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Garden Episode 5 – Sweet Potato Plants are Here. Container Garden?

We are trying out YouTube’s premier feature and you can watch this in a chat room with us at 6pm mountain time tonight!

Our sweet potato plants were shipped from Baker Creek Seeds! Ali is repotting a few things, and spending Mother’s Day working on plants.
Also, some more trail cam/game cam footage!
And Jet gets her first taste of the accordion. She’s not a fan.
Baker Creek Seed Company – www.rareseeds.com
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Garden Ep 3 + Game Cameras

I’m beginning to take the plants out, at least during the day, to start the process of hardening them to go out into the garden full time. I’ve also started another tray of seeds, and I’m reconsidering the garden location for this year. We also went around today and pulled all the video from the game cameras. #gardening #deer #colorado #highaltitudegardening
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Garden Episode 2 Now available on YouTube!

HUGE APOLOGY TO PATRONS! I forgot to add y’all into this video!
HUGE thank you to Patrons! Ryssa Chrysalis, Heather Bonnet-Hebert, & Tara Richards!
We added a 2nd grow light to the room, picked up some fertilizer for the seedlings, as well as some plastic cups and potting soil for some of the larger seedlings. Spring is coming!
Earth Pods I purchased on Amazon (affiliate link) – https://amzn.to/2HA1izQ
#homesteading #highaltitudegardening #gardening #seedling
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New Video! Latest Update from the Ranch!

It is still winter, but we did have a short break in the weather for some continued excavation on the driveway. Most of it is at its final grade!
I purchased a dog food supplement for the dogs, which they love, & the tractor is really giving us a hard time. #homestead #DIY #colorado #outdoors #dogs #update #excavation
You can purchase the dog food supplement here – https://amzn.to/2E47Mmx
You can check out the external hard drive (Mac format) here – https://amzn.to/2XjXQ17
You can visit my soap shop here – https://www.etsy.com/shop/omra9
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Planning the Garden

Although it is still February, I am beginning garden prep.

Germination and seedling setup that we currently have.

A few locals urged me to start seeds a couple of weeks ago, but now I’m thinking they were jumping the gun. At this point I’m just going to run with it.
I was going to take some gardening classes offered at an old school house down the road from us, but they lost their master gardener last year, so no classes. They were kind enough to send me the PDF files to get me started though, so I’m going to share those in this post, but be forewarned they are geared specifically to Colorado and the elevation in the county we are in… So probably 7000-9000+ feet in elevation. Keep that in mind while reading these.

So I purchased 2 grow lights, 2 seedling mats, garden tags & some seedling fertilizer from Amazon (links will be listed below along with the PDFs)
I purchased some seed started greenhouses from tractor supply for $9, and I purchased my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Right now I have a set of seedlings and have thinned out the plants, I’m waiting for the organic fertilizer to show up from amazon, and we’re currently planning the raised beds and placement for the garden. Since my compost heap is frozen solid, I’m going to try a variety of growing techniques this year from hay bales to creating soil using some of the decaying granite as they’ve specified in the pdfs.

As far as equipment goes, I’m happy with the grow lights and seed mats thus far. The Burpee seed starting sets we got have worked well, and I purchased the jiffy coconut fiber pellet plug refills to re-use those seed starters once I transplant my seedlings into solo cups and such. I will likely be doing that in the next week or two, but I need to do a little research to sort out when the best time is for transplanting those. I don’t have any feedback on the fertilizer yet, as it is still in the process of traveling to the ranch, and the tags are just blank tags that you write the plant names on. Nothing crazy.
I hope someone out in Colorado finds this useful!

For transparency, these are amazon affiliate links. If you shop through here we get an itty bitty payment from Amazon. It helps us keep this all going.

Seedling Mat – https://amzn.to/2GUPk2H
LED Grow Lights – https://amzn.to/2BL9pVY
Plant Tags – https://amzn.to/2V9d0Va
Fertilizer for Seedlings – https://amzn.to/2EkaBRD

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It’s Time to Start the Garden!

I know that it’s only February, but local gardeners urged me to start my seeds NOW. So here goes this part of our adventure!
I got the grow lights as a lightning deal for $20 a piece, but they are $26 and some change last I checked.
Grow Light – https://amzn.to/2I45TeH
The seed mat also went up in price and is now $12
Seedling Mat – https://amzn.to/2WYkyvm
The seeds were purchased from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds – www.rareseeds.com
homestead #garden #DIY
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OMG The House is Here!! (Video)

I’m so excited to share with you all that the house is here!!!!! It’s under a tarp for a short period of time until the foundation is ready, but SOON!!!! So much stuff happened this week! I’m so excited to share it with you all.

Click here to watch the video, and don’t forget to hit that thumb’s up button and subscribe because things are going to be heating up around here!

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Moving the Charlie Brown Tree (video)

So during the process of cutting down all of those trees, I did manage to move this little guy to a better spot. He was smack in the center of the build site and we always worried about running it over. He’s already happy in his new spot on the edge of the build site, and hopefully he’ll have a chance to grow big and tall there. More trees will be moved, but it snowed that weekend and the ground is pretty solid at the moment. Soon. We will relocate some more saplings soon.

click here to see the video. Don’t forget to like and subscribe.

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I hate this video. Ali and Mike Murder Everything.

I cried my face off while we cut down all of these trees, and I cried my face off while making this video. Basically, our driveway needed to be reconfigured at the top in order to pass the final inspection for the permit and to get the okay stamp from the county. We also needed to clear an area between our property and Mike’s mom’s property next door so that her driveway permit is granted because the dirt work that was previously done over there was not even remotely up to code. So this is a video of Mike cutting down some of the 30 or 40 trees that went away and a lot of me crying about Mike cutting down the trees. This sucked. This sucked more than I ever thought it would. I’m a big, squishy, sappy girl.

Click here to watch me cry like a little girl. Don’t forget to like and subscribe. Ugh.