THE FARM: My first seedlings

If you’re a regular to my blog (mom), you’ll notice a change in both look and name. Why? I could give you the long version, but instead I’ll give you the short: Brian came up with a clever name. We like the whole “homestead” concept of living but since we can’t have a goat farm yet, we figure we’ll have to homestead in the townhome–thus town-home-stead… yeah. Pretty smart of my feller.

So what is homesteading? This according to Wikipedia: “Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of foodstuffs, and it may or may not also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale.”

Yeah… Probably not going to be producing textiles, although I am learning to sew. For me, it’s mostly about growing some of our food.

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It started with this lemon tree. Last summer, we found a cool glider on Craigslist for our back patio, and the woman asked if we wanted her little potted Meyer lemon tree. Sure we said. It gave us two delicious lemons. This season? It’s FULL of blooms. Pretty exciting stuff.

And now I want to grow more stuff. And make stuff. And be all self-sufficient and stuff (or at least sort-of).

I swear, my hillbilly genes must be creeping through in my old age. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about goats and chickens and growing my own grub, and it seems a whole bunch of people are doing the same, getting chickens and checkin’ out of the urban life to become homesteaders.
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And then my friends Terry and Ginger (who went “off the grid” to Oregon, you can check out their Facebook page Meanwhile in the Sticks) posted something about starting seedlings in eggshells, and I found that idea intriguing. So… I figured, why not. Time to dig in and learn.

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But what to plant. Hmmm… That was a no brainer. We eat a lot of chiles. I mean A LOT. And we eat a lot of eggs from our friends at Gaytan Family Farms.

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So why not try to hatch some hatches? Okay… so technically they won’t be hatch chiles since they’ll be grown in SoCal instead of New Mexico, but we are growing some varieties commonly used for hatches, like Joe Parkers, plus we even planted some seeds Brian harvested from some actual hatch chiles. And of course we planted our favorite chile, the Poblano.

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Keep in mind, we knew NOTHING about starting seeds. We went the simple route. Ate a bunch of eggs, put some potting soil in the eggs (the guy at nursery said potting soil is fine), poked a hole in the dirt, dropped in a seed or two, spritzed with a water bottle twice a day, and kept it near the grow light from the herb garden mommy gave me for Christmas.

 

Some of our friends were rooting for dinosaurs. I, of course, was rooting for goats.

Instead, about ten days after we planted, little shoots started to poke through the dirt. Yay!!

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We didn’t even fertilize, and look what we got just fifteen days after planting!!!

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Every single egg from our first batch of planting sprouted!! How exciting is that?

Our pal Janice told us about worm tea, so maybe once we transplant them, we’ll try some of that. I’m a little nervous about putting them in pots. It’ll break my heart if they don’t make it! We’re so doggoned proud of our little sprouts!

And so begins our Townhome-stead farm.

Stay tuned for progress reports…

Later gators!

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One Response to “THE FARM: My first seedlings

  • Such a great idea! It is so exciting to see something grow..can’t wait to start my little garden here in the mountains…and…we will have the goats here too..plus the horses…5 dogs 1 cat and Chese the rat

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