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Waiting for spring

January 16, 2017

 Winter is cruising along.  Temperatures have usually stayed in the teens, but we get a few days in a row of single digits.  The coldest it has been so far is zero degrees.  Lucky for us there is hardly any wind around our property.  That makes battling the frigid temperatures only a matter of putting on enough layers.  Wind will cut right thru you like a knife.



January is the month of planning.  We have stack of seed catalogues we have been wearing out the pages on.  Our seed garlic is already in the ground covered with a blanket of snow, but we wanted to get our organic garden growing also.  Initially, we thought a conservative, small approach to the organic garden was the way to start out for our first growing season.  That went right out the window.  We're going big.  The plan for our garden is to replace the majority of our grocery bill and sell any excess at the local farmers market.  Can't very well do that if you start small.  So no, we're not dipping a toe in to test the water.  Lets push it up.  We put the seed order in; we'll have tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans, bell peppers, jalapenos, pumpkins, zucchini, watermelon, cantaloupe, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, spinach, lettuce, onions, kohlrabi, artichoke, corn, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, apples, basil, catnip, chamomile, oregano, parsley, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, lavender, peppermint, calendula ,and sunflower.......just to name a few.


Our microgreens have found a new home at Sportys Bar and Grill in Chewelah, Washington.  Chef Jesse down there cooks some wonderful King Salmon!  We had the chance to go down there for dinner and we ordered a plate with our microgreens on it.  Folks around us were eating it too. Pretty cool experience.  And they were good of course.


No major issues on the farm this winter.  We try to keep the doors closed and the heat in as much a possible.  I nervously collect a couple small loads of wood each day from the wood pile and each time I wonder if I have put up enough.  I think we did.  We'll see!  One morning driving to town, we come around the corner to see a large tree laying across the driveway.  Back in the city, this would be a major issue.  A quick walk back to the house for the Stihl and that tree was off the road within 15 minutes.  Now I have more firewood and can relax just a teensy bit more.








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