Sunday, October 19, 2014

So Excited

Two awesome pieces of news, or at least I think so!

The first is that our graywater system is being designed and will be installed in the spring. We will be installing a SunMar composting toilet and a graywater system to filter the sink/tub water. It took the designer a while to figure out how to design a system to deal with the very small amount of water we use. He says that, with our usage, we'll likely need to empty it about once every twenty years. LOL I'm really excited about the composting toilet because it means we can use the biosolids in the woods, on fruit trees, etc. Anywhere except the garden.

The best part of THAT is the fact that we qualified for a provincial grant and most (and maybe all) of the cost will be covered. How cool is that?

The second is that people from ACORN are coming by tomorrow morning for a farm visit and to see how they can help us! I hope it doesn't rain. I have to admit that I'm sometimes dubious about the entire "organic" thing, but the fact that THEY called ME and asked to come see what we're up to and what we're planning - wow.

I'll let you know how it goes!
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Digging Through the Seed Box

It has occured to me, more than once, that I bought FAR too many seeds before leaving Ontario. I love how energetic I was, and how incredibly easy I thought it would be to get the garden established.

That's not sarcasm, by the way. Although I realize now that my expectations were slightly (okay, WAY) off, the enthusiasm kept me going while we discovered what we needed to do, what we didn't need to do, and what we should have done. That enthusiasm is a good thing. Had I not had it, we wouldn't have accomplished what we did. (And, as noted yesterday, I keep giving myself outrageous goals.)

But the interesting thing is that I still have quite a stack of seed packets in my seed box. Most of them are just single packets. I'll start them all indoors next spring, even the ones that don't necessarily need an early start. John Jeavons recommends that in How To Grow More Vegetables, and presprouting worked well for corn this year.

So we have:
Salsify, Mammoth Sandwich - Heavens, what was I thinking? I'm not even entirely sure what salsify is. The package is opened, but I don't recall planting any. My biointensive book says that it's a good calorie crop.

Hummingbird Garden Mix. Definitely should plant that, but I still haven't established a perennial area. Getting the annual garden going is enough work.

Marigolds - They're just in a little plastic envelope with Marigolds written in pen. Hmm.

Common Mullein - I'm about 99% percent certain that this grows wild as a weed around here, particularly in chemically-fertilized blueberry fields. Interesting that I paid money for it.

Leek - Giant Musselburgh. I know I didn't start those because I didn't have a greenhouse. The package says that they can be started directly outdoors in "early spring". I'm still not entirely sure what that means.

Strawberry Spinach - This needs a perennial spot, too. I'm hoping some of them germinate because it seems like a very interesting plant to grow. The "strawberries" look more like red raspberries, and the leaves are edible.

Calendula mix - Since they're self-sowing, they need perennial space, too.

Oregano - Another perennial herb. I had the right idea - buy plants that will keep going. I really didn't consider where I'd plant them, though.

Marshmallow - I'm not sure if that's a perennial or annual. I didn't get any herbs planted from seed last spring or this spring.

Echinacea purpurea - I didn't plant this, but I did buy a started plant this summer. It died. Definitely need to try the seeds. The package says to start indoors.

Thyme, German Winter

Mint - Oh, I don't need mint! I have peppermint, spearmint and chocolate mint growing in my big mint tire, all gifts.

Sage - Another perennial herb.

Purple Coneflower ... Wait, isn't that another name for Echinacea?

St. John's Wort

Yellow of Parma Onion - YES, I'm glad I have these, because they are in next year's garden plan. Pretty silly of me to buy them before moving, though.

Odette's Heritage Tomatoes - Oh, I will be SO careful with these! One of my readers sent me a tiny envelope with about 20 tomato seeds. She said that they grow HUGE. I can't remember if she said they're vining or bush. Odette, if you're still around - can you remind me? They've been sitting in the seed box and will DEFINITELY get started in the greenhouse this spring.

Cabbage, Mammoth Red Rock - My cabbages this year, to put it in a word, sucked. Who wants 2" cabbages? I mean, unless you're purposely growing Brussels sprouts. But I'll try these next year.

Tomato, Elizabeth Roma - Oh, I forgot I had these! I guess these are the roma tomatoes I'll be growing.

Costata Romanesca Zucchini - I'll try these. Again. My luck with zucchini has been less than overwhelming. I thought anyone could grow zucchini.

Squash, Boston Marrow - Definitely want to try these.

Cucumber, National Pickling - These are nice pickles! I'm glad I still have some.

Tomato, Sub Arctic Plenty - Ok, if it's called Sub Arctic, surely I can grow it?

Beans, Saskatchewan Dry --- OH, I thought I had planted all of My New Old House's beans. (and that's a post in itself). But I just found a packet of 4 of these.

Winter Squash, Waltham Butternut - Another that was on my growing list that I don't need to buy.

Peppermint - I'm thinking I'll just strew the mint seeds in the goat pasture.

Pepper, Georgescu Chocolate - I've been managing to grow 1' pepper plants with 1/2" fruits on them. Very CUTE but not what I'd call a raving success. Maybe these will be better.

Yarrow - ROFLMAO I have Yarrow seeds. That's hilarious. If there is one thing that grows in incredible abundance on my property, it's yarrow.

Broccoli, Green Sprouting - Sounds good.

Milan Turnip - Ha! Forgot about that one, too.

Onion, annual bunching - three packages of these that never got planted.

Eucalyptus

Stevia

Lavendar

A huge bag of assorted unnamed peas

Cabbage, Early Golden Acre (3 packages)

Cabbage, Early Copenhagen Market

Kohlrabi, Early White Vienna

Zucchini, Dark Green

Summer Squash, Sure Thing Hybrid
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