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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dog Food (Recipe & Video)

Tank Girl and Jet Girl are super picky eaters. It got to the point that they refused to eat pretty much any commercial dog food. I started making various versions of homemade stuff to mix in with commercial food, and now they wolf it down. I mix 1 cup dry dog food with 3/4 cup of the homemade stuff. They are no longer skin and bones, their coats look wonderful, and they are way more energetic and happier than they had been for awhile. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. If you’re enjoying our content, please consider subscribing, and give our videos a thumbs up!

Recipe

3 lbs Ground Turkey
2 cups Brown Rice
5-6 Carrots
4-5 Celery Stalks
2-3 Sprigs of Rosemary
1 Sweet Potato
1 Cucumber
1 Zucchini
3/4 – 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (too much upsets the girls’ tummies)
3 cups water

Combine rice, water, & chicken broth in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until water is absorbed. (about 20 minutes or so)

Brown ground turkey and set aside.
Chop up all vegetables and put into a pot with about 1 1/2 cups of water. Cover and simmer until sweet potatoes and carrots are tender.
Add brown rice and ground turkey to the pot of veggies and mix all together. Allow to cool completely. Serve to ridiculously happy poopy dogs.

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Ali Learns to Weld! (video)

This was kind of a huge deal for me. I’ve been wanting to learn for a long time, but I’ve been kind of a chicken about it. It looks like crap of course, but I learned a lot, and I’m ready to practice making lines on bits of metal in the future to practice. The important thing was that I faced my anxiety and I just went for it!

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Planning for Next Summer

So I am beginning to think about my garden space for next year. I already know some information thanks to some wonderful locals who have shared info with me during our interactions at the library. I know that we have to use raised beds here, and that hoop houses are ideal for the region due to snow loads and wind. So I’m probably going to start building those raised beds soon and I’ve been working on getting compost up and running as well, though composting in the winter ought to be interesting. So now I’m looking at plants for our zone and researching what grows well at this altitude. We want some fruit trees, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, and I even just want some pretty flowers to enjoy.  I am new to gardening. I had a garden plot once back home when I was like 20, but I didn’t really keep up with it as I should. It was also a 15 minute drive to get to my garden plot. I also suck with plants. House plants don’t do well with me. I either forget to water everything or I over water everything. So I’m thinking on incorporating some sort of irrigation into the beds. I’m not sure yet.

For now, I am looking up various plans for raised beds. I’m leaning towards using pallets since Uncle Dick brings stacks of them up periodically and we are on a super tight budget at the moment.  Right now I’m leaning hard towards these plans.

www.penniesintopearls.com/diy-pallet-wood-raised-garden-beds/

and these plans

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-raised-bed-garden-box-from-wood-pall/

These plans are super nice as well!

https://smalltownhomestead.com/using-pallets-to-make-raised-garden-beds/

Most likely I’ll stick to the second set of plans, but I’m sure I’ll make one of each and probably end up with a variety of designs to test our and see which I like best. OOH! I just found plans using logs. I may try at least one of those as well.

I’m also trying to decide how large of a garden do I want? Do we start super small our first year and add a section every year? These are all things that are turning over my head. Do I make the raised beds before I choose my plants or do I choose my plants and then plan my raised beds around what we’ll be growing?

I did find this handy guide for planting! So now I’m off to research some heirloom garden seed and see what I want to grow in 2019! (included a link to Mother Earth News best seed catalogs)

Any suggestions? Please comment! I will take any advice I can get!

https://www.ufseeds.com/learning/planting-schedules/Zone-4-Planting-Calendar

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Gate Adjustment (Video)

So for this week’s adventure, we did some adjustments on one of the gates into the property. Mostly to get stuff up off the ground and out of the swampy mud stuff. As usual, we run into stuff. You can click here to see this week’s video! If you enjoy our videos, please click on the like button and consider subscribing.
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Driveway Repairs (Video)

It’s time for our Friday night video! This week we’re covering the never ending cycle of driveway maintenance. We have a few things that eventually we are going to change to make driveway maintenance much easier, but that’s going to involve a backhoe, and we simply just have no money for a backhoe right now.

So without further ado, I give you the link to our Friday night video. 

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