The Hopeful Homesteader

The Hopeful Homesteader

Monday, April 9, 2012

It's Spring!

Well, Spring has finally sprung and things are getting moving on the homestead front once again. So after a long winter of looking out the window and longing to be able to do SOMETHING in the yard, we were excited about the warmer weather.

However, when it came my plate had become extremely full. With full time classes and working full time as well I had to watch 70, and even 80 degree weather, fall upon us and still not be able to work in the yard.

I decided I needed to make some choices about how I wanted to spend my time and what my priorities are. I decided that the two most important were work and the homestead so schooling had to go...for now. I may pick it back up later, we'll just have to see how the dice falls in the future.

So back on the home front, about three weeks ago we started a few seeds indoors in preparation of the garden. Hannah, Devin, Kevin and I gathered on the porch with the seeds and lots of potting soil and got to work. We planted cabbage, broccoli, bell peppers, egg plant, tomatoes, and jalapeno peppers in containers.

And waited.

And waited.

Its amazing how long it takes for seeds to start poking their little green heads above the soil. Okay, so it was around a week. But, hey, when you're waiting on something and checking it every day it seems a lifetime. The kids had decided we did something wrong and they weren't going to sprout.

Until they did.

They started poking through and just kept growing. I know, you're thinking, "Where's the pics?!" I did have some but due to issues with the camera they were lost.

But I do have what they look like today! So without further ado, here's our start on our first garden on the homestead.

In here we have cabbage and eggplant planted by Devin and brocolli and bell pepper planted by Hannah.

Kevin planted these bell peppers after Hannah filled her pots.

Jalapeno plants! Gonna love the salsa when the time comes.

The tomato plants are coming along nicely!

Second pot of tomato plants. Hey, we like 'maters!

Second pot of jalapenos, Hannah insisted :) She loves it hot.
 So that's our start on the veggie garden for 2012. Next post - berries!

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