Once again, I want to thank you, greeneyes, for taking charge of the gardening thread!
My usual response to stress is to work on getting closer to a self-reliant homestead. So as I’m sure you can imagine, the gardening bug has bitten rather hard since the election, and about 3 months early. More than once I’ve even found myself browsing wistfully through LAST YEAR’S seed catalogs. This is going to be a long winter!
Earlier this week I went out to my land with a load of carpeting to lay down, since the landscape fabric I’ve got isn’t quite up to handling those weeds. I have a neighbor who farms one end of my land, and it seems he’s got a new hired hand working for him, one who never quite learned how to color inside the lines. Thankfully the only thing that got shredded was one end of the landscape fabric, I would’ve been really steamed if he’d gotten my saplings!!! Still, I think I’m going to have to come up with some kind of fence for that area. It’s going to be rustic, I lost my job last February (and because it was due to medical reasons, I was told I didn’t qualify for unemployment, and my disability insurance only covered one paycheck instead of 3 months like they promised), so I’m going to have to build this fence out of whatever I can find on the land or scrounge up on craigslist. There are some woven willow fences that look really cool out there!
I figure I can fence off a 6-foot strip of land that was cleared but shouldn’t have been. That would put it about where the edge of the field used to be. All that nice cleared land can’t be allowed to go to waste, of course, so I’ve got my graphing paper and seed inventory out and am planning what to grow there. That edge of my land is a little over 250 feet long, so at 6 feet wide, that’s about 1500 square feet of gardening space! Plus, If I can’t find a job I’m going to be camping out there most of the time, so hopefully I can make a little off of selling my extra produce. There’s a local-foods store that buys from individual farmers and gardeners, and they’re usually short on cucumbers.
This also gives me space to expand my seed supply, some of the “survival stash” varieties I have, such as hulless oats, I only have a little packet of the seed. I’d rather have 5 pounds or more, so that if I have to I can grow enough to live on. (Oats aren’t the only grain I have, I’d be doing that with lots of things.)
The person I want to order popbeans and flour corn from still hasn’t posted her seed availability for this season yet. I’m starting to get antsy waiting for the new seed catalogs to arrive.
You are welcome. I am happy to do it. I do feel a little discouraged not and then since we have so many who used to be regulars, that don’t post any more.
However, I really appreciate those that do all the more.LOL.
Yes, planning is a great stress buster. Also, cleaning and organizing is a great way to get rid of tension. Something very satisfying about taking a drawer or cabinet, taking everything out, sorting and reorganizing/cleaning it all up.
Ellendra, wishing you the best of luck in selling your produce. Hello to the list from western PA. Overnight temps are below 30 degrees and we wake up to frost on the lawn. The purple and green kohl plants are hardy enuf for the low temps. Everything else was cut back and made into sprigs we call tussie mussies.