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What's new on the homestead 2/9/2021

I am excited to report that we have fulfilled one of our 2021 homestead goals! We ordered fruit and nut trees and more blueberry bushes. The fruit and nut trees will arrive end of this month and blueberries will be here in March or April. We are busy planning the ideal location to plant them. We bought them from a reputable nursery after doing research on the varieties that should do well here.

We are also planning to plant some of the trees in our field in the back of the property. We have a very healthy population of deer that pass by so each tree will be fenced in. We are also planning to have a 50X50 garden in the field as well, this too will be fenced in. I would love to grow flint corn, winter squash and potatoes back in the field so I can keep the veggies that require more attention and almost daily harvesting in the front. Watering the field garden will be the only challenge but I do plan to heavily mulch the area with hay to help with water retention. I am cautiously excited!

This week I will plant the seeds indoor for spring garden. All the cool weather veggies such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, lettuces, kale, collards and chard will be started indoors and transplanted out end of March. Veggies like radishes, carrots, beets, turnips, peas and mesclun mix will be direct sown in to the garden when the soil warms up a little. In the past I rushed to plant the peas and they ended up rotting in the cold soil so this year I am going to wait until the soil is nice and warm.

I have been wanting to sell seedlings for awhile now. Our home is situated on a road that gets some traffic so I am going to take a chance and plant some extra seeds for selling. My plan is to set up a table in the front yard with a sign. I am going to stick with veggies that are common for now and if those sell well I'll grow the less common veggies next year. So for this year I am planting broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, melons and winter squash. If they don't sell, I'll plant them somewhere in the garden and feed the harvest to the chickens.

The weather is beautiful here so I am giving my onions, mulberries and lettuce seeds some outdoor time. Cold weather is coming next week so I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.

I hope you all are planning a spring garden.

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