Happy Homesteading: Spring

While this blog has been pretty quiet over the last few months, things have been anything but quiet on the home front. The last few months have been filled with cooking, baking, setting up the raised bed garden and fruit trees, and pursuing my newest hobbies: soap making and knitting. Not mention working fulltime and caring for three children, three and under.
 
In late November, early December, the apple, pear, fig, and olive trees were all  planted. We're hoping Summer 2018 is our first fruit tree harvest.  Most of the blueberry bushes are in, and we are just waiting on the soil for the raised bed garden.
 
For Christmas I received a growlight, micro garden for indoor growing. We have had a variety of herbs growing for a little while now; I love getting to pick fresh basil, mint, and sage in the middle of winter. 
 
As for our first growing season, we've done a good bit of research: from grow lights and proper planting times, to harvesting rainwater and sustainable gardening methods. For Feild to Farm's first growing season, we've decided to focus on fruits and vegetables we can easily preserve.  By focusing on a few select varieties, we hope to stock our pantry with enough pickles, roasted peppers, tomato sauce, and strawberry jam to last all winter. Plus, I'm hoping to grow enough herbs to replace my spice rack with homemade dried herbs.

Now that Spring is upon us, I'm feeling renewed and ready to further pursue my homesteading dreams.  Over the next couple weeks I will be sharing more about  what we've learned regarding: starter seeds and soil prep, harvesting rainwater, and cultivating a pollination-friendly environment.  I'll also be back with more delicious recipes, and some sneak peeks of my soap and knitting projects.
 
By the way, if you haven't already seen the documentary Sustainable, I highly recommend it.

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