We’re working hard to get all 5,000 square feet of our garden planted this week—we’re running a little bit behind (we normally try to have it all in by the first weekend in May), but that’s okay! We’ll still be swimming in veggies in a few weeks. I’ll update you more on the garden goingson in a post next week, but for now, I wanted to share with you a smaller scale gardening project I did last week—a container salsa garden!
If I was really on top of my game, I would have posted this tutorial back in the dead of winter when nothing was growing outside. Now, a lot of folks (us included) have greens popping out of the ground and the harvest of fresh veggies is upon us again. Yay!
So chances are, you probably don’t need a how-to guide for growing microgreens indoors right now. So, go ahead and pin this, and then set an alarm on your phone to go off sometime in November, k? Because I’m about to teach you how to grow microgreens indoors all winter long (or even all year-long if you don’t have an outdoor space).
I kinda disappeared there for a bit, didn’t I? Well, I have a good excuse—it’s gardening season! We’ve had a stretch of really nice days recently, and every free moment has been spent getting our garden in tip-top shape.
Spring is a really crazy time around here. There is a short period of time when the weather is warm enough to be outside working, but before the weeds and bugs start to take over. I’d say, on average, we get about two to three weeks before we’ve hit the point of no return (especially with weeds—it’s a constant fight in an organic garden). So the blog had to go on the back burner for a bit while I did some manual labor.
Those of you that have been around here a while know that my husband and I started a (now defunct) homesteading blog a few years back. We loved writing that blog, but keeping up with it just proved to be too much for us and our already packed schedules. So a lot of that content (gardening, DIY, homesteading, etc.) was rolled into the content here, and I love getting to share that part of my life with you guys!
One of the well-loved features on our old blog was a weekly running tally of the food we produced on our property. We weighed every tomato we picked from the garden and every mushroom we harvested from the woods. We even weighed the maple syrup we made that year! It was so fun seeing our total grow and grow. I’ve been wanting to bring it back here for a while, and since we are planning on going “big” with our food production this year, I figured now was a great time.
If you’re looking out your window, and you see snow-covered grass and a thermometer that says it’s below freezing, you are probably thinking I’m insane for posting a gardening post in January, but trust me, right now is a really important time in the life of a gardener—it’s planning time!
Come about the first of November, most gardeners are so sick of gardening, they can’t even stand it. We just want to not spend a day not weeding or raking or shoveling—as great as the harvest was, we’re ready to be done. We’re kinda wishing for a hard freeze to come in and end it all for us. As much as I love gardening, dude, it’s a lot of work (especially when you cultivate as much space as we do). And after about eight months of working the land, I’m sore and ready for a break.
Craig and I both feel so fortunate to have the resources to grow our own food. We have the finances to be able to buy seeds. The space to grow acre after acre of crops. The knowledge to know the difference between good garden bugs and bad. And the time to devote to planting, weeding and harvesting. We know not everyone has the ability to produce pounds and pounds of healthy food—and for that ability we are eternally grateful. Without a doubt, we eat healthier (and are healthier) because we can grow our own healthy, fresh produce to eat with every meal.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been really working on getting our front porch in tip-top summer shape. We have a ton of outdoor living space that we really haven’t done a very good job of utilizing over the past two years that we’ve lived here. We have a really nice covered porch on the…
When we first moved here, there was a well-established garden plot that was just asking to be used to produce tons of yummy fruits and veggies. Because we’re crazy, we decided our first year to expand the plot even bigger, and that means, we now have just a touch under 5,000 square feet of growing…