April

Monthly Garden Update for April

April has been an action-packed month for us. The garden is producing, the hummingbirds and butterflies are back and the dog(s!!) are getting covered in ticks. And it’s time for a general property update. Lots of projects have been started at our homestead- some expected, some a complete surprise. Below is a series of photos that highlight some of these changes.

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Homestead Iron Gardening Tools

Odds are, if you’ve found your way to my website you are aware of how damaging a consumer culture is for the environment. If this is a new concept for you, please do the world a favor and watch the video below. I’ll wait.

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Oh the Ways You Can Grow: Trash-to-Treasure Style

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Welcome to my near-constant inner dialogue this time of year. Living deep in the woods of Appalachia has made me acutely aware of the changing seasons in a way that no other life experience has. A little surprising, because in my memory I’ve never worked a job that wasn’t predominately physically active and outdoors. The minor exception was my college job of working in the campus dining hall, but even then my preferred shift was “night crew”; a position that allowed me to work largely unsupervised and outdoors behind the kitchen cleaning floor mats. Suffice it to say I take advantage of any chance to play outside. Especially with plants and animals. Most working summers of my life have been spent landscaping, but the best ones have been spent farming. Having complete ownership of a vegetative plant from one end of its life cycle to another is a thrilling endeavor; one I believe I could devote my entire life to mastering.

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Brassicas, Bunnies, and a Bargain Bird

It’s been a week of unexpected progress at the Knob house. Unseasonably warm weather has jump started our sense of spring and has catapulted us into homestead project mode. I’ve been exhilarated about all the excuses to be outside and I’m excited about everything that has gotten done…and also a little overwhelmed with the number of new projects the two of us are diving headfirst into. Some projects haven’t gotten as far as others. The greenhouse hasn’t been touched yet mostly because I spend a good portion of my spare time trying to adopt every new dog I find on Craigslist. (I’ll find you a friend yet, Wendell!) But even with that massive time waster, we’ve still gotten a ton done.

So let spring come.

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Seed Selection for the Homestead Garden

The weather here has certainly taken a turn, which has been a welcome reminder that it is actually winter out here…meaning that spring is only weeks away. 

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The current wintering garden

And with spring comes work in the the very first garden I have been independently responsible for. Garden prep is a little behind right now as I could easily be starting some seeds indoors right now if I had my game together. Newsflash: I don’t. Not yet. But I’m on my way, and in the next few weeks I will be starting seeds both indoors and in our tiny garden shed. I’m very excited for the entire process to begin, so below is the culmination of a weekend’s work: my shopping list of garden seeds.

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