Sunday, January 23, 2011

Seed Catalogs & Planning

I like this time of year just about as much as planting & picking, This is the time of year when We get to go through all the seed catalogs and decide or dream about what we want to plant this year. There are all the old favorites, Tomatoes, watermelon, sweet corn etc. and last year we did taste tests of new veggies we planted and saved the seeds from them. Then there is all the new varieties you want to try, and the garden is only so big. This year We want to incorporate a lot of Herbs in and around the garden. We have been reading which herbs deter bugs around which veggies. Also since we are starting the orchard, I have read that Tansy, an herb & a pretty flower that grows about 1 ft tall helps to keep Deer away. We have deer that have been coming here for years, and I really don't want Gary to shoot them. So we are going to try the Tansy route. I have also read that Tansy is like mint. It can really take over. But if it is in the field with the orchard, is that bad? I don't Know. If any one is reading this, what do you think?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Planting Started On the Farm

I really will try to keep this up to date this year. This week we started planting.
53 Grapes
30 Raspberries
10 McIntosh Apple Trees.
One day it was so cold that my toes about froze. Yesterday I was so tired, I just wanted to lay down right in the field. I sure does let me know that I have been to lazy, and need to do more manual labor.