Today was another dreary day, but things are looking up.
The weather forecast was for 55 degrees today, but it was changed to windy and 40.
My arm hurt a bit, but for the most part, very few reactions, which is a very good thing.
So, I started getting seeds ready for the garden. My tiller is broken (again) so I need to get to the shop to be fixed (nothing to bad), so while it’s getting repaired, I’m getting things ready. I planted five different types of peppers today. Two types of jalapeños (big ones and early maturing), green peppers, red peppers, and orange peppers. We use them all year round and whatever we don’t eat fresh get cut up and put into the freezer.
Tomatoes, that’s more tricky this year. We want to be on the move much more, so do I plant many varieties? I have six I’d like to plant: Amish Paste, Kolb, Italians, Delicious, Red Grape, and Striped Romas. I also have a Tiger Paw that is a fairly rare variety I got at a seed swap (nerd alert) that I’d try to grow again this year.
Then there’s the herbs, cucumbers, beans, zucchini, watermelons, kale, and pumpkins I want to grow too.
Yeah, I get carried away with all this, but it’s something I truly love to do. I find the work cleansing, getting into the dirt and sweat to make sure that things are weeded, watered, and healthy. BUT, it’s a lot of work. A LOT of work. This is the first step and it’s the easiest step too. I’ll get the tomatoes planted hopefully tomorrow and then work on the other stuff as we get into April. All of this stuff is NOT frost hardy, so the beginning of May is usually our last frost date, so if I get too ahead of myself, I’ll end of replanting or just buying things.
The flip side of all the work, there’s not much to buy afterwards. We put away a ton of food, both canned and in the freezer. My wife wants to get rid of the 1950s era chest freezer we have, and she does have a point. I’m sure Al Gore is looking for this freezer because it’s such an energy waster, but it’s always run and run well. The same cannot be said of newer freezers on the market (just ask my parents who had one quit after two years). It’s huge and that was great when we had four people living here, but now, it’s just us. Maybe a downsize is in the works.
Sorry. We have this freeze and purchase a 1/2 of a hog, a 1/4 of beef, then fill it to the brim with the things we grow. Frozen corn, jams, blueberries (bought from a truck that comes down from Michigan), green peas, zucchini, tomatoes, egg rolls (we buy cabbage to grow, then do our own), and other things I know I’m forgetting. With the sweat equity, we save a ton of money.
So, a gardening we will go, again.
And I’m all for it!
March 28, 2021 at 10:11 pm
Gardening is always fun.. enjoying the fruits of our labors. From an earlier post you mentioned a shortage of canning lids, which has me thinking I should stock up now.
March 28, 2021 at 10:18 pm
We can find NO lids anywhere! I think on the Bell website you may be able to order some, but our typical places to go have had none for months. We have a bunch of reusable lids we’ve put into play, but having are regular supply would be a sign that things are returning to normal. Not quite yet I’m afraid!
March 30, 2021 at 7:48 am
😐not encouraging. Now I need to start scoring store shelves.
March 28, 2021 at 10:53 pm
We are winter sowing some seeds this year so I can be more patient before turning over the soil in our garden. Your list of veggies and all the canning is next level!
March 29, 2021 at 8:00 am
Again, next level might be a bit too much! But, we have the time and space, so why not!?! 🙂
March 29, 2021 at 12:46 am
Sounds like my weekend! I located Ball canning jar lids on the internet and they were very expensive compared to what I paid at the store before the pandemic. I enjoyed this post.
March 29, 2021 at 7:59 am
The Ball site is where I’ll probably end up going. I ordered my seed last fall as I didn’t want to get caught in the “grow a garden” craze. Our friends who grow pumpkins are running into that now. We’ll see if this leads to a renaissance in gardening or if it’s just a pandemic fad! 🙂
March 29, 2021 at 5:31 am
Wow you sure do a lot of work in your garden and it sounds amazingly fruitful. How good to be able to store most stuff until you need it. I cannot imagine that as neither I nor my husband can grow anything.
March 29, 2021 at 7:58 am
Oh you don’t give yourself enough credit! With a little water and a little love, you can grow almost anything! 🙂
March 29, 2021 at 9:07 am
You are ambitious! We have lots of flower gardens and I’ve already placed orders for those. Today, I hope to get my vegetable seeds started – inside. We’ll see. I don’t usually do well with starting seed, but I do enjoy it! Good luck with all your preparations and planting!
March 30, 2021 at 12:34 am
We are trying and most day, that’s an accomplishment in itself! 🙂
March 30, 2021 at 9:42 am