Crunch Time at the Homestead

| 5/15/2014 9:58:00 AM

Tags: Homestead, Garden, Planting, Seed Starting, Erin Sheehan,

Erin SheehanThings around our homestead are kicking into high gear as we get ready for another growing season.The garden looks pretty bare now but won't for long.




Our seedlings have graduated from the grow lights to spending a few hours every day outside soaking up the sun and experiencing the wind. Seedlings are tender and have to “harden off” before we can stick them out in the garden. In a week or so they’ll be ready to face the outside world for good.


5/28/2014 2:05:38 PM

Erin, it is indeed a busy time of the year. Planting is in full swing here in Nebraska as well. It really should be done by now but the Spring weather has delayed the planting times. The plants that were in the ground (cabbage, onions, lettuce, radishes) grew slow. Now that the temperatures have finally warmed up and stabilized, everything is exploding. The tomatoes are even starting to show some growth as apposed to just sitting there shivering. The two cherry tomatoes given to me by a neighbor actually have blooms. I was really pleasantly surprised to see that. I am just really not going to be able to plant as much as I would like this year but I did get all my sweet corn planted. A patch for the animals and a patch for me. Now the race is on to complete the fence around the patch that's for me. I should be able to complete the last 45 feet of fence before the corn ripens in August. I'm putting up a six foot high recycled wooden cedar fence around a 30X30 garden area and lining it with chicken wire on the inside of the fence. Good luck with your gardening year ***** Have a great crunch time at the homestead day.

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