Feral Faerie Farm

A permaculture homestead striving for self-reliance

The Promise of a Seed

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Thoreau

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I truly believe you can base how much fun you had gardening by how messy clothes and boots are at the end of the day. Based on their boots, I’d say we had a lot of fun.

This has been an incredibly mild winter. We have been so tempted to start planting early, but we’re sticking to our schedule based on average last frost date. So, this was our weekend to start a few seeds!

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StartFragmentMixing up potting soil is extra fun when you find worms in the bin.EndFragment

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StartFragmentOur onions are already sprouting in the cold frame and today I added lots more to go with them. So far we’ve done onions, chamomile, violas, cilantro, the brassica family (kale, cauliflower, broccoli), and hot peppers.EndFragment

A Home For Our Seeds

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Eric made a cold frame to start our seeds. The idea came with the gift of some used sliding glass doors from my Mom and Dad. Eric decided to use some oat straw bales to make the frame. I tried to document the process to see how we liked it and how/if we will change it for the future.

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StartFragmentWe started with some local oat straw bales. We’ve learned from experience to make sure they are not contaminated with pesticides.EndFragment

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StartFragmentThe windows were added next. This is the part where the design needs some work. The windows are so heavy that I can’t lift them easily. I’m sure by the end of our planting season we’ll figure something out.EndFragment

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StartFragmentAnd so the mad planting season has begun! Eric has a schedule of what seeds to start each weekend until the end of summer! While spring is still a few weeks away, we have great hopes for all of our seeds.EndFragment

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