Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen...start your engines!!!

Your tiller engines, that is! With the help of my engine savvy neighbor, WatSourced, I tilled up the garden plot this week! I also wandered into Wal-Mart (on date night, no less) and stumbled upon the newly arrived seeds! We purchased 25 packets of seeds and have laid them out on the coffee table, to the delight of my two muchkins. Yes, I know that big seed companies are bad news to seed saving and I'd prefer to buy from organic, lovely companies and from Seed Savers; however, these seeds were only $1 a packet, which is less than half the price of the seeds I'd put on my favorite catalog list...if $$ were no object, I'd have made a different decision, but alas, $$ does come into play. I will still order some of my seeds and hope to order more from companies I can believe in in future years.

In another note, (and one of the reasons that I had to rein in the homestead related spending) I finally ordered a grain mill!!! Yep, I took the plunge! I can't wait to write about my experiences with milling my own grains fresh for baking and let you know about the Oklahoma businesswoman who supplied my mill!

For now, though, Homestead Man and I are about to load up the kiddos and head to nearby big city to get a pickup load of beautiful, rich compost to top-dress the garden!


kaiwat said...

Hmm, in retrospect, we should have caravaned to get the compost...oh well! I have to go back a few more times, because 1 truckload only did about a quarter of the plot.

Girl, we have LOT'S to talk about grain-wise. I think I've found a few good sources of locally grown wheat, as well as some other goodies.

Lisa said...

Its so hard for me to imagine a climate where you could start thinking about gardening. As I type this to you we are in the process of a foot of snow. I did however already purchase my seeds and D and I will be starting them in the weeks to come.


~Babychaser~ said...

We've had a grain mill for more than a year now and love it!!! Wheat doesn't taste bad anymore!

I have to admit... I've spent quite a bit of time since Friday reading your entire blog start to finish. My DH and I looked at a little house (needing much help) on one acre Friday and are dreaming of the homestead it can be for us if the Lord has it for us. I came right home and searched for other 1 acre homesteads. And found your blog! I have a bunch of questions about different things you've done over the last few years, but I'll save them for later. I'm looking forward to doing this year's gardening season along with you (we don't have as much experience!)

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