Springtime and Seeds

| 4/18/2018 9:48:00 AM

Lydia PhippsMornin' friends! Come on in and sit a spell on the porch— let the spring sun warm you up and the breeze blow through your hair. It's a beautiful morning here on the farm, everything is coming alive with the arrival of spring. It's time!

I've been ready for spring to make her appearance since late winter. Back in January my parents bought me two mini greenhouse kits, some lettuce, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts seeds, and got me an almanac calendar. They know me all too well, and always support my love of all things gardening and farming. They are, after all, where that love comes from.

At a young age, my parents, along with my grandparents, started teaching me the importance being able to support myself, even if the things I needed weren't always readily available to me. They taught me to grow my own food — as well as how to preserve that food to be able to provide food for my family, throughout the year, even when the garden is gone (but that's another post).

Anyway, back to greenhouses. I have never started my own seeds, but last year my mom started most of the seeds for the plants she put in her garden, she was very successful with it! So, this year I decided to give it a try. Another lesson she has taught me — if you don't try, you'll never succeed; and with a little bit of hope and faith and a lot of hard work, anything is possible! She's a very wise lady. So, with her guidance I set out on my "seed starting journey."

pellet greenhouses

Just this year, we've decided to follow a tried and true method to planting — The Farmer's Almanac. Why we've not used this before now is beyond me. Any old farmer will tell you to use the almanac for ALL aspects of farming — it won't steer you wrong.