"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived" Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

"Judge every day not by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow." - Robert Louis Stevenson

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Plant Camp Monday's

Everyday gets closer to spring and I think most of us are good and ready and I love snow. We can get lots more so at least I can blog spring.

This pic is from over at our other homestead that the kids are running, its a Forsythia bush that I took a root cutting from the main bush over at my folks homestead. I planted a couple of twigs over here at the new homestead and it won't be to long they will be filled out, I love em.

The best part is these plants are an extension of a plant that we got from my grandmothers home that she had for years and may have gotten from her mother. So we have five generation, counting my grandkiddies when they have their own places someday, maybe six generations if I count my great grandmother. Starts from this plant will be passed on for a very long time.

Now I love yellow and spring brings on that color very nicely. I like to take cut stems from the bush this month, put in warm water and force them to bloom early. Makes a beautiful bouquet for your table inside.

Being out in the country I let ours go crazy and not worry about trimming but in town/city ppl will take good care to shape and make a nice border.

Heres a bit about this old fashion bush Forsythia , also called Golden Bell



Do you have any forsythia growing in your area? How about any plants that have been passed on.

Garden update:

I have little seedlings, in less then a week , normally they take a couple of weeks but I would keep the bigger homestead a bit cooler so with a much smaller area and much warmer they couldn't but pop up sooner.

Heres another tip to protect from damping off of those precious seedlings. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the soil, cinnamon has antibacterial qualities and its said to help. I use and have not had any problems,

Also you'll want to have a little air movement for your plants as they grow, A small fan will help, adjust so they don;t get hurricane winds but jsut enough to sway them a bit. It help circulate and could be another help from damping off. Damping off is when your so excited seeing the little guys and then you have another look and they are chopped down , not a good thing.


We had a nice hail storm earlier with heavy rain, thunder too. We have a metal roof on the vintage cabin so it was loud .

Well folks have a great week and always a big thank you for stopping by.

Don't forget to head on over to the Homestead Barn Hop, looks like another good one


tc linda

Monday, February 21, 2011

Plant Camp Monday's

Got something new to share you might like to join or just visit some great blogs.

Homestead Revival http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/ is hosting a "Homestead Barn Hop". Looks like lots of fun and new bloggers to meet and share of their homestead and happenings.


So head on over to the Barn Hop!

We had such beautiful weather last week , the break sure helped but we are backed to cold. Oh well it won't be long we'll be in those gardens before to long.

I started some seeds yesterday, tomatoes that I have saved for many years and a couple of new types of heirloom tomatoes , I love heirloom tomatoes.

I have nice sunny windows and I set the little green house in the our vintage cabin. With the sun warming it up in the daytime and our wood heat those seeds will come up in no time.

I used some really old tray's that I washed up from many uses. Most I have to double up to make sturdy b/c of cracks on the side.

On the tomatoes I just made little rows and planted seeds, when its time and its true leaves are
on the little babies "cotyledon leaves" will be transplanted in bigger pots, I even use styrofoam cups for transplanting. I'll be growing 300 to 500 tomato plants so I need everything for pots and keep the cost down too.

I love to recycle things and one thing I like to save are toilet paper rolls and paper rolls. I use them for a couple of things. For fire starters, I add dryer lint, wood chips, even cracked nut shells, load them up and add old melted down candle wax from the almost spent candles. Perfect to get those fires started.

But for the garden seeds i cut those rolls in half, four times for paper rolls , place in seed trays and add seed starter and plant the seeds. Makes perfect little seed starters.

I did them last year and they worked very well. Saved from buying all those little pots. I planted sweet peppers and some sweet basil in the toilet paper rolls.

Heres a list of saved tomato seeds


Mr. Stripey
Cherokee Purple

Pea Tomato, I got this one from Powell Gardens, I asked for a couple to give it a try. I forgot the name but its sooooo tiny.

New Heirlooms


Big Rainbow

San Marzano


Californa Wonders, sweet

Jalapeno, hot

I can't wait tell I get my seeds from White Harvest, I'm so excited about the garden season.

The weather was warm in the low 70* so a nice BBQ was in store. I cooked BBQ ribs out on the grill and made potato salad, found some green onions to add to the salad. They were growing in the garden after all that 20" of snow we got. Oh come on spring : )

Also I put the cut ends, root part of the little onions back in the garden and they should grow back, I'll have to see and check back later on this. I best get them marked today or I'll think they are the other onions growing.

Hope your growing your own seeds this season, you don't need a greenhouse, just a nice sunny window. I have grown thousands of plants this way. My folks have even used an old van to grow tomato plants when I was a kid, it worked!

Thank you for the visit, be sure and check out the Homestead Barn Hop and better yet join in the fun.

tc linda

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Plant Camp Monday's

A beautiful weekend , so nice and warm even with snow still on the ground. Hubby wanted to have a snow ball fight so I had to obliged him, these things help with cabin fever and spring fever too. You ever see two ol folks in a snowball fight? Its rather funny esp when we couldn't even hit each other, we were more catching each others snowballs instead of blasting each other.

Heres a pic of garden still with snow, those are my rustic poles made into tepees for the pole beans

Well each day gets closer to spring and next month I'll be putting out the potatoes, maybe get some peas out too and other cold crops. I'm still working on raised beds and this will help me get into the garden sooner. Last year the new gardens here in the woods we had a late start with the gardens and oh how the rains came. If it wasn't for the raised beds there would have been no harvest. The paths were flooded but the beds stayed nice and dry and growing.

I added some more seed to my list from the seed company I'll be getting all my seed from this year. White Harvest Seed http://whiteharvestseed.com/

I mention them last week and hope you went over for a visit, a pretty site isn't it? I love it. So heres what I will send this week and more great seeds to order from them. Head over and see the seeds and all the info on the different types of seeds.

Aunt Ruby GermanBeefsteak
Blonkophch (little blond girl)
German Pink
Green Zebra
Hungarian Heart
Kellogg's Breakfast
Old German
Powers Heirloom
Red cherry-large

Contender Bean
Henderson's Bush Lima
Kentucky Wonder Pole
Rattlesnake Pole
Top Crop

Boston Pickling
Market 76
National Pickling

Peppers: hot and mild
Anaheim Chili
Bulgarian Carrot Pepper
Cayenne Long thin, my favorite
Golden Cal Wonder
Purple Beauty
California Wonder
Early Jalapeno

Clemson Spineless
Long Pod Green
Red Burgundy

Don't you love the name of some of these seed/plants. I also ordered the book Perfect Pumpkins, I so would like to get another pumpkin patch growing again and I'm sure it will have lots of tips that will help me with a good patch.

Well I can't wait to start planting those seeds.

Old Camp news,

A few Plant Camps back I shared about a poinsettia I have had for two season now. It lasted the past two Christmases so I planted it last spring in the garden and brought it in before frost last fall. It grew slowly and around this last Christmas I seen a little red. Well here it is, not a perfect show but its growing and sense its St Valentines Day today I thought we needed a little red. So A Happy Valentines day to ya and if you still got a poinsettia still growing and its leaves are still hanging on, plant it in your garden, it will add some pretty green foliage , just remember to bring in this fall.

Heres a link to the poinsettia , experiment. http://compostpyle.blogspot.com/2010/07/plant-camp-mondays_18.html

Also if you missed any of the Plant Camp or need references ,check out on the right hand column on my blog on past Plant Camps, there's a list of plants featured in the camp also a button code to Plant Camp to copy if you like to add to your blog pages so you won't miss camp.

Have a beautiful week and thank you for dropping by.

tc linda

Monday, February 7, 2011

Plant Camp Monday's

Time to get the Plant Camp started up again even with 20 inches of snow on the ground and more to come this week. Oh well!

But there's lots we can do inside and get those gardens planned and those seeds ordered. So lets get down to the most important part, seeds and good seeds. If your a gardener you probably been going through the many seed catalogs and how exciting they are and we want them all, well I do : )

This year I'm getting my heirloom seeds from a new company, White Harvest Seed


Its got a good story how I got to know this company. I got an E-m from the company asking if they could use a picture of a plant I had taken from my garden a few years ago. I was so honored to be asked and of course I said yes. They were putting out this beautiful website of just what I like, heirloom seeds.

They have it all, a large variety of seeds,bookstore. They can help you with your garden set up, a beautiful blog and a featured gardener each month and much more. You go through all the seeds and add them to your wish list, I got quite a list already made and ready to order.

I had to join, and to my surprise when you speak of a small world , well it certainly is. I found out that I knew the owners grandparents from many years ago. They owned an apple orchard and I knew I would be doing business with a very good family. I was so happy to find this all out.

If not all that being a wonderful company to order from I was asked and honored to be this months feature gardener, http://whiteharvestseed.com/special-programs/featured-gardener.html. WOW , They made simple ol me look pretty darn good except for that goofy picture of me , but unfortunately its my best :/

Check out other featured gardeners, very inspiring. Also if your featured you get a certificate for seeds. So if you or know someone is a gardener let them know.

I have White Harvest Seed Company button on the left hand side of my blog page, so go and really enjoy a good company and check out their blog, well worth it.

Heres just a small list of the heirloom tomato seeds I have in the wish list that I'll be ordering, oh theres so many seeds they have listed.

Powers Heirloom
TomatoRed Cherry - Large
Blondkopfchen (Little Blonde Girl), My little granddaughters will like this one
Hungarian Heart
Aunt Ruby's German Green Tomato.

Along with the heirloom seeds I saved from last year , it doesn't look like i'm going to scale down on my tomatoes, no way!

I'll share next Plant Camp of the other goodies I have in my wish list from White Harvest Seed, I highly recommend for your choice of heirloom seeds. Check em out.

So get those seeds and get ready for gardening, its going to be a good year : )

Happy Gardening and thank you for stopping by.

tc linda
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