Thursday, January 5, 2012

Have you ordered seeds?

     Spring, probably not what's on your mind in Januray, but it should be. Before you know it the time will be here to start planting seeds and even some plants. In fact, we start here in February with our seed starts. Here are a few things you might be thinking about this month....

1. Ordering seeds from your favorite catalog
2. Spreading your finished compost over future garden beds
3. Oiling and sharpening existing tools
4. Attending classes in beekeeping, worm composting or other new areas of interest
5. Hardscape projects, dead tree removal

     This weekend we'll be taking down a couple of dead trees before they do further damage. Since the weather has been holding at mild it's a great extended time to finish up projects before we get snow. Plus, removing a couple of trees means new places to plant more veggies. We are also beginning to plan our front yard landscaping project. Our front yard is currently rather dull and we're ready to tackle something big.

     Since organization remains a top priority for me in 2012 I'm happily going through my seed box and making notes for things we'd like to reorder. How do you organize your seeds? We use a simple metal filing box I found in a thrift shop for $1. It's large and has plenty of room for hundreds of varieties of seeds. Seeds from last year were kept cool and dry and will be put into use this year. We received our Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog along with our Burbee catalog which I'm pouring over this week. You can order a free catalog as well by visiting either company's link. Happy gardening!


  1. I haven't even thought about seeds and I was planning on having a garden this year. I better get busy!

  2. Hi Alexis
    I just wanted to touch base with you. How are your chicken combs doing? Did you do the Vaseline thing? I have not. I didn't want them getting all goopy, dirty and grimy. My coop has really good ventilation and with the sand floor, it has been super easy to keep clean. I clean it everyday (only takes a minute or so), so there is never poop in there adding to the humidity level. Well, I must say that so far it has been the trick! My girls have beautiful combs without any frostbite or black spots. We have had a really mild winter, but there have been plenty of nights down in the 20's and teens. I keep my girls food and water in the run which keeps them outside all day. They generally only go into the coop at night (or on the super cold days when I break down and turn the heat lamp on). From my experience to date, the trick to avoid frostbite is simply good ventilation! I can't wait for spring so they once again can free range all day long. I feel bad seeing them locked in the run, but with nothing to forage for, I don't want them to be at unnecessary risk for predators. My husband wants me to let them out, but I told him that it's not worth the risk. Have a great night!!



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