It’s hard to believe I’ve already started sowing seeds outdoors. The past four days we’ve had 80 degree weather… and it’s March. It’s been hotter here in Iowa than in Southern California. Unbelievable.
Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve already started in the garden considering I’m due to have my third child in 2 1/2 months.
I was planning on keeping things simple this year. Some spring veg at my home gardens and starting some seeds to have tomatoes, peppers and eggplants later in the summer.
Well, some things have changed a bit because of this little lady.
That’s my baby sister and she and her husband have a love of gardening as well. Every year we start seeds together and talk about our plans for the season.
This year, my sister’s plans involved a farmers market. I got so excited at the thought of selling something, anything, at a farmers market that I jumped on board with her.
So this year we’re trying something new. Something we’re calling Shades of Green.
We’ll be starting SMALL to learn the ropes of what it takes to sell at a farmers market.
We plan on selling plant starts, small amounts of produce and herbs, baked goods (organic and naturally sweetened), and homemade natural products.
I’m not sure how much time I’ll be able to invest once the baby is born so for now I’m helping in the labor of getting seeds started and garden areas cleaned, amended and sowed.
Let me tell you, it feels great to be outside in the dirt!
We took full advantage of this past weekend and amended a few garden areas, set up beds for herbs, sowed peas, onions, and carrots.
My sister has a new greenhouse for seed starting while Gabe set me up a new makeshift hoop house (from the old chicken tractor) at home so I don’t have to trek to my mom and dad’s to tend to my own seedlings. Next year, he’s going to build me a large hoop house at home 😉 (Yeah, my husband is pretty awesome!)
At the same time I personally set up a new area at home for strawberries, cleaned up the backyard and am thrilled to see the signs of Spring popping up all over the place.
Chives, bleeding hearts, mint, chamomile, lavendar, and the return of tons of new raspberry canes that I’ll need to clear out and transplant.
As much work as it takes to clean up in Spring and get things into shape for summer, it’s my favorite time and season of the year.
Photos from this past Spring cleaning and gardening weekend
I have to say, I just LOVE having boys! I can’t believe how hard these little boys worked and how much they LOVED it!
Future Organic Farmers of America!
Seedlings Nehemiah and I started.
My beautiful bubba, Boaz. The raw food/real food diet is really making amazing changes in him. Isn’t he beautiful?!
In order to keep my sanity, the chickens are now locked in their coop and run for most of the day. I’m allowing them 2 hours of free range time during the evening right before they head back in to sleep. It’s working out great.
So, have you started in the garden this year or have any advice to share on selling at a farmers market? Please share in the comments below 🙂