Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Seeds were started this weekend for the first time on our little homestead. While we have started a few things over the years, the truth is there just isn't room in our little one room schoolhouse to start seeds. So we usually shop the farmer's market for seedlings, maybe find some seedlings for sale from farmers in our area and direct sow what we can. It has worked well for us over the years. But I wanted this year to be different.
A few weeks ago Justin built our first cold frame. We had plans to build one this summer to extend our growing season into the winter, but then Lisa built one to start her seeds and well, you know, I just had to have one now. We immediately got started with the plans, figuring out if we had enough wood around to build one and then finding the time to build it.
While Reece and I were out one day, Justin got to work. When we returned home it was waiting for me in the driveway.
Justin made it from some old barn boards and some windows we removed from the house when we moved in, all those years ago. It will stay on the driveway for now, and then later in the summer we will find a permanent spot for it so we can grow right in the ground into the winter.
The ground was covered with a dusting of snow on Sunday morning, but the sun was shining, finally. The seeds sowed on Saturday were placed inside to start the long journey from seed to plate.