Coming Along Nicely

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Our little seedlings … well they’re looking more like PLANTS than seedlings … are loving life in their warm little seed box – in front of the wood stove – in our living room.

I still have a small glimmer of hope that we might be able to plant in the high tunnel next weekend, but we’ve got quite a bit of warming up to do before then.  Boy that’s going to be a shock to those little seedlings!  We better do a little bit of hardening off before then.

In the meantime, jelly making is on the docket for this weekend.  Gotta use up all of the berries in the freezer before spring!  And the tomatoes, too.  I have a sneaking suspicion that all of those frozen tomatoes will be PERFECT for tomato jam.  Stay tuned …

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Planting in the Snow

Snowy days are here, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is time to start tomato seeds.  We planted our high tunnel tomatoes last week, and the are warm and snug in our grow box … in our living room.  I SO wish we could find a better place to start seeds, but this seems like it will be there home for next month or so.

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It is right across from the wood stove, so the seeds are germinating nicely.  Looks like the cat is germinating nicely, too.

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Been needing lots o’ wood to keep things toasty this past week!

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It’s kind of a crap shoot on our high tunnel tomatoes this year.  I really would have liked to have researched varieties more, or at the very least have kept detailed records from our growing season last year.

But instead, we have kids.  And a life.  So those things didn’t get done.  I did have SOME notes from our high tunnel tomato production last year, so I was at least able to make some educated decisions using those, but it looks like it will be another “learning season” for us.

(As an aside, do farmers ever get to the point where they don’t have a “learning season?”  Where they just know what they are doing? Got a call today from the Kansas Rural Center asking us if we would host a high tunnel workshop at our farm at the end of next summer.  YIKES.  I guess I should have asked if the name of the workshop was “Things not to do with high tunnel tomatoes”.  Because then that call would have made more sense …)

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Another year of vegetable production begins!