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I might have a green thumb after all

March 15, 2010 1 comment

I’ve got peppers! 30 heirloom peppers have sprouted and are doing well so far. Adding a little heat under them really helped. I have 20 California Wonder, 8 Jalapeno, and 8 Pepperoncini.

Pepper sprouts

8 Red Chillis are still in the oven. They must take a little longer than the others. I did dig around in the pot and found that one has shot down a root so hopefully they will all come up soon as well. 38 peppers is a lot. I expect to transplant only a few of the best looking plants in late May.

I also have 20 heirloom tomatoes started. 10 of the “Delicious” variety and 10 “Henderson’s Crimson Cushion.”

If we have good weather, we’ll have veggies coming out our ears. I might have to erect a vegetable stand or something.

By the way, the chickens are growing…

chickens

Finally, winter is almost over

March 7, 2010 Comments off

This seems to be one of the longest winters on record to me. Perhaps its because I’m looking forward to spring so much; to planting the garden, raising some chickens, and putting up a fence around our new pasture.

I hope its not too early, but I have started some peppers in little peat pots. In a couple more weeks I’ll start tomatoes.

And I finally took the plunge and bought 25 chickens at the local Rural King store. 15 “Production Red” and 10 “Brown Leghorn”.

We’ve already had one fatality from what looked like suffocation. They all huddle up under the heat lamp and trample each other for the warmest spot. The deceased must have gotten stuck.

Now that I have chickens I guess this means I better build a coop — quickly.

Categories: Gardening, Homesteading