Farmers have been gardening by moon phases dating back to ancient times. I too follow this practice. For me, it makes me feel more connected to the earth and the rhythms of nature.
The 23rd was a new moon, perfect for planting seeds.
Most of the seeds that I planted last weekend are germinating nicely. The peppers are a bit slower, they always are. Basil babies make me dance. The Roma’s are going to grow up into magnificent peppers for my salsa.
Photojournal for these past two weeks.
I might be a plant seed snob.
My thinking has been that with lower-priced seeds comes lower quality control, less germination etc. I might be completely wrong. I saw a large box of inexpensive seeds recently at the local thrift store for a crazy good price and I just could not walk away from them. Maybe I thought that somehow purchasing cheap seeds would balance out my overpriced seeds that also have come to Red Dirt Farm.
Photos of my stash, ok just a part of my stash.
I also have bulk flower seeds, sold by the pound. Yes, pound.
I may or may not have a seed hoarding problem.
Oh but the flower dreams I have. You should see them, fields and fields of blooming zinnias, cosmos, larkspur, sunflowers…
It has been quite some time since I posted about our farmhouse renovation and addition. If you are new to the blog we put an addition on the house after my mother passed away, because after her passing my father asked to come live with us. We built an in-law suite for him. Half-way through the process, he changed his mind. Then my husband and I both had significant health issues and we suffered great financial loss. Yes, some four years later we are still working away at it when money and time allow. The past two weeks Mr. Red Dirt has been working on installing the doors, framing around the doors and windows. The new windows have a very narrow sill, so we put our heads together and came up with a design to deepen the sill, it will look a bit like a shelf when it is completed. He did a mock-up with 3 brackets for us to see which bracket we liked best, in the end, I think we are going to go with the middle design, which is the simplest and easiest to make. We also decided to go with the narrower board, it still is adequate to hold plants. Which is my main goal with the deeper sill.
He also built shelving and rods for two of the closets. We are still a very long way from completing this renovation/addition, but a little at a time we are getting there. Trying to be okay with all this as it has unfolded in a way we never thought it would. Life can be funny like that.
These past two weeks have been busy with more classes and learning how to market my little farming enterprise. The local chamber of commerce has been quite helpful and even managed to get me connected with another local business and, my eggs are now available at a local restaurant and store. I couldn’t be happier about that.
Between classes, my days are happily filled with painting, which is something I have wanted to do forever. It feels really good. I have to push all the self-doubt and inadequate talk that floats up into my head aside. Don’t compare I tell myself.
I’ve made greeting cards and flour sack towels from the paintings they make me smile. People have been quite receptive to them at the farmstand.
A wooden cubby shelf that was purchased at the thrift store, it just seemed I had to paint a little block of cheerfulness for each one. One by one, I’ve been getting it filled. One block to go.
When I’m not painting, my camera finds the birds, the bluebirds, well all the birds are loving the mealy worms that have been sprinkled in with the seed. I could be slightly obsessed with taking their photos.
Weird weather continues, some cold no snow and rain. Thankful not to have the flooding that has been a problem for others. I see snow in other parts of the country – how about you? We have daffodils blooming and a few crocus. How is your garden coming along?
until next time,