Monday, March 17, 2008

What's Up

Spring is coming into its own here in East Tennessee. The grass is turning a beautiful green and the flowers are starting to bloom. There are buds on many trees just waiting to burst out of their casings into tiny soft green leaves. This is a beautiful time of the year and I enjoy it to the fullest. No words can truly capture the beauty of God's creation coming back to life after a season of dullness.

We are busy here planting seeds and growing plants to put in the garden. This week will find me in our makes shift greenhouse planting more tomato seeds along with pepper seeds. We grow many different variety of peppers. Each year I try to add one new type so I will be growing Pepperoncini Peppers. Now all I have to do is find a great recipe to can them so we can use them with our homemade pizza. If any of you have a good recipe for this, please send it my way. I surely would appreciate it.

We are still looking for a steer to raise up for our own beef. I would have never dreamed it would be this hard to find one. Tnfarmgirl told us of a family that raises black Angus cows. I talked with the woman and she said theirs would be ready to sell in May. They will be about 600 pounds by then so I am thinking that this will be our best route.

We also HAVE to move our chickens off the remaining garden beds this week. We need to let those beds rest a bit before we can plant in them since the chickens have been there. That leaves me with only 1 garden bed to plant in right now. I am sure this year we will add probably 5 more beds to our garden. That will give us a total of 15 beds. Michael also needs to fence off our upper garden area so that we can plant the potatoes that I bought last week.

These are the projects that are under way on our little farm for this week. I best get busy getting some of my to do list accomplished!!!
grace and peace,


Mountain Mama said...

Fun projects! Get a little extra dirt in your fingernails today for me. Do you sell your produce?

TnFullQuiver said...

We haven't ever sold our products, but we do give a lot away. At one point, we wanted to have a cut flower booth at our local farmer's market. However they are only open on Saturdays and we usually are playing baseball with the boys during that time. If our farm was in a different location, I would love to have a small one room cabin with items in it for sale. We live too far off the beaten path for this to work. By the way, please tell your son he wrote a wonderful essay about the moose. You have done a great job with his school. enjoy your day.
grace and peace,