Why We NEED To Get Past Our Last Frost Date!

This is why we need to get the plants outside.  They are taking over the house!  Anyone who doesn’t believe that plants don’t help to regulate moisture need only come visit the grow room in my basement.  When I arrived today after the house being closed for two days, every window in the place was dripping condensation.  The basement could be a sauna with all of the moisture the plants are wicking into the air!  It was so moist that the stack of envelopes I keep down there for work had all sealed themselves!  It is a pleasant environment but we are once again to the stage in the gardening where the plants now need to go live in the real world!  Hopefully mid-week next week I can get the tasks done to make that happen and MAYBE the weather will cooperate!



Basil, Serrano Peppers, Jalapeño Peppers, Acorn and Butternut Squash 


Cherry Tomatoes, Amish Paste, German Giant Tomatoes, Tomatillos and Eggplant


3 kinds of onions, celery, Marjoram


Purple and Red Peppers.

In boxes and envelopes:  3 kinds of potatoes, Strawberries, Asparagus Crowns, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Black and Kidney beans, Green feed corn, Green beans,  Carrots, Melons, Beets, Kale, Herbs, Amaranth, Millet, Sunflowers….. At the city garden:  Kale, Spinach, Peas, Garlic, Green Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Green Beans, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and grape vines.   AND…. THIRTY CHICKS ARRIVE NEXT WEDNESDAY!!

It is time for this polar vortex idiocy to move on to someone else’s house!

Weather Craziness…. Uncle!

Last week the weather was in the 80’s.  We got the windbreak done, the chicken chores accomplished and all sorts of other things in anticipation of getting the raised beds tilled and drip tape installed this week, along with the arrival of our broiler chicks next week.  Not so said mother nature!  We had hail and rain yesterday and into the night.  We are expecting more rain today, and this coming Monday we are expecting SNOW and an evening low of 26!!  Farmers are at the mercy of the weather.

I can’t till because of the mud.  I can’t install the drip tapes because I can’t first till.  The plants need to go outside to harden off before planting and that can’t happen because it is too cold!  Planting is going to be late in starting this year.  Oh well, given the adventures our family is going through right now, perhaps that is a good thing.  It will certainly all get done, but we folks who like to think we are in control, often find out that, in fact, we are not.

I recently read a trilogy of books by an author calling himself, Jed McKenna.  It has been an affirmation the likes of which I can’t even begin to describe.  If you want to read an account of what it means to “wake up” and not be a sheep, these books are for you…. only if you are open and ready.   To reverse an often overused quote that says, “when the student is ready the teacher appears”….. I think more accurately should be quoted as:  “When the teacher arrives, the student is ready.”  I was ready.

Letting go of the tiller on the boat is the epitome of farming I am finding out.  Certainly planting season is a busy time, especially when your primary occupation takes full precedence over your homestead; but thinking that you are in control of anything is such a myth and a fallacy.  Let go of the tiller, let the current take you.  When you feel yourself grabbing on tight and wanting to control things, it is at that instance that you need to know its time to let go.  Everything works out for the best.  Indeed, it is impossible for anything to be wrong… even when your ego is screaming at you that it is.

As we work through the final pre-planting tasks and then wait for the weather to allow the crops to go in and it all being delayed according to our schedule, the question isn’t “why?”  Its, “what does this mean and where is it leading?”  I suspect that this time it means that we all need to slow down.  We all need to simply live.  We need to quit thinking we are in some race to some undefined place.  That place, ultimately, is us becoming compost.  To not live currently, trying to build equity for a future that may never come, is ego playing its game.  It is Maya keeping us in prison.  Indeed, it is to rob us of our very lives.  After all, the end result for all of us is death.  Let go of the tiller.  Flow effortlessly down stream.  There is nothing to accomlish, nothing to achieve.  None of it matters.  Let go of the idea that we are “going” somewhere.  Nature will let us plant, our children will find their way, our lives will pass whether we are present with them or simply spending them in exchange for some elusive goal we always call…. the future.

Live now.