lunch break. Now that's a smart man...