First, welcome to the new readers. Glad you found your way to my little world.
I don't get to start a garden this year. I keep reading your posts about seed starting and spouting, and all the wonderful things you are doing to get ready for spring. I should be putting potatoes in the ground. Technically on the ground as I adore the lazy bed method. I should have my cabbage type plants ready to go, tomato plants growing rapidly in my seedling box. But I am not, instead I am practicing crawling across my bed. Wow is that difficult! Hurts a bit as well.
I am planning a quickie garden in my head. One that can come together, with the help of Small Farm Girl showing me around my new area, with little effort on my part. I haven't even seen the soil yet, but my Kentucky friends keep telling me the soil is fantabulous! I hope so.
I have put a lot of faith in people and land that I have never seen. This is huge for us, and a bit worrisome at times. Husband heads that way in two weeks time. Our farm hand has decided to stay with us, and move as well. I think we will need his help.
Some days it feels like everything is falling into place, other days falling apart. However the drought is worsening here. The winter wheat is a failure, farmers are turning cattle out onto it, if anything had grown on the land at all. There is no way we can survive another year here. That is unless we give up farming and homesteading.
Husband was offered a job locally. The guy called us when he heard Husband was a free agent. He offered over double the wage that Husband was making before. He really wants us to stay in Kansas. Husband will be working for this shop for the spring only. Made that clear, and this guy was ok with it. Wow! No hissy fits like the other guy. How refreshing!
We have sold off so much of our stuff, reduced items that aren't really needed, and are going through 11 years worth of accumulated homestead equipment. Most of it we never really use. We should arrive in Kentucky with only our we will die without this stuff.
My seeds are sitting in a treasure chest, yearning to be free.
I'm dealing with seed-starting envy as well.
Glad to hear that Husband will have spring wages coming in. I'm trying to figure out how to keep the bills paid as we get ready to move.
We have started the garden in late May before. Planted things that did well in June too. You always have a fall planting for potatoes. Dont worry, youll have a garden.
Things do have a way of working out for the best for folks that are deserving!
Hope that all continues to go well!
I was exactly where you are now last year (we sold our house and moved to a different geographic area late last spring), and my summer crop seeds are finally going to see the light of day here on our new homestead! If you are like me, it will be a little depressing to not be planting and growing but you have to keep your goal in mind and remind yourself the sacrifice of one year's crops is worth it. And if you are lucky you can get some late summer crops in the ground once you've moved.
I also decided to give the people who bought our house the gift of a small summer garden, I planted a little squash, a few nursery-bought tomatoes, and some peppers. They were beyond thrilled and I felt like I'd "paid it forward" a little. Good luck!
So very excited for you guys!!! I know how it feels, we are waiting for our very own closing on our very (first) homestead right now! I might explode.
I lived in KY in '01 and while I wasn't in any kind of farming/gardening situation it is still one of my favorite places. So very beautiful in so many ways, the land, the people, the history, I know you will love it (once you get used to the humidity).
So I say cheers to new adventures and beginnings!!
Glad to hear from you! How totally awesomely cool is it that you'll have SFG there to help you guys along. Hope everything goes as smooth as can be hoped for in your move.
Phelan - speaking from experience - we landed here at the Manor in Dec. 2010 - we spent the winter trying to insulate this freezing house and i started waaaay too many seeds just because i thought i had to. then i wasn't able to get them in the ground on time and they were wilting and dieing and i felt like a huge failure. don't overdo the planting thing when you get to the new place...especially since your not completely healed up yet. i think that when you move to a completely new area - you need to get off of your own back in regards to getting the garden in as there is going to be so much else that is going to recquire your energy and thoughts. i wish you guys all of the best in this new venture and i am super glad that husband has some work this spring...where it sounds like he will be appreciated!
small farm girl sounds like a friend who truly knows how to be a friend - i am glad she is there for you! your friend,
Things are gonna change for you - even if y'all weren't moving to another place, Hon. Dig for the good in the situation, a little deeper.
Let go of your 'comfortable' vision of your garden. Consider the 'new pallette.' And then, think about the possible arthritis.
Take the time to consider 'adjustments' to the construction of your new garden, that will help you minimize swelling and aching from over-use, which WILL happen.
' Get-Er-Done People' are just notorious for destroying their bodies, even despite other injuries. Life happens. Otherwise, we'd wait for the help. LOL
We had to clear some land the first year we moved so we had container gardens on the back deck that year. The following year we had a real garden and last year the garden was bigger and better. This year we are making it even bigger! Start small so you won't be overwhelmed by all the work it is going to take. And plant some roses - nothing like the sweet scent of roses to start your day!
Gardening in eastern KY is a bit different. One of our main problems has been making sure the garden doesn't get too much water! Lots of people plant in May or even later, to avoid rogue frosts or storms. The micro-climates are insane up here. But yes, the soil is amazing!
I'm so glad things are coming together for you. We can't wait until you're here!!
I know I haven't been around for a while but wowie Kentucky? I guess I have A Lot of reading to do to catch up, lol. Hope we get to see you guys before you go.
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