Most likely your great grandparents did it, maybe even you grandparents. They saved seeds. Why? Well there weren't as many options back then for one but more importantly they knew the value in it.
I'm so excited to finally be doing this project! It has been over a year in the making and now the beginning stages are done!
We would like to get bees. Better pollination rates for our garden and orchard as well as honey!. But I do not wantGMO honey. So that means I need to have enough flowers throughout the bees active season to feed them or they might go down the street to some GMO crop and bring that back into the hive. They will travel miles to collect food. It will also be great to be helping the declining population of bees and pollinators in general. They are so important to our food supply. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bees alone are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of our food supply. A great reason for anyone, including you, to start a pollinator garden.
We have been having so much fun in the greenhouse. We are so blessed and so grateful to have it! This is our first spring growing in it and everything has been going really well. I hope you enjoy the video! I've had a cold so please overlook all my sniffles.
That may sound contradictory, but really, chickens can do all kinds of work in the garden. They do love to eat almost anything green that you don't want them to eat and they will the first chance they get. They also like to scratch. Ugh? Can it be that they actually help in the garden in some way? Do you think chickens scratching in the garden sounds like a good idea to you?
How to Grow Stronger Onion Starts
Do you grow onions from seeds or do you use onions sets? Onions sets give you a jump start but for just a little more work you can grow onions from seed and greatly broaden the variety which you are able to grow. Don't be intimidated, I'm about to share a little secret with you to help you get the strongest onions starts for an abundant harvest! First let me tell you a little about what kinds of onions we are growing at Rolling Hills Farm.
These last few weeks the weather has been so pleasant! Feet of snow have melted. We had snow piles and drifts that were 8+ feet in height. Not anymore. Only a small remainder is left of the largest piles and drifts. That of course led to huge, muddy puddles that were the first destination of all the children playing outside at this house. Wet, muddy everything. Even so I'm so grateful for the beautiful weather and the chance for them to get out and get some sun and fresh air. It was much needed after the previous month of sub zero temperatures!
Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. It complements such a variety of meats. We use it on lamb, beef, duck, chicken and turkey. When I smell it I instantly think of warm, spongy, focacia. Mmmmm.
This year I'm working on growing enough rosemary to offer it with our CSA baskets and to sell at our plant sale. Today I had a few more starts that were ready for planting.
What you are looking at is over 100 different varieties of fruits vegetable, cover crops and flowers! And this isn't even all of them. We order from several different companies as well as save our own seed. You are looking at the order from just one company.
Every year we study our favorite seed catalogs researching the best types and varieties of plants to grow in our climate and our unique growing conditions. Over the years we have found many reliable varieties that we continue to grow every year. We are very grateful to have found some real winners for this short growing season and our taste buds alike.
So long, so long. It has been so long since we did an update on the greenhouse. I wanted to. I thought of it many times, but there were all those bushels of tomatoes, oh and the tomatillos, peppers, eggplant...... So I canned and processed and preserved because they weren't going to wait for me to do a blog post. There are just a few small baskets of roma tomatoes from the big garden that are not quite ripe yet left now so I can sit here, grateful for all the harvest that God provided, and do a blog post on the greenhouse.
Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!