Go Plant Something Today!

Our life here at our farm seemed like a pretty ordinary life. We homesteaded on the weekends and in the evenings after getting back from our off the farm jobs. Our kids grew up here on the farm helping with all the homesteading chores and projects. It seemed like a pretty good life. We felt like we were instilling good work ethics and old-time know how to ourselves and our children.

And then something changed. We feel an urgency has set in. We feel, I suspect as most other families feel, an anxiousness of uncertainty. All we truly know is that we are in a virus pandemic. We are being asked to stay home, schools are closed, some of our government buildings are closed, banks have shuttered their bank branches and are limiting their in-bank hours, and most businesses are completely closed or have restructured their hours and or services.  What really set in the direness of our situation was when we went to the grocery store and saw some shelves barely stocked.
"Go plant something today!", said Billy the Goat.


Here on the farm March was suppose to be a much needed amazing income month, but with the spreading of the virus our farm income has turned into a drip coming out of an old leaky faucet.We don't have time to bemoan that now, we have to act and push on forward if we are to get out of this.

Since we no longer have off-the-farm jobs to go to and are working from home now, we do have some more time on the farm. Spring is a time that requires a lot more hands-on hours on our homestead. We have plantings to do, farm animal vaccinations and castrations, and of course like any other family a lot of spring cleaning to get done.

We do find ourselves taking more walks around the farm daily checking on livestock to assure that they are fine. We depend on them for our meat. We also check on the plants in the garden and in the greenhouse daily to ascertain if they are growing as they should.

We think we may be more dependent on the farm for food, so we have planted extras. We cleaned out our old raised beds and containers and started moving transplants from the greenhouse out to the garden along with planting seeds directly outdoors. On the surface it seems to be a straightforward easy task, but it is taking weeks.  We've cleaned out the old blackberry patch and planted some new ones. Unfortunately, some have whittled away and did not make it. We planted figs and herbs. We planted some vegetable plants in the shaded area near our back door patio and some out in the blazing heat of the soon-to-be summer sun. We have not left any container unplanted. We have ransacked our farm looking for any container that is deep enough to hold soil to grow food. If you would like some ideas about growing in a container garden, here is one.

 http://thetexaspioneerwoman.blogspot.com/2012/04/ideas-for-container-gardens.html

We are planting in containers because after reaching the magic age of 50 we find that bending over and getting on our knees to weed and tend to plants is more difficult. Also we have discovered that growing plants in containers have reduced our need to weed as much and we can control the quality of the soil in the container. In addition, watering can be more purposeful especially in drought conditions. And as an added bonus our free  range chickens don't bother the vegetables as much. 

We hope that you are inspired to go find some free or inexpensive and creative containers to plant in. Also grow as much as you can from seed to control your costs and what can't grow easily from seed buy as a transplant. We hope and pray that your soil is fertile and produce and abundance of food!


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