With all this goat stuff going on, I have neglected my seed-starting obligations. I had my gardening calendar all filled out, dates highlighted for which types of seeds to start, containers accounted for and seed starting medium acquired. But Nettie's kidding had me in a tizzy the end of last week and then this weekend I cleaned up the goat yard and we disbudded Nettie's kid yesterday.
My oregano, parsley and mints were supposed to be planted already. And my peppers, eggplant and cabbage need to be planted in like, this week. I'm trying to plant by the Moon Signs this year. But then we get a beautiful, warm and sunny day and I just want to plant right NOW!
So, which adage to I adhere to?
"Plant by the Moon" or "Make Hay while the Sun Shines"?
According to the Moon, I should be planting my above ground crops this Thursday and Friday and I missed the date for planting root crops by two days (supposed to be the 20th). So can I manage to NOT plant any root crops until the next Moon day, the 9th of March? Unlikely. But I will try to busy myself with other homesteading chores in order to keep my mind off carrots and turnips and parsnips (oh my).
According to the weather though, I should have planted stuff yesterday and today. Because the weather has been just beautiful, and how can I not dig into that dirt when it's just calling my name??
Maybe I'll get working on building the frames for another couple of raised beds. Or start collecting rocks (i.e. boulders) for terracing the side of the house for my new garden area? Maybe burn some leaves. Or gather them up and use them as a smothering-kind-of mulch for a lasagna type garden somewhere? Move all the little piles of compost into one big compost pile?
All this planning is exhausting. I think I should just sit down on the porch, watch Rhiannon play in the front yard and do some reading:
Nice looking book, isn't it? Jealous? You should be, because I WON this big honkin', full-color, homesteader's dream of an encyclopedia! Kim over at Jabez Farm hosted a giveaway for this book a few weeks ago and I won!! Aren't giveaways great?!? Isn't Kim great!?! Isn't life great?! The FedEx man brought this up to the doorstep just yesterday and I ripped into it.
It not only has the obligatory chapters on livestock, preserving and gardening, but also includes such "artsy" stuff like blowing & painting eggs, jewelry making and basic furniture making. And the photos are just gorgeous! If this 888 page book didn't weigh fifty-two pounds, I would keep it on the little side table a it's beautiful even just as a decoration, but the sheer weight of it might buckle the table legs! Thank you so very much, Kim!!
So I think I will get myself a glass of sweet tea (yes, it's going to be that warm today) sit on the porch and flip through this beautiful book.
Maybe I won't get any planting done today. :)
BTW, if you haven't been over there yet, go check out Jabez Farm. Kim is currently working on gluten-free goodies, so if you have any awesome recipes you'd like to share with her, go over there. Oh, and don't forget to scroll down a bit until you get to the " # 3 - You Should Know" post. You'll never be able to look at a turkey egg without flinching!!