Are You Ready To Garden?? Let’s Do This Thing, Twenty-Sixteen!

May 11th, 2016 - posted under: The Farm » Flora

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These beautiful heirloom radishes — volunteers from who-knows-where — popped up in my new yard early this spring!


Are you guys ready? I AM!!! Oh my goodness, I am ready to garden. And with warm weather just barely around the corner, it’s time for all of us aspiring urban farmers to get outside and get our hands dirty. The best feeling!

Okay, so truth be told, I’ve already been playing out in the dirt for a few weeks now. I have a whole new yard to work with this year, so I could hardly contain my excitement. My hardier seedlings were sown outside in late March — my broccoli and mustard greens, cilantro and red lettuce, and of course my very most precious medicinal herbs: chamomile and calendula and echinacea. But I know that California is pretty much an anomaly, and I’m lucky to be able to begin so early. And now, the rest of the country is gearing up for garden season! Huzzah!

So I thought I’d share some of the gardening wisdom we’ve accumulated here on this site, over the years. Because man, I feel like we’ve done it all! From propagating strawberries into a proper patch, to saving our seeds (like sunflower and coriander and dill), and so many harvest projects in between.

Here’s a list of intro-gardening links that we’ve amassed, over 7 (!!!) years of micro-homesteading experimentation:



So are you guys as excited as I am??

In the past few weeks I’ve sown a fence border of sunflowers + snap peas + sweet corn. I’ve also started a few more seedlings outdoors, like basil and marigold and blue boys. And indoors I’ve managed to start a whole incredible collection of babies (despite two very curious kitties trying to thwart my plans), now ready to move outside: watermelon and loofah and tomatoes and bee balm and dill and peppers and pinto beans. Oh yeah! And purple cauliflower and fennel and onions and leeks. Whew!

So what are you growing, my friends? What are your big beautiful plans for our upcoming gardening season?

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